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India vs West Indies 1st Test, Highlights : India won by an innings

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Here’s what the players had to say in India vs West Indies 1st Test : 
Shaw – Man of the Match: It was a great win for the team, more happy for the team. Can’t imagine my debut like this. Whenever you play international cricket, there’s always a challenge. Was looking to play my natural game, like I do in first-class.
Kohli, India captain: Don’t think you can compare the two conditions. That was a bigger challenge, something we don’t experience day in and day out. Guys understand how to play in these conditions and they were clinical. That’s not something for me to speak upon. I’m sure, as a team, they’d want to rectify their errors. We want to improve upon the things we need to do. Happy that the guys put in a clinical performance. Especially delighted for Prithvi and Jaddu. The way Prithvi dominated on debut was great to see. He just grabs his opportunity with both hands. Exciting to see from a captain’s point of view. Jaddu as well, he’s scored important runs for us in the past. We believe he can change games for us. Pretty good. If you see the first innings, the way Shami and Umesh ran in. Spinners are clinical in these conditions anyway. Kuldeep outstanding in the second innings, Ashwin in the first. Over rates had to do a bit with the umpires who were pushing us, not allowing us to drink water. Spinners bowl so much in India, we’re never going to fall short of the overs anyway.
Brathwaite: Not the best of starts, credit to India. They showed us how to bat. Quite disappointed. Didn’t get enough partnerships as a batting unit. Two or three partnerships would hold us very well. One thing we said in our meeting was to be as positive as possible. Not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game.
Ashwin: I wanted to get my rhythm back and I somewhat managed to do that today, I was a bit apprehensive yesterday. I had a good stint at NCA and before that in England. It’s a fair amount of difference Kuldeep is talking about, playing with the SG and Dukes. This ball (SG) doesn’t swing that much and adaptation takes time. I like the red SG and Kookaburra. The SG is slightly a better ball and Dukes is also right up there. But I am pretty disappointed with the SG ball at this point of time. When I started playing first-class cricket, the SG ball used to be top notch and you could bowl with it even after 70th or 80th over. The seam used to be standing up strong and straight, it’s not the same anymore. I generally believe that in the second innings is better. This wicket was a slightly better and I was surprised with the amount of attacking shots that were played against the spinners.Don’t MissIndia v Wi live streaming & updates
Kuldeep: It’s very difficult to bowl with the red ball straightaway when you are coming from white ball cricket. Sometimes it takes time to adjust. I bowled too full in the first innings, I bowled according to the wicket and the batsman in the second innings. Kookaburra red ball is good to grip. SG is okay at the moment. Ravi Shastri told me to try and bowl from round the wicket. I was happy with that angle. I am more used to the white ball. I am learning and I am happy with the way it all came out.
ALL OVER – INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 272 RUNS
Doesn’t take long for India to wrap things up. Jadeja gets both wickets. A complete performance from India but not too much can be read into this win. Windies were poor, below par and didn’t show any application at all.
Special game this for several players – Shaw (maiden ton on debut), Jadeja (maiden ton) and Kuldeep (maide five-wicket haul). Kohli too got his 24th Test ton. Plenty of problems for Windies but they have been there for a while and there are no quick fixes.
TEA – WINDIES 187 for 8; TRAIL BY 283
Kieran Powell stroked an attacking 83 but his effort was nullified by Kuldeep Yadav’s maiden five-wicket haul as India cruised towards a massive win in the session.
Powell and Shai Hope started positively in the second session but failed to string in a significant stand. On the first over of the day, in the Windies first innings, Kuldeep was swept with disdain for two boundaries by Keemo Paul. Things didn’t change much for him throughout the innings as he leaked at over six runs per over and had only one wicket to show for. In the second innings, when Powell attacked Ashwin to pick up a few runs, it was Kuldeep who started the Windies fall.
Just when the Powell-Hope stand looked threatening, Kuldeep trapped the latter plumb in front to create an opening. That was all he needed as he schooled the Windies batsmen into submission. Shimron Hetmyer too tried to attack his way out, like Powell, but failed in execution. He lobbed a simple catch to point to give the left-arm spinner his second wicket. Lack of application and belief was all too evident as Windies batsmen lost the plot rather quickly. Sunil Ambris failed to read a googly from Kuldeep as he walked out of the crease. The ball spun past the outside edge before Rishabh Pant completed the stumping.
