West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 2, Live Cricket Score And Live Updates, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

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WI vs ENG, 1st Test: Jonny Bairstow plays a shot for England.© AFP

England will resume batting on Day 2 of the ongoing first Test match vs West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, on Wednesday. The visitors posted 268 for six at Stumps on Day 1 with Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes remaining unbeaten. Bairstow smashed 109 runs off 216 balls and will be aiming to add more runs to the scoreboard. Meanwhiles, Woakes registered 24 runs off 51 balls. For West Indies’ bowling department, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jason Holder have taken two wickets each. (LIVE SCORECARD)

West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 2, Live Cricket Score And Updates, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

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Former India Cricketer Aakash Chopra Predicts WTC Finalists

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Having recently beaten Sri Lanka in the Mohali Test, India saw their percentage points increase to 54.16 in the World Test Championship table. Despite the gains, they are still fifth in the WTC standings with Australia (77.77%) occupying top spot. Pakistan (66.66%) are second, followed by Sri Lanka (66.66%) and South Africa (60.00). Former cricketer Aakash Chopra analysed the Rohit Sharma-led side’s prospects of reaching the WTC final and stated that “it’s not going to be easy”. He also went on to say that there was a strong possibility for a “Pakistan vs Australia final”.

Speaking about India’s chances in his YouTube channel, he said, “You will have to get 100% points in the four-Test home series against Australia, which means you will have to win all four Tests. If you lose even one match, you will get 75% points and if another gets drawn, it will become even lesser. You cannot have a draw, it cannot rain.”

“We are 1-0 ahead in the ongoing series. We will win that 2-0, so 100% points. We have to play two Tests in Bangladesh. We have the full expectation of winning, full confidence but we are playing away from home. There is one Test remaining in England. We lost to South Africa. It’s not going to be easy.”

Also commenting on New Zealand’s chances for this year’s final, Chopra stated, “New Zealand have just two Tests left at home. You have drawn the series against Bangladesh, you have drawn the series against South Africa also. New Zealand is dead, New Zealand is stuck.”

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Also giving his prediction on the three teams who could battle it out for the berths in the final, Chopra stated, “I am not counting England, Bangladesh, West Indies, and I won’t count New Zealand as well. I don’t think Sri Lanka have a chance at qualification. I believe it will be between three teams — Australia, India, and Pakistan. If Pakistan don’t prepare such roads, there’s a strong possibility of a Pakistan-Australia final”.

India face Sri Lanka in the second Test match of their two-match series on March 12. It will be a day-night game and will be held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Chennai.

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India vs Sri Lanka: Axar Patel Replaces Spinner Kuldeep Yadav In India Squad For 2nd Test

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India vs Sri Lanka: Axar Patel Replaces Spinner Kuldeep Yadav In India Squad For 2nd Test

IND vs SL: Axar Patel joins the squad for 2nd Test.© Instagram

Indian spinner Axar Patel was added to Team India’s squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka set to be played in Bengaluru, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement. “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has added Axar Patel to India’s squad for the second Paytm Test to be played from 12-16th March in Bengaluru. The all-rounder has completed his rehab and has been cleared by the BCCI Medical Team,” the statement said. According to the statement, Axar was declared fit after completion of his “rehab”.

Axar Patel replaces Kuldeep Yadav in the squad.

India’s squad for the second Test: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Priyank Panchal, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubhman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, R. Ashwin, Saurabh Kumar, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain), Axar Patel

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India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli’s Heartwarming Gesture Towards Specially-Abled Fan. Watch

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Watch: Virat Kohlis Heartwarming Gesture Towards Specially-Abled Fan

Virat Kohli gifted his clothing to a specially-abled fan.© Twitter

Regarded as one of the best batters of the modern era, former India captain Virat Kohli played his 100th Test last week. He was felicitated by the Indian team with the team also giving him a guard of honour when he walked out to field on Day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka. The fans at Mohali also cheered for the prolific right-hander whenever they caught a glimpse of throughout the Test match. Kohli too did his bit in reciprocating the love showered on him. He won hearts on social media for his latest gesture towards a specially-abled fan. After the conclusion of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday, the 33-year-old batter gifted his jersey to a fan named Dharamveer Pal, who is unofficially known as the 12th man of Team India.

In a video shared by Dharamveer himself, Kohli can be seen presenting his jersey to him before boarding the team bus in Mohali.

Kohli, who has not scored a century in over two years, could only conjure 45 in his 100th Test as India did not get the chance to bat again.

The first Test in Mohali also saw Kohli completing 8000 runs in Test cricket.

Ravindra Jadeja starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 175 as India declared their first innings at 574/8.

Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin then delivered the goods with the ball as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 174 and 178, respectively, and took the first Test by an innings and 222 runs.

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Rohit Sharma, who captained the team for the first time in a Test match, will now look to guide India to a series-clinching win over Sri Lanka in the second and final Test.

The second Test will be a day-night affair, which starts in Bengaluru on Saturday, March 12.

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