August 30, 2019 / 2:54 PM / 21 days ago

Cricket-West Indies win toss and opt to bowl in second test against India

Aug 30 (Reuters) - West Indies won the toss and put India in to bat in the second test in Kingston on Friday as the hosts look to level the two-match series against Virat Kohli’s top-ranked test side.

India named an unchanged team for the match while West Indies have handed all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton debuts. Hamilton is in the side for the injured Shai Hope.

“We wanted to make use of the grass and moisture and try to get into India’s middle order,” Windies captain Jason Holder said at the toss.

“We’ve decided to not focus on the end result but instead focus on the processes and once you focus on that the end result takes care of itself.”

However, the start of play was overshadowed by West Indies great Viv Richards appearing to fall ill during his pre-match media duties. He had to be helped off the field, according to ESPNcricinfo.

India lead the series 1-0 after winning the first test in Antigua by 318 runs.

The series is part of the new World Test Championship which involves the nine top-ranked test nations competing in a league between July 2019 and April 2021.

West Indies XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (captain), Jahmar Hamilton (wicketkeeper), Rahmkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel

India XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis)

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