Roston Chase, the pillar in the first innings, smashed one to cover to leave the visitors five down with just 138 on the board. Powell continued to attack and reached his sixth Test half-century off 65 balls. As wickets fell around him, he too slowed down. The opener looked at sea against Kuldeep in the first session and eventually fell to him in the 36th over. Tossed up on off, Powell closed the bat face early and lobbed a catch to Prithvi Shaw at silly point. The wicket gave Kuldeep his first five-wicket haul in Tests as he became the second bowler to take five-fers in each of the three formats for India after Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Ashwin struck on the last ball before the break to leave India just two wickets away from a massive win.
Earlier in the day, Paul and Chase frustrated India with their 73-run seventh-wicket stand before Umesh Yadav had Paul caught at midwicket trying to pull a short one. Ashwin wrapped up the innings quickly, racing to four wickets in the innings, as Windies folded for 181. India had no hesitation in enforcing the follow on as Ashwin struck early again – removing Kraigg Brathwaite in the last over before the Lunch break.
JADEJA JOINS THE FUN: Paul wanted to enjoy himself with the match lost. Attacks Jadeja and gives an easy catch to Umesh at long-off.
Windies 172 for 7
MAIDEN FIVE-FOR: Kuldeep has bagged his first five-wicket haul in Tests. He gets rid of Powell this time. All five wickets coming in the session for him. Powell made a quick 83 but India were always in control. Kuldeep becomes the second bowler to take five-fers in each of the three formats for India after Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Windies 157 for 6
FIVE DOWN: Fourth wicket for Kuldeep. Chase caught at short cover trying to drive on the up. The second, like the first, is a total mess. These are his best figures in Test.
Windies 138 for 5
KULDEEP ON FIRE: He was taken for runs in the first innings but has turned things around beautifully. Googly this time and Ambris walked out of the crease. The ball spun past the outside egde before Pant completed the stumping. Roston Chase came out to bat today. He’s out there again.
Windies 97 for 4
ONE MORE: Kuldeep now gets Hetmyer. Wanted to attack the left-arm spinner. Wanted to got for the big one but the outside edge lands with Rahul at point.
Windies 97 for 3
50 FOR POWELL: Sixth Test half-century for Powell. Works a length ball to the third man boundary. Good attacking innings this from the left-hander. Gets there off 55 balls.
Windies 92 for 2
TWO DOWN: Kuldeep has trapped Hope. Full and it spun back in. Hope went back and missed the flick. Trapped plumb in front.
Windies 79 for 2
The players are back for the second session, Ashwin to start …
LUNCH DAY 3 – Windies 33 for 1; trail by 435
Windies started Day 3 of the first Test trailing by 555 and failed to inspire any confidence as they folded. The session followed an expected script with the Windies lower-order attacking, knowing very well the innings won’t last long, and managed to add only 87 to their overnight score. India had no hesitation in asking the visitors to follow on with a handy first-innings lead of 468.
There was some entertainment, and a bit of frustration for the home team, as Roston Chase and Keemo Paul attacked Kuldeep Yadav to get going. They stretched their stand to 73 before Umesh Yadav had the latter caught at mid-wicket trying to pull a short ball. However, even when Kuldeep was swept for boundaries, the pair failed to raise hopes. It was all too easy for India right from the start.
Once Paul fell, Chase got to his sixth half-century in the 40th over. The moment of the day, as expected, came from an Indian bowler. R Ashwin teased chase to come forward and drive away from the body, then defeated the tall reach with a last-moment dip before the ball turned a mile to crash into the sticks. Sherman Lewis and Shannon Gabriel failed to read the carrom ball from Ashwin and lost their wickets as the innings last just 48 overs.
Kieran Powell took on Ashwin early on picking up a six and a four in the second over of the innings in the second essay. The Windies pair looked confident and yet failed to survive the session. Brathwaite tapped a length ball straight to short leg to give Ashwin his fifth wicket in the match. Powell, for all his attaching play against the offspinner, looked at sea against Kuldeep but will hope he’s able to steer the innings forward in the second session.
