Ashwin sets up massive win for India

Wednesday 19th July 2023 06:35 EDT

Off-spinner R Ashwin run through the ill-equipped West Indies batting line-up by claiming seven wickets for 71 runs to set-up an innings and 141 run victory for India in the opening test at Roseau in Dominica last week.
After India declared their first innings at 421 for five midway into the afternoon session, an improved batting show was expected from the Caribbean batters but they were simply not up to the task and collapsed to 130 all out in 50 overs to ensure a three-day finish.
Ashwin followed his 33rd five-wicket haul in the first innings with envious figures of seven for 71 in 21. 3 overs, his best in an overseas Test. The result was a foregone conclusion after the West Indies were bundled out for 150 on the opening day. India’s big win was also set up by Yashasvi Jaiswal who made a sublime 171 on debut. Virat Kohli contributed with 76 off 182 but it was not among his fluent knocks as he had to work extremely hard for his runs and was even dropped twice along the way.
The second and final Test starts in Port of Spain, Trinidad, from July 20. India, who have not lost a Test to West Indies since 2002, will be expected to complete a clean sweep and pick up crucial points in the World Test Championship. The writing was on the wall when the West Indies were reduced to 32 for four in their second innings. With the conditions resembling the slow and dry tracks of India, Rohit Sharma introduced spin as early as the fifth over.
We let ourselves down: Brathwaite
West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite came down heavily on his ill-equipped batting unit, saying the home team was “let down” by its batters in the opening Test. “We just let ourselves down with the bat. First innings total was just not good enough,” Brathwaite said after the match. Brathwaite was particularly critical of his own performance as he scored just 20 and 7 in two innings while opening the batting.

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