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1st Test PIX: India crush Windies after Bumrah, Rahane show

Last updated on: August 26, 2019 08:54 IST

Images from Day 4 of the first Test between India and the West Indies, in Antigua.

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Ajinkya Rahane

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane celebrates scoring a century on Day 4 of the first Test against the West Indies, in Antigua. Photograph: BCCI

India inflicted a humiliating 318-run defeat on the West Indies in the first Test as Jasprit Bumrah dismantled the hosts with a five wicket haul after Ajinkya Rahane found his first century in two years,  in Antigua, on Sunday.

Rahane scored a hundred but Hanuma Vihari missed out on a maiden one by seven runs before India declared their second innings on 343 for seven, setting the West Indies a stiff 419-run victory target, on Day 4 of the first Test.

 

Rahane and Vihari raised a 135-run stand for the fifth wicket, after India lost skipper Virat Kohli early in the morning, as India tightened their grip on the Test.

While Rahane, who scored 81 in the first innings, registered his first a Test hundred since the 132 against Sri Lanka in August 2017, Vihari, who posted his second Test fifty, fell seven short of a maiden hundred in only his fifth Test. 

The moment Vihari miscued a pull, which landed in the gloves of wicketkeeper Shai Hope, India declared their second innings.

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates dismissing John Campbell.

IMAGE: Jasprit Bumrah celebrates dismissing John Campbell. Photograph: BCCI

West Indies were chasing a stiff 419-run target but Indian pacers, led by Bumrah demolished the hosts, who were all out for just 100 in 26.5 overs in the final session of the fourth day.

It was a Bumrah show in perfect weather conditions as he sent the wickets cart-wheeling thrice during a sensational eight-over spell in which he conceded just seven runs. No top-order batsman could resist the furious spell from Bumrah, who first dismissed openers Kraigge Brathwaite (1) and John Campbell (7) and later saw the back of Darren Barvo (2), Shai Hope (2) and Jason Holder to complete his five-wicket haul.

Jasprit Bumrah

IMAGE: Bumrah became the fastest bowler to take 50 Test wickets. Photograph: BCCI

Playing his 10th Test, he also became the fastest bowler to take 50 Test wickets.

Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma then blew away the West Indies top-order to leave them gasping at 15 for five at tea. Later, Mohammed Shami (2/13) too contributed in India's resounding victory which gave them a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. 

Bumrah and Ishant (3/31) exposed the feeble West Indies' batting line-up with fiery spells as none of the home batsmen could reach double digits.

Ishant Sharma appeals successfully for leg before wicket against Shamarh Brooks.

IMAGE: Ishant Sharma appeals successfully for leg before wicket against Shamarh Brooks. Photograph: BCCI

Ishant too joined the party, getting rid of Shamarh Brooks (2) and Shimron Hetmyer (1).

Kemar Roach (38), Miguel Cummins (19 not out) and Roston Chase (12) were the only batsmen who managed double-digit mark. Roach added 50 runs for the last wicket with Cummins but it just delayed the inevitable.

It is India's fourth-biggest Test win but biggest in away Tests as winning by 336 runs against South Africa in Delhi in 2015-16 remains their best ever. The result gave Virat Kohli the joint-most number of victories as India captain, tying for 27 wins with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He has also gone past Saurav Ganguly (11) for most away wins as India captain.

Hanuma Vihari

IMAGE: Hanuma Vihari takes evasive action to avoid bouncer. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, Rahane's patient knock came off 242 balls, with just five shots to the fence, but Vihari paced his innings nicely. The Hyderabad batsman hit 10 fours and a six in his 128-ball knock at an impressive strike rate of 72.65. However, in an attempt to get some quick runs, he pulled Jason Holder but could not connect the ball and the under-edge was easily taken by Hope.

Before that Rahane too fell while trying to score quickly, caught by Holder off Shannon Gabriel.

Off-spinner Roston Chase (4/132) was the most successful bowler for the hosts; he got rid of Rishabh Pant (7) after dismissing Kohli (51).

Resuming the day on 185 for three, India lost Kohli (51) when his leading edge off Chase flew to John Campbell, who took the catch on second attempt.

That ended the fourth-wicket partnership between Kohli and Rahane; it yielded 106 runs for India.

Hanuma Vihari is congratulated by Ajinkya Vihari after completing his fifty

IMAGE: Hanuma Vihari is congratulated by Ajinkya Rahane after completing his fifty. Photograph: BCCI

The other overnight batsman Rahane was joined by Vihari, who easily worked the ball around in gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Holder made it an all-spin attack by introducing John Campbell from the other end.

As soon as the new ball was available, pacers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel operated in tandem but before that the West Indies part-timers had bowled 41 overs in this innings alone.

While Roach and Gabriel bowled a few testing deliveries, it was largely an untroubled stay for both Rahane and Vihari.

Team India

IMAGE: Bumrah and Ishant exposed the feeble West Indies' batting line-up with fiery spells. Photograph: BCCI

On Saturday, opener Mayank Agarwal (16) was the first Indian wicket to fall in the second innings, trapped by Chase in the 14th over although TV replays showed the ball was missing the leg stump but the batsman didn't go for review.

After Agarwal's departure, KL Rahul (38) and Chesteshwar Pujara (25) added 43 runs for the second wicket to take India forward.

Rahul, however, gave away his wicket, bowled by Chase. He went across his stumps while going for a sweep, only to expose all the three stumps and the West Indian spinner stuck as the batsman failed to connect the ball.

An over later, Roach went through Pujara's defence to reduce India to 81 for three.

Before that, 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.

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