Sport Cricket New faces help India thrash West Indies

New faces help India thrash West Indies

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India have recorded a dominant victory over the West Indies in the first Test in Kolkata, winning by an innings and 51 runs inside of three days.

Debutant seamer Mohammed Shami was brilliant for the home side, finishing with nine wickets for the match, the best return ever for an Indian quick on debut.

The 23-year-old claimed 5-47 on day three to help bowl the West Indies out for 168, after India were dismissed earlier in the day for 453, a lead of 219.

Rohit Sharma finished with 177 on debut for the hosts, while Ravichandran Ashwin made 124.

The West Indies made a solid start to their innings, and were 1-101 before Ashwin trapped Kieran Powell (36)  lbw to trigger a momentous collapse of 9-67.

Chris Gayle (33), Dwayne Bravo (37) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (31no) were the only other West Indies players to show some fight, and the batsmen have some work to do ahead of the second match in Mumbai beginning November 14, which will be Sachin Tendulkar’s final Test.