In the first Test match of the India tour of West Indies 2023, India defeated West Indies by an innings and 141 runs at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica.
West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision seemed correct considering the pitch was sluggish and required batters to stay on the crease for a long time and score big in the first inning. That was the intention, but the Indian bowlers had other ideas. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were at their best in Domnica, helping the Indian team bundle the home side for just 150 runs.
None of WI players looked impressive on Day 1 as no batter even managed to reach half century. Alick Athanaze (47) was the only batter with a few runs on the board. Rahkeem Cornwall (19) and Jason Holder (18) also scored a handful of runs, bringing their total to 150.
In the first innings for the Indian team with the bat, Rohit Sharma (103) and debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal (171) gave a flying start which ensured that the match was in their possession. While skipper scored a century with help of 10 fours and two sixes, debutant Jaiswal struck 16 fours and six. Furthermore, Virat Kohli (76) also played a handy knock which further enhanced India’s lead on the third day.
For WI with the ball, one wicket each was picked by Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Cornwall and Jomel Warrican.
With the lead of over 250, WI had some humongous target to trail. Nonetheless, they were unable to bear the pressure and were bundled once again for only 130 runs. Athanaze (28) was again top scorer for the home side. Holder (20) also managed to get few runs.
Once again with the ball, Ashwin scalped seven wickets. Jadeja also picked up two wickets while Siraj got one.
Yashasvi Jaiswal was awarded with the Man of the Match award for his scintillating batting show. Following this win, India are now one up in the two-match Test series.
West Indies: 150/10, Overs 64.3, Alick Athanaze 47, Ravichandran Ashwin 5/60
India: 421-5d, Overs 152.2, Yashasvi Jaiswal 171, Rahkeem Cornwall 1/32
West Indies: 130/10, Overs 50.3, Alick Athanaze 28, Ravichandran Ashwin 7/71