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Rahane, Bumrah script record Test victory for India over WI

 Sports Desk  daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:52 AM, 26 August 2019  

Photo: Collected

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India began their World Test Championship campaign in an emphatic fashion by clinching a record win over West Indies in the first Test of the ongoing 2-match series in Antigua on Sunday.

India bowled West Indies out for 100, their lowest total against the Asian giants in Test cricket history. 

The win also made Virat Kohli the joint-most successful Test captain along with MS Dhoni as it was his 27th as skipper in the longest format of the game. Kohli is now the most successful overseas Test captain as he went past Sourav Ganguly's tally of 11 wins on the road.

India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 4: Highlights
West Indies were on course to register the lowest score by an opposition against the Asian giants in a Test. Kemar Roach's explosive cameo towards the end help West Indies avoid the unwanted record, which is currently held by South Africa after they were bundled out for 79 on a rank turner in Nagpur in 2015.

Virat Kohli's men were clinical as they clinched a mammoth win of 318 runs against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, finishing off the first Test inside 4 days.

West Indies were bundled out cheaply in the second innings as Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma crushed the spirits of the hosts, who had beaten England at home in their previous Test assignment.

Bumrah came up with a fiery and mean spell of fast bowling as he finished with figures of 5/7 in his 8 over quota on Day 4. Bumrah rattled the timber at will with inswingers to the left-handers and outswingers to the right-handers. The stumps cartwheeling in Antigua was an alarmingly regular sight as the West Indies batsmen fell like nine pins.

Bumrah found perfect partner in Ishant Sharma who followed up his 1st innings five-wicket haul with another impressive spell of 2/25.

While Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma continued their impressive showings, the biggest positive to have emerged out of the 1st Test was Ajinkya Rahane's performances with the bat.

Ajinkya Rahane ended his 2-year-long drought for an international hundred when he hit a match-winning 102 in the second innings to help India reach 343 for 7 declared. Rahane stitched 100-run stands with captain Virat Kohli (51) and Hanuma Vihari who missed out on his maiden Test hundred by just 7 runs.

Rahane got the monkey of his back in the 2nd innings with a steady 102 during which he rode his luck. There were doubts regarding Rahane's place in the team as it seems his multi-format aspirations were affecting his performances in the longest format of the game.

However, Rahane quashed all doubts over his form and longevity with 183 runs in the Antigua Test.

Meanwhile, R Ashwin and Rohit Sharma are likely to miss out on match time in the Test series as India may well go in with an unchanged XI for the 2nd Test, which starts on Saturday in Jamaica. Ravindra Jadeja is all set to retain his place in the side after having hit a crucial 58 in the first innings. 

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