The West Indies and their fans will be terribly disappointed at the way they have played against India. Most teams dominate the opposition when playing at home but the West Indies have been outplayed in all departments.
Rahane Finds Form And Repays Kohli’s Faith
The West Indies asked India to bat first as they took advantage of the conditions to pick up three quick wickets including the Indian captain V Kohli. A Rahane who has been short on runs for the last two seasons showed why Kohli continues to have faith in him as he made 81 and brought stability to the middle-order. The tail wagged with R Jadeja making 58 and pushing India to 297.
The West Indies played well as a number of their batsmen got starts but did not capitalize on it and get to a big score. I Sharma was the chief wrecker in the first innings taking 5 wickets and removing key batsmen who looked set. India were able to restrict the West Indies to 222 and take a crucial 75 run lead into their second innings.
A Rahane (102) once again fired in the second innings and this time he made sure he got to a well-deserved century. V Kohli also looked good but got out on 51. G Vihari who was picked ahead of R Sharma rewarded his captain by making 93 and will run the fact that he fell short of his first century.
Kohli decided to declare on 343 in the second innings, setting the West Indies a massive target of 418 runs.
Fast Bowlers Run Through West Indies
The West Indies do not play well under pressure especially in the longer format of the game and batting collapses have been common for them. They folded rather quickly as some hostile bowling by the Indian fast bowlers saw J Bumrah pick up 5 wickets in his 8 overs and I Sharma captured another 3 wickets in his 9.5 overs. M Shami picked up 2 wickets as the West Indies were bowled out for 100.
A Rahane was awarded the man of the match award and received praise from his captain during the post-match interview. India will most likely go in with the same batting line-up for the second test which starts on 30 Aug in Kingston but could make a few changes to the bowling line-up as Kohli spoke about managing the workload of the bowlers.