Kohli, Ashwin put India on top untidy WI
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):
An error-strewn performance, coupled with Virat Kohli's maiden Test double hundred and a third Test hundred by Ravi Ashwin, left West Indies facing a massive fight for survival in the opening Test against India here yesterday.
Kohli struck exactly 200 and Ashwin 113, as India amassed 566 for eight declared in their first innings on the second day of the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Amit Mishra deepened the Windies misery with a breezy 53, while wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha chipped in with 40.
Left with just over an hour to negotiate, West Indies lost Rajendra Chandrika for 16, to be 31 one-for-one at the close ? still 535 runs behind the Indians heading into a challenging day three.
Vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite was unbeaten on 11 at the close and was partnered by nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo, who was yet to score.
Brathwaite and Chandrika batted solidly to add 30 before the right-handed Chandrika lost concentration and was caught behind by Saha, flirting with one from pacer Mohammed Shami that bounced and swung.
Much of the damage had been done earlier, however, when captain Kohli and Ashwin gathered runs at will against a toothless Windies attack, which went unsupported by fielders, who grassed as many as four chances.
Resuming on 302 for four, India dominated the first session without losing a single wicket as Kohli, who became the first Indian captain to score a double century overseas, moved from his overnight 143 to his double hundred in the last over before the lunch break, when he clipped off-spinner Roston Chase to mid-wicket for a single.
Kohli, who put on 168 for the fifth wicket with Ashwin, perished in the first over after the break when he dragged on a wide ball from pacer Shannon Gabriel, without adding to his lunch time score.
All told, he faced 283 balls in 61/4 hours at the crease and counted 24 fours.
Ashwin, unbeaten on 22 at the start, rode his luck when he was dropped on 43 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich in the morning?s eighth over after nicking a drive at Gabriel.
Ashwin eventually brought up his third hundred - all remarkably coming against West Indies - eight minutes before tea with a single to mid-wicket off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo. He struck 12 fours in an innings spanning 253 balls and just under 53/4 hours.
Kraigg Brathwaite proved West Indies' best bowler with three for 65 while Bishoo claimed three for 163 and Gabriel, two for 65.
INDIA 1st innings
(overnight 302 for four)
M Vijay c K Brathwaite b Gabriel 7
S Dhawan lbw b Bishoo 84
C Pujara c K Brathwaite b Bishoo 16
*V Kohli b Gabriel 200
A Rahane c Bravo b Bishoo 22
R Ashwin c Gabriel b K Brathwaite 113
+W Saha st Dowrich b K Brathwaite 40
A Mishra c Holder b K Brathwaite 53
Mohammed Shami not out 17
Extras (b6, lb2, nb6) 14
TOTAL (8 wkts decl.,161.5 overs): 566
Did not bat: I Sharma, U Yadav
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-74, 3-179, 4-236, 5-404, 6-475, 7-526, 8-566.
Bowling: Gabriel 21-5-65-2 (nb4), Holder 24-4-83-0 (nb2), C Brathwaite 25-5-80-0, Chase 34-3-102-0, Bishoo 43-1-163-3, K Brathwaite 14.5-1-65-3.
WEST INDIES 1st innings
K Brathwaite not out 11
R Chandrika c wkp Saha b Mohammed Shami 16
D Bishoo not out 0
Extras (lb1, w1, nb2): 4
TOTAL (1 wkt, 16 overs): 31
To bat: DM Bravo, M Samuels, J Blackwood, R Chase, +S Dowrich, C Brathwaite, *J Holder, S Gabriel
Fall of wicket: 1-30.
Bowling: Sharma 6-3-12-0 (nb2), Yadav 4-3-5-0, Mohammed Shami 3-0-6-1 (w1), Ashwin 3-1-7-0.
Position: West Indies trail by 535 runs with nine wickets standing.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, I Gould; TV - G Brathwaite.