India wallop West Indies to clinch clean sweep in Test series
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Indian school students sit in formation as they depict the cricket world cup, ahead of World Yoga Day in Chennai on June 19, 2019. /VCG Photo

Indian school students sit in formation as they depict the cricket world cup, ahead of World Yoga Day in Chennai on June 19, 2019. /VCG Photo

The Indian cricket team accomplished a historic clean sweep in the Test series against the West Indies by winning the second Test against the hosts by 257 runs on Monday. The crushing victory over the Caribbean side not only helped India win the second successive Test against the home side but also ensured an unbeaten run in their entire tour with a clean sweep in all the three formats – the T20, one day international (ODI) and Test. 

Earlier, set the seemingly impossible target of 468 late on day three at Sabina Park in Kingston in Jamaica, the West Indies side suffered yet another batting collapse, losing their last six wickets for 51 runs in the post-lunch session. 

They were eventually dismissed for 210 to hand Virat Kohli’s side a clean sweep of a Test series on the Caribbean soil for the first time ever.

Indian pacers Mohammed Shami and spinner Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets apiece as the visitors pulled off a clinical win. Shamarh Brooks scored his maiden Test half-century, but that was not enough to stop the disastrous performance of his side. Things turned from bad to worse for the West Indies as they suffered a big blow when their key batsman Darren Bravo who retired hurt on 23 just 15 minutes into the day's play after being struck on the back of the helmet by fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah during the final over of the third day's play. He continued batting for the remaining three deliveries of the day after receiving treatment but was subsequently replaced by Jermaine Blackwood in the team according to the game's new concussion protocol on day 4. 

As a result of the emphatic win, the tourists accomplished a 100 percent win record in all completed matches played on this tour. The 2-0 Test series triumph followed a 3-0 success in the T20 Internationals and a 2-0 victory in the One-Day Internationals, with one ODI game being called off due to rain.

Indian captain Kohli said after the match, “This was pretty comprehensive again for us. We played good cricket and getting the result in the manner you want is crucial as a team. This is a real collective effort.”

“We've got lots of problems with the batting,” a dejected Caribbean captain Holder rued. “It's a tough question as to how we fix this situation. There is quite a bit of time before our next Test, so it's up to the players to take ownership of the situation.” 

Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari earned the “Man of the Match” award for his maiden Test hundred in the first innings and an unbeaten half-century in the second to contribute to India’s triumph.