Player of the Match
Player of the Match
507dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Ashwin seals India's first innings win in WI

It took more than four sessions coming, but once R Ashwin found his rhythm he ran through the West Indiean line-up to seal India's first innings win in the West Indies and their biggest outside A

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
200(283) 24x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 56 runs
  • 8x4 - 0x6
15 6 21 17 62 21 16 42
R Ashwin
113(253) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 28 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
10 2 6 18 27 7 17 26

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
O25
M8
R83
W7
Eco3.32
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W4W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
UT Yadav
O18
M8
R41
W4
Eco2.27
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

India , elected to bat first

Series result

India led the 4-match series 1-0

Player of the match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

21,22,23,24July 2016 (5-day match)

Test debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

END OF OVER:
78 | 8 Runs 2 Wkts | WI: 231/10

  • CR Brathwaite51 (82b)
  • R Ashwin25-8-83-7
  • A Mishra19-3-61-1

That's all we have for you from the first Test, join us on July 30 for the second one at Jamaica.

R Ashwin is the Man of the Match. 17th five for in "33 matches, I guess. Maybe I'm the first Ashwin, we'll name it later on [on the equivalent of Bradmanesque for the bowlers]. wasn't finding my rhythm in the first innings. Virat gave me a long spell after lunch today and I was working on my rhythm with Anil bhai as well. Worked on it, you finish your action well, I wasn't getting a long enough spell, but today it was different"

"Wow, I didn't know that [This being India's biggest win outside Asia]. Just feels good to get a win on the board, always good to start well. Good prep time, for three weeks. Everyone was excited, we'd enough practice. It was a complete performance," Virat Kohli says, "Scoring wasn't easy, initially West Indies bowled well. A couple of their bowlers rushed us, 70-odd for 2 with five batsmen, had to take responsibility. Shikhar was playing really well and I wanted to be positive, if you want to win a Test you have to score quickly and get the bowlers a chance to bowl the opposition out twice. Then Ashwin played a brilliant innings down the order, it was a team batting performance. If we're playing five batsmen, we wanted to deepen the order. We had Saha at No. 7 and Ashwin was good enough to bat at No. 6. He was a pure batsman before he became an offspinner. Always good to have someone who can do pretty well in both. Our initial thought was three spinners, but the amount of grass made us go with three quicks. Ishant bowled well without luck. Shami and Umesh were outstanding. They way they bowled on a wicket like this, they rushed the batsmen. Someone like Shami, after surgery to come back and prove himself. He's a perfect Test bowler, hits those perfect deliveries to get batsmen out. Ishant is always consistent, Umesh bowled well too. The challenge for modern day batsmen, switching between batsmen. If you want to be the best, adaptability is one thing you have to do well. The way we prepare is important. Sandeep Patil asked me if I could hit a six through the innings and I said playing five batsmen, I can't hit sixes. We want to win every game we play, that's always been our vision and aim. I'm confident and aim in the skill we have. If they give us a dry wicket, three spinners come into play with Jadeja's batting. In the field we were good too, Saha with six catches. Need to be confident, but not complacent"'

4.00 pm "India put up a pretty good first innings total, we didn't bowl well. It's a daunting task chasing 566. We had some good performances, Brathwaite and Dowrich. Didn't get enough partnerships. Have to bowl better, Shannon bowled very well, Bishoo was decent, but have to bowl well for longer [than we did here]," Jason Holder says "We'll see the conditions in Jamaica and then see the combination. Not too sure of the pitch there. Just think we need to see what happens. Normally its flat. Hard to predict conditions in the Caribbean of late"

Kohli has a stump, Ashwin has a stump, Kumble is with his camera. An impressive performance from India in the first match of a series. At no point did West Indies challenge them enough for the result of this match to be a mystery. The batsmen set it up with a mammoth total, then the fast bowlers made sure a flat pitch looked like a fine pitch - using the only help it offered, bounce - to roll West Indies over and then Ashwin finished off with 7 for 83, first five-wicket haul outside Asia, to go with a Third Test hundred. Question then, will he take the Man of the Match, or will it be Kohli for his maiden double-ton?

