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Ravichandran Ashwin joins Anil Kumble, BS Chandrasekhar in record feat

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continued his fine form as he bamboozled the West Indies batsmen yet again to claim his second consecutive five-wicket haul in the ongoing Test series in the Caribbean.

Ashwin, whose figures of 7-83 in the final innings sealed a massive win for his side in the 1st Test, claimed five scalps for 52 runs to ensure the home side was bowled out for a mere 196 runs on the opening day of the 2nd Test at Sabina Park in Kingston.

His bowling heroics saw the hosts bundle out for yet another paltry total in the series, providing Virat Kohli's men an upper hand. In the process, Ashwin also became only the third Indian bowler to have claimed five-wicket innings hauls in three consecutive Test matches after Bhagwath Chandrasekhar and current coach Anil Kumble.

Jermaine Blackwood (62), Marlon Samuels (37), Shane Dowrich (5), Jason Holder (13) and Devendra Bishoo (12) were all dismissed by the Indian spin maestro on Day 1.

Apart from Ashwin, Indian seamers Ishant Sharma (2-53) and Mohammed Shami (2-23) were also pivotal in setting the tone early in the day. On the other hand, Ashwin's spin partner Amit Mishra (1-38) had a frustrating day following a few decisions going against him.

With KL Rahul (75*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (18*) at the crease, India ended first day's play at 126/1 in 37 overs.

First published: 31 July 2016, 1:34 IST