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India vs Windies - 1st Test

Series: Windies tour of India, 2018
Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
Date: 04-08 October 2018

Windies 196/10 (50.5 Ovs) RR: 3.86 | India won by an innings and 272 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Kraigg Brathwaite c Prithvi Shaw & b Ashwinc Prithvi Shaw & b Ashwin103020
Kieran Powell c Prithvi Shaw & b Kuldeep Yadavc Prithvi Shaw & b Kuldeep Yadav839384
Shai Hope lbw Kuldeep Yadavlbw Kuldeep Yadav173411
Shimron Hetmyer c Rahul & b Kuldeep Yadavc Rahul & b Kuldeep Yadav111101
Sunil Ambris stumped Kuldeep Yadavstumped Kuldeep Yadav0300
Roston Chase c Ashwin & b Kuldeep Yadavc Ashwin & b Kuldeep Yadav202430
Shane Dowrich Not OutNot Out166410
Keemo Paul c Umesh & b Ravindra Jadejac Umesh & b Ravindra Jadeja151521
Devendra Bishoo c Pant & b Ashwinc Pant & b Ashwin91220
Sherman Lewis lbw Ravindra Jadejalbw Ravindra Jadeja41510
Shannon Gabriel c Kuldeep Yadav & b Ravindra Jadejac Kuldeep Yadav & b Ravindra Jadeja4510
Extras 7 (b 5, lb 1, w 0, nb 1)
Total 196 (10 Wkts, 50.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
32-1 (Kraigg Brathwaite,7.6), 79-2 (Shai Hope,18.6), 97-3 (Shimron Hetmyer,22.1), 97-4 (Sunil Ambris,22.4), 138-5 (Roston Chase,29.3), 151-6 (Kieran Powell,35.4), 172-7 (Keemo Paul,40.4), 185-8 (Devendra Bishoo,43.6), 192-9 (Sherman Lewis,48.6), 196-10 (Shannon Gabriel,50.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mohammed Shami3 0 11 0 3.67
Ravichandran Ashwin18 2 71 2 3.94
Umesh Yadav3 0 16 0 5.33
Kuldeep Yadav14 2 57 5 4.07
Ravindra Jadeja12.5 1 35 3 2.80
Lokesh Rahul0 0 0 0 0
Prithvi Shaw0 0 0 0 0
Cheteshwar Pujara0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli0 0 0 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant0 0 0 0 0

commentary

That was a rather sad performance from the Windies, whose approach more than anything else was a big let-down. Not sure how much India can get out of this series as they prepare for their tour down under. Anyway, the visitors can only go upwards from here I guess. That's a wrap from us. It's a goodbye from Sagar Chawla, Akshay Maanay, MS Ramakrishnan, Nikhil Jadhav, Rishi Roy and our scorer Sulthan!

Prithvi Shaw, Man of the Match: It was a great win for the team, more happy for the team. Can't imagine my debut like this. Whenever you play international cricket, there's always a challenge. Was looking to play my natural game, like I do in first-class.

Kohli (2/2): Jaddu as well, he's scored important runs for us in the past. We believe he can change games for us and have match winning contributions with both bat and ball, he's electrifying in the field anyway. If you see the first innings, the way Shami and Umesh ran in to bowl was really good to see on a pitch that's not giving you much. Shami came in and bowled the way only he can. Spinners are clinical in these conditions anyway. Kuldeep outstanding in the second innings, Ashwin in the first, Jaddu was consistent as always. Over rates had to do a bit with the umpires who were pushing us, with these new rules coming in of not drinking too much water. Was quite difficult for the guys to not drink water for 40-45 minutes. Spinners bowl so much in India, we're never going to fall short of the overs anyway so that's something to consider.

