It was a thoroughly professional performance by team India, as they registered their biggest Test win, beating Windies by an innings and 272 runs in Rajkot to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
India registers biggest Test win
However, there was just no resistance from the visitors in the first game. They kept losing wickets on a consistent basis and eventually were bowled out for 196 in the 2nd innings on day three.
Windies began the day’s play on 94/6 in their 1st innings. Roston Chase and Keemo Paul were out there in the middle. Paul struck some excellent shots and took on the Indian bowlers with disdain. He smashed seven fours and a couple of sixes during his knock of 47. Roston Chase, on the other hand, scored a fluent half-century which eventually propelled Windies to a score of 181.
India was utterly dominant in all three departments of the game
For the home team, Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers in the 1st essay, as he bagged four wickets for just 36 runs. Batting a mere 48 overs wasn’t enough especially after India had posted a massive score of 649 in their 1st innings. Meanwhile, Windies began with a lot more intent in the 2nd innings and looked to put the spinners off.
Kieran Powell, the opener who was short of runs finally came back to some form with a good knock of 83 runs. The southpaw played some delightful shots and looked set for a well-deserved century before Kuldeep Yadav bagged the most crucial wicket of the innings. Powell wanted to work the ball towards the leg side. However, it took the edge of the bat and was grabbed quite brilliantly by Prithvi Shaw at the silly point region.
However, Kuldeep Yadav was at his imperious best and bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. Eventually, the visitors were skittled out for 196 in the 2nd innings.
Now, Windies will look to address their woes ahead of the 2nd Test slated to be played in Hyderabad from 12th October.
India 1st innings 649/9 in 149.5 overs (Virat Kohli 139, Prithvi Shaw 134, Ravindra Jadeja 100*, Devendra Bishoo 4/217)
Windies 1st innings 181 all-out in 48 overs (Roston Chase 53, Ravichandran Ashwin 4/37)
Windies 2nd innings 196 all-out in 50.5 overs (Kieran Powell 83, Kuldeep Yadav 5/57)
India won by an innings and 272 runs