India vs West Indies: Kuldeep Yadav creates unique Test record in opening match victory
Kuldeep Yadav on Saturday became the first Indian chinaman bowler to claim five wickets in a single innings after he achieved the feat during West Indies’ second innings on day 3 of the first Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot.
The 23-year-old also is the only second Asian Cricketer after Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan in 2017, to have reached the milestone. Sandakan had achieved the feat against India at home.
Kuldeep, who had managed just one wicket in the visitors’ first innings, scalped five for just 57 runs in 14 overs in the second essay as the Windies bundled twice in the space of a single day to lose the opening Test in three days.
He began with a wicket of Shay Hope for 17, trapping the right-hander plumb in-front of the wicket. Yadav then followed it up with the wickets of Shimron Hetmyer (17) and Sunil Ambris (0) in the same over as West Indies lost their middle-order in a space of three balls.
Roston Chase (20) and opener Kierron Powell (83) stuck for some time with Shane Dowrich – who remained not out on 16 – but Kuldeep returned to dismiss both. First, he fooled Chase with his flight as the batsman lifted an easy catch to Ravichandran Ashwin.
Left-hander Powell looked set for a big century, but Kuldeep removed the left-hander as Prithvi Shaw completed a sharp catch at forward short leg to help the chinaman claim his maiden five-wicket haul in his fourth Test match.
West Indies were bowled out for 181 in the first innings as Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets for just 37 runs as India enforced the follow-on before dismissing the visitors once again for 196 in the same day.
Earlier, Resuming their first innings at 94/6, West Indies were all out after an hour and 10 minutes. Roston Chase (53) and Keemo Paul (47) stitched together a 73-run stand but Ashwin ran through the tail, ending with 4/37 in 11 overs.
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