With the help of another brilliant ton by skipper Virat Kohli (143 off 197), India ended the Day 1 of first test against West Indies at Antigua on a comfortable 302/4. Kohli was ably supported first by Shikhar Dhawan (84 off 147) and then by R Ashwin (22 off 69) who walked in as a nightwatchman. Kohli and Dhawan both steadied India’s innings which suffered early losses in the form of M Vijay (7 off 26) and Cheteshwar Pujara (16 off 89). For West Indies, spinner Devendra Bishoo grabbed three wickets for 108 runs, including the prized wicket of Dhawan.
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first. With former cricketer Anil Kumble’s first assignment after joining the Indian team as head coach, the team is touring the islands for a 4-match Test series. The rest of the matches are scheduled to be played at Jamaica, Gros Islet and Trinidad. This is Kohli’s first overseas series as a Test captain for India.
The Indian team includes Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, R. Ashwin, Suart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav. Out of these, Jadeja, Rahul, Sharma, Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the ones left out.
After winning the toss Kohli said, “We will bat first. It looks like a hard surface, with some covering of grass, and a binded surface. We will look to put the runs on the board. We are very well prepared and looking forward to a long season. West Indies are a quality team and has the ability to surprise anyone. We can take confidence from the last two series here and need to play with intensity. While West Indies captain Jason Holder said that he was not too disappointed at bowling first, and the pitch might act a bit tacky early on and should assist the bowlers. He said, “It’s a young team and will look to gain some positives.”
Here is how the match progressed:
01: 14: Kohli scores in 12th Test century for Kohli and sets the tone for India in this series. This is Kohli’s second-fastest century in tests, TV commentators say.
12.39: Fans now awaiting a Kohli century as India near 200. Score: 194/3; Kohli 70, Rahane 10
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12.35: Kohli 66 off 93; Rahane 10 off 8.
12.12: India lose third wicket. Dhawan (84) is out, lbw Devendra Bishoo. India: 179/3.
12.00: Dhawan nearing century. Now at 84. Can he? India 178/2 in 53 overs. Their partnership has crosses 100-run mark.
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11.55: Kohli scores on ground, fans on Twitter. India now at 173/2.
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11.52: Kohli is closing in on Dhawan’s score fast. India: 164/2. (Dhawan: 79; Kohli 60)
11.45: Kohli-Dhawan partnership may hold the key for India’s result in the match. At present the partnership is getting stronger as they continue to score at a brisk pace. India moves past 150.
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11.30 pm: 142/2 in 48 overs. (Shikhar Dhawan 74; Viart Kohli 54). This is Kohli’s 13th fifty in this format. It took him only 75 balls to reach there.
09:30 pm: India 72/1 at Lunch against West Indies in Antigua
09:00 pm: India 43/1 after 21 overs.
7: 32 pm(IST): IND 1/0 (1.2 Ovs)
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7: 22 pm(IST):
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7:15 pm(IST): India won the toss, and chose to bat.