Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

West Indies face crushing defeat as India enforce follow-on

West Indies face crushing defeat as India enforce follow-on

The miscommunication between the two batsmen was what drew the attention here as the West Indies were falling like a pack of cards, not showing any resistance at all in front of the Indian bowling.

Ravichandran Ashwin bowled Shai Hope for 10, Jadeja had Sunil Ambris (12) caught at slip in his first over, and Kuldeep Yadav bowled Shane Dowrich (10).

India opened the batting on day one and declared at 649-9, with Virat Kohli making 139, and the 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw and Ravindra Jadeja also making centuries.

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

West Indies picked three uncapped players - opener Chandrapaul Hemraj, all-rounder Fabian Alen and paceman Oshane Thomas - for the five-match one-day series beginning in Guwahati on October 21.

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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.

West Indies picked three uncapped players - opener Chandrapaul Hemraj, all-rounder Fabian Alen and paceman Oshane Thomas - for the five-match one-day series beginning in Guwahati on October 21.

"We can not compare this with the series (defeat) in England".

Roston Chase and Keemo Paul were the men tasked with the impossible at the start of the day, and the pair did at least take their seventh-wicket stand to 73 before the latter fell for 47, top-edging a bouncer from Umesh Yadav (1-20). After the break, Kieran Powell (83) tried to put the Indian attack to the sword with eight fours and four sixes in his 93-ball stay, reaching his sixth test half-century off 55 balls. India's opening role has been a weakness for the team for a long time now and with the BCCI finally deciding to do away with the pair of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, Shaw's innings could see India solidify the crucial opening slot in time to come.

Kohli, who was 72 not out overnight, became the second fastest to get 24 Test hundreds behind only Donald Bradman, who took 66 innings to Kohli's 123. "They showed us how to bat", a disappointed Brathwaite said after the loss.

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