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RAJKOT, Oct 5: Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja ravaged a clueless West Indian attack with strokeful hundreds as India headed towards a demolishing win with another near-perfect performance on day two of the first Test here.

The hosts piled up 649/9 in their first innings before reducing West Indies to 94 for six in 29 overs when stumps were drawn for the day.

After Prithvi Shaw�s phenomenal ton on debut on day one, skipper Kohli (139) and Jadeja (100 not out) made hundreds as India put up a mammoth 649 for nine in their first innings before declaring at tea.

It was a maiden Test ton for Jadeja, who had to wait for almost six years to reach three figures in the five-day format.

In response, the West Indies were in all sorts of trouble, first against pacer Mohammed Shami before the spinners cleaned up the middle order. They trail India by 555 runs and the hosts will fancy themselves to bowl them out twice by day three.

Shami bowled a fiery opening spell of four overs, conceding just five runs and removing acting captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell to leave the West Indies at two for seven in the fifth over.

The West Indies were always going to find it tough against India, more so without their captain Jason Holder and senior pacer Kemar Roach.

Their sorry batting performance came after a forgettable outing with the ball as India piled on the runs.

By tea, Jadeja had struck an unbeaten 100 off 132 balls to be the third centurion of the innings. His whirlwind effort in front of his home crowd came after skipper Kohli completed his 24th Test hundred in the morning.

Jadeja had to wait till his 38th Test to reach three figures, having made his debut back in December 2012. Playing with number eleven batsman Shami, he experienced the nervous 90s before finally getting to the milestone in the final over before tea.

It has been a good last 30 days for the southpaw, who scored a gritty 86 in the final Test in England before making an ODI comeback with the Asia Cup in Dubai.

Jadeja enthralled the sparse crowd at the SCA stadium with aerial hits which came mainly off the spinners. He ended up with five boundaries and as many sixes.

India made 143 runs in the afternoon session, scoring at close to 4.5 runs an over. Kohli did not last long post the lunch break and Jadeja gave the innings further impetus.

In the morning session, Kohli and Rishabh Pant (92 off 84) had taken India to 506 for five.

SCORECARD

India 1st Innings: Prithvi Shaw c&b Bishoo 134, Lokesh Rahul lbw b Gabriel 0, Cheteshwar Pujara c Dowrich b Sherman Lewis 86, Virat Kohli c Bishoo b Sherman Lewis 139, Ajinkya Rahane c Dowrich b Roston Chase 41, Rishabh Pant c Keemo Paul b Bishoo 92, Ravindra Jadeja batting 100, Ravichandran Ashwin c Dowrich b Bishoo 7, Kuldeep Yadav lbw b Bishoo 12, Umesh Yadav c Sherman Lewis b K Brathwaite 22, Mohammed Shami batting 2. Extras: (B-9, LB-1,NB-4) 14. Total: (For 9 wickets in 149.5 overs) 649. Fall of wickets: 3-1, 209-2, 232-3, 337-4, 470-5, 534-6, 545-7, 571-8, 626-9. Bowling: Shannon Gabriel 21-1-84-1, Keemo Paul 15-1-61-0, Sherman Lewis 20-0-93-2, Devendra Bishoo 54-3-217-4, Roston Chase 26-1-137-1, Kraigg Brathwaite 13.5-1-47-1.

West Indies 1st Innings: Kraigg Brathwaite b Mohammed Shami 2, Kieran Powell lbw b Mohammed Shami 1, Shai Hope b Ashwin 10, Shimron Hetmyer run out (Jadeja) 10, Sunil Ambris c Rahane b Jadeja 12, Roston Chase not out 27, Shane Dowrich b Kuldeep Yadav 10, Keemo Paul not out 13. Extras: (B-8, LB-1) 9. Total: (For 6 wickets in 29 overs) 94. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-7, 3-21, 4-32, 5-49, 6-74. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 6-2-11-2, Umesh Yadav 7-1-14-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 7-0-32-1, Ravindra Jadeja 5-1-9-1, Kuldeep Yadav 4-1-19-1. � PTI

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India poised for big win as Kohli, Jadeja hit tons

RAJKOT, Oct 5: Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja ravaged a clueless West Indian attack with strokeful hundreds as India headed towards a demolishing win with another near-perfect performance on day two of the first Test here.

