India defeated West Indies by an innings and 141 runs in Windsor Park, Dominica, on Friday. India also take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. West Indies, after their humiliating exit in the ODI World Cup 2023 Qualifiers in Zimbabwe, add to their misery with a hefty defeat in their opening match of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-23 cycle.
Earlier, the visitors declared their innings at 421 for 5, earning a 271-run advantage in the first. Yashasvi Jaiswal led the way with 171 runs, while Virat Kohli struck 76. After being invited to bowl, India bundled out the hosts for 150 thanks to Ashwin’s five-for in the first inning. Ravichandran Ashwin bounced back after being dropped in the World Test Championship (WTC) final to take 12 wickets in the first Test against the West Indies in Dominica.
He became the first Indian bowler in history to take up five wickets in both innings of a Test in the Windies. Before tea, Ashwin and Jadeja reduced West Indies to 4 down and continued to trouble the batters in the last session. The experienced off-spinner finished the innings with 7 wickets, while Jadeja had two and Mohammed Siraj had one.
Earlier in day 3, India had lost Virat Kohli just after lunch, leaving them 5 down, and when Ishan Kishan got his first Test run, Rohit Sharma signalling for declaration. Kohli was dropped on the third ball of the second session before Cornwall eventually dismissed the batter on 76. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 171 on debut before Alzarri Joseph sent him back. Windies kept their battle alive as Ajinkya Rahane went cheaply for three.
Athanaze and Joshua Da Silva carried the team above 50 runs, but their stand was only worth 26 runs when Mohammed Siraj caught Da Silva lbw. For the second time in the Test, Alzarri Joseph stepped in ahead of Rahkeem Cornwall, attempting to survive through the attack. India’s emphatic three-day triumph has moved them to the top of the World Test Championship (WTC) table, where they have accumulated a perfect 12 points and a 100% win record.
Australia is presently in second place with 22 points after three matches and a victory percentage of 61.11%. Meanwhile, England is in third place with 10 points from three games and a victory percentage of 27.78%. The second test match of the series between the West Indies and India will take place at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from July 20th to July 25th.
Here’s how fans reacted
How many people in world cricket have got 12 wickets in a test match ?
— CommentaryBox (@propnetwork1) July 14, 2023
You say that but what do u expect then? For India to get a narrow win. They are scheduled to play them, and they beat them easily… as expected.
— Jay Singh (@micksingh321) July 14, 2023
There is no win here for India. If they will win, noone is even going to bat an eye since the opponent is so weak. If they lose, everyone and their mothers would come in seconds to curse them. So the only thing they can get is experience
— AlphaBeta (@LucasMStarr) July 15, 2023
2 days paid holiday for Indian players….
— Dipankar Paul RAAJ (@d1pankarpaul) July 14, 2023
— shaan.port (@PortShaan) July 15, 2023
Dream start? Whatttt
— levi.zZz (@Manavv_28) July 14, 2023
I am honestly impressed by how y'all manage to be there at almost every single page everytime, no sarcasm, seriously that's something🥶
— Dinosaur (@Dinosau34587564) July 14, 2023
How long you see Rahane in whites?
— YoKu (@YOKU_19) July 14, 2023