India register biggest victory

  • India-West Indies first Test
- ASSOCIATED PRESS, Rajkot

Oct 7, 2018-

India crushed West Indies in their first Test by an innings and 272 runs on Saturday for their biggest margin of victory in Test cricket.

The hosts dismissed West Indies for 196 runs just 20 minutes into the evening session on day three with left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav returning career-best Test figures of 5-57. Ravichandran Ashwin (2-71) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-35) shared the other five wickets as the spinners ran amok against West Indies. Resuming after tea, the match lasted only another 35 balls. Jadeja trapped Sherman Lewis (4) lbw in the 49th over with Ashwin wrapping up proceedings 11 balls later as Shannon Gabriel (4) holed out in the deep.

India’s previous biggest innings victory came in June when they beat Test newcomers Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs at Bengaluru within two days. West Indies made 181 in their first innings after resuming on 94-6 on Saturday and was asked to follow on.

“We cannot compare this with series (defeat) in England. That was a bigger challenge, and we knew the quality we have, we would dominate when playing at home again,” India captain Virat Kohli said. “Our guys understand how to play in these conditions and were clinical. The West Indies’ performance is not for me to speak upon. I am sure they want to rectify their errors.”

After India had declared on 649-9 in their first innings, they ran through the West Indies batting line-up in 48 overs to set up an imposing 468-run lead. Resuming on 94-6, West Indies showed some fight as Roston Chase (53) and Keemo Paul (47) continued their seventh-wicket partnership from Friday evening and added 73 runs overall with some attacking batting. Umesh Yadav ended the resistance when Paul fended off a bouncer in the 39th for a simple catch to mid-wicket.

The visitors unraveled quickly as Ashwin (4-37) ran through the tail. Chase and Sherman Lewis (0) fell in the space of four balls in the 44th over. Devendra Bishoo (17 not out) threw his bat around to hit three fours before Gabriel was stumped off Ashwin to end the innings. Kohli had no hesitation in sending the visitors back in and Ashwin, taking the new ball, made another breakthrough in the penultimate over before lunch having Kraigg Brathwaite caught by teenage debutant Prithvi Shaw at short leg for 10.

At lunch, West Indies was 33-1. After the break, Kieran Powell (83) tried to put the Indian attack to the sword with eight fours and four sixes in his 93-ball stay, reaching his sixth test half-century off 55 balls. Powell added 47 runs for the second wicket with Shai Hope (17) and later another 41 runs with Chase (20) for the fifth wicket.

Yadav then took over. He trapped Hope lbw and then Shimron Hetmyer (11) was caught flashing at short third man, an unnecessary shot. It became a quick triple blow when Sunil Ambris was stumped for a three-ball duck.

Yadav accounted for both Chase and Powell in the space of six overs. Jadeja and Ashwin struck late in the session to remove Paul (15) and Devendra Bishoo (9) respectively. Shaw was named man of the match for his first test hundred. He scored 134 runs off 154 balls on day one and was the second-youngest Indian batsman to score a Test century after Sachin Tendulkar. The second and final Test begins in Hyderabad on Friday.

Summary

India 649-9 decl (V Kohli 139, P Shaw 134, R Jadeja 100 not out; D Bishoo 4-217; S Lewis 2-93) beat the West Indies 181 & 106 all out (K Powell 83, R Chase 20; K Yadav 5-57, R Jadeja 3-35) by an innings and 272 runs on third day

Man-of-the-match: P Shaw (IND)

Published: 07-10-2018 08:13

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