The hosts piled up 649/9 in their first innings before reducing West Indies to 94 for six in 29 overs when stumps were drawn for the day.

After Prithvi Shaw�s phenomenal ton on debut on day one, skipper Kohli (139) and Jadeja (100 not out) made hundreds as India put up a mammoth 649 for nine in their first innings before declaring at tea.

It was a maiden Test ton for Jadeja, who had to wait for almost six years to reach three figures in the five-day format.

In response, the West Indies were in all sorts of trouble, first against pacer Mohammed Shami before the spinners cleaned up the middle order. They trail India by 555 runs and the hosts will fancy themselves to bowl them out twice by day three.

Shami bowled a fiery opening spell of four overs, conceding just five runs and removing acting captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell to leave the West Indies at two for seven in the fifth over.

The West Indies were always going to find it tough against India, more so without their captain Jason Holder and senior pacer Kemar Roach.

Their sorry batting performance came after a forgettable outing with the ball as India piled on the runs.

By tea, Jadeja had struck an unbeaten 100 off 132 balls to be the third centurion of the innings. His whirlwind effort in front of his home crowd came after skipper Kohli completed his 24th Test hundred in the morning.

Jadeja had to wait till his 38th Test to reach three figures, having made his debut back in December 2012. Playing with number eleven batsman Shami, he experienced the nervous 90s before finally getting to the milestone in the final over before tea.

It has been a good last 30 days for the southpaw, who scored a gritty 86 in the final Test in England before making an ODI comeback with the Asia Cup in Dubai.

Jadeja enthralled the sparse crowd at the SCA stadium with aerial hits which came mainly off the spinners. He ended up with five boundaries and as many sixes.

India made 143 runs in the afternoon session, scoring at close to 4.5 runs an over. Kohli did not last long post the lunch break and Jadeja gave the innings further impetus.

In the morning session, Kohli and Rishabh Pant (92 off 84) had taken India to 506 for five.

SCORECARD

India 1st Innings: Prithvi Shaw c&b Bishoo 134, Lokesh Rahul lbw b Gabriel 0, Cheteshwar Pujara c Dowrich b Sherman Lewis 86, Virat Kohli c Bishoo b Sherman Lewis 139, Ajinkya Rahane c Dowrich b Roston Chase 41, Rishabh Pant c Keemo Paul b Bishoo 92, Ravindra Jadeja batting 100, Ravichandran Ashwin c Dowrich b Bishoo 7, Kuldeep Yadav lbw b Bishoo 12, Umesh Yadav c Sherman Lewis b K Brathwaite 22, Mohammed Shami batting 2. Extras: (B-9, LB-1,NB-4) 14. Total: (For 9 wickets in 149.5 overs) 649. Fall of wickets: 3-1, 209-2, 232-3, 337-4, 470-5, 534-6, 545-7, 571-8, 626-9. Bowling: Shannon Gabriel 21-1-84-1, Keemo Paul 15-1-61-0, Sherman Lewis 20-0-93-2, Devendra Bishoo 54-3-217-4, Roston Chase 26-1-137-1, Kraigg Brathwaite 13.5-1-47-1.

West Indies 1st Innings: Kraigg Brathwaite b Mohammed Shami 2, Kieran Powell lbw b Mohammed Shami 1, Shai Hope b Ashwin 10, Shimron Hetmyer run out (Jadeja) 10, Sunil Ambris c Rahane b Jadeja 12, Roston Chase not out 27, Shane Dowrich b Kuldeep Yadav 10, Keemo Paul not out 13. Extras: (B-8, LB-1) 9. Total: (For 6 wickets in 29 overs) 94. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-7, 3-21, 4-32, 5-49, 6-74. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 6-2-11-2, Umesh Yadav 7-1-14-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 7-0-32-1, Ravindra Jadeja 5-1-9-1, Kuldeep Yadav 4-1-19-1. � PTI

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