R Ashwin topped off his hundred in Antigua with 7 for 83 as India beat West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in Antigua. (Photo: Associated Press)
Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took h a seven-wicket haul as India defeated West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
Ashwin destroyed the West Indies' middle and lower order after lunch to boast figures of 7/83. This was India's biggest margin of victory outside the sub-continent.
The off-spinner made good use of the conditions to extract e turn from the pitch and was helped along by some poor application by the West Indies batsmen.
Carlos Braithwaite was the highest scorer among the hosts with an unbeaten knock of 51.
Coming together with the hosts struggling at 132/8, Braithwaite and Devendra Bishoo (45) put on a desperate battle with the Indian bowlers as they sought to postpone defeat.
The duo displayed patience and application -- qualities sadly missing in their top order colleagues -- to frustrate the Indian bowlers for a long time and forge a 95-run partnership.
Bishoo even hit Ashwin over the mid-wicket boundary for a six a couple of overs before tea to offer some much needed cheer to the home crowd.
But the hosts' heroic resistance suffered a rather tame end shortly after tea. Bishoo fell short of a half-century when he offered a relatively tame catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at midwicket while trying to hoick a delivery by Ashwin.
Shannon Gabriel lasted all of three deliveries before being outsmarted by an Ashwin delivery that spun in sharply to hit the stumps as the visitors celebrated a well-deserved victory.
Earlier, the West Indies continued their battle during the rain-shortened morning session.
Opening batsman Rajendra Chandrika and Samuels forged a 67-run stand following the dismissal of Darren Bravo early in the morning.
The match was halted due to rain half an hour before the end of the first session, forcing an early lunch, as the West Indies, who were on Saturday bowled out for 243 in their first essay, were battling to avert an innings defeat.