Second Test Match

India v West Indies

Wesley Hall, who captured eleven wickets for 126 runs in the match, played a decisive part in India's downfall. Roy and Contractor gave India an excellent start in both innings but the later batsmen had little success in dealing with the fiery fast bowling of Hall.

The West Indies did not fare particularly well in their opening venture and the sides finished level on the first innings. Then a delightfully free display by the left-hander, Sobers, placed the touring side in a strong position. Sobers, who hit his fifth hundred in five Tests, was run out for 198 after batting five hours forty minutes. He hit twenty-eight 4's and shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 163 with Solomon.

Set to get 444 to win India made a confident start, but the separation of their opening pair at 99 again signalled the start of a collapse. Hall, with the new ball, took four wickets for 32 runs in 8.1 overs and West Indies won with seventy-eight minutes to spare.

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