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1st Test: Ashwin seals India's emphatic win against West Indies

July 25, 2016 02:00 IST
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Ashwin was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his century and 7 for 83 in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua. 

IMAGE: India’s Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates a wicket with teammates. Photograph: BCCI.

Ravichandran Ashwin produced a bowling masterclass to grab 7 for 83 as India recorded their biggest ever win outside the subcontinent by thumping the West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in the first Test at Antigua to take a morale-boosting 1-0 lead in the 4-match Test series on Sunday.

It was Ashwin's first five-wicket haul outside the subcontinent.


The off-spinner also became the first Indian to score a hundred and take a fifer in the same Test on two different occasions. 

After being frustrated by the 9th wicket pair of Carlos Brathwaite (51 not out) and Devendra Bishoo (45), it was Ashwin who broke the partnership post tea and bundled out the Windies innings by cleaning up last man Shannon Gabriel (4) on day 4 of the Test match.

IMAGE: India’s R Ashwin appeals for a wicket. Photograph: BCCI.

The post lunch session yielded India six wickets before Brathwaite and Bishoo waged a partnership.

First, the visitors broke the 67-run partnership between Rajendra Chandrika (31) and Marlon Samuels (50).

Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief again as he sent back Chandrika with a faint edge, judged accurately by the umpire and caught on the third attempt by Wriddhiman Saha.

It started the slide for West Indies and the off-spinner barged into the opening he had found.

In the very next over, he removed Jermaine Blackwood (0) for a second duck in the match, with skipper Virat Kohli holding a magnificent diving catch at midwicket to aid in the dismissal.

Then came the best moment for Ashwin, as a beautiful delivery beat Samuels' bat and knocked back his off-stump in the 42nd over.

Four overs later, Ashwin had Roston Chase (8) caught at forward short leg and the West Indies' resistance was more or less over.

IMAGE: India’s coach Anil Kumble (left) greets skipper Virat Kohli after winning the first Test. Photograph: BCCI.

At the other end, Amit Mishra (1-42) trapped Shane Dowrich (9) LBW and then Ashwin returned in the 54th over to complete his first five-wicket haul outside the sub-continent by bowling Jason Holder (16) through the gate.

Earlier, a short rain shower stopped India's march, as the hosts went into lunch at 76/2.

The morning session yielded only a solitary wicket for India with Umesh Yadav getting his fifth wicket (four in the first innings) of the match by dismissing Darren Bravo (10).

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