Indian players are out there and so the Windies openers. Will it be over today?
ALL OUT: Three for Ashwin. Another carrom ball and Gabriel is stumped. We expected this, didn’t we? Windies fold early on Day 3 for just 181. They’ve been asked to follow on. They add 87 to their overnight score. The innings lasted just 48 overs.
NINE DOWN: Ashwin is on a roll here. Carrom ball on the stumps, Lewis didn’t pick it. Played for the off spinner and that went away from the bat to take out the off stump.
Windies 159 for 9.
CHASE BOWLED: Peach! Wow! Full and wide, tossed up and invites chase to drive away from the body. He was beaten by the flight and then the ball turned a mile before crashing into the stumps. Chase was confused. India have got the eighth now.
Windies 159 for 8.
50 FOR CHASE: Kuldeep continues to be expensive and Chase has crashed another boundary. Full and tossed up, driven past the bowler. Windies past 150 as well.
Windies 157 for 7
WICKET: Umesh has ended the stand. Short ball and Paul has pulled it to midwicket. India needed this wicket. The stand was becoming more and more frustrating.
Windies 147 for 7
Windies are looking to play positive cricket. They are six down and need runs so both Chase and Paul are playing their shots. There have been a few boundaries but nothing that should threaten India. They’ve now added 50 for the seventh wicket as well.
Windies 127 for 6.
100 UP: Two boundaries by Paul in the first over. They pick 10 and cross the 100-run mark.
Windies 104 for 6.
Virat Kohli leads his team out, Chase and Paul walk out to bat as well. Kuldeep will bowl for the first over of the day …
Day 2 belonged to Jadeja. After Shaw’s debut ton, it was time for Jadeja to score his maiden ton. Virat Kohli scored his 24th Test ton, went past 1000 runs in 2018 and continued to show his immense hunger for runs.
Pant attacked early on and raced to 92 while Kohli enjoyed the show from the other end. Once Kohli was dismissed, it was Jadeja who attacked and kept Windies on the mat. India gave Jadeja the opportunity to get to a ton by delaying the declaration and he didn’t disappoint.
“The Windies are in a huddle at the moment, wonder what that motivational speech would be like to lift the sagging spirits. The Indian team looks quite relaxed, have just finished setting up the equipments for the warm-ups to begin,” says our man Shirsh who is at the venue.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the third day’s play between India and Windies in the first Test in Rajkot. Big day ahead, a sort of day that can set the tone for the whole tour.
Windies have been poor so far. The bowlers failed to build any pressure while the batsmen failed to show any kind of application as the team slipped to 94 for 6. With a mountain ahead of them, it’ll be interesting to see how they approach the third day.
India will be looking to wrap things up today itself and it’s crucial Windies put up a fight and bag some confidence.
India have been on top throughout the Test.

STUMPS DAY 2 – WINDIES 94 FOR 6; INDIA 649 FOR 9
Another dominating performance from India and you can’t help but wonder if Windies have already given up. They slipped to 49 for 5 and there were some poor calls from their batsmen. A bad run out after losing three wickets early on show they haven’t got a solid plan.
The day, however, belonged to Jadeja. After Shaw’s debut ton, it was time for Jadeja to score his maiden ton. Virat Kohli scored his 24th Test ton, went past 1000 runs in 2018 and continued to show his immense hunger for runs.
Pant attacked early on and raced to 92 while Kohli enjoyed the show from the other end. Once Kohli was dismissed, it was Jadeja who attacked and kept Windies on the mat. India gave Jadeja the opportunity to get to a ton by delaying the declaration and he didn’t disappoint.
Think Windies will save the follow on? Then join us tomorrow for the third day’s play at 9am IST.
FIRST FOR KULDEEP: Dowrich has thrown his wicket away. Tossed up and he wanted to blast that one through the off side. Misses it completely and loses his stumps too.
Windies 74 for 6
TROUBLE! Jadeja strikes on the very first ball he bowls in the Test. Tossed up outside off, it turned just enough to take the outside edge of Ambris’s bat. Easy catch at first slip. Windies have already lost five still haven’t crossed 50.
