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India record comfortable 63-run win over WI in 1st Test
India secures 63-run test win over West Indies
India secured a 63-run victory over West Indies on day four of the first cricket test at Sabina Park with swing bowler Praveen Kumar claiming the key wickets of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo on Thursday. The hosts, 131-3 overnight, were bowled out 35 minutes after lunch for 262. India scored 246 and 252, while West Indies was on the back foot after posting 173 in its first innings.
Kumar, on his debut and sporting a fresh crewcut, claimed 3-42 in the second innings while his new-ball partner Ishant Sharma took 3-81. Legspinner Amit Mishra grabbed 2-62 while offspinners Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina grabbed one wicket apiece. Bravo top-scored with 41 while left-hander Ravi Rampaul provided some resistance in the lower order with a run-a-ball 34.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was full of praise for Kumar, who had a match haul of 6-80.
"He's a very skilful bowler. If there's anything for him, he can definitely make it big," Dhoni said. "That's what you saw on this wicket. "He's not a bowler who's real quick when it comes to pace but he's very skilful. He can swing the ball either way and he's very consistent with his line and length. That was the main reason why he got six wickets in this game."
Kumar made a telling double strike half an hour into the fourth day. Bravo and Chanderpaul had stretched their overnight partnership to 68 before the Uttar Pradesh bowler struck in successive overs to undermine the chase.
Bravo, after hitting seven fours off 89 balls, came too far across his stumps and had his leg stump hit by Kumar from around the wicket. One run later, Chanderpaul drove straight to extra cover where Suresh Raina hauled in an easy catch.