Kohli, Ashwin put India in command

It was memorable day for captain Kohli (200 off 283 balls), who eased to his maiden double hundred in Tests before Ashwin (113 off 253) struck his third Test ton. A sloppy effort in the field made matters worse for the home team.

Virat Kohli was in sublime touch as he raced to his maiden double ton in Tests.   -  AP

India was in firm control of the first Test against the West Indies after Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin helped the visitor amass 566 for eight on day two here today.

With India declaring post tea, pacer Mohammad Shami, who is back in action after a long layoff, removed Rajendra Chandrika to reduce the West Indies to 31 for one in 16 overs.

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The host trails India by 535 runs going into day three at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

It was memorable day for captain Kohli (200 off 283 balls), who eased to his maiden double hundred in Tests before Ashwin (113 off 253) struck his third Test ton. A sloppy effort in the field made matters worse for the home team.

India, which began the day at 302 for four, was allowed to score freely by the West Indies bowlers, so much so that tail-ender Amit Mishra raced to 53 off 68 balls towards the end of the innings that lasted 161.5 overs.

The visitor continued to bat on after being placed at 512/6 at tea, and Ashwin came out again with Mishra. While the former was accounted for Kraigg Brathwaite, the latter carried on to play some attacking strokes and reached his 4th Test half-century off 67 balls.

Mishra was out immediately afterwards, holing out to midwicket off Brathwaite again, as the innings was declared closed in the 162nd over. Shami was the unbeaten batsman on 17, and he made good use of being dropped twice to strike some lusty blows.

Thereafter, the West Indies’ openers nearly saw out the testing overs before close of play. Both Chandrika (16) and Kraigg Brathwaite (11 not out) didn’t seem to be looking for runs, and instead decided to play for time, leaving as many deliveries as possible. Just as they looked set to finish the day without loss, Shami managed to induce an edge off Chandrika, who was caught behind.

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