Devastating Bowling Assault by Jasprit Bumrah Led India to 318-runs in First Test
Jasprit Bumrah led a devastating fast-bowling round by defeating the West Indies by 100 to beat India a crushing 318-stroke victory at the first Test Match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.
Set an unlikely target of 419 after Virat Kohli declared the second entry of tourists at 343 for seven to noon, the hosts were demolished at 26.5 over their lowest total of test tickets against India with Bumrah returning the outstanding figures of five by seven out of eight overs.
Four of his victims were completely caught in an irresistible spell in which he showed a skill never before seen by him to swing the ball in both directions.
Jasprit Bumrah said after Devastating Bowling Assualt
I’ve been working a lot on this aspect of my game and I’m very happy to see how it worked today. I was a little stiff in the first innings, but everything went well today. I just have to keep learning my craft.
Ishant Sharma brilliantly supported Bumrah in the exchange of the new ball, taking three of 31 to finish with eight wickets in the match.
Mohammed Shami contributed two wickets that reduced the West Indies to 50 by nine and it took a major blow from Kemar Roach, who scored with 38, to double his team’s total.
It was Sharma who put an end to Roach’s endurance and sealed the victory through a top-edged hook for the Rishabh Pant wicketkeeper.
After Ajinkya Rahane completed her tenth Test one hundred and Hanuma Vihari fell seven runs below her first century of Test, prompting the statement, Bumrah and Sharma were completely devastating.
Bumrah was the first to strike by extending Kraigg Brathwaite’s protracted low-scoring streak before scattering the slogans of opening teammate John Campbell and lead hitter Darren Bravo.
He could also have had Shimron Hetmyer’s lap, but Kohli caught a direct catch on the third slip.
Sharma caught debutant Shamarh Brooks with his leg earlier and then made Hetmyer pay for his loose play out of the stump, Rahane atoning for his captain’s earlier mistake in the cord.
Launching at 15 o’clock at teatime, Bumrah completed his five-wicket ride by taking Shai Hope’s wicket and besieged West Indies captain Jason Holder with precision and heat-seeking accuracy.
– ‘Stop making excuses’ –
We have to stop making excuses and solve this problem. It just keeps happening, an annoying headline said about his team’s last batting collapse.
We couldn’t capitalize on a good position on the first innings and we just weren’t in the second. We can’t go on like this.”
Ironically, the day began brilliantly for the hosts when Roston Chase eliminated Kohli before he increased his night score by 51.
However, Vihari started positively with the well-established Rahane and not even the introduction of the second new ball could stop the runs flowing, as 102balls scored of 29-runs in the morning session.
Rahane’s a 17-game wait for and nearly two years’ wait for a Test hundred ended shortly after the resumption of the game in the afternoon.
But fell shortly after reaching the milestone, Holder took the catch halfway to fire him from Shannon Gabriel.
Rahane’s 102 hits, which followed his high score of 81 innings in the first inning, spanned five hours, 242 deliveries and included five fours.
Kohli delayed the statement in advance of the Hundred of Vihari, but the right, in ’93, attempted to hook Holder to goalkeeper Shai Hope, leaving the West Indies with a task they never seemed able to challenge.
With 60 points at the World Test Championships on the stock exchange, India will look to double that number and sweep the short series when the second Test begins in Jamaica on Friday.