Ajinkya Rahane’s century guides India to 318-run win against West Indies as Virat Kohli equals MS Dhoni’s record as captain

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The Indian cricket team on Sunday defeated West Indies by 318 runs after they bowled the hosts out for 100 runs in their second innings. Chasing a target of 419 runs to win, the West Indies batsmen simply surrendered in the face of menacing pace bowling by Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami.

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The Sunday’s win against West Indies was the 27th victory for Virat Kohli as captain. He’s now equalled Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who too led India in 27 Test wins. While Kohli has achieved the feat by captaining the side in 47 Tests, Dhoni’s 27 wins in Test matches had come after leading the team in 60 matches.

The Antigua Test also saw Indian fast bowlers take 18 out of the total 20 wickets. This too was the best bowling performance by any team from the sub-continent in the Carribean.

Rahane was the pick of the Indian batsmen in this match as he scored a measured century in the second innings after top-scoring with 81 runs in the first innings for India. He also found support from Hanuman Vihari, who missed out his century by just 7 runs.

Ishant Sharma took eight wickets in the match while Bumrah and Shami collected six and four wickets respectively. The only two wickets going to a spinner was taken by Ravindra Jadeja.

Raecting to India’s win, Kohli said, “Even last time we played here, the result was very good for us. Jinks was very good in both the innings. It was more of a grind. We had to come back into the game three or four times. Managing player workloads is very important for us. He (Bumrah) will be a ley player for us as far as the Test championship is concerned. Those three are bowling well as a group.”

West Indies captain Jason Holder said, “Tough game. We didn’t bat well. We have batting issues to sort, have been going on for too long. The wicket was good through the entire game and we should have batted a lot better. Ajinkya got a hundred in the second innings, thought he played really well and everyone else batted around him. It was one of those surfaces where you couldn’t blast people out. I wouldn’t question the team selection.”

Rahane was adjudged Man Of The Match for his heroic performance with the bat.

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