India thrash West Indies by an innings in 1st Test: India captain Virat Kohli lauded a “complete performance” by his team after they thrashed West Indies by an innings and 92 runs inside four days in the first test in Antigua on Sunday.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin collected 7-83 in the second innings as the home team collapsed to 231 all out after being forced to follow-on at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound.
It was Ashwin’s third career seven-wicket haul, his first outside India. He had not picked up any wickets in the first innings.
“The fast bowlers bowled really well in the first (innings) and I wasn’t really finding my rhythm to be very honest,” Ashwin, who also scored a century, said in an on-field interview after being named man-of-the-match.
“I got a good long spell after lunch today. Rhythm is the most important thing for me. I wasn’t quite comfortable yesterday. Today was very different.”
Carlos Brathwaite, batting at number nine, top scored for West Indies with 51 not out, while Marlon Samuels (50) and Devendra Bishoo (45) tried to frustrate the visitors but they only delayed the inevitable.
Mohammed Shami was the standout bowler for India in the first innings, looking menacing with the red ball every time he ran in to bowl. The fact that Shami can move the ball, just enough, with pace makes him a potent weapon for Kohli to use, and while he showed signs of not having played competitive cricket for a long time, as he tired considerably towards the end of Day 3, the India skipper will look to him to get the breakthroughs on Sunday.
Darren Bravo and Rajendra Chandrika batted well to ensure West Indies would only lose the one second innings wicket before the close of play, and a lot more of that fight will be needed on day four of this first Test match.