Windies Suffer Clean Sweep By Dominant India

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – West Indies lost their last six wickets for 65 runs in quick time to tumble to a massive 257-run defeat to India inside four days of the second Test on Monday in Jamaica.

Set an improbable target of 468, West Indies were dismissed for 210 in their second innings, nearly half-an-hour before tea.

Shamarh Brooks top-scored with exactly 50 while captain Jason Holder got 39 and Jermaine Blackwood 38, but India’s varied attack proved clinical in the second session to bring a swift end to the contest at Sabina Park.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3-58) and seamer Mohammed Shami (3-65) claimed three wickets apiece while pacer Ishant Sharma picked up two for 37.

The defeat meant yet another clean sweep for West Indies, after they suffered an embarrassing 318-run defeat also inside four days in Antigua a week-and-a-half ago.

Resuming the day on 45 for two, West Indies lost the wickets of Roston Chase (12) and Shimron Hetmyer (1) to be 145 for four at lunch.

Left-hander Darren Bravo (23), unbeaten on the start at 18, left the game in the fourth over never to return after complaining of feeling unwell, forcing West Indies to employ Blackwood as their first-ever ‘concussion sub’.

Brooks, who faced 119 balls and struck nine fours, put on 60 for the third wicket – first with Bravo and then with Chase – before adding a further 61 for the fifth wicket with Blackwood.

Unbeaten at lunch on 39, Brooks completed his maiden Test fifty before becoming the second wicket to fall after the interval, run out by Virat Kohli’s direct hit.

Blackwood, on 36 at tea, was the first to fall when he was caught at slip off seamer Jasprit Bumrah.

Debutant Jahmar Hamilton (0) fell two balls after Brooks with no addition to the total at 177 for seven. The other debutant, Rahkeem Cornwall (1), perished in the next over, caught behind off Shami, leaving Windies on the brink.

West Indies failed to win a single match on tour, suffering a 3-0 clean sweep in the Twenty20 series and a 2-0 loss in the three-match one-day series.

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