x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

India wrap up first Test against West Indies

Rahul Dravid, named man of the match, lauds groundsmen for preparing a competitive pitch at Kingston, Jamaica after the tourists win by 63 runs.

KINGSTON // India wrapped up a 63-run victory over West Indies in the first Test on the fourth day at Sabina Park on Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

West Indies resumed on 131 for three, chasing an unlikely 326 to win, but could manage only 262 on a pitch that offered something to everyone.

"This was a great cricket wicket, that one had lots of shooters and lifters, so kudos to the groundsmen," said Rahul Dravid, after being named man of the match.

"I'm enjoying it as much as ever. Days like this, that's what you play for."

West Indies had needed a big second innings score from one of their batsmen to match the 112 from Dravid but none of the home players was able to carry on after making starts.

Seven West Indian batsmen got at least 25 runs but not one went on to make a half-century, with Darren Bravo top-scoring with 41.

"We showed again today if we bat properly, we can come out victorious," Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, said.

"The bowling has been delivering, we need to bat well as a unit.

"When we got out there we have to focus and be mentally tougher, play the situation, think of the team."

All five Indian bowlers used got wickets with Ishant Sharma and fellow paceman Praveen Kumar both capturing three scalps each, for the second time in the match, after India had made just 246 and 252.

"I always believe our lower order can perform with the bat, and our part-timers can take wickets," MS Dhoni, the India captain, said.

"[Kumar] is a very skilful bowler, and if there is anything for him he will make full use. That's the main reason he got six wickets in this game."

The second test will be played in Barbados starting on Tuesday.