2nd Test: Ashwin equals Anil Kumble, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar's record

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Kingston, July 31: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continued his supreme form with the ball, as he claimed yet another five-wicket haul against West Indies and equalled the feat achieved by legendary Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Anil Kumble.

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With his 18th five-for in 34 Test matches, the off-spinner also earned the distinction of becoming only the third Indian bowler to have five-wicket innings hauls in three consecutive Test matches after spinners Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and current coach Anil Kumble.

Ashwin grabbed 5 for 52 in 16 overs en route his 18th five-wicket haul in longer format as West Indies were all out for 196 in 52.3 overs. This is fourth best bowling figure by a spinner at Jamaica, where pacers have dominated. 

"Going into any match I assess the batsmen in the opposition to see if I have dismissed them before," said Ashwin after the day's play.

"I then work on getting them out based on their strengths and weaknesses. It's never as easy as it looks sometimes but it's gone really well for me in the last two innings."

Earlier, in the West Indies innings it was Jermaine Blackwood, who showed some counter-attacking instincts with a run-a-ball 62 that had seven fours and four sixes. Along with Marlon Samuels (37, 88 balls), Blackwood added 81 runs for the fourth wicket after the Caribbeans were reeling at 7 for 3 with Ishant and Shami polishing off the top-order.

However, Ashwin held sway in the second session where West Indies lost six wickets for 108 runs to get all-out for a score of less than 200 runs. Ashwin now has 188 victims in 34 matches.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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