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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12.03 PM IST

I owe my hat-trick skipper Kohli: Jasprit Bumrah; India in commanding position

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KINGSTON: "I owe my hat-trick to the captain," Jasprit Bumrah told an enamoured Virat Kohli after blowing away the West Indies with his heady cocktail of line and length, pace and bounce.

Part of the credit for Bumrah's hat-trick go to skipper Kohli, who insisted on a review after Roston Chase, his third victim, was initially given not out by the on-field umpire Paul Reiffel. The review was correct as Bumrah became only the third Indian to claim a hat-trick in Test cricket. "Actually I didn't know, I was not very sure of the appeal, I thought it was bat so I didn't appeal so much, but it was a good review in the end. So, I think, I owe that hat-trick to the captain," Bumrah said as Kohli held the mic for 'BCCI TV' during an interaction.

It is not easy to sweep Kohli off his feet, but Bumrah has done that a few times in recent times, and the second day of the second Test against the West Indies was one of those moments. In a lethal opening spell, Bumrah (6/16) rattled the West Indies by picking up the first five wickets, three of which came in successive balls in the ninth over. "Sometimes when there is so much of help in the wicket, we saw in the previous inning as well there was a lot of bounce they were getting a lot of bounce, they were getting late movement as well. So, sometimes, when there is so much of help you can get greedy, you can go for wickets, you can try to be over-aggressive, that time you have to keep things simple, just try and bowl good balls and create pressure. That was the thing that was going on in my head," Bumrah said.

As a result, the hosts, trailing 0-1 in the two-match series, were tottering at 87 for seven at stumps on the second day. West Indies trailed India by 329 runs with three full days play remaining. Earlier, Vihari scored a career-best 111 off 225 balls with the help of 16 boundaries. Together with Ishant (57 off 80 balls), who scored his maiden fifty, Vihari shared 112 runs off 28.3 overs for the eighth wicket. India finished their first innings score at 416.

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TAGS: JASPRIT BUMRAH, INDIA VS WESTINDIES, VIRAT KOHLI, INDIAN CRICKET TEAM, HAT-TRICK
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