India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3: Kuldeep’s maiden five-for sees India annihilate West Indies by record margin

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Kuldeep Yadav finished with career-best figures of 5-57 off 14 overs

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Spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed his maiden five-wicket haul as India pummelled the West Indies by an innings and 272 runs on the third day in Rajkot.

India’s margin of victory was their largest in Test history, surpassing their innings and 262-run win against Afghanistan in June this year.

Starting off the day on 94/6, West Indies batsman Roston Chase and pace bowler Keemo Paul converted their 20-run partnership into a 73-run stand before Paul was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at midwicket off the bowling of Umesh Yadav for 47.

Chase went on to make 53, which came off 79 balls and included eight boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin.

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Roston Chase scored his sixth Test fifty

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Ashwin removed debutant Sherman Lewis three balls later before taking out Shannon Gabriel for one run, which led to the West Indies being bowled out for 181.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Mohammed Shami snapped up two, and Umesh, Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Since the West Indies still trailed by 468 runs, India decided to enforce the follow-on.

The West Indies did not make the best of starts to their second innings as opener and stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite was caught by debutant Prithvi Shaw at short leg off the bowling of Ashwin for 10 runs.

Shai Hope managed to make 17 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kuldeep.

Kuldeep then sent Shimron Hetmyer packing for 11 before having Sunil Ambris stumped for a duck three balls later.

Chase, who mustered 20 runs, was Kuldeep’s next victim, while Kieran Powell, who scored 83, which came off 93 balls and included eight boundaries and four sixes, was caught by Shaw at silly point to hand Kuldeep his fifth wicket.

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Kieran Powell struck his sixth half-century in Test cricket

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Jadeja then joined the party and scythed through the West Indies’ lower order, which led to the tourists being skittled out for 196.

Kuldeep was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Jadeja took three and Ashwin claimed two.

Brathwaite was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “Not the best of starts but obviously credit to India. They played well and showed us how to bat. As a batting unit we didn’t get any partnerships put together and that cost us. I think the batters we have are fully capable of doing the job.

“We need two or three big partnerships to set it up. What we said in our meeting is to stick to plans, positive in defence and positive in attack. We didn’t get the results. Not sure if Jason Holder is fit for the next match.”

India captain Virat Kohli was thrilled to have won, and said: “I don’t think you can compare the two conditions [England and India]. That was a bigger challenge. We understand that with the ability we have, we will dominate in these conditions. We were very clinical. It’s not something for me to speak on [West Indies’ performance] I’m sure they’ll sort out the errors. We don’t want to focus on what the opposition does. I’m happy we were clinical.

“Delighted for Prtivhi and Jaddu. Playing his first game, seeing him dominate – the guy (Shaw) showed he is different quality. That’s why he’s been pushed to the Test team. It is exciting to see from the captain’s perspective. Jaddu as well – he has got important runs for us before and we wanted him to get three figures. We believe he can turn matches for us.”

Shaw was named Man of the Match for his knock of 134, and said: “Feels good. It was a great win. Scoring myself and getting the team to a win on my debut, couldn’t have imagined it so I feel good. Whenever you play international cricket, there is always a challenge. I was looking to play my natural game, the way I play in first-class cricket, and play the ball on the merit.”

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