Tourists beat West Indies by 318 runs
ANTIGUA, Aug 26, (RTRS): Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets for seven runs as India recorded their biggest ever away victory by runs, thrashing West Indies by 318 runs in the first Test in Antigua on Sunday.
After setting West Indies an unlikely target of 419 for victory on the fourth day, India bowled out the hosts for 100 in their second innings in North Sound.
Bumrah, who took his five wickets in eight overs, rattled through the top order, attacking the stumps relentlessly in a devastating spell.
He made his first breakthrough when he had opener Kraigg Brathwaite caught behind for one in his first over and the result was never in doubt after West Indies were subsequently reduced to 15-5.
Bumrah was ably supported by fellow pace bowler Ishant Sharma, who collected 3-31, completing an eight-wicket match haul.
Tailender Kemar Roach slogged three sixes in one over off spinner Ravindra Jadeja and top-scored for West Indies with 38.
Only a final-wicket partnership of 50 between Roach and Miguel Cummins gave West Indies’ total a slight measure of respectability.
Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane notched his 10th career century, scoring 102, while Hanuma Vihari added 93 before India captain Virat Kohli declared at 347-7.
After destroying West Indies, Bumrah said he had added more variety to his bowling recently.
Kohli backed Bumrah to maintain his place in the Test side, saying: “He’ll be a key factor for us as long as the World Test Championship continues.”
While Kohli ponders an embarrassment of selection riches, losing captain Jason Holder lamented another dreadful team batting performance. “Batting issues to sort, (been) going on for too long,” he said. “Top order not doing well, leaving much for the middle order to do. Wicket was a good wicket, we should’ve batted better.
The second and final Test in the series, which is part of the new World Test Championship, starts in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday.
India vs West Indies Scoreboard
NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda, Aug 26, (OPTA): Scoreboard at close of play on the fourth day of 1st Test between West Indies and India.
INDIA 1st innings 297 (Rahane 81; Jadeja 58; Roach 4-66)
WEST INDIES 1st innings 222 (Chase 48; Holder 39; Sharma 5-43)
INDIA 2nd innings
K.L. Rahul b Chase 38
M. Agarwal lbw Chase 16
C. Pujara b Roach 25
V. Kohli c Campbell b Chase 51
A. Rahane c Holder b Gabriel 102
H. Vihari c Hope b Holder 93
R. Pant c (Sub) b Chase 7
R. Jadeja not out 1
Extras: (6b, 4lb) 10
Total: (112.3 overs, for 7 wkts, decl) 343
Fall of Wickets: 1-30 (Agarwal), 2-73 (Rahul), 3-81 (Pujara), 4-187 (Kohli), 5-322 (Rahane), 6-336 (Pant), 7-343 (Vihari)
Did Not Bat: Sharma, Shami, Bumrah
Bowling: Roach 20-8-29-1, Gabriel 16-3-63-1, Chase 38-5-132-4, Holder 18.3-4-45-1, Cummins 7-1-20-0, Campbell 6-0-20-0, Brathwaite 7-0-24-0
WEST INDIES 2nd innings
K. Brathwaite c Pant b Bumrah 1
J. Campbell b Bumrah 7
S. Brooks lbw Sharma 2
D. Bravo b Bumrah 2
S. Hetmyer c Rahane b Sharma 1
R. Chase b Shami 12
S. Hope b Bumrah 2
J. Holder b Bumrah 8
K. Roach c Pant b Sharma 38
S. Gabriel c Pant b Shami 0
M. Cummins not out 19
Extras: (7lb, 1nb) 8
Total (26.5 overs, all out) 100
Fall of Wickets: 1-7 (Brathwaite), 2-10 (Campbell), 3-10 (Brooks), 4-13 (Hetmyer), 5-15 (Bravo), 6-27 (Hope), 7-37 (Holder), 8-50 (Chase), 9-50 (Gabriel), 10-100 (Roach)
Bowling: Sharma 9.5-1-31-3, Bumrah 8-4-7-5, Jadeja 4-0-42-0, Shami 5-3-13-2
Match Result: India win by 318 runs
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Rodney Tucker
TV Umpire: Paul Reiffel
Match Referee: David Boon