India crush West Indies, again

Brief scores: India 649/9 dec. (Virat Kohli 139, Prithvi Shaw 134, Ravindra Jadeja 100*; Devendra Bishoo 4/122) beat West Indies 181/10 (Roston Chase 53, Keemo Paul 47; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/37, Mohammed Shami 2/22) and 196/10 (Kieran Powell 83; Kuldeep Yadav 5/57, Jadeja 3/35) by an innings and 272 runs

Statistical highlights

  • India beat West Indies for the 19th time in Test cricket overall and the 12th time at home, recording a victory by an innings and 272 runs in the 1st Test of the two-match series.
  • The victory was set up by a strong batting performance for much of the first two days, with Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja making centuries, while Rishabh Pant (92) and Cheteshwar Pujara (86) made their maiden and 19th Test half-century respectively.
  • Making his debut and becoming India’s 293rd Test player, Shaw made a glorious start to his Test career by scoring a century (a 154-ball 134) on his Test and international debut, having made centuries on his Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debut also.
  • At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw became the second youngest Indian (Tendulkar was the youngest, 17 years and 112 days old) to make a Test century and the fourth youngest player of all-time to make a century on his debut, coming behind Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful, Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza and Pakistan’s Saleem Malik. Overall, he is the 15th Indian to score a century on Test debut.
  • Shaw’s century came off 99 balls, which is the third-fastest Test hundred on debut in terms of balls, behind Shikhar Dhawan (85 balls) and West Indies’ Dwayne Smith (93 balls).
  • Shaw laid the platform for a big first-innings total for India, whose position was consolidated by Virat Kohli, who made his 24th Test century and 17th as India’s Test captain. He was the second-fastest batsman of all-time to 24 Test tons (123 innings) and the fastest Indian, ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, who did so in 125 innings. Don Bradman, in 66 innings, remains the fastest to make 24 Test centuries.
  • In the process of making 139 runs off 230 balls, Kohli went past 1000 runs in Test in 2018, the third consecutive year in which he has made 1000 runs or more in Test cricket.
  • Later, Jadeja broke his duck in Test cricket with his maiden Test century, which came off 132 balls. He remained unbeaten on 100 when India declared.
  • In reply to India’s massive total, West Indies folded for 181 in their first innings and were made to follow-on. Roston Chase, though, stood tall and took his team to a somewhat respectable total by making his sixth Test half-century (a 79-ball 53). He also shared a 73-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Keemo Paul, who himself made 47.
  • In the second innings, Kieran Powell was the standout batsman for the visitor. He made a 93-ball 83.
  • Kuldeep Yadav registered his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket with his figures of 5/57 in West Indies’ second innings.
  • Captaining India for the 41st time in Test cricket, Kohli recorded his 23rd win.

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