Windies 49 for 5
RUN OUT: What was Jadeja doing? Driven to the on side and there was confusion. Both batsmen end up next to the wicketkeeper. Instead of throwing the ball, Jadeja started running towards the bowling end. He took his eyes off the batsman and Hetmyer started charging to save his wicket. Jadeja took down the bails but not before he shocked everyone by delaying the throw. They all are smiling about it but Kohli and Ashwin aren’t happy. Four down.
Windies 32 for 4
ASHWIN STRIKES: Tossed up and hope played for the turn. There was none and the ball takes out the off stump. Superb this from Ashwin getting the batsman forward and then defeating him.
Windies 21 for 3 and in a lot of trouble.
Shami has walked off the field holding his side and that gives Virat Kohli an opportunity to turn to spin. Ashwin into the attack now …
TWO FOR SHAMI: Full and it was coming back in. Powell missed the flick and was given out lbw. He was trapped in front but went for the review. Windies lose a wicket and a review.
Windies 7 for 2
FIRST ONE DOWN: Shami has knocked over Brathwaite. Length ball and it nipped back in just a touch, brushed the pad and crashed into the off stump. They check the no ball and his foot was almost over the line. Had a very small part behind it so that opener has to walk back.
Windies 2 for 1
Shami to start with the ball, Brathwaite is on strike while Powell is at the other end …
Alright then, after an entertaining second session, the players are back. Final session of the day and Windies have a mountain of runs ahead of them. Will be interesting to see how their batsmen do after a poor effort with the ball …
FIRST ONE DOWN: Shami has knocked over Brathwaite. Length ball and it nipped back in just a touch, brushed the pad and crashed into the off stump. They check the no ball and his foot was almost over the line. Had a very small part behind it so that opener has to walk back.
Windies 2 for 1
Shami to start with the ball, Brathwaite is on strike while Powell is at the other end …
Alright then, after an entertaining second session, the players are back. Final session of the day and Windies have a mountain of runs ahead of them. Will be interesting to see how their batsmen do after a poor effort with the ball …
TEA – INDIA DECLARE ON 649 FOR 9
Ravindra Jadeja’s maiden ton, Virat Kohli’s 24th Test ton and an attacking 92 from Rishabh Pant has set India up nicely as they declared just at the stroke of Tea. Ravindra Jadeja muscled his way to unbeaten 100 in his home ground as India continued to grind the visiting bowlers in the Rajkot heat. The only reason India didn’t declare early was to give the left-handed allrounder an opportunity to get his maiden ton.
The session started with a glorious off drive from Kohli past the bowler that took him to 124. The boundary also took the Indian captain past the 1000-run mark in 2018 as he became the first Indian batsman to score 1000 or more in three consecutive years. The innings, however, came to end soon after as he tried to pick up the ante. Kohli had picked up two boundaries in the previous over from Devendra Bishoo and was looking to attack Sherman Lewis. With the ball holding up in the pitch, Kohli wasn’t able to time the drive on the up properly and was caught at mid-on after a 230-ball stay.
Jadeja started slow in the second session but looked a lot more comfortable after Kohli’s exit. Though he saw R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav depart from the other end, he continued to attack with the odd-ball misbehaving from the surface. His quick-fire stand with Umesh Yadav saw India cruise past the 600-run mark. The only promising sign for Windies were the four wickets from Bishoo but not before he had been taken for 215 runs. To add their misery, even Umesh enjoyed himself, picking up two sixes, much to the delight of the small crowd. Once Umesh was dismissed, Jadeja dealt only in boundaries. He got to his ton with a quick single to mid-off off Kraigg Brathwaite as his next fifty runs, after reaching a half-century off 87 balls, came in just 45 deliveries. While the sword celebration did come out it was accompanied by Kohli’s waving hand signalling the declaration.
Earlier in the day, Kohli started steady in the first session but it was Pant that put Windies on the backfoot. He raced to his half-century off 56 deliveries and then picked up next 42 runs off just 28 balls. India scored 142 in the first session as the Windies bowlers looked out of ideas, lacked bite and creativity. Lewis and Gabriel tried to bounce out Pant but lacked consistency. Once the spinners were brought into the attack – Bishoo and Roston Chase – Pant brought out some authoritative hitting.
