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Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Ashwin seals India's first innings win in WI

India 566 for 8 decl. (Kohli 200, Ashwin 113, Dhawan 84, Mishra 53) beat West Indies 243 (K Brathwaite 74, Dowrich 57* Yadav 4-41, Shami 4-66) and (f/o) 231 (C Brathwaite 51*, Samuels 50, Ashwin 7-83) by an innings and 92 runs
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It took more than four sessions coming, but once R Ashwin found his rhythm he ran through the West Indian line-up to seal India's first innings win in the Caribbean, and their biggest one outside Asia.

After lunch on day four, with India needing eight wickets to finish the match, Ashwin found dip and drift. Simultaneously, he cut out on the loose balls to earn a five-for and a hundred in the same Test for a second time, the most by an Indian. West Indies couldn't offer much resistance and folded in 78 overs, they only bettered that tally by 12.2 in the first innings.

Before Ashwin struck, Marlon Samuels and Rajendra Chandrika had managed to hold India up for 22 overs, which did frustrate India a little. Especially after an umpiring decision got India's goat. After Umesh Yadav had removed Darren Bravo in the first over of the morning - a repeat feeble push to a wide delivery from the first innings - Mohammed Shami, in his first over of the morning, hit Samuels' glove and offered a low chance to Wriddhiman Saha's left. The wicketkeeper claimed immediately.

Coach Anil Kumble, watching from the balcony, lifted his finger after the first replay. However, the replays - understandably not enough in terms of angles or quality for financial reasons - didn't return a verdict beyond reasonable doubt nor was there a soft signal made by the on-field umpires. So the benefit of that doubt went to Samuels. His bat obscured the front-on replay somewhat, and there was nothing else to go by. The third umpire erred on the side of caution.

Virat Kohli wasn't amused. He was seen having an animated conversation with Ian Gould, who had irritated the Indian captain on day two too. Kohli was trying to get in an extra over before stumps, but Gould conversing on a walkie-talkie had denied them.

In a glimpse of what makes him a frustrating batsman to watch in Tests - a superb stroke maker but an average under 35 - Samuels drove and cut gorgeously to take 23 off the 19 balls after his reprieve. Rain arrived, 40 minutes before lunch, and several players walked straight to a laptop and sat around it, perhaps watching the replays and wondering how Samuels had survived.

India lost 15 minutes because of the rain. When an early lunch was taken, Ashwin had only bowled 22 overs in the match. He had offered too many balls to cut and was the only wicketless Indian bowler at the time. On a pitch that didn't assist spin, and against batsmen who were happy to sit back, he was made to work hard.

Ashwin's rhythm, however, returned immediately after the break. He beat Samuels in flight, with the ball dipping and hitting him on the pad. The next ball didn't turn as much, and took a soft outside edge for two runs. That was followed by another probing over, replete with a leading edge. You could sense Ashwin was building up to something.

He had Chandrika believing he was driving at a half-volley, but the dip created distance, and Saha juggled a low catch off the batsman's pad. Replays weren't conclusive vis-à-vis the inside edge, but Chandrika didn't protest at all. Next up was Jermaine Blackwood, for a pair. Once again, Ashwin created the distance with drift and dip, and the offbreak was driven to short midwicket.

Samuels became the victim of drift. As it is, he likes staying beside the line, but this one from Ashwin drifted away, and then didn't turn as much as he expected, hitting the top of off stump. The ball kept dipping on the inexperienced batsmen, who were arguably facing this quality of spin bowling for the first time, and debutant Roston Chase soon fell to forward short leg because his intended block didn't reach the pitch of the ball.

Amit Mishra broke the Ashwin streak with a topspinner that trapped Shane Dowrich, but Ashwin finished his first five-for outside Asia with another beauty. Jason Holder thought he could drive at a seemingly full offbreak, but the ball drifted away to create the bat-pad gap, and turned through it to hit the leg stump. Ashwin had taken five wickets in 51 balls.

A win seemed only a matter of time but India got fancy with bowling changes, and Carlos Brathwaite and Devendra Bishoo made them wait 24.1 overs for their ninth wicket. Forced to take the tea break, Ashwin came back to end the match with the wickets of Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel in one over.

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.