ICC World Test Championship, Points Table: India secure early lead with West Indies win


Virat Kohli-led India have taken an early lead in the points table for the inaugural edition of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championship after securing their biggest win on overseas soil with a massive 318-run win in the opening Test against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.

Chasing a tough target of 419 runs to win on Day Four of the opening match, the West Indies batsmen failed to counter pacer Jasprit Bumrah and other Indian bowlers to eventually bundle out for 100 runs in 26.5 overs in their second innings.

Bumrah delivered a memorable eight-over spell in which he claimed five wickets while conceding just seven runs. The brilliant figures saw him become the fastest bowler to take 50 Test wickets. Besides him, Ishant Sharma claimed three wickets and Mohammed Shami grabbed two to help the visitors take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.

Though Sri Lanka also have 60 points in their tally, they are standing behind India at the second spot in terms of the ratio of runs scored per wicket lost to runs conceded per wicket taken.

Australia, who are currently playing a five-match Ashes series against England, are placed at the third position with one win from three matches.