What Happened When India Played their last Test in Trinidad?


India and West Indies are set to clash again in the second Test match at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, starting on Thursday, July 20. The Queen’s Park Oval Ground is one of the oldest stadiums in the Caribbean, located in the northwest part of Trinidad. The surface at the venue offers enough help for the pace bowlers and there is even bounce off the deck.

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The last time India played a Test against the West Indies in Trinidad was in 2016, the match was abandoned due to rain. India’s most recent completed Test match at the Port of Spain in Trinidad was part of their five-match Test tour to the West Indies in 2002. India emerged victorious in the match, winning by a margin of 237 runs.

India’s performance in the first Test was impressive, and they will be looking to continue their good run in the second Test. The team won the toss and elected to bat first, with Sachin Tendulkar scoring 117 runs. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman also scored 67 and 69*, respectively, contributing to India’s total of 339 runs in the first innings.

On Day 2, the hosts were all out for 245 runs, with Javagal Srinath taking three wickets for India. Brian Lara scored an impressive 52 runs for the hosts. Despite taking a 94-run lead in the first innings, India struggled in their second innings, losing four wickets for just 54 runs. However, Laxman (58*) and Ajit Agarkar (41*) played vital knocks to help India set a target of 276 for the hosts. The West Indies were bowled out for 146, with Anil Kumble taking six wickets.

India’s performance in the first Test was a testament to the side’s strengths and depth, with the top-order batsmen and bowlers performing well. The team will be looking to continue their good form in the second Test, with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane expected to make significant contributions with the bat. The Indian bowling attack, led by Mohammed Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat and Mukesh Kumar, will also be looking to make an impact on the West Indies batting line-up. The West Indies, on the other hand, will be looking to bounce back from their defeat in the first Test.