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India crush West Indies inside three days

Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of Roston Chase (right) during the 3rd day of the 1st Test against West Indies in Rajkot, on Saturday.
 RAJKOT, Oct 6: India recorded their biggest Test win as they humiliated West Indies by an innings and 272 runs in the first match here on Saturday, wrapping up one of the most ludicrous mismatches of recent times without breaking a sweat.

India dominated the game, amassing 649 for nine in their first innings before bowling out the West Indies twice on day three, to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

They were bundled out for 181 in 48 overs before lunch and were expectedly forced to follow-on. They did not fare any better in the second innings, crumbling to 196 all out in 50.5 overs in the final session.

Previously, the innings and 262-run win over Afghanistan in June this year was India’s best in terms of innings victory. While Ravichandran Ashwin (4/37) was the pick of the bowlers in the morning, Kuldeep Yadav (5/57) was all over the opposition batsmen in the second innings on way to a maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.

The feat makes Yadav the first player to have a five-wicket haul in all three formats of the game.

The second and final Test will be played in Hyderabad from October 12-16. The West Indies will have to lift themselves to put up a better performance after being thoroughly outplayed in Rajkot. The absence of captain Jason Holder and pacer Kemar Roach also added to their woes.

For India, the game will be best remembered for the emergence of Prithvi Shaw, who announced his arrival in international cricket with a classy hundred on debut, becoming the youngest from the country to do so in Tests. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja were the other centurions.

By tea on Saturday, it became clear that the game will be done and dusted inside three days with the West Indies batsmen cutting a sorry picture at 185 for eight.

Opener Kieran Powell was the only West Indian batsmen to make a significant contribution in the second essay, an entertaining 83 off 93 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes. – PTI


India 1st innings: 649 for 9 declared.

West Indies 1st innings (overnight): Kraigg Brathwaite b Shami 2, Kieran Powell lbw b Shami 1, Shai Hope b Ashwin 10, Shimron Hetmyer run out 10, Sunil Ambris c Rahane b Jadeja 12, Roston Chase b Ashwin 53, Shane Dowrich b Kuldeep 10, Keemo Paul c Pujara b Umesh 47, Devendra Bishoo not out 17, Sherman Lewis b Ashwin 0, Shannon Gabriel st Pant b Ashwin 1. Extras: (B-16 LB-2) 18. Total: (All out in 48 overs) 181. Fall of wickets: 2-1, 7-2, 21-3, 32-4, 49-5, 74-6, 147-7, 159-8, 159-9. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 9-2-22-2, Umeh Yadav 11-3-20-1, Ravichandran Ashwin 11-2-37-4, Ravindra Jadeja 7-1-22-1, Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-62-1.

West Indies 2nd innings: Kraigg Brathwaite c Shaw b Ashwin 10, Kieran Powell c Shaw b Kuldeep Yadav 83, Shai Hope lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 17, Shimron Hetmyer c Rahul b Kuldeep Yadav 11, Sunil Ambris st Pant b Kuldeep Yadav 0, Roston Chase c Ashwin b Kuldeep Yadav 20, Shane Dowrich not out 16, Keemo Paul c Yadav b Jadeja 15, Devendra Bishoo c Pant b Ashwin 9, Sherman Lewis lbw b Jadeja 4, Shannon Gabriel c Kuldeep Yadav b Jadeja 4. Extras: (b 5, lb 1, nb 1) 7. Total: (All out in 50.5 overs) 196. Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-79, 3-97, 4-97, 5-138, 6-151, 7-172, 8-185, 9-192, 10-196. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 3-0-11-0, R Ashwin 18-2-71-2, UT Yadav 3-0-16-0, Kuldeep Yadav 14-2-57-5, RA Jadeja 12.5-1-35-3.

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