India crush West Indies for their biggest ever test victory


West Indies have announced a rather inexperienced side for the limited overs series against India which will resume at the conclusion of the second Test. India lead the two-Test series 1-0 after inflicting a hammering on West Indies in the opener - registering their biggest win in Test matches - with the second to begin on October 12.

In response, the West Indies were in all sorts of trouble, first against pacer Mohammad Shami before the spinners cleaned up the middle order. The West Indies' performance is not for me to speak upon.

Nearly all Indian batsmen reaped the benefit of lacklustre West Indies bowling, with three centuries in the first innings, including Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. After the break, Kieran Powell (83) tried to put the Indian attack to the sword with eight fours and four sixes in his 93-ball stay, reaching his sixth test half-century off 55 balls.

Even as Devendra Bishoo went back to the dressing room with a four-wicket haul to his name, he'd conceded 217 runs in doing so - the second-most given away by a bowler in a Test innings in India.

Kuldeep Yadav picked 5 wickets for 57 runs in 14 overs, followed by Ravindra Jadeja who picked 3 for 35 runs.

Chase, batting at number six, then attempted to halt the slide in a 25-run, sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (10) - the best stand of the innings so far.

"I was surprised with the amount of high-risk shots that were played against the spinners, " Ashwin said. Yadav then took over. It became a quick triple blow when Sunil Ambris was stumped for a three-ball duck.

Prithvi Shaw was an elated man after his hundred on debut played an important part in India's biggest victory in Test cricket history. We believe he can change games for us and have match-winning contributions with both bat and ball, he's electrifying in the field anyway. "Some of the other guys might be a bit disappointed but we'll crack on".

"We did talk about being positive in our team meetings". He brought up his 24th Test century in the first Test against the Windies.

Kuldeep returned figures of 5-57 with his left-arm wrist spin, his first five-for in just his fourth Test since making his debut against Australia a year ago.

Brathwaite said he was not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game.

The board even changed the start date of the domestic ODI competition to October 2018 rather than February 2019 - leaving very little room for the clashing of dates between the Super50 (Windies' domestic ODI tournament) and various T20 leagues.