West Indies vs India, 1st Test, Day 1 — Dhawan, Kohli put up good show

Welcome to our live coverage of Day 1 of the first Test match between West Indies and India being played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.

West Indies vs India, 1st Test, Day 1 — Dhawan, Kohli put up good show



Over 60 || Score 200/3 (Kohli 75; Rahane 11)

8, 3, 3, 3, 3: That's how India scored in the last five overs, and reached 200-run mark.

Skipper Virat Kohli is now joined by Ajinkya Rahane in the centre.

Over 54.5 || Score 179/3 (Kohli 55)

Tea on Day 1 of first Test. And India have clearly taken the advantage thanks to the third wicket stand which yielded 105 runs in 27.1 overs.

But just before the Tea, Shikhar Dhawan found himself trapped in front. Wicket to Devendra Bishoo.

WICKET: Shikhar Dhawan lbw b Devendra Bishoo 84 (147)

Skipper Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 65.

Over 50 || Score 159/2 (Dhawan 75; Kohli 55)

The partnership between the two Delhi batsmen continues to extend. Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli has reached his 13th Test fifty. And he is going strong.

He reached fifty with two back-to-back fours off Carlos Brathwaite, in the 49th over. Kohli has hit six fours so far. Dhawan has seven, in addition to that six.

Over 45 || Score 136/2 (Dhawan 73; Kohli 34)

Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have ensured that their stand remains intact even as Ravindra Ashwin is  seen padding up. The stand is worth 62 runs.

West Indies have used five bowlers, and the Shannon Gabriel and Deverndra Bishoo were the only successful  ones so far.

The innings so far has witnessed nine maiden overs, ten fours and a six. That lone six was hit by Dhawan.

3, 2, maiden, 5, 3 was the scoring sequence in the last five overs.

Over 40 || Score 123/2 (Dhawan 68; Kohli 26)

India have scored 40 runs in the last ten overs. And 1, 11, 2, maiden and 5 was the scoring sequence in the last five. The stand between the two Delhi batsmen has been worth 49 runs in 12.2 balls.

Good period for India.

Over 35 || Score 104/2 (Dhawan 57; Kohli 18)

Shikhar Dhawan's going strong, but Virat Kohli seemed to have brought a new dynamics in India's batting. Since his arrival, India have increased the scoring rate. The skipper himself has reached 18 off 28 balls with two hits to the fence.

Over 30 || Score 83/2 (Dhawan 47; Kohli 8)

Straight after the Lunch, India lost Cheteshwar Pujara. The right-handed batsman played a wild shot, very unlike him, and found Kraigg Brathwaite taking an easy catch at point off a to-edge.

WICKET: Cheteshwar Pujara c Kraigg Brathwaite b Devendra Bishoo 16(67)

That happened off the fourth ball after restart, and Devendra Bishoo got a big wicket.

That brought Virat Kohli in the centre.

And soon, the Indian skipper reached his 3000 Test runs with a four off Devendra Bishoo in the 30th over. A brilliant cover drive for his first four.

Over 27 || Score 72/1 (Dhawan 46; Pujara 14)

And LUNCH in Antigua.

India played 27 overs, scoring 72 runs at the expense of Murali Vijay's wicket. The wicket-wicket stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 58 runs. Good one for India on an unpredicatable top.

West Indies have utilised four bowlers, and the wicket was in the name of Shannon Grabriel. There were six maiden overs too – two each to Gabriel, skipper Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite.

Over 25 || Score 62/1 (Dhawan 37; Pujara 13)

Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara continued to dig hard for a stable foundation. Back-to-back good overs for India as the 24th and 25th overs yielded 6 and 9 runs respectively.

Dhawan got his second four of the innings, in the 24th over, off the third ball. He punished Roston Chase by coming down the pitch, and belting down the ground.

Over 20 || Score 39/1 (Dhawan 20; Pujara 8)

India scored in the sequence of 2, 1, 1, 2, 4 in the last five overs. No boundaries.

West Indies fielders have done well to stop couple of boundary bound hits. But, Carlos Brathwaite has been brilliant so far with his right-arm fast medium deliveries.

Over 15 || Score 29/1 (Dhawan 13; Pujara 5)

2, 5, 0, 1, 0: That's how India scored in the last five overs, with both the maiden overs credited to Carlos Brathwaite.

India have so far hit two fours, one each to the openers.

For West Indies, skipper Jason Holder has used four bowlers, including himself. Shannon Gabriel was responsible for that lone wicket. Debutant Roston Chase also got overs on the first day.

Over 10 || Score 21/1 (Dhawan 8; Pujara 2)

India lost their first wicket in the seventh over, off the second ball bowled by Shannon Gabriel. And the victim, Murali Vijay, was caught at second slip by a juggling Carlos Brathwaite.

WICKET: Murali Vijay c Kraigg Brathwaite b Shannon Gabriel 7(26)

Right-handed batsman Cheteshwar Pujara joined Shikhar Dhawan.

Then, the routine followed. In ten overs' play, India have scored just about runs to make it look like a scoring match.

Over 5 || Score 12/0 (Vijay 6; Dhawan 6)

Murali Vijay's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan survived a couple of short balls in the fifth over bowled by Shannon Gabriel.

But Dhawan was the first one to hit a boundary, off a short ball, which he hooked. Just enough. That happened off the last ball of second over, bowled by West Indies skipper Jason Holder.

Vijay found his own boundary, in the next over, off the third ball. The Indian opener took the width on offer and played it through square. That's Gabriel straying.

West Indies have so far used only two bowlers.

Over 1 || Score 0/0 (Vijay 0; Dhawan 0)

Shannon Gabriel started the proceedings with his right-arm fast-medium delivery. He employed a big channel even as Murali Vijay, as expected, started ball gazing.

And a maiden over start with.

Playing XIs:

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich(WK), Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder(C), Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav



India: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra.

West Indies (for first Test): Jason Holder (C), Kraigg Brathwaite (VC), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (WK), Shannon Gabriel, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels.


Umpires: Aleem Dar and Ian Gould
Third Umpire: Gregory Brathwaite
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire: Nigel Duguid

A confident India, with a new coach at the helm, will seek to record a third consecutive Test series triumph on the Caribbean soil when the Virat Kohli-led side clashes with an inexperienced West Indies in the first cricket match, here from Thursday.

The Test will herald a new chapter in Indian cricket history as the team will take the field for the first time under new coach Anil Kumble's guidance.

However, the focus now completely shifts to the field, where the Indian players will try to put in action the plans laid out by their new coach. In doing so, skipper Virat Kohli will aim to complete a hat trick of Test series wins in the Caribbean, after Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni led their sides to victory in 2007 and 2011, respectively.

Also, Kohli will be hoping to win a third successive Test series, after beating Sri Lanka 2-1 away and South Africa 3-0 at home, both last year.


Welcome to our live coverage of Day 1 of the first Test match between West Indies and India being played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.