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Ashwin Stars as India Beats West Indies in the 1st Test

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Ashwin Stars as India Beats West Indies in the 1st Test

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Ravichandran Ashwin stars as India beats West Indies in their 1st Test match in Dominica. Ashinwin’s exceptional performance with a five-wicket haul stole the limelight of the match. The visitors dominated proceedings, bundling out the home team for a mere 150 runs before reaching a comfortable score of 80 without loss by the end of the day’s play.

Having been left out of the World Test Championship final against Australia just a month prior, Ashwin was determined to make a strong comeback. The 36-year-old spinner showcased his prowess, claiming impressive figures of 5/60 off 24.3 overs. His remarkable performance left West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite regretting his decision to bat first after winning the toss.

Ashwin received excellent support from fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who contributed with figures of 3/26. The West Indies batsmen struggled to handle the spin duo, with the only notable resistance coming from debutant Alick Athanaze. The 24-year-old left-handed Dominican played some delightful strokes en route to his score of 47 before falling as the eighth wicket just before the tea interval. Despite his efforts, the West Indies team failed to make a significant impact against the disciplined Indian bowling attack.

In response to the West Indies’ meager total, India’s opening batsmen Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma displayed their class and composure. They forged an unbroken partnership, defying the West Indies bowlers and ensuring their team ended the day unscathed. Jaiswal, in particular, exhibited great skill, accumulating an unbeaten 40 runs, while his captain, Sharma, remained steady on 30. With such a solid foundation laid, India’s experienced batting lineup promised to pose a formidable challenge to the West Indies on the following day.

Reflecting on his performance, Ashwin acknowledged the conditions and the slow nature of the pitch. He noted, “There was a bit of moisture on the pitch early on, but it started to turn a bit more as the day went on, even though it was quite slow.” Ashwin’s ability to adapt to the conditions and deliver a match-winning performance exemplified his dedication to seeking excellence and continuous improvement in international cricket.


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Ashwin’s impact on the game was evident right from the early stages. Introduced into the attack after just 40 minutes of play, he immediately made an impact by dismissing Tagenarine Chanderpaul with a well-directed delivery. Soon after, he induced a miscue from Brathwaite, further destabilizing the West Indies batting lineup and setting the tone for their dismal performance.

Although Athanaze’s knock provided some respite for the home fans, his dismissal just short of a half-century marked the end of any meaningful resistance against the Indian bowlers. Athanaze’s attempted pull shot off Ashwin resulted in a simple skied catch to Shardul Thakur at mid-on. Athanaze did manage to form a brief partnership of 41 runs with former captain Jason Holder, but their efforts were in vain as Siraj claimed Holder’s wicket with a well-executed delivery.

Thakur, too, made significant contributions with the ball, dismissing Raymon Reifer with a low catch taken by Ishan Kishan, another Indian debutant. However, Kishan’s wicket-keeping skills while standing up to the spinners appeared slightly untidy, raising questions about the decision to exclude the regular wicket-keeper, Srikar Bharat.

As the day drew to a close, Jaiswal displayed his audacity by executing a reverse sweep against left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, sending the ball racing to the boundary. The boundary added an exclamation point to India’s dominant performance throughout the day, sending a clear message to the West Indies team about their intent heading into day two.

With the match poised in India’s favor, they had firmly established their dominance on the opening day. Ashwin’s exceptional five-wicket haul, supported by the collective efforts of the Indian bowling attack, had significantly dented the West Indies’ hopes. As the second day beckoned, the onus was on the West Indies bowlers to stage a comeback and challenge India’s formidable batting lineup.


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