Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Windies under fire against India in first Test

Windies under fire against India in first Test

With temperatures touching almost 40 degrees Celsius on each of the three days of the first Test between India and West Indies in Rajkot, players from both sides were constantly under the supervision of umpires while asking for drinks breaks.

The match will be best remembered for the emergence of Prithvi Shaw, who announced his arrival in global cricket with a classy hundred on debut, becoming the youngest from the country to do so in Tests.

With temperatures touching almost 40 degrees Celsius on each of the three days of the Rajkot Test between India and West Indies, players from both sides were constantly under the supervision of umpires while asking for drinks breaks.

Out-of-favour Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh's demeaning tweet on the visiting West Indies team did not go down well with fans.

Ravendra Jadeja joined Kohli and they posted a 64-run partnership before Shermon Lewis returned for the scalp of Kohli. And the decision of sending him back early from the England tour to prepare for the series, proved right as he ran through the Windies line-up to hand India its biggest innings win ever.

The West Indies were always going to find it tough against India, more so without their captain Jason Holder and senior pacer Kemar Roach.

Virat Kohli has broken Sachin Tendulkar's record to become the fastest Indian player to register 24 Test centuries.

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For West Indies, Devendra Bishoo grabbed 4 wickets but spent 217 runs for that. Opener Kieran Powell was the only West Indian batsmen to make a significant contribution in the second essay, an entertaining 83 off 93 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes.

Ambris, back in the squad for the first time in 10 months, lasted just 20 balls before edging an extravagant drive at left-arm spinner Jadeja to Ajinkya Rahane at slip.

Ashwin ran through the tail on a pitch offering plenty of turns, ending with four for 37 in 11 overs as the West Indies were all out in 48 overs.

The 23-year-old Kuldeep then rattled the West Indies' top and middle order including big wickets of Powell, Sunil Ambris for nought and Roston Chase, who had top-scored for West Indies in the first innings with his gritty 53. "They showed us how to bat", a disappointed Brathwaite said after the loss.

The right-handed Shaw struck 19 fours off 154 deliveries, while Pujara, also right-handed, faced 130 balls and counted 14 fours in chalking up his 19th half-century in his 63rd Test. "I'm sure they'll look into this", Kohli said.

The second and final Test will be played in Hyderabad from October 12-16.

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