Rajkot: A dominant India outclassed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs on Day three of the first Test here on Saturday.
The hosts are now one win away from clinching the two-match series and lead 1-0.
It was Virat Kohli’s men all the way, right from the start up until the end.
After having dismissed the Windies earlier for 181 runs, the visitors were enforced a follow-on, and they suffered a similar start.
The only positive for the Windies was a knock of 83 runs by Kieran Powell.
Kuldeep Yadav was the star for India in the Windies’ second innings, who picked up a five-wicket haul to register his best figures of 5/57.
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja finished with figures of 3/35, whereas Ashwin’s final spell read 2/71.
West Indies 172/7 from 40.4 overs:
WICKET! Taken at long-off. Jadeja joins the party. A reckless shot from Paul and Windies are 7 down.
West Indies 151/6 from 35.4 overs:
WICKET! Kieran Powell departs. Kuldeep completes the fifer. West Indies' freefall continues. 6 down and this may well get over before tea.
West Indies 138-5 after 29.3 overs
WICKET! It's wicket number four for Kuldeep Yadav as he sees off Roston Chase thanks to a catch by Ashwin at cover.
West Indies 97-4 after 22.4 overs
WICKET! Sunil Ambris is stumped by Rishab Pant as Kuldeep Yadav gets his third wicket.
West Indies 97-3 after 22.1 overs
WICKET! Shimron Hetmyer dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav as KL Rahul takes a fine catch at third man
West Indies 79-2 after 19 overs
WICKET! Shai Hope has been struck lbw by Kuldeep Yadav as he is dismissed for 17 runs.
Lunch break report
West Indies were already one man down at lunch on Day three of the first Test having headed to the break at 33-1. Kieran Powell is batting at 21 runs whereas Shai Hope is yet to open his account. The visitors still trail by 435 runs.
Kraigg Brathwaite was the lone man to have been dismissed, who departed for 10 runs.
Ashwin was the lone wicket-taker in Windies’ second innings, after having been enforced follow-on by the hosts.
West Indies 32-1 after 8 overs (2nd innings)
WICKET! Ashwin strikes for India as he dismisses Kraigg Brathwaite for 10 runs courtesy a catch by Prithvi Shaw.
West Indies 181 all out (1st Innings)
The Indian bowlers starred on Saturday as they bundled out West Indies for 181 on Day three of the first Test here, thereby enforcing a follow-on.
The Windies now trail India by a further 468 runs.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami were the top wicket-takers for India.
Starting the day at 94-6, Roston Chase (53 runs) and Keemo Paul (47) put up a 73-run partnership before the latter was dismissed by Umesh Yadav.
However, since then, the hosts bounced back, with Ashwin seeing off both Chase and Sherman Lewis.
Shannon Gabriel was the last man to depart, being dismissed for one run off Ashwin’s bowling, which was a stumping by wicketkeeper Rishab Pant.
West Indies 159-9 after 43.5 overs
WICKET! Ashwin strikes again, gets rid of Sherman Lewis.
West Indies 159-8 after 43.2 overs
WICKET! Roston Chase is clean bowled by R Ashwin as the all-rounder from Tamil Nadu celebrates his second wicket.
West Indies 147-7 after 38.4 overs
WICKET! Umesh Yadav strikes as he sees off Keemo Paul for 47 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara taking a catch at midwicket.
India will look to wrap things up on Saturday when they take on West Indies on Day three of the first Test here.
The Windies are currently struggling at 94-6, with Keemo Paul (13 runs) and Roston Chase (27) at the crease.
India had earlier posted a mammoth total of 649-9 thanks to centuries from Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.
The visitors currently trail by 555 runs with just four wickets in hand....