Kohli, India captain (1/2): Don't think you can compare the two conditions (England and India). That was a bigger challenge, something we don't experience day in and day out. Knew when we come back home and the kind of quality we have, we will dominate in these conditions. Guys understand how to play in these conditions and they were clinical. That's not something for me to speak upon (surprised with Windies performance). I'm sure, as a team, they'd want to rectify their errors. We want to improve upon the things we need to do, not focus on what the opposition want to do. Happy that the guys put in a clinical performance. Especially delighted for Prithvi and Jaddu. The way Prithvi dominated on debut was outstanding to see. Easy conditions or not, you still have to go out there and back yourself to dominate. The guy showed he's different quality, which is why he's pushed into the Indian team so quickly. He just grabs his opportunity with both hands. Exciting to see from a captain's point of view.

Brathwaite, WI captain: Not the best of starts, credit to India. They showed us how to bat. Quite disappointed. Didn't get enough partnerships as a batting unit. Two or three partnerships would hold us very well. One thing we said in our meeting was to be as positive as possible. Not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game.

Kuldeep: It's very difficult to bowl with the red ball straightaway when you are coming from white ball cricket. Sometimes it takes time to adjust. I bowled too full in the first innings, I bowled according to the wicket and the batsman in the second innings. Kookaburra red ball is good to grip. SG is okay at the moment. Ravi Shastri told me to try and bowl from round the wicket. I was happy with that angle. I am more used to the white ball. I am learning and I am happy with the way it all came out.

Ravichandran Ashwin - I wanted to get my drift back, my rhythm back as it's difficult to come back after an injury. I was a bit apprehensive yesterday, feeling a lot better today. I had a good stint at NCA and before that in England. It's a fair amount of difference Kuldeep is talking about, adapting to the SG, Kookaburra and Dukes. The Kookaburra white ball seam is a lot more narrow these days, doesn't swing much and doesn't grip as well. That's where the adaptation is very important, we didn't get much time to do that. Right now I would say Kookaburra red ball is a lot better ball, Dukes is also right up there. Pretty disappointed with the current SG ball. It used to be top-notch, the seam used to stand up strong even after 70-80 overs. It's not the same anymore. I generally believe that in the second innings, the teams put up a better fight and there are a couple of partnerships here and there usually. There was one. This wicket was slightly better, it still is, hence I was surprised, shocked is the wrong word with the amount of attacking shots, the high risk shots that were played against the spinners. Maybe it was their strategy against the spinners but it clearly didn't work this time.

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STATS: Here are some numbers for you to munch on, thanks to Deepu Narayanan:

Biggest innings wins for India:
innings & 272 runs v WI, Rajkot, 2018
innings & 262 runs v Afg, Bengaluru, 2018
innings & 239 runs v Ban, Dhaka, 2007
innings & 239 runs v SL, Nagpur, 2017
innings & 219 runs v Aus, Kolkata, 1998

Biggest innings defeats for WI:
innings & 283 runs v Eng, Leeds, 2007
innings & 272 runs v Ind, Rajkot, 2018
innings & 237 runs v Eng, Oval, 1957
innings & 220 runs v SA, Centurion, 2014
innings & 217 runs v Aus, Brisbane, 1932

India's last four home Tests:
Beat SL by innings & 239, Nagpur
Draw v SL, Delhi
Beat Afg by innings & 262, Bengaluru
Beat WI by innings & 272, Rajkot

Windies last seven innings in India:
[Least Recent] 134 (57.2) | 234 (78) | 168 (54.1) | 182 (55.2) | 187 (47) | 181 (48) | 196 (50.5) [Most Recent]
Not once have they outlasted the first new ball.

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Quality and attitude of the opposition aside, there were definite gains for India. Gains in the form of 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw who dazzled on debut with a sizzling hundred. There was Kuldeep Yadav too, who made adjustments to his bowling today after a substandard first innings. He was noticeably bowling a little bit quicker through the air to get the ball to go through nicely, especially on a pitch which was painfully slow. Of course, Windies' fixation with lofted shots was a great help. It was hard to understand that kind of attitude, which was destined to fail against three relentless spinners who know all about these conditions. You'd have imagined that adjustments will be made from one innings to the next, but it didn't happen. Will that happen from one Test to the next?