While Kohli did take a backseat in the first session, he reached his century with a boundary to fine-leg in the 107th over of the innings. He went past Steve Smith’s tally of 23 Test tons and also became the fastest to 24 Test tons since Don Bradman – taking 123 innings to get to the mark. Pant too looked set for his second consecutive Test ton but fell to Bishoo just eight short. Trying to hit over long-on, he ended up sending a leading edge straight to point. Pant failed to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score back to back centuries and is also the first Indian batsman to get dismissed in the 90s in his maiden innings in India. There wasn’t much joy for the visitors apart from the lone wicket as India continued to make merry. To make matter worse, Bishoo failed to hold on to a return catch with Kohli on 114.
India now past 600 …
50 FOR JADEJA: Out comes the sword celebration and there’s a big smile on his face. He continues his good run in Test cricket. Did well in the last Test in England and now has a half-century in his home ground.
India 576 for 8
WICKET: Full and spinning in, Kuldeep misses the flick and given out lbw. India lose their eighth wicket as Bishoo gets his fourth.
India 571 for 8
THREE FOR BISHOO: Ashwin goes now. Full and Ashwin was back, got the edge and the keeper does the rest.
India 545 for 7
WICKET: Kohli falls for 139. Wanted to go for quick runs and perishes. Picked up two boundaries in the last over and was looking for more. Wanted to drive on the up and the ball held up on the track. He got the bottom half of the bat and the ball lobbed to mid-on. End of a superb innings.
India 534 for 6.
RECORD: Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian batsman to score 1000 runs in three consecutive years. He’s batting on 124 at the moment and gets there with a drive down the ground past the bowler.
India 510 for 5.
Kohli and Jadeja out to bat, Bishoo to start with the ball and we are all set for the second session …
LUNCH – INDIA 506 for 5
Windies continued to look flat as India kept cruising in the session. Virat Kohli, unbeaten on 120, continued to look at ease while Rishabh Pant (92) attacked to put the visitors on the defensive as India added 142 in the session after starting on 364 for 4.
Pant overshadowed Kohli with some authoritative strokeplay as the Indian captain had no hesitation to take a backseat and enjoy the show from the other end. Windies started the day with a new ball and a chance to make the Indian duo grind for their runs. Instead, what panned out was a disappointing show from the pacers – Shannon Gabriel and Sherman Lewis. The latter did try to unsettle Pant with short deliveries but failed to find accuracy. The left-hander made merry and picked up runs with ease to get going in the day.
Kohli, starting the day on 72, was content to milk the singles. There were, of course, trademark drives and pushes but he left the attacking to his partner. He took 47 deliveries to get to his 23rd Test ton when he flicked Devendra Bishoo to the fine-leg fence in the 107th over of the innings. He also became the fastest to 24 Test tons since Don Bradman – taking 123 innings to get to the mark. While the innings looked subdued, at no stage did Kohli looked out of sort during his stay. He ensured India stayed on course for a total of more than 600 with the Windies bowling lacking creativity or any bite.
Pant went past his half-century off 56 deliveries and then picked up the ante with ease. He, however, fell short of his second consecutive ton trying to take on Bishoo. After his half-century, the next 42 runs were scored off just 28 balls. He tried to go for a big one over long on but misread the flight. The leading edge landed with Keemo Paul at point and brought an end to the 133-run fifth wicket stand. Pant failed to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score back to back centuries and is also the first Indian batsman to get dismissed in the 90s in his maiden innings in India.
There wasn’t much joy for the visitors apart from the lone wicket as India continued to make merry. To make matter worse, Bishoo failed to hold on to a return catch with Kohli on 114 in the 115th over. Kohli, after the break, will walk out one short of 1000 runs in 2018. He has a chance to become the first India batsman to score 1000 runs in three consecutive years.
500 UP – Jadeja has walked in and the runs have continued to flow. Kohli was dropped in the 115th over when Bishoo failed to hold on to a return catch. The India captain was on 114 then. Poor show so far from Windies but are you surprised?
India 502 for 5.
WICKET: Windies have got the big one. Pant dismissed for 92 so no consecutive Test tons for him. Flighted on the stumps and he wanted to send it sailing over long-on. Got the outside edge and was caught at point. End of an entertaining innings that lasted 84 balls.
