The West Indies are no longer considered a threat in the test format as they have a rather mediocre side. They weren’t expected to beat India at home but their fans will be disappointed at the way the side collapsed and lost the first test in Rajkot in less than 3 days.
The test match was a one-sided contest which isn’t good for test cricket. India wrapped up the test match after a phenomenal battling display and some fine bowling by the spinners. They won by an innings and 272 runs.
Three Centuries Push India To 649
India won the toss, elected to bat and were immediately in trouble as the in-consistent KL Rahul got out for a duck. His opening partner young P Shaw showed tremendous composure and class to bring up his first century on debut. Shaw scored fluently in his knock of 134 which came at a strike rate of 87 and along with Pujara (86) gave India a strong platform.
Captain V Kohli is never one to let an opportunity go begging and he brought up his century soon after. Kohli got up for 139 and wicket-keeper R Pant (92) fell short of his century. R Jadjea who has taken the place of the injured H Pandya made a strong case for himself scoring an unbeaten century. India declared on 649 and with the massive total on the board, Kohli’s strategy was clear.
Indian Spinners Bamboozle Windies
The selectors decided to play three spinners and it worked very well for India. R Ashwin was the main bowler in the first innings finishing with 4 wickets, while the rest of the bowlers also claimed a scalp. The Windies were rolled out for 181 and Kohli had not hesitation in asking them to follow on as India had only bowled 48 overs.
The second innings proved to be the same but this time around it was K Yadav who tore into the Windies. He took 5 wickets, Jadeja chipped in with 3 and Ashwin took another 2. Only K Powell showed some resistance with a well-made 83 but the Windies were bowled out for 196 in 50.5 overs.
P Shaw was given the man of the match award for his century on debut and it is quite likely that India will retain the same eleven for the second and final test which begins on 12 October in Hyderabad.