Indian team showed their class as they dominated the first day of the first test against West Indies. The two match series began on Wednesday at Dominica which began the 2023-25 World Test Championship Cycle. The Indian team ended the day at 80 for no loss trailing the home team by 70 runs. The highlight of the day was the five haul by Ravichandran Ashwin. All the eyes was on young Jaiswal who was taking strike for the first time in test cricket opening with captain Rohit Sharma.
Jaiswal stuns everyone with an outrageous reverse sweep –
India had to play out 23 overs and they did everything right as they mixed caution with aggression. The last over of the day was bowled by Jomel Worrican and Jaiswal played the perfect reverse sweep which saw the ball speed to the boundary. This had the commentators and even Rohit Sharma applauding the youngster for showing the nerve to play such an impressive stroke.
Indian bowlers dominate –
Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and chose to bat first and that was the only positive for the home side. India bowled out the West Indies for mere 150 just few overs after tea. The star of the show was Ravichandran Ashwin who grabbed his 33rd five wicket haul. Ashwin, picked 5/60 from his 24.3 overs. The 36 year old also picked his 700th international wickets
Alick Athanze was the top scorer for the home side with 47 off 99 balls with 6 fours and a six. Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 wickets as Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur picked a wicket each. None of the West Indian batters looked comfortable against the Indian pace bowling or the guile of the Indian spinners.
Indian openers put up a strong show –
Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal played out 23 overs and scored 80 as the Indian team went to stumps in a strong position. Rohit was not out on 30 off 65 balls with 3 fours and a six. Jaiswal was not out on 40 off 73 balls with 6 fours to his name. The Indian opening duo saw off the early burst from Roach and Joseph.