India in total control against West Indies in 1st test


The spectre of the follow-on loomed large when West Indies, forced onto the back foot once India racked up 649 for nine declared in their first innings, resumed on a precarious 94 for six.

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If day one was an indication between the gulf between two teams in different halves of worldwide arena, Friday widened the gap in the standard of cricket between India and the West Indies, with the hosts toying with the Caribbeans in all departments. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who is on the road back from a stress fracture of the back he suffered late a year ago, has been included for the ODIs pending a fitness test. Joseph was included in the Test squad for India too, before being ruled out after two fitness assessments.

Brathwaite's opening partner Powell clearly decided attack was the best form of defence, thumping eight fours and four sixes in his 93-ball knock while wickets tumbled at the other end. The P Sara Stadium was left partially flooded after heavy rain and play was abandoned without a ball being bowled, denying the spinner Liam Dawson and the Curran brothers a chance to impress.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket to put India on the cusp of a big win against West Indies in the first Test on Saturday. After he trapped Shai Hope (17) in front for his first wicket, he removed the highly-rated Shimron Hetmyer (11) who went for a wild slog across the line to be caught at short third man.

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India's "Hitman" Rohit Sharma, who had recently led Team India's ODI side to a successful campaign in the Asia Cup 2018, is set to play for Mumbai in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018. "Quite disappointed with this loss and we didn't get enough partnerships", said stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite.

"Yes, he will.we'll pick the team on October 10".

The match started with teenage opener Prithvi Shaw making 134 on day one to become the youngest Indian to score a century on debut, at 18 years of age. "I just wanted to play my natural game, like I do in first-class cricket", said Shaw.

The first ODI is scheduled to take place on October 21.