The Indian cricket team closed the first test match of the India-West Indies Bilateral Series with a finesse that has now become a trademark of it.
Day one saw the team India coming together with a new spark and fresh energy which was much expected. After winning the toss, captain Virat Kohli chose to bat. The indian batting department showed great skill and put on an enjoyable show. India scored a total of 566 runs in the first inning following which they declared. Shikhar Dhawan kick started the inning with 84 runs and put the entire team in great momentum. He looked solid and in form after a good long time. The mass favourite Virat Kohli stayed consistent with his performance which resulted in a beautiful double century.
R Ashwin played the best supporting hero to Kohli. The Carribean bowlers looked helpless in front of the batting army. Bagging the wicket of Virat Kohli, Bishoo proved to be the most successful bowler for the West Indian team in the first inning. After lunch, R Ashwin and Amit Mishra performed brilliantly and scored a century and a half century respectively.
They put up a great show and achieved a defendable total for the team. As the day progressed, the West Indies team team fell apart like a house of card at 243 runs and were forced to follow on the innings.
In the second inning, the host team again didn’t seem to be at their best and put up a total of 231. The Indian bowling side performed equally well like the batting side with Ashwin performing magic at the pitch. With 7 glorious wickets, Ashwin put the last nail in the coffin making India the winning side of the first test match.
It was a tough call to choose the man of the match with such fine performances but Ashwin with 7 wickets and a century made him win the title.
India looked like a complete gang at the pitch. The likes of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul on the bench prove that even off the pitch there is no shortage of talent. The exposition promises exemplary performances in the coming matches and the audience can only get more and more excited for it.
- Shakshi Singh