The visitors were 43 for three in the second innings on Day Two of the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday. The highest score by a West Indian batsman in the series so far is 65 by Marlon Samules and the highest runs aggregate by a West Indian batsman is 121 by Kieron Powell.
The first Test finished inside three days. The ongoing Test will in all probability meet a similar fate. The West Indies batsmen have clearly struggled to put up a fight against India. Yet, off-spinner Shane Shillingford, the only notable performer for the visitors in the series, believes the Windies have enough firepower to bat for another two days with just seven wickets in hand.
“Three wickets are down but that is how the game goes. We have to bat for two days and we can do that. There is still a lot of batting to come. It is a matter of application and getting together. We should get the job done,” said Shillingford in the post match conference.
The way the West Indies’ batsmen have fared, they look unprepared in tackling existing conditions. The extra bounce and spin that the Indian spinners have managed to extract have only made their life more miserable.
However, Shillingford, who grabbed a fifier yesterday (also his fifth consecutive five-for), was confident of their batters putting up a better show. “On the first day, the wicket was on the downside, the ball was doing a bit and it was spinning more.
“As the day progressed, it started slowing down a bit. I still think it is a wicket where our batsmen can get big runs. It is a matter of application. Once your players have settled on the wicket, you can get good runs,” he said.