India outmuscle Windies in Rajkot

Brief Scores:

India 649/9 d
Virat Kohli 139
Prithvi Shaw 134
Ravindra Jadeja 100*
Devendra Bishoo 4/217
Shermon Lewis 2/93

Windies 181 (1st innings)
Roston Chase 53
Keemo Paul 47
Ravichandran Ashwin 4/37
Mohammad Shami 2/22

Windies 196 (2nd innings f/o)
Kieran Powell 83
Roston Chase 20
Kuldeep Yadav 5/57
Ravindra Jadeja 3/35

India dominated the Windies for all three days to script a commanding victory by an innings and 272 runs and went up 1-0 at Rajkot.

Batting first, India lost KL Rahul for nought but debutant Prithvi Shaw and local boy Cheteshwar Pujara ensured that the hosts batted with authority for the entire first session. Shaw, in particular, showed no signs of nervousness in his first outing and went onto score a massive hundred from just 99 balls - shattering records on his way.

Pujara was also scoring runs at a brisk pace and played a vital part in the 206-run stand before becoming Sherman Lewis’ first Test scalp. Bishoo dismissed Shaw for 134 but skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane from there on took the run-scoring baton in their own hands. Rahane fell for 41 but Kohli batted till stumps remaining unbeaten on 72 along with Rishabh Pant.

Pant on the next day accelerated once he reached his fifty and almost outscored Kohli before the Indian skipper got to his 24th ton. Pant, who looked on course for his second successive ton, threw it away on 92 but India by then had amassed 470 on the board.

Kohli batted for a while before being dismissed on 139 but India was no mood to stop. Jadeja batted sensibly with the tail, hitting the odd boundary and clearing the ropes as many as 5 times to score his maiden Test ton. India declared on 649/9, quickly changed and got in the act with the ball.

Mohammad Shami seemed unplayable when he got rid of both Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell cheaply. Shai Hope fell to Ashwin and Hetymer had to return due to a bizarre, embarrassing run-out. Windies were reduced to 32/4 and fought back from there on but lost Sunil Ambris and Shane Dowrich before stumps.

Resuming Day 3 on 94/6, Roston Chase and Keemo Paul took the attack to India, hitting boundaries off pacers and punishing Kuldeep Yadav before the ball finally went into the hands of Ashwin, who with his guile, cleaned up the tale.

Despite scoring at a brisk pace, the visitors were cleaned up for 181. Virat Kohli asked them to follow-on and Ashwin with the new ball removed Braithwaite. His opening partner Kieran Powell on the other end was taking the aerial route and kept India’s bowlers on the backfoot.

Shai Hope provided ample support before Windies, batting steadily on 79/1, were reduced to 97/4 by Kuldeep Yadav. The chinaman completed his five-wicket haul and became only the seventh player to achieve this feat across three international formats.

Windies could only add 45 runs from their last five wickets once Powell departed for 83 to hand India a victory by an innings and 272 runs. Prithvi Shaw was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his stellar maiden Test ton.

 


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