NEW DELHI (AFP) - Soon-to-be-married Ravichandran Ashwin was delighted with his nine-wicket haul that helped India win the first Test against the West Indies on Wednesday. The debutant off-spinner played a big role in India's five-wicket victory, taking three in the first innings and six in the second on a low, slow pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi. Ashwin's match figures of 9-128 were the second-best by an Indian debutant after leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani's 16-136 against the West Indies at Chennai in 1988. The spinner, who replaced the experienced Harbhajan Singh in the squad, had played 21 one-day internationals and six Twenty20 matches before making his Test debut. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for the spin duo. West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said his team needed to put in a better batting performance against spin in the remaining two Tests. "Spin has affected us. It has always been a problem," said Sammy. "Had we scored another 100 runs and knowing that India had not scored more than 300 in their last nine Test innings, it could have been a different ball game. So we need to find a way to score against spin." The West Indies lost their last five wickets for 48 runs in the first innings on the second morning and were dismissed for 180 in the second innings. Sachin Tendulkar again stumbled just short of scoring an unprecedented 100th international century, falling for 76 in the opening Test against the West Indies. The hosts were 254-4 in their second innings at lunch on the penultimate day after being set a 276-run victory target on a low, slow pitch, with Venkatsai Laxman (45 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (nine) at the crease. India need just 22 more runs to win with six wickets in hand. Batting superstar Tendulkar was dismissed against the run of play, trapped leg-before by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo while attempting to pull in the second hour of the morning session.