India vs West Indies, 1st Test

Posted October 05, 2018

Teenage batting prospect Prithvi Shaw struck a breezy century on debut to put hosts India on course for a big first-innings total in the opening test against West Indies at Rajkot on Thursday.

In the final session, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 105 runs for the fourth wicket. When the West Indies played their last Test series in India, it was the famous farewell series for Sachin Tendulkar. Prithvi also got the opportunity to bat with his skipper Virat Kohli in his very first match.

Shaw wasted little time in picking up where he had left off in the first session, twice drilling leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo to the leg side boundary in the first over after the interval.

Nonetheless, batsmen have always enjoyed the Rajkot conditions and thus both teams would be looking to bat first after winning the toss.

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Last Indian to achieve this feat was Rohit Sharma, also against West Indies in 2013.

Shaw, who was 75 not out at lunch, reached the three figures in the afternoon session with a typical punch to the cover, the same way he got his first runs in worldwide cricket. He had earlier made waves by reaching three figures in his first Ranji Trophy appearance and was the youngest to hit a century on Duleep Trophy debut.

The right-handed Shaw struck 19 fours off 154 deliveries while Pujara, also right-handed, faced 130 balls and counted 14 fours in chalking up his 19th half-century in his 63rd Test.

India will be playing against the West Indies in the first Test match, starting October 4.

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One can not speak of the future but this 134 off 154 balls, he has done all the right things to book a flight to Australia for the Test series, that starts on December 6 at Adelaide.

Shaw, a diminutive right-hander, reached his 50 in a quickfire 56 deliveries.

The West Indians looked listless on the field as boundaries came at will for India.

West Indies, already without Kemar Roach after the pace spearhead returned home due to a family bereavement, suffered a further setback when captain Jason Holder was ruled out with an ankle injury. Following the debacle in England, a two-match Test series against West Indies at home, which starts at Rajkot, is perhaps the ideal way to get back in the groove for the Virat Kohli-led Indian team.

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