Batting collapse of West Indies in IND vs WI 1st Test


The first Test match between India and West Indies witnessed a disappointing batting collapse from the West Indies team. Despite their efforts, not a single player managed to score a half-century in either innings. This article will delve into the team’s struggles, analyzing their performances, and highlighting missed opportunities.

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1st Innings:
In the first innings, West Indies’ batting order faced a formidable Indian bowling attack. Kraigg Brathwaite, the team’s captain, showed some resistance with a score of 20 runs before falling victim to Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling. Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Raymon Reifer could not provide much support, scoring only 12 and 2 runs, respectively. Jermaine Blackwood displayed a brief moment of stability with 14 runs, but succumbed to the guile of Ravindra Jadeja. The middle order struggled, with Alick Athanaze being the highest scorer with 47 runs. The remaining batsmen failed to contribute significantly, resulting in a paltry total of 150 runs.

2nd Innings:
The second innings mirrored the team’s struggles in the first. Kraigg Brathwaite, once again, fell victim to Ashwin early on, scoring only 7 runs. Chanderpaul and Reifer, who had an opportunity to rebuild the innings, were dismissed cheaply through lbw decisions by Jadeja. The top order collapsed, including Blackwood, who was dismissed lbw by Ashwin for a mere 5 runs. Athanaze showed promise with 28 runs, but his wicket to Ashwin halted any hopes of a recovery. The lower order failed to resist the Indian bowling attack, with Ashwin wreaking havoc and claiming a five-wicket haul. West Indies managed to post a meager total of 130 runs.

Missed Opportunities:
Throughout the match, several West Indies batsmen failed to convert starts into substantial scores. The lack of partnerships and a clear plan to counter the Indian bowlers resulted in their downfall. The team struggled against the spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja, who exploited the turning track to dismantle the West Indies batting line-up. Additionally, some dismissals, such as lbw decisions, highlighted the batsmen’s vulnerability to the Indian seamers’ accurate deliveries.

The first Test match between India and West Indies showcased the latter’s batting collapse. With not a single half-century recorded in either innings, the West Indies team faced significant challenges against the skilled Indian bowling attack. The lack of partnerships, an inability to counter spin, and missed opportunities to convert starts into substantial scores contributed to their downfall. The West Indies team will need to regroup, analyze their weaknesses, and work on rectifying their batting frailties in future matches. Only through improved performance and resilience can they hope to compete against strong opponents in international cricket.