India earned 60 points from their first game in the World Test championship as they sealed a 318-run win against the hosts to go 1-0 up in the 2-match Test series. Virat Kohli failed to add a run to his overnight score but Ajinkya Rahane brought up his first Test hundred in two years. Hanuma Vihari fell seven runs short of his maiden Test ton before India declared their innings on 343/7.
Chasing a target of 419, the Windies lost five wickets for just 15 runs. Soon it became 50/9 as Jasprit Bumrah picked up a 5-wicket haul. However, Kemar Roach delayed India’s win with a 31-ball 38. Roach added 50 runs for the final wicket with Miguel Cummins to take his team to 100 and got dismissed soon after.
All the statistical highlights from India’s record victory in the Antigua Test against the Windies:
India’s biggest win away from home:
318 – The 318-run victory in this match is India’s biggest win in terms of runs outside India. Their previous biggest away victory in runs was by 304 runs in the 2017 Galle Test match.
New milestones for captain Kohli:
1 – Virat Kohli is now the most successful Indian captain away from home as he led India to 12 victories. Sourav Ganguly’s 11 wins outside India was surpassed by Kohli in this match. Virat’s seven Test wins outside Asia are the most by an Indian captain surpassing Sourav Ganguly’s six wins. Overall, Kohli now has 27 wins in Test cricket as captain; the joint-most by any Indian skipper alongside MS Dhoni.
100 – Virat Kohli became only the 3rd Indian captain and the 12th in overall to win as many as 100 matches in International cricket. The Antigua Test was Kohli’s 152nd match as captain of India. Only Ricky Ponting (134), Steve Waugh (150) and Hansie Cronje (151) got to 100 International wins as captain in fewer games than Kohli.
Bumrah runs through the hosts:
1 – Jasprit Bumrah has taken a 5-wicket haul in four different countries – South Africa, England, Australia and now West Indies. No player from Asia has taken a 5-fer in all these four nations before Bumrah. The Indian pacer has played only 11 matches in his short Test career.
4 – Four out of five wickets Jasprit Bumrah claimed in the 2nd innings were via bowled. He thus became the first Indian pacer to dismiss four batsmen “bowled” in a Test inning.
Earlier during the World Cup last month, Bumrah’s four wickets against Bangladesh were via “bowled”. He then became the first Indian pacer with four bowled dismissal wickets in an ODI.
5/7 – Bumrah conceded only seven runs during his 5-wicket haul; the joint 4th fewest runs conceded by any bowler for a Test five-fer. This is also the cheapest 5-wicket haul by an Indian in the longer format. Bumrah bettered Venkatapathy Raju’s 6/12 against Sri Lanka during the 1993 Chandigarh Test.
Running through the top:
2 – Windies lost their 5th wicket at the score of 15 and were further reduced to 37/7. These are the 2nd lowest scores for the Windies at the fall of 5th and 7th wickets in a Test inning. They were 14/5 in the last year’s Bridgetown Test against Sri Lanka and 36/7 against Pakistan during the 1986 Faisalabad Test.
3 – India got each of Windies’ top five for single digits in the 2nd innings. This is only the 3rd instance of them dismissing opposition’s top five for single figures in a Test inning. Pakistan’s first innings during the 1999 Kolkata Test and South Africa’s first innings during the 2015 Nagpur Test were the other two such instances.
In fact, only Roston Chase got into double digits among Windies’ top 8 in their 2nd innings; the second instance of 7 out of opposition’s top eight getting out for less than ten runs in a Test inning. Seven out of Windies’ top 8 were dismissed for single digits during the first innings of the 1987 Delhi Test match.
Ishant spearheads India’s pacer-attack:
38 – Ishant Sharma’s 38 wickets in Test cricket in the Caribbean Islands are the 4th most for a visiting pacer. Ali Fraser (54) and Glenn McGrath (50) claimed 50 wickets while Imran Khan has 48 of them.
18 – Number of wickets picked up by Indian pacers in this Test; the joint-most by them in a Test match in West Indies. As many as 18 wickets went to Indian pacers in the 1997 Bridgetown Test match. In the Windies’ 2nd innings of that Test, all the ten wickets were picked by the pacers. It was the only instance of all ten wickets taken by Indian pacers in a Test innings in West Indies prior to this Test.
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