India vs West Indies 1st Test: Prithvi Shaw stars with ton, India stack 364/4 on Day 1

India piled up 364 runs for the loss of four wickets on Day 1 of the 1st Test against West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Thursday. 

India vs West Indies 1st Test: Prithvi Shaw stars with ton, India stack 364/4 on Day 1
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India piled up 364 runs for the loss of four wickets on Day 1 of the 1st Test against West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Thursday. 

Follow the highlights from Day 1: 

The Day 1 belonged to 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw. He broke records and joined several elite clubs on his way to a remarkable Test century on debut. Shaw scored 134 runs off 154 balls to become the youngest Indian and the fourth overall to hit a century on Test debut. The Mumbaikar also shared a 206-run with Cheteshwar Pujara (86) for the second-wicket, steering India to a rocker of a start. The West Indies bowlers, who had a lackluster day, managed to slow India's scoring rate after spinner Devendra Bishoo dismissed Shaw on 134 at the brink of Tea. Skipper Virat Kohli (72) then put up a 105-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (41) to keep the scoreboard ticking as India scored 364/4 at stumps on Day 1. It was their highest score against West Indies in a day's play. India's previous best was 361/4 at Gros Islet, 2006 (Day 1).

 

 

# India 364/4

# Stumps!! 

# Rishabh Pant is in at number six. 

# India 337/4!

# Wicket!! Ajinkya Rahane attempts to cut Roston Chase but the ball skids through to take outside edge to keeper Dowrich. Rahane 41 (92).

# This is Virat Kohli 26th 50+score as a captain, and is second behind MS Dhoni (29) with most 50+scores in Tests as a captain. 

# Half-century!! Skipper Virat Kohli brings up his 20th Test half-century in 99 balls.  

# Both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are looking comfortable. They have spent some time in the middle now and will look to accelerate as the day progresses. West Indies bowlers Shanon Gabriel and Devendra Bishoo have been the pick of the bowlers. They bowled a tight line after Shaw's wicket and reduced the scoring run-rate but need to pick up wickets at regular wickets. As things stand, India are on course to a massive 1st innings total. India 270/3 after 63 overs. 

# Third session is underway

# Another clinical session for India but Prithvi Shaw stole the show with a valiant 134 runs off 154 balls. Resuming on 75 (74), Shaw accelerate at a strike rate of over 100 to smash a century (off 99 balls) on debut, becoming the youngest Indian, at 18y, 329d, to score a ton in maiden Test. Shaw also stitched a 206-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (86 off 130) to put India in a comfortable position at Tea. West Indies, on the other hand, had a decent second session. They gave away 99 runs in 26 overs at a run-rate of 3.81 and picked up key wickets of the well-set Shaw and Pujara. India 232/3 after 51 overs. 

 

# Tea-break

# Ajinkya Rahane is in at number five.    

 

# India 232/3 after 51 overs. 

Wicket!! Prithvi Shaw attempts to drive Devendra Bishoo leg-break but ends up handing a catch to the bowler. A remarkable knock comes to an end. Prithvi Shaw 134 (154). 

# Virat Kohli is in at number four.

# Wicket!! Sherman Lewis takes his maiden wicket as Cheteshwar Pujara edges a catch to keeper Dowrich. Pujara falls for 86 (130). India 209/2 after 43 overs. 

 

 

# Prithvi Shaw's 100 off 99 balls is also the third fastest Test century on debut and becomes the second youngest Indian to score a Test Hundred after Sachin Tendulkar. He is one for the future. 

# Century!! Prithvi Shaw becomes the 15th Indian to hit a century on debut. 

# Play resumes!

# A remarkable first session for India. They have scored 133 and lost only 1 wicket (KL Rahul 0). Both Prithvi Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara toyed with the West Indies bowlers. Prithvi Shaw 75 (74) and Pujara 56 (74) have been top-notch so far. Debutant Prithvi showed no sense of nervousness and punished the opposition bowlers all around the park. He became the youngest Indian to score a half-century on debut, surpassing a 59-year-old record held by Abbas Ali Baig, 20 years 131 days in 1959. He is also the youngest Test debutant opener after Vijay Mehra, who was 17 years, 265 days in 1955. India 133/1 after 25 overs. 

# Lunch Break!

# Half-century! Cheteshwar Pujara reaches his 19th Test half-century. This is the first time that Pujara had scored fifty before lunch on Day 1 of the Test. 

 

 

 

Prithvi Shaw brings up his maiden Test half-century. He becomes the 27th Indian to score a 50 on Test debut

# India are off to a decent start at Rajkot. India would now look to make of the flat wicket. Prithvi Shaw, with no jitters on his debut, has been brilliant. He has faced 36 balls and is batting at a strike rate of 91.67. Pujara, as usual, is happy to bid his time and set his eye in the middle. The West Indies pacers, despite sending KL Rahul for a duck, have had a lacklustre start. India 56/1 after 12 overs. 

# Cheteshwar Pujara is in at number three. 

# Wicket!! Shannon Gabriel swings the ball in, traps KL Rahul plumb on the front. Rahul departs for a duck. India 3/1!

# KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw open the innings for India. 

#Prithvi Shaw, 18, makes his debut while pacer Sherman Lewis debuts for West Indies. 

Playing XI: 

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite(Captain), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich(WK), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel

After a long English summer, the World No 1 side are back to their den. India start as favourites against West Indies, who last played white ball cricket in August against Bangladesh. Virat Kohli, who was rested after the England tour, comes back to lead India. 

The Indian team, after a dismal 1-4 loss to England, will look to get back to winning ways. India dropped both Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and roped in Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw, who earned a maiden-India call up on the back of stunning First-class figures. 

Breaking away from their tradition of not speaking about team selection in advance, the Indian team on Wednesday named a 12-man squad a day before the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot.  

The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, named in the 12-man list, is likely to open alongside KL Rahul in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan. However, Hanuma Vihari, who had scored a half-century and picked up three wickets on debut in the final Test against England in September, along with uncapped Mayank Agarwal was overlooked for the opening Test. 

Squad: 

India: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw (debut), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Jahmar Hamilton, Jomel Warrican.

 

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