JAMAICA GLEANER – West Indies’ batting collapsed for the second time in as many days as India crushed them by an innings and 92 runs inside four days in the opening Test here yesterday to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
The Caribbean side, following on by 323 runs, were bundled out for 231 in their second innings, 25 minutes after tea at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, as their disappointing 14-year winless streak against the Indians dragged on.
Requiring nothing short of a miracle in order to save the game after resuming the day on 21 for one, West Indies got a top score of 51 not out from Carlos Brathwaite, exactly 50 from Marlon Samuels, a career-best 45 from tail-ender Devendra Bishoo, and 31 from opener Rajendra Chandrika, but their efforts all fell short.
Their nemesis proved to be off-spinner Ravi Ashwin, who crippled the innings with a near career-best seven for 83 to claim his 17th five-wicket innings haul in Tests.
West Indies’ embarrassment could have been far worse, especially after they dramatically – but not uncommonly – lost six wickets for 44 runs in quick time to plunge to 132 for eight just over an hour after lunch.
But Brathwaite and Bishoo came together to delay the inevitable with a 95-run, ninth-wicket stand that frustrated India and pushed West Indies to 201 for eight at tea in an extended session after time was lost in the first session to rain.