WIvsIND, 1st Test: Jaiswal’s 171 and Ashwin’s 10-for help India thrash West Indies

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Yashasvi Jaiswal raises his bat after scoring a hundred on debut • Jul 13, 2023 • Associated Press
Yashasvi Jaiswal was adjudged player of the match for his 171 in the first inning.
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India defeated West Indies by an inning and 141 runs in the 1st test of the WIvsIND series. Ravichandran Ashwin’s 12-wicket haul in the match did not let the hosts score more than 150 in any inning. Meanwhile, tons from captain Rohit Sharma and debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal made sure India piled on runs in the first inning. Yashasvi Jaiswal was adjudged “Player of the Match” for his debut test ton (171) in the first inning.

West Indies captain Kraig Braithwaite had won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket that looked conducive for the spinners. Rohit Sharma did not even think before playing his main two spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for this game. Ravichandran Ashwin, who missed the WTC 2023 final, had some extra fire in his belly and looked unplayable on a track that had some spin.

WIvsIND, 1st Test: Ashwin’s five-for helps India bowl out the hosts for 150

Ravichandran Ashwin claimed his 33rd & 34th five-wicket haul in the first test against West Indies. | Sportz Point
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed his 33rd & 34th five-wicket haul in the first test against West Indies. Image: Associate Press

Ashwin kept on breaking records as at first he became the first Indian bowler to dismiss a father-son duo in test cricket. The off-spinner had dismissed Shivnarine Chanderpaul in 2013 and now, he had dismissed Shiv’s son Tagenarine in the first inning. Later, with his five-for, he went passed James Anderson’s record of 32 five-wicket hauls. Aswhin finished the first inning with 60/5 as the hosts were bundled out for 150 in the first inning for the WIvsIND, 1st test.

Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal kept on breaking records for India

After that, it was all about young Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma for India with the bat. Jaiswal, who was making his test debut took his time to get going; so did the Indian captain. As the inning kept on going, both openers were not ready to let go of the chance of scoring big. The opening pair made sure the Indian team cross West Indie’s first-inning score without even losing a single wicket; for the first time in their history.

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Later, they became the first Indian opening pair to cross 200 in their debut inning together. Yashasvi Jaiswal completed his ton and became the first-ever Indian to score a test ton on debut in West Indies. Although Rohit Sharma departed soon after completing his 10th test ton, Jaiswal kept on going.

On day 3 of the WIvsIND, 1st test, Jaiswal departed after scoring the third-highest run (171) on debut inning by an Indian. Virat Kohli gave him good support with a well-made 76. India declared on 421/5 with another debutant Ishan Kishan remaining not out on 1.

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With the turn West Indies bowlers were getting in the first inning, it was quite obvious that the hosts will have a tough time facing the Indian spinners. Rohit did not waste that much time bringing his best bowler on either. With Ravindra Jadeja handling the other end, Indian bowlers made sure the game was over before the end of Day 3. Ravichandran Ashwin first claimed his 8th 10-for in a match, equalling great Anil Kumble’s record. And then, he went on to claim his 34th test five-wicket haul as well while becoming India’s second most successful bowler in international cricket behind Kumble.

West Indies were bowled out for 130 in the second inning as India won the 1st test of the WIvsIND test series by an inning and 141 runs. The second test of the series will be played from 20th July at Port of Spain.

“We knew about it. He’s shown us in the past couple of years that he’s ready for this big stage. Came and batted sensibly, showed a lot of patience, and the temperament was tested as well – at no stage [did it look] like he was panicking or going away from his plans, which was good to see,” Rohit Sharma on Yashasvi Jaiswal in the post-match presentation.

“I want to thank the selectors and Rohit bhai for showing faith and allowing me to express. (Emotions…) What I have been working for… I’m just thinking of preparing well and focus on my discipline and process,” Yashasvi Jaiswal said in the post-match presentation.  

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