India 472 for 5
CENTURY FOR KOHLI: His 24th Test ton. He goes past Steve Smith’s tally of 23 now. Has looked slightly subdued but hasn’t looked out of sorts. Gets there with a flick to fine leg for a boundary.
India 465 for 4.
CENTURY STAND – Pant in his last 14 deliveries has hit three fours and three sixes. The stand is now past 100 as well. Kohli enjoying the show from the other end.
50 FOR PANT: Started his career with a six, reaches a half-century with a maximum here. Full and on the pads, flicked over square leg with ease. Pant races past 50 off just 58 balls.
India 416 for 4 and the fifth-wicket partnership is now 79.
So after Gabriel, Lewis and Paul have failed, Windies introduce spin … Chase to bowl.
400 UP – We’ve had 40 minutes of play so far in the day and Windies are still looking flat. They’ve tried to bounce out Pant but have leaked runs as well. Kohli is looking at ease from the other end while Pant too isn’t getting too bothered by the barrage at him.
India 400 for 4.
Alright then, Kohli and Pant walk out to bat, Windies players out there as well and Lewis will start with the ball …
Record alert – If Kohli gets 49 more, he’ll become the first Indian batsman to score more than 1000 runs in three consecutive calendar years.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second day’s play between India and Windies in the first Test in Rajkot. Dominating performance by India as expected on the opening. Windies got four wickets but they were made to work hard for them. KL Rahul was disappointing, Rahane fell after getting a start, Kohli is unbeaten on 72 but the day belonged to Shaw. He became the second youngest to score a century for India in Tests after Tendulkar. It was an authoritative performance and showed why he’s rated so highly.
India lost a wicket in the very first over but then Pujara and Shaw scored 206 for the second wicket. Windies picked up two wickets in the second session. Shaw got to his ton but Pujara fell for 86. In the third session, Kohli and Rahane stitched a 105-run stand to take the team past 300.
Jadeja helped India declare on 649.

STUMPS DAY 1 – INDIA 364 for 4
Dominating performance for India as expected. Windies got four wickets but they were made to work hard for them. KL Rahul was disappointing, Rahane fell after getting a start, Kohli is unbeaten on 72 but the day belonged to Shaw. He became the second youngest to score a century for India in Tests after Tendulkar. It was an authoritative performance and showed why he’s rated so highly.
India lost a wicket in the very first over but then Pujara and Shaw scored 206 for the second wicket. Windies picked up two wickets in the second session. Shaw got to his ton but Pujara fell for 86. In the third session, Kohli and Rahane stitched a 105-run stand to take the team past 300.
Rahane will be disappointed with his dismissal but India will be happy with how things have panned out for them so far. That’s it from us folks! Joins us tomorrow at 9am IST for the second day’s play.
RAHANE FALLS: Short and wide, he went for the cut but got a faint edge. Caught by the keeper and Rahane went for the review. Strange one. Looked out and there was a sound. The 105-run stand comes to an end. New ball taken as well.
India 337 for 4.
100-RUN STAND: So after the Shaw show, Kohli and Rahane have added 100 off 185. Rahane just 10 away from a fifty while Kohli is looking good for another big one. Nine overs left in the day and Windies haven’t taken the new ball yet.
India 332 for 3
50 FOR KOHLI: He comes back from a break and starts scoring runs. Another Half-century from him off 100 deliveries as India continue to motor towards a big first innings score. Should Windies take the new ball? It’s three overs away now.
India 313 for 3
India go past 300 now … Kohli nearing his half-century
50-RUN STAND: Kohli and Rahane now have raised a 50-run stand. 112 balls to get there. Thing have slowed down just a touch after Shaw was dismissed.
India 282 for 3.
The players are back. Onus on Kohli and Rahane to take the innings forward. Windies will look to pick these two …
WICKET – SHAW FALLS: Pretty soft dismissal but what a tremendous innings. Held up on the surface a bit and Shaw chipped it back to Bishoo.
He walks off with a pat on the back from Kohli. He seems disappointed. Tea as well and India still continue to dominate.
WICKET: Pujara falls but the fans are excited. Virat Kohli has walked out to bat. Lewis gets his maiden Test wicket. Lenght ball outside off, he poked at it and was caught behind. Pujara doesn’t get a century. He falls for 86.
