India win by Innings and 272 runs
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India win by Innings and 272 runs

Returning to the winning path, India beat West Indies by Innings and 272 runs on Saturday, the day three of the first Test match at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.

Earlier, India bundled out West Indies for 181 runs in their first innings on Saturday morning. Like the top order collapse on the second day, the rest of the West Indies lower order showed little fight and caved in meekly. In the first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin bagged four wickets, while Mohammed Shami got two wickets.

Then, Indian captain Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on asking the Windies to bat for the second time. West Indies never managed to put up a fight to India's humungous first innings score of 649. Very soon, West Indies second innings ended for 196 runs. In the second innings, only Roston Chase (53) and Keemo Paul (47) offered some resistance with the bat for West Indies.

But India’s pace-spin attack was lethal. The Windies batsmen showed no fight and surrendered in front of the Indian spinners losing 14 wickets on Day three of the Test. The debutante Kuldeep Yadav claimed his maiden 5-wicket haul for 57 runs against West Indies.

For India, this sweet victory is the resultant of the exceptional performance in both batting and bowling. Led by Shaw, Kohli, Jadeja and Pujara, India made a spectacular batting. And their efforts in batting were backed up by some accurate bowling in both innings. West Indies proved that they are a young side without the experience and campaigners like Jason Holder and Kemar Roach have paid the price for this. UNI