1st Test, Lunch report: India enforce follow-on after dismissing West Indies for 181
Umesh Yadav broke the 73-run partnership between Roston Chase and Keemo Paul. (Getty Image)

India continued to establish dominance over West Indies, bowling them out for 181 in the first innings of the first Test at Rajkot. Resuming at 94/6, overnight batsmen Keemo Paul and Roston Chase batted with defiance to put on 73 runs for the seventh wicket, before Umesh Yadav broke the partnership. R Ashwin then picked up the last three wickets to finish with 4/37.

Having attained a colossal first-innings lead of 468 runs, India enforced the follow-on. West Indies, in their second innings, started positively to reach 32, before Ashwin struck at the stroke of lunch to pick up his fifth wicket of the match. West Indies were 33 for 1 at the break on Day 3, behind India by 435 runs. Brathwaite was dismissed in the penultime over of the day, flicking Ashwin to Prithvi Shaw at forward short leg.

Chase and Paul continued from where they’d left off on Friday, throwing their bat at everything. The move seemed to pay off as eight boundaries were scored in the first seven overs of the day. Chase swept Kuldeep Yadav with precision to piece the gap between square leg and dep midwicket. Everytime the ball was bowled outside off, the batsmen put away the half-volleys to the fence.

Both batsmen used their feet well and were helped by some pleasantries. Paul, the aggressor of the two, took Shami for consecutive fours in the 33rd over, and tonked a six off Kuldeep. In between, there were signs that both batsmen were struggling to read the spinners. But with boundaries coming frequently, Virat Kohli introduced Umesh for Shami. The move paid off when three short of a half-century, Paul found Cheteshwar Pujara at mid-on.

Chase struck a couple more boundaries to bring up his sixth Test fifty, but this was no Sabina Park 2016, where he would bail the West Indies out of trouble. Chase became Ashwin’s second wicket when he dragged a ball onto his stumps. His dismissal exposed the inexperienced West Indies lower order, which Ashwin feasted on. Kuldeep, having conceded runs, picked up his first wicket removing Shane Dowrich.

Devendra Bishoo slogged and collected three boundaries to remain unbeaten on 17 off 26 as Ashwin took out the remaining two wickets. Sherman Lewis was left gasping at the carrom ball that took out his off stump, while Shannon Gabriel tried to flick a doosra for Rishabh Pant to affect his first stumping of the match.

Brief scores: West Indies 33/1 and 181 all out (Roston Chase 53; R Ashwin 4/37), trail India (649/9 decl) by 435 runs at lunch on Day 3.