India win series 1-0 against West Indies

Wednesday 26th July 2023 06:32 EDT

Torrential rain played spoilsport on the fifth and final day of the final Test between India and the West Indies on Monday. The match was ultimately called off and declared a draw with India winning the series 1-0. A rain-marred fourth day saw India pick two wickets to leave West Indies at 76 for two in their second innings, having set an imposing target of 365 runs to win the match and level the two-match series, which is part of the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle.
Rohit Sharma's side were already 1-0 up in the series, winning by an innings and 141 runs in the first Test at Dominica.
This game was also the 500th India cap for star batsman Virat Kohli who made the occasion memorable with his 76th international century. His ton and Ravichandran Ashwin's half-century helped India post 438 in their first-innings.
After a solid start, West Indies collapsed on Day 4 morning to get bowled out for 255. India batted with aggression in their second innings to swell their lead to 364, and broke a world record in the process for the fastest-ever Test 100.
They declared soon after, leaving the hosts with the choice of either going all out attack to try and chase a big total or batting out Day 5 to claim a draw after losing two early wickets in their second innings. West Indies, who ended day 4 at 76/2, needed 289 runs to win while India needed eight wickets. But incessant rain meant no play was possible on Day 5.

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