West Indies vs India 2nd Test Day 1: Ashwin, Rahul put India in command

Ashwin finished with figures of 5-52 off 16 overs

Ashwin finished with figures of 5-52 off 16 overs

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Ravichandran Ashwin haunted the West Indies once again as he sliced through their batting line-up to put India in a commanding position on the first day of the second Test in Jamaica.

With his five-wicket haul, Ashwin became the first Indian bowler since 2006 to take at least two five-wicket hauls in a Test series outside of Asia.

Ashwin, though, was not the only Indian player to torment the West Indies as Lokesh Rahul punished the men from the Caribbean with his unbeaten 75.

Opting to bat first, the West Indies lost Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo and Rajendra Chandrika for one, a duck and five runs respectively.

With the West Indies reeling at 7/3 in the sixth over, Jermaine Blackwood took the attack to India as he and Marlon Samuels amassed an 81-run partnership, during which he brought up his half-century, before he was trapped lbw by Ashwin for 62, which came off 62 balls and included seven boundaries and four sixes.

Blackwood scored his seventh Test fifty

Blackwood scored his seventh Test fifty

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Following Blackwood’s dismissal, Ashwin began his rampage as he ripped through the West Indies’ middle and lower order.

Not being able to recover from Ashwin’s onslaught, the West Indies ended up being bowled out for a dismal total of 196.

Ashwin inflicted the most damage with five wickets, while Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami snapped up two wickets apiece. Amit Mishra, meanwhile, chipped in with one.

Trailing by 196 runs, Rahul and Shikar Dhawan put together an 87-run stand, during which Rahul recorded his half-century, before Dhawan was removed by Roston Chase for 27.

Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 39-run partnership before stumps was called.

Rahul finished on 75 off 114 balls, which included 10 boundaries, while Pujara remained undefeated on 18, which came off 57 deliveries and included one boundary.

Rahul struck 10 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 75

Rahul struck 10 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 75

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Chase was the only bowler to take a wicket.

India ended day one on 126/1 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 15:00 GMT.

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