India kickstart their world test championship by defeating west indies in a fabulous test match and taking 60 points. The two teams will meet at Sabina Park in Jamaica on August 30 for the start of the 2nd Test.
Test Match, Day 1
With pitch offering good swing at the start of play, West Indies made the most of the conditions to pick 3 early wickets in first 8 overs.
Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach were dangerous throughout the day. But Ajinkya Rahane’s 81 was the main highlight of the day.
After Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara fell early. KL Rahul made 44-run contribution while Vihari involved in a vital stand.
With Rahane to push India past 200 at the end of Day 1. India will resume play with their overnight score of 203 for 6 with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease.
Ishant Sharma picked up his ninth 5-wicket haul as India ended day two on a high against the West Indies in Antigua on Friday.
The West Indies managed to post 189 for eight at stumps, trail India by 108 runs. With the bat, Roston Chase top scored for the home side with 48 runs. For India, apart from Ishant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami picked up a wicket each to put India on top in the match.
Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja scored his 11th Test fifty as India were bowled out for 297 on the second day. India lost Rishabh Pant early but Ishant Sharma stood and stiched together a 60-run partnership.
Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane’s 18th half-century led India to 203/6 on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies.
India was 25/3 as they were stopped by Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel. But Rahane underlined his immense value to a star-studded team with a fabulous top score of 81 that helped lift to a more competitive position by the end of a rain-interrupted day.
He received resolute support from opening batsman K.L. Rahul (44) in a fourth-wicket stand of 68 and then featured in an another partnership with Hanuma Vihari (32), the pair putting on 82 for the fifth wicket.
India maintain their hold over the West Indies with a healthy 75-run first innings lead, which expanded to 89 by lunch time on the third day of the opening cricket Test on Saturday.
India bowled out West Indies for 222 in 74.2 overs in their first innings. In reply to 297 with Ishant Sharma returning with best figures of 5 for 43. Besides Ishant, Mohammed Shami (2/48) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/64) scalped two wickets a piece.
For West Indies, Roston Chase top-scored with 48. While skipper Jason Holder played a fighting 39-run knock as the hosts failed to build up partnerships. At the opening break of the third day, India were 14 for no loss in their second innings.
Mayank Agarwal batting on 8 and K L Rahul on 6. Earlier, resuming the play the score was 189/8, Holder and Miguel Cummins stuck together for 103 balls, reproducing a crucial 41-run partnership for the ninth wicket to take West Indies close to the Indian total.
Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets while Ishant Sharma took three wickets to win the match for India. It was a clinical performance from the Indian bowlers as they bowled out the Windies for just 100 runs.
India win the match by 318 runs to earn their fourth-highest Test victory. Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane scored a brilliant ton while Hanuma Vihari slammed 93 as India declared their second innings on 343/7. As a result, West Indies needed 419 runs to win the first Test encounter.
Highlights: India vs West Indies, Test Match
- Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets for seven runs to help India crush West Indies by 318 runs.
- After setting Windies an unlikely target of 419 for victory, India bowled out the hosts for 100 in their second innings.
- Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane played his 10th century, scoring 102.
- Hanuma Vihari scored 93 before India captain Virat Kohli declared at 343/7.
- Indian Cricket Team kickstart their World Test Championship with a fabulous test match win.