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India took firm control of the second cricket Test match by bowling out the West Indies for 196 runs before reaching for 126-1 at the end of the first day in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up five wickets for 52 runs as India dismissed the West Indies in their first innings before tea.

And in reply, Lokesh Rahul, playing in the match in place of an injured Murali Vijay, remained unbeaten on 75, while Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 18 at stumps. India are just 70 runs behind the West Indies' first innings score.

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Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (5-52) picked up yet another five wicket haul as India bowled out the West Indies for just 196 in their first innings of the second Test in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday.

The base of India's brilliant bowling performance was laid by Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami, who reduced the hosts to 7/3 before Ashwin struck just at the stroke of lunch to put the West Indies on the backfoot.

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It was Ravichandran Ashwin's efforts with both the bat and ball which helped India secure their biggest win outside the sub-continent and the Chennai spinner said he values himself as an all-rounder. India on Sunday beat the West Indies in the first Test by an innings and 92 runs, with Ashwin picking up figures of 7/83 in the second innings. Earlier, while batting in the first innings he had scored a brilliant 113 off 253 deliveries.

"I always value myself as an all-rounder," Ashwin told bcci.tv. "Not like I don't look at myself that way. Batting at six, there is always that many opportunities to score a hundred than when you are batting at eight. So, I have started off well on that note. Batting at No.6, I have managed a five-for as well. I just hope I can go from strength to strength from here."

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Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Monday congratulated the Indian cricket team for its thumping win over the West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in the first Test match of the four-match cricket series in Antigua. The former captain especially congratulated India skipper Virat Kohli, head coach Anil Kumble and seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ashwin starred with the ball claiming an impressive seven-wicket haul to dismantle the host's batting line-up on Sunday. This was India's biggest margin of victory outside the sub-continent.

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Led by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's 7 wicket haul in the second innings, India have beaten the West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in the first test at Antigua on Sunday.

Having resumed day 4 at 21-1, the West Indies were bowled out for 231 in their second innings, despite battling half-centuries from Marlon Samuels (50) and Carlos Brathwaite (51*).

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Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who scored his career's third century on day two of the first Test against the West Indies, thanked Test skipper Virat Kohli and new coach Anil Kumble for promoting him to No.6 ahead of stumper Wriddhiman Saha.

Ashwin, who hit a 253-ball 113 along with Kohli's (200) maiden double ton to guide India to a mammoth 566-8 declared on Friday, said it was his long time desire to bat in the top seven, which got the backing of Kohli and Kumble.

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A maiden double ton from Virat Kohli and a third test hundred against the West Indies from Ravichandran Ashwin formed the cornerstone of India's batting effort as the visitors posted an imposing 566-8 declared in their first innings on the second day of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday. With 16 overs left in the day, Kohli decided to call his batsmen in, giving the Windies a brief period out in the middle.

The Windies openers saw out the bulk of that period before Mohammad Shami struck to remove Rajendra Chandrika for 16. West Indies finished the day at 31-1, trailing India by 535 runs heading into Day 3.

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