Friday, 19 October, 2018

India vs Windies, 1st Test, Day 2, Rajkot

Indian cricketers during a training session ahead of the first Test against West Indies Indian cricketers during a training session ahead of the first Test against West Indies
Domingo Copeland | 05 October, 2018, 08:42

As Shikhar Dhawan isn't included in team, Mumbai teen Prithvi Shaw will open with KL Rahul.

At stumps Kohli was unbeaten on 72 with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant not out on 17 and India already in the driving seat in the match.

In the morning, Shaw, who became the 293rd cricketer to represent India in Tests, showed supreme confidence from ball one, on which he offered a watchful leave.

Day 1 round-up: To put it in one word, the opening day of the first Test between India and Windies was "Shaw-some"! In the third session, Kohli and Rahane stitched a 105-run stand to take the team past 300.

Shaw became only the 15th Indian cricketer ever and the first since Rohit Sharma in 2013 to have scored a century on Test debut and also the second youngest Indian overall after Sachin Tendulkar to have scored a Test century. His knock came in 154 balls with 19 boundaries.

Pant gets a single off the first ball.

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Shaw scored his first runs with a punch off the back foot through the covers off his second delivery, making it evident why he has already been tipped for a bright future in national colours. Pujara too looked at ease at the other end until he was caught behind off debutant Sherman Lewis, missing out on a 16th Test ton.

Shaw gathered his runs on both sides of the wicket, taking 12 from Paul's second over of the morning courtesy of three boundaries before driving the same bowler for fours through the off and leg side to move into the 40s. He is still young and with time will mature as a batsman and as a cricketer so it is important that India give him enough opportunities.

Their lead pacer, Kemar Roach, was already ruled out of the series opener due to a bereavement in the family.

Shaw earned a reputation as a batting prodigy.

Indian vice-captain Rahane though lost his cool against off-spinner Roston Chase to get caught behind in the final few overs of the day.

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