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India pace bowler Umesh Yadav troubled the West Indies batsmen once again as he took a four-wicket haul to not only lead his side to a 10-wicket win on the third day in Hyderabad, but also a 2-0 series victory.
Starting off the day on 308/4, India only added six runs to their overnight score before Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by West Indies captain Jason older for 80, which came off 183 balls and included seven boundaries.
Holder struck again two balls later as he trapped Ravindra Jadeja lbw for a duck.
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who ended day two unbeaten on 85, was removed by Shannon Gabriel for 92, which came off 134 deliveries and included 11 boundaries and two sixes.
Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh were dismissed in quick succession before India were bowled out for 367, which gave them a 56-run lead, when Ravichandran Ashwin was clean bowled by Gabriel for 35.
Holder was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Gabriel snapped up three and Jomel Warrican chipped in with two.
Trailing by 56 runs, the West Indies got off to a horrendous start as opener Kraigg Brathwaite was caught behind off the bowling of Umesh for a duck on the second ball of the innings.
Kieran Powell also failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Rahane in the slip cordon off the bowling of Ashwin for a duck.
Shimron Hetmyer only scored 17 runs before he was caught by Chetehwar Pujara at point off the bowling of Kuldeep.
Shai Hope was the next to go as he was caught by Rahane at slip off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for 28.
Umesh then took out Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich before Jadeja sent Holder and Sunil Ambris packing for 19 and 38 respectively.
Ashwin clean bowled Warrican for seven before the West Indies were bowled out for 127, which set India a target of 72 to win, when Gabriel was cleaned up by Umesh for one run.
Umesh was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Jadeja took three, Ashwin got two and Kuldeep claimed one.
Chasing 72 to win, Prithvi Shaw and Lokesh Rahul finished things off themselves as they forged an unbeaten 75-run partnership.
Shaw ended up making 33 off 45 balls, which included four boundaries, while Rahul remained undefeated on a 53-ball 33, which included a boundary and a six.
Holder was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “Definitely a little disappointed with the batting. We fought our way back nicely after the first Test. Credit to the way India play cricket. In hindsight, a lot of seamers got wickets, we probably would’ve gone with an extra seamer.
“Didn’t spin as much as we thought. I think that’s the thing – we need to apply ourselves more in batting. We need to give ourselves time. Personally I’m in a good headspace. I love playing Test cricket. It’s my favourite format.”
India skipper Virat Kohli was thrilled to have won the series 2-0, and said: “We didn’t expect that in the morning. West Indies did really well to put pressure on us. Getting a 50-60 lead was a bonus for us. We wanted more. But we understood how to create pressure and intensity with the ball. Didn’t think a three-day finish was part of the plan.
“If you look at the three new guys who’ve come in, they’ve grabbed their opportunities. I think all these things are a big positive. But from this Test I want to single out Umesh. Shardul broke down and to take ten wickets is great. His energy in the field too. Outstanding performance. We’re all happy for him. I think it’s a great luxury to have [several seamers]. We have a headache to choose out of so many quality bowlers. That’s a better position to be in than looking for bowlers.
“I’m really happy to see these guys fit and hungry. It’s up to the batsmen to do the rest of the job. I think this game was tougher for the batsmen. This first innings was more challenging than the last one. Jason coming in – he knows how to take wickets. Jinx has been batting really well, he got runs in Nottingham and we won the Test. He wanted runs under the belt. His 145-run partnership with Pant is something we want to see more of.”
Umesh was named Man of the Match, and said: “First of all, I want to thank my team-mates for giving me the support and confidence. I knew I was the only fast bowler in the team so I just went all out and gave it my best, tried to take five more in the second innings.
“It’s always good to have healthy competition in the team. We’re enjoying each other’s company. We keep giving our best for each other and the team.”