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India vs West Indies 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: Ajinkya Rahane top scores on rain-affected day

India vs West Indies, Ind vs WI 1st Test Highlights: Ajinkya Rahane anchored India's fightback after West Indies put the visitors in a spot of bother after electing to field first on Day 1.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 23, 2019 2:56:13 am
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India vs West Indies (Ind vs WI) 1st Test Highlights: India have finished Day 1 of the first Test in Antigua at 203/6. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were the unbeaten batsmen for the visitors when rain forced play to be called off prematurely. West Indies put India in a spot of bother after electing to field first. A terrific opening spell on a lively pitch by seamers Kemar Roach and Shanon Gabriel left India reeling at 25/3 in 8 overs. Ajinkya Rahane (81) then combined with KL Rahul (44) and Hanuma Vihari (32) to steady the ship thereon. However, West Indies struck back in the Tea session to again put India in a bit of trouble. Rain came down in the 69th over to stop play.

A win in the opening Test will be the 27th for Kohli as skipper and will put him on an even keel with his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A century in the game (19th as captain) will place him on par with Ricky Ponting. On paper, a batting line-up that has Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant in the ranks should be termed clear favourites but this West Indies team, led by Jason Holder, is no pushover. See the highlights of Day 1 here.

Match EndedIndia tour of West Indies, 2019 - 1st Test

West Indies

222 (74.2) u0026 100 (26.5)
vs

India

297 (96.4) u0026 343/7 dec (112.3)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 1st Test )
India beat West Indies by 318 runs

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India vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights:

02:22 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Play called off for day

The umpires run off the field as more rains come down. Graeme Swann says on air that play has been called off for the day. That's the third time rain has come down today and the umpires think enough is enough. So, at the end of the day, India are on 203/6.

The first session was definitely West Indies' today as Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel threw down thunderbolts one after another. The second session belonged to India, with Rahane combining well with Rahul at first and then Vihari. West Indies made some inroads again in the third session. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja will resume batting for India on the morning of Day 2.

02:19 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Rain has stopped

Well, that was a brief but strong cloudburst. Let's see when we can have play resume. We could have around 10 overs of lip-smacking action to go.

02:08 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Rain break

That's it! The players are galloping off. The ground staff are galloping in with the covers. India are 203/6 at the break in 68.5 overs.
There was a bit of comedy just before the players went off. The ground staff started running in with the covers before the umpires had stopped play. They were then told to go away. Going away from the ground with billowing covers (the wind was very heavy at this point) is not as easy as it sounds and so they took a while to return behind the ropes, as the players waited. However, the wind had picked up even more by the time the groundsmen had gone off the field, and so by the time they had eventually managed to go off, umpire Richard Kettleborough decided enough was enough and knocked the bails off.

02:03 (IST)23 Aