Fruitless day for the West Indies

Fruitless day for the West Indies

Kohli’s double ton, Ashwin’s century pile on the misery as India take charge

NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda — Virat Kohli’s first double century in any form of first class cricket and Ravichandran Ashwin’s third Test century against the West Indies anchored India’s formidable first-innings total of 566 for eight, declared on the second day of the first Test yesterday. Left to negotiate a testing hour before the close of play, the West Indies lost Rajendra Chandrika, caught behind off Mohammed Shami, leaving opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite and night watchman Devendra Bishoo to resume on the third morning at 31 for one. On another day of generally fruitless toil for the West Indies, Kohli extended his batting masterclass from the first day for another two hours, adding another 57 runs to reach exactly 200 just before the lunch interval. He became the first Indian captain to score a Test double century away from home.
Any expectation of more of the virtuoso performance ended off the second delivery upon the resumption when he played on to the persevering and previously unlucky Shannon Gabriel. Kohli’s innings spanned just over six hours and was embellished by 24 fours off 283 deliveries. Dropped on 43 by new wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off Gabriel in the morning session, Ashwin played the supporting role to his captain in a 168-run, fifth-wicket stand that drained the enthusiasm from the home side before lunch. However, Kohli’s surprise demise put the focus squarely on the all-rounder and he made the most of the promotion to number six in the batting order for the first time in his Test career, reaching three figures just before tea with a boundary off the tiring leg-spinner, Bishoo. “It was great to get pushed up the order,” said Ashwin at the end of the day in reflecting on his innings. “I don’t get surprised with what I do bec…

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