India eyeing clean sweep vs West Indies

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India captain Virat Kohli eased to a 24th Test century while Ravindra Jadeja celebrated a maiden hundred in front of his home crowd as the hosts piled on a massive first innings total in the series-opener against West Indies in Rajkot on Friday.

Already set back by the loss of seasoned new-ball bowler Kemar Roach who returned to Barbados last week due to the death of his grandmother, West Indies suffered yet another blow when captain Jason Holder was ruled out of the match with an ankle injury. India is leading in two match series by 1-0. The upcoming Test is scheduled to be played on October 12 at Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium, Hyderabad.

The West Indies' slide in Test is a combination of both lack of application and technique needed to compete at the highest level.

Virat Kohli, on the other hand, would want his side to not lose out on intensity and passion when they take on the Caribbean side in Hyderabad.

For India, the game will be best remembered for the emergence of Prithvi Shaw, who announced his arrival in global cricket with a classy hundred on debut, becoming the youngest from the country to do so in Tests.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant brought the morning alive with his attacking cricket as he hit eight fours and four sixes during his 84-ball blitz.

Kuldeep thrived on that, mixing it up nicely to fox the batsmen. The left-arm wrist spinner trapped Shai Hope lbw before dismissing the reckless Shimron Hetmyer and the scoreless Sunil Ambris in the same over to put the tourists on the mat.

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Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase and debutant Sherman Lewis have all taken a wicket a piece.

They have won Tests by 10 wickets seven times, while India's greatest winning margin by runs was against South Africa in Delhi in 2015, when they won by 337 runs.

India started with the spin-pace combination of Kuldeep and Mohammad Shami.

Bishoo was the most "successful" bowler for West Indies although his four wickets came at a cost of 217 runs.

Paul, who made 47, swept Kuldeep Yadav for a couple of boundaries but was surprised by a Umesh Yadav bouncer that he could only pull to Cheteshwar Pujara at midwicket.

He reached his half-century off 56 deliveries and was unbeaten on 75 off 74 deliveries at lunch as India reached 133 for one, with Pujara on 56.

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