India hand Windies humiliating loss
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):
A staggering batting collapse on yesterday’s penultimate day saw the beleaguered Windies bundled out for their sixth-lowest-ever total against India as they crashed to a humiliating 318-run defeat in the opening Test and fell behind in the two-match series.
Set an improbable 419 for victory after India declared their second innings on 343 for seven, an hour after lunch at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, the Windies folded meekly for exactly 100 in their second innings, handing India their biggest-ever away victory in terms of runs.
The home side was ripped apart by a superb spell of high-class fast bowling from Jasprit Bumrah, who snatched five for seven, while new-ball partner Ishant Sharma finished with three for 31 and fellow pacer Mohammed Shami supported with two for 13.
Kemar Roach, batting at number nine, tried to salvage pride for the Windies with a 31-ball 38 but was the only batsman to pass 20 and one of only three in double figures.
With the Windies tottering on 50 for nine and in danger of falling for their lowest-ever score against India, Roach clobbered a four and five sixes, inspiring a 50-run last-wicket stand with Miguel Cummins (19) to save his side complete embarrassment.
“We’ve got a lot to be disappointed about. Obviously, we didn’t perform as well as we would like,” captain Jason Holder said afterwards.
“But there’s no point dropping our heads – that’s not the solution. We’ve got to find a way to bring ourselves out of this defeat, try to rally around one another, and try to come back a lot better in Jamaica.”
The defeat for the Windies extended their wretched run of 22 Tests without a single win against the visitors and leaves them in disarray heading into the final match of the series at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting on Friday at 9:30 a.m.