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Sports Cricket 04 Oct 2018 IND vs WI 1st Test D ...

IND vs WI 1st Test Day 1: Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli score big as India take command

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Oct 4, 2018, 9:33 am IST
Updated Oct 4, 2018, 5:21 pm IST
Score, India 364-4: Kohli 72*, Rishab Pant 17*; Devendra Bishoo 1/113, Roston Chase 1/67, Sherman Lewis 1/56, Shannon Gabriel 1/66.
Prithvi Shaw scored a hundred on debut as he and Cheteshwar Pujara continue to dominate the West Indies bowling attack on Day one of the first Test in Rajkot. (Photo: AP)
 Prithvi Shaw scored a hundred on debut as he and Cheteshwar Pujara continue to dominate the West Indies bowling attack on Day one of the first Test in Rajkot. (Photo: AP)

Rajkot: It was a day to remember for young debutant Prithvi Shaw as he scored his maiden century (134 runs) along with Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 72 to guide India to 364-4 at stumps on Day one of the first Test against West Indies.

India won the toss and elected to bat, and Cheteshwar Pujara (86 runs) and Prithvi had built a 206-run partnership for the second wicket. Pujara was dismissed by Sherman Lewis, whereas Shaw was seen off by Devendra Bishoo seven overs later.

While KL Rahul was dismissed for a duck, Ajinkya Rahane played his part by scoring 41 runs.

Kohli’s current batting partner is Rishab Pant, who is unbeaten on 17 runs.

Shannon Gabriel, Keemo Paul, Sherman Lewis and Devendra Bishoo have one wicket each. 

India 337-4 after 83.3 overs

WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane falls for 41 runs as Shane Dowrich takes catch off Roston Chase's bowling.

India 313-3 after 76.3 overs

FIFTY! Captain Kohli gets to his 20th Test fifty as the hosts continue to dominate.

India 253-3 after 57 overs:

250 UP! India will be keen to bolster their first innings target with Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli in the middle.

Tea:

Prithvi Shaw was dismissed for 134 runs at tea break as India were 232-3.

It was a memorable occasion for Shaw, who brought up his maiden Test century on international debut.

Sherman Lewis got the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara (86 runs), whereas Devendra Bishoo saw off Prithvi.

The duo of Prithvi and Pujara put up a 206-run stand for the second wicket.

India 232-3 after 50.2 overs

WICKET! Prithvi Shaw is dismissed for 134 runs as Devendra Bishoo gets the crucial wicket.

India 209-2 after 43 overs

WICKET! Sherman Lewis removes Pujara for 86 runs as Windies find the all-important breakthrough.

India 176/1 from 33 overs:

HUNDRED! What a fantastic start to Prithvi Shaw's international career! He drives one through the covers to bring up his hundred. He is elated and so is the dressing room as captain and vice-captain, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, stand and applaud with a big smile on their faces. Well done, lad! Well done.

Pre-lunch session:

Prithvi Shaw is on debut but he has shown no nerves whatsoever as he and Cheteshwar Pujara have taken India to 133/1 at lunch on Day 1 after Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against West Indies here on Thursday.

While India lost KL Rahul (and a review) in the first over after Shannon Gabriel trapped him before the stumps, Shaw and the local lad, Pujara, steadied the ship and disallowed West Indies any more wickets till lunch.

Shaw was on the ball right from the word go as he scored his first run on the second ball and followed it up with a four in the second over before hitting three fours in the fourth over. While Pujara took his time to settle in, he too played his shots as the two kept the scoreboard ticking.

Shaw, who did not mind using his feet against the spinners, brought up his fifty and became the youngest Indian to score a fifty on debut.

India 24/1 after 4 overs:

Nervousness, what's that! Prithvi Shaw is timing it beautifully here as Paul continues to struggle to find his line. The Indian youngster has zoomed to 22 with three fours in the fourth over. First a legside whip, then a dab to the fine-leg and then a flashy in-the-air but over-the-slip-cordon four.

India 7/1 after 2 overs:

FIRST FOUR! A backfoot punch through the covers and the 18-year-old Shaw has hit his first four in international cricket.

India 3/1 after 1 over:

First runs for Shaw and a duck for Rahul! Shaw has got off the mark on the second delivery he faced but Shannon Gabriel has struck in the first over to send KL Rahul packing.

Toss:

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to bat as the 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw makes his international debut in the first Test against West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.

India will field three spinners in the form of R Aswhin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav while Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will take care of the pace-bowling department.

While Shaw is making his India debut, Sunil Ambris and Sherman Lewis will also make their international debut for West Indies. The visitors, meanwhile, will be without the injured Jason Holder as Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the side.

"There's a bit of grass that holds up the surface. It's very warm and humid here so the best time to bat will be first," Kohli said at the toss after electing to bat.

"(Let's) see what Shaw can do at the top," said the Indian skipper as he discussed the prodigious Mumbai batsman's debut.

"It's all about giving them this particular phase. Give them some confidence before the start of the series against Australia."

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