14:48 Local Time, 09:18 GMT: Back to home comforts and back to creaming hapless opposition. Windies were no match for India at slow, dry Rajkot. On a pitch which, must be said, was very decent to bat on, they've batted twice and still haven't crossed the follow-on score. This is India's biggest ever win in Tests (by innings). It's like England never happened.

50.5
0
Jadeja to Gabriel, out Caught by Kuldeep Yadav!! Mid-on was sent back after the previous boundary, and Gabriel finds him! All over. Bit of flight on middle and leg, Gabriel can't resist, looks to loft but drags it off the inside half. Decent catch from Kuldeep pedaling back. Gabriel c Kuldeep Yadav b Jadeja 4(5) [4s-1]

Jadeja to Gabriel, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

50.4
0
Jadeja to Gabriel, no run, length ball sliding in towards off, gets his bat down straight and defends
50.3
4
Jadeja to Gabriel, FOUR, Shannon Gabriel loves a good slog, we know that. Clears the front leg and swings through the line over mid-on
50.2
0
Jadeja to Gabriel, no run, back of a length, flat on off, Gabriel camps back and defends
50.1
0
Jadeja to Gabriel, no run, floated up on off, defends
49.6
0
Ashwin to Dowrich, no run, defended to backward point
49.5
0
Ashwin to Dowrich, no run, may have picked the carrom ball but was still beaten by it. He was looking to go with the turn through cover, only that there was more turn than expected
49.4
0
Ashwin to Dowrich, no run, guided away to backward point
49.3
0
Ashwin to Dowrich, no run, floated up just outside off, Dowrich gets forward and steers into the off-side
49.2
0
Ashwin to Dowrich, no run, slightly short, easily negotiated from the crease
49.1
0
Ashwin to Dowrich, no run, would've been another sharp catch from Shaw had he held on, but it doesn't stick. A bit quicker at the stumps, turns in and flies off the inside edge to short leg. Difficult chance, but he did get both hands on it

Shannon Gabriel, right handed bat, comes to the crease

48.6
0
Jadeja to Sherman Lewis, out Lbw!! That's a horrible shot from Sherman Lewis. The ball is drifting in on middle from round the wicket, he swipes right across it and misses it altogether. Had it gone on with the angle, it would've missed leg. But no, Jadeja got it to straighten on middle stump. Looked very out. Sherman Lewis lbw b Jadeja 4(15) [4s-1]

Jadeja to Sherman Lewis, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

48.5
1
Jadeja to Dowrich, 1 run, fired in full, punched to deep mid-off
48.4
0
Jadeja to Dowrich, no run, slightly slower from Jadeja, 86kph, holds its line on off. Dowrich defends to silly point
48.3
0
Jadeja to Dowrich, no run, length ball outside off, defended into the off-side
48.2
0
Jadeja to Dowrich, no run, 93kph, a bit short outside off, Dowrich didn't have enough room though to muscle the cut. Chops it to backward point
48.1
0
Jadeja to Dowrich, no run, drifting in on middle, defended
47.6
0
Ashwin to Sherman Lewis, no run, no problems bunting this carrom ball back to Ashwin
47.5
0
Ashwin to Sherman Lewis, no run, length ball turning back in towards off, Lewis gets forward, bends down on it and defends
47.4
0
Ashwin to Sherman Lewis, no run, overpitched outside off, drilled to mid-off
47.3
0
Ashwin to Sherman Lewis, no run, now a good stride forward to smother the ball
47.2
0
Ashwin to Sherman Lewis, no run, length ball turning in from wide of off, Lewis quickly makes his mind up and leaves
47.1
1
Ashwin to Dowrich, 1 run, 90kph, quite full on off, Dowrich works it to deep mid-on
46.6
0
Jadeja to Sherman Lewis, no run, fired in at the stumps, blocked

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