1st Test: West Indies face ordeal after Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja hundreds
Virat Kohli's 139 saw him become the second-fastest batsman to 24 Test hundreds. @AFP

At the end of day during which Virat Kohli scored his 24th Test century – which put him second to Sir Don Bradman in terms of innings needed – and Ravindra Jadeja gleefully biffed his way to a maiden one to drive India to a mammoth  648/9 declared, a floundering West Indies found themselves staring at an embarrassing defeat at Rajkot.

Having been run ragged as India pounded out their seventh 600-plus score at home in the past three years, West Indies quickly fell to 7/2 with Mohammed Shami on fire with the new ball. The rot had begun, and by stumps the visitors were 94/6 – behind by the small matter of 555 runs.

Kohli’s approach was the same as on day one, as with so many of his centuries at home: remorseless accumulation, punctuated by some pretty drives and clips. Eschewing all risk, Kohli puttered through the session and never appeared in a hurry. He faced 77 balls in the morning session, from which he made 48 runs while Pant moved from 17 to 92 with a series of blustering blows.

Kohli’s hundred came with a glance off the pads for four, his second versus West Indies and 17th as skipper. Like Prithvi Shaw’s debut hundred, this one from Kohli was inevitable given the docile nature of the Rajkot track and the nature of West Indies’ depleted attack.

His fifty secured in 57 deliveries with a flicked six off Keemo Paul, Rishabh Pant targeted the off spin of Roston Chase. With twinkle-toed deftness, he wandered down the track off successive balls to get four over mid-on and six over long-off. At the first sight of Devendra Bishoo, Pant brought out the sweep and the cross-batted sashay to collect four and six.

Attempting another big shot off Bishoo, however, he fell to an ugly hack and top-edged the simplest of catches to point. His 84-ball 92 did its part in adding to India’s burgeoning total and gave the few spectators present plenty to cheer about.

On 999 runs for the year when lunch was taken, Kohli moved to 1003 with an off-drive for four when play resumed in the afternoon. This made it the third straight year that Kohli scored 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year. Dropped on 115 by Bishoo off his own bowling, Kohli departed for 139 when chipping a catch off the debutant Sherman Lewis, with Bishoo taking a simple catch at mid-on.

Ravindra Jadeja's maiden Test hundred added to West Indies' woes
Ravindra Jadeja’s maiden Test hundred added to West Indies’ woes. @AFP

Jadeja played a good supporting hand with Kohli, and as Bishoo got into the tail the allrounder started to play some shots. No sooner had he reached 50, Jadeja opened up with six off Bishoo followed by one off Chase. Umesh Yadav added to the carnage, slotting sixes over deep midwicket and long-on in a whirlwind stand of 55 in 43 balls that ended when he slogged Kraigg Brathwaite to long-off.

Dropped on 78 by a diving Hetmyer at midwicket, Jadeja moved to 85 with his fourth six and then past his previous best of 90 by single to long-on. A fifth six – the biggest yet – took him to 97, and three figures came he pushed a single to mid-off and set off like a man possessed. India declared, leaving West Indies starting up a mountain.

Shami started the procession by bowling Braithwate with a sharp in-cutter and then claimed Kieran Powell lbw with big inwards movement from around the stumps. Ashwin made it 21/3 when he bowled Shai Hope with a lovely delivery that spun past the bat.

Jadeja wasn’t done harassing West Indies. He ran out Shemron Hetmyer and moments later had Sunil Ambris edging to slip with his first ball of the match as West Indies fell to 49/5. When Kuldeep Yadav spun one back into Shane Dowrich and had the batsman bowled attempting an expansive drive, the score read 74/6.

Brief scores:  West Indies 94/6 trail India 649/9 declared (Kohli 139,  Jadeja 100*, Pant 92) by 555 runs