Rajkot: Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja ravaged a clueless West Indian attack with strokeful hundreds as India headed towards a demolishing win with another near-perfect performance on day two of the first cricket Test here.
The victory is India's biggest, surpassing the previous record of winning by an innings and 262 runs against Afghanistan at Bengaluru early this year. The guy showed he's a different quality, which is why he's pushed into the Indian team so quickly.
England were denied the chance to fine-tune preparations for their five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka, after their match against a Board XI in Colombo was washed out.
"Jaddu (Jadeja) as well - he has got important runs for us before and we wanted him to get three figures". Windies got all out for 196 runs in the second innings losing the match by an innings and 272 runs.
- Gyani Baba (@IMGyaniBaba) October 6, 2018Sad to see this situation of West Indies cricket. there was a time when people fear playing against them. hope they do get some good players and compete at global level. Jadeja pushed on and was rewarded with his first Test century.
Powell resorted to aggression in an excellent counter-attacking knock, facing 93 balls and hammering eight fours and four sixes.
It was India's highest total in a test match against the West Indies, with Jadeja (100 not out) reaching his maiden hundred after Kohli departed for 139 his 23rd test century. Stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite, out for two, and fellow opener Kieran Powell, who made just one, both fell to Mohammed Shami inside the first five overs, the tourists with just seven runs on the board.
Shimron Hetmyer's (11) ill-judged heave at Kuldeep resulted in a catch at short third man and without a run added three balls later in the same over, Sunil Ambris was completely up-ended by one that bounced for Rishabh Pant to complete a smart stumping.
Kohli, unbeaten overnight on 72, reached his landmark inside the second hour with a boundary to fine leg off Bishoo, and reached the break on 120. Meanwhile, the visitors have a few days in hand to recover themselves from a thumping loss as the second Test will be played from October 12 in Hyderabad. "Not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game".