India 209 for 2.
200 UP for India – Windies looking out of ideas and both Shaw and Pujara are in no mood to slow down.
SHAW – CENTURY ON DEBUT
Dream start for the youngster. Windies have been poor but take no credit away from Shaw. He’s been fluent, confident, dominating and authoritative. He’s been audacious as well and that has left Windies gasping.
The hands go up, punches the air, the whole dressing room is applauding his effort. He’s in hurry. He’s soaking it all in.
India 174 for 1
It has taken just 14 balls in the second session for Shaw to enter the nervous 90s. He’s in a hurry to get to a debut ton …
First two overs after Lunch – 0, 0, 4, 4, 0, 1, 0, 1, 4, 0, 2, 4
20 runs and India have got going again.
Shaw and Pujara are back. Windies players as well. They need a wicket else the match will slip away from them pretty quickly …
KL Rahul scored a ton against England in the last Test. I don’t think the team management would have thought of playing two new openers.
LUNCH, DAY 1 – India 133 for 1
India, as expected, dominated proceedings in the first session on the first day of the opening Test in Rajkot against Windies. Prithvi Shaw, on debut, looked at ease and cruised to 75 not out while Cheteshwar Pujara started slow and settled in to stay unbeaten on 54.
Windies were left with an unkind cut even before the contest began. Already without Kemar Roach, they fielded an XI without their regular captain Jason Holder, who sustained an ankle injury and failed to pass the fitness test. The toss went Virat Kohli’s way and that meant they were forced into a grind. Even ahead of the series, the spotlight was fixed on Shaw. As the selectors look to move on from Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, they have just two Tests to figure out their openers for the all-important series in Australia.
Shaw got off the mark with a beautiful punch past point with a three on the second ball he faced in Test cricket. But Shannon Gabriel showed just why he’s the most potent threat Windies have got in India. He teased KL Rahul before getting one to nip back in and trap the opener plumb in front. Rahul went for the review, a pretty poor decision, after consultation with Shaw. India not only lost a wicket but a review as well with the first stick down with only three on the board.
And while Windies would have hoped for a better show, Shaw laid to rest those thoughts with an impressive show. The absence of Holder and Roach had already left a big gap between the two sides and Shaw’s assault left the visitors gasping. Keemo Paul was never allowed to settle down while Sherman Lewis, on debut as well, was handed a thrashing in the three overs he bowled. Shaw’s first boundary – well-timed punch – came in the second over against Paul and that got him going. The same bowler was taken to the cleaners in the fourth over as Shaw smashed three boundaries to race to 22 off 16.
Pujara, from the other end, did what he does best and blocked. Not getting carried away by the positive approach by the youngster, Pujara took his time to get going. Shaw’s exuberance forced Kraigg Brathwaite on the defensive pretty early on as the field spread in the sixth over itself. Despite that Shaw gave ample proof of his strong game square of the wicket and picked up boundaries at will. Brathwaite used five bowlers in the first session itself but gave just four overs to Gabriel in his first spell. As the session progressed, the pitch eased out even further leaving the Windies bowlers short of ideas. The captain was also guilty of taking off his bowlers pretty early instead of sticking with them and staying patient.
India’s 50 was completed in the 11th over as Shaw looked to dominate Devendra Bishoo. The high backlift, the punchy pushes, the fluent drives and crafty flicks all were leashed on the Windies bowlers as Shaw raced to his half-century off 56 deliveries. He became the youngest to score a fifty on Test debut for India after Ali Baig who did it in England in 1959. However, the most impressive aspect of Shaw was that he refused to get carried away. Make no mistake, Pujara wasn’t too far behind. But as has been the case, his innings was overshadowed by the flamboyance of his young partner.
50 FOR PUJARA: He also races past fifty off 67 balls. Straight drive and a boundary to get there.Make no mistake, Pujara hasn’t been too far behind. But as has been the case, his innings has been overshadowed by the flamboyance of his young partner.
India 121 for 1
100 UP – Shaw smashes two boundaries against Chase and India cruise past the 100-run mark. Both Pujara and Shaw look set for a big one.
