Rajkot Test: West Indies 94/6 at stumps, trail by 555 runs

Doug Mendoza
October 10, 2018

Even before stepping on the green pitch of Rajkot, the Men in Blue were heavily touted to thrash the travelling West Indies side.

The writing was well and truly on the wall for the beleaguered tourists by that stage, Ravindra Jadeja (3-35) and Ashwin (2-71) mopping up the tail to leave the Windies and outgoing head coach Stuart Law with major work to do before the second Test next week. The P Sara Stadium was left partially flooded after heavy rain and play was abandoned without a ball being bowled, denying the spinner Liam Dawson and the Curran brothers a chance to impress.

By tea 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 185/8 and it was just a matter of time as Jadeja and Ashwin shared the last four wickets to set up a memorable victory.

Given how India's middle and lower order offered precious little in the England series, Jadeja might well have put his hand up for a place in the XI Down Under.

West Indies picked three uncapped players - opener Chandrapaul Hemraj, all-rounder Fabian Alen and paceman Oshane Thomas - for the five-match one-day series beginning in Guwahati on October 21.

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Overnight batsmen Roston Chase and Keemo Paul, who made 47, collaborated for 73 runs in their lone significant partnership in the first innings. The hosts 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. The board had said availability for regional tournaments was a requirement to be picked for the West Indies squads, causing a rift with the players who are highly sought after by the T20 leagues.

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. In between those wickets, Shimron Hetmyer was run out for 10 after a mix-up with Ambris.

"We wanted him to cross the three-figure mark because we believe in his batting ability", India captain Virat Kohli said after India's win over the Windies. 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 starts in Hyderabad from October 12.

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