"Ind win by Inns & 92 runs - their biggest Test win outside Asia. Prev best: Inn & 90 runs, Bulawayo 2005-06. Ind's 4th inns win o/s Asia," says Bharath Seervi

Manas: "Before we get to the presentation, the Strange Case of Carlos should be discussed. His batting is clearly competent (3 50s in 3 Tests against good opposition) and his bowling is equally clearly very poor. There's a case for him playing as a batting allrounder higher up the order (6 or 7) instead of being viewed as a bowler/bowling allrounder."

77.6
W
Ashwin to Gabriel, OUT, plays inside the line and gets his off stump pegged back. That is India's first innings win in the West Indies. A shortish ball pitches outside off and is virtually allowed to go past him by Gabriel playing down the wrong line

ST Gabriel b Ashwin 4 (3m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

77.5
0
Ashwin to Gabriel, no run, good length ball drifting outside off, defended
77.4
4
Ashwin to Gabriel, FOUR, that was the intention, to make Gabriel slog. Only this time the tailender picks up the generously flighted ball and wallops it to the midwicket boundary
77.3
W
Ashwin to Bishoo, OUT, whipped straight at midwicket. Tossed up on the pads, Bishoo goes for another aggressive stroke and doesn't mind the field. Pujara was there, and it went straight to him

D Bishoo c Pujara b Ashwin 45 (88m 74b 6x4 1x6) SR: 60.81

77.2
4
Ashwin to Bishoo, FOUR, Ishant backtracks to his right at long leg, but the ball eludes him easily. Bishoo plays the sweep with the wind and gets a boundary despite not timing it well
77.1
0
Ashwin to Bishoo, no run, confidently behind the shortish delivery on off stump

Biggest win outside Asia

0

No. of bigger wins for India outside Asia, than the Inns & 92 runs win in this Test. Their previous biggest win was by an Inns & 90 runs v Zim, Bulawayo, 2005-06.

Century, yes; 5-for, yes

2

No. of times Ashwin has scored a century and took a five-wicket haul in the same Test - only India cricketer to do it twice. Mankad and Umrigar did it once.

Can Samuels save WI?

84

Samuels' score in his only previous innings against India while following-on, at Eden Gardens in 2011-12. WI made 463 then but lost by an inns & 15 runs.

India again

2006

Last time West Indies were asked to follow-on in Tests at home, also by India - Gros Islet, 2006. This is their 8th follow-on in home Tests against all teams.

Saha's five-for

0

No. of India wicketkeepers to effect 5 or more dismissals in a Test inns in West Indies, before Saha in this Test. More and Dhoni had effected 4 dismissals.

Brathwaite the man

6

No. of inns for WI at home without their openers scoring 50+, before this. Brathwaite's 118 vs Eng in St George's was the last 50+ by an WI opener at home.

Swift Shami

0

No. of India fast bowlers who completed 50 Test wickets in fewer matches than Shami's 13. Venkatesh Prasad also took 13 Tests to reach the milestone.

Brathwaite gets going

9

Kraigg Brathwaite's average in his last six Test inns at home, before this. He scored 54 runs in those inns with highest of 25 including two ducks.

Opening woes continue

22

No. of innings without a 50-plus stand for West Indies, including this. Their last 50-plus stand was 55 vs SA, Port Elizabeth, Dec 2014.

Contributions from all

2

No. of instances of a team having 50+ partnerships for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th wkts, including India in this Test. First was SL v Ind, Colombo (SSC), 2008.

Century on first attempt

4

No. of India players who scored centuries in their maiden Test innings in West Indies, including Ashwin. Others: Polly Umrigar, Brijesh Patel, Sanjay Manjrekar.