India 102 for 1
Not sure they want to play Test cricket –
50 FOR SHAW: Shaw is the youngest to score a 50 on Test debut for India. Previous youngest being Abbas Ali Baig (20y 131d) vs Eng in Manchester in 1959. It’s been a dominating show so far and the Windies bowlers already look short of ideas. He gets there off 56 deliveries. Pujara, too, looking solid.
India 89 for 1.
10 OVERS DONE – And it’s been Shaw show till now. India have had a solid start because of the opener and Windies are already on the defensive. He’s teased the fielders, dominated the bowlers and looked at ease. Pujara, too, now looks set for a marathon.
India 44 for 1
Agreed Mayank has scored runs but it’s always going to be one of Shaw or him. Imagine two inexperienced openers against Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins in Australia. Highly unlikely that’ll happen.
Shaw given an opportunity and looks like he’s making the most of it at the moment.
No really. Kohli had said he’s aiming to give the guys a constant run. Even after that dismissal, it’s really hard to see someone like KL Rahul sitting out. There are more chances of a disaster if India go in with two inexperienced openers in Australia.
Agree?
WICKET: Rahul falls for a duck. Full and nipped back just a touch. He wasn’t too far forward and pinged plumb in front. He went for the review. Asked Shaw for advice and the youngster felt there was bat. Three reds. India lose a wicket and a review.
3 for 1 after the first over.
SHAW GETS GOING – Left the first ball, a wide one, as he faced the first delivery in Test cricket but punches the next one past point to collect three. Superb shot to get going. It’s amazing the confidence he carries with him.
Alrighty then … the players have walked out. Shaw to take strike, KL Rahul is with him. Gabriel will start with the ball and we are all set. Excited?
“Look forward to seeing Sherman Lewis. Holder and Law, both, spoke with great delight about the two young pacers they have unearthed and that we would get watch them over the course of the limited-overs series. Lewis, we will watch today. He was extremely quick and sharp, can say the only pacer who asked questions of Mayank and others in Baroda,” says our man Shirsh who is at the venue. He’s also making his Test debut today, covering his first.
So Shaw will walk out to bat in about 25 minutes. Excited to see what he can do in international cricket? Stay tuned folks, this should be fun considering the exuberance of the young opener …
Toss time … India opt to bat.
Kraigg Brathwaite is leading Windies. India to go in with three spinners that means Shardul will be the 12th man. Umesh gets a game as well and so does Kuldeep.
Playing XIs:
India: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
Windies: Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich(w), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel
Here’s what the captains had to say –
Kraigg Brathwaite: I would have had a bat first as well. Using the new ball is the key for us. Got to be aggressive and enjoy the game. Holder is not playing. Lewis to make his debut today. I think the guys are looking forward to this.
Virat Kohli: We are gonna have bat first. Looks a good wicket. There’s a bit of grass that holds up the surface. We are playing three spinners. Kuldeep is playing. Umesh and Shami start for us. Shaw is making his debut. We need to focus on our lower order contribution. See what Shaw can do at the top. It’s all about giving them this phase. Give them some confidence.
“Rest of the team looks quite settled, it’s just that at the top of the order, these guys are new and will take a bit of time to get into it. They definitely have the skill-set and supremely talented and what we have seen of them is very very exciting.”
These were Virat Kohli’s words ahead of the Test. With Shaw making debut, the think-tank will be hoping he makes an impact immediately as the side looks to move on from Dhawan and Vijay. A good showing here and the Under-19 World Cup winning captain will be on the flight to Australia.
MORNING READ – What’s on the agenda for India? Who are the openers? How much of an impact will the Windies pacers have?.
ICYMI – India have already announced Prithvi Shaw will be making his debut as they finalised their 12 ahead of the game. No place for Mayank, Siraj and Shardul.
Windies will be without Kemar Roach who will join the team mid-way through the test.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first Test between Windies and India in Rajkot. Exciting day ahead as India aims to sort out a few issues ahead of the all-important Australia tour. Windies, on the other hand, will look to challenge the hosts and make a statement. Stay tuned as we’ll bring you constant updates.
Shaw looked at ease at the crease right from the start.

Shaw looked at ease at the crease right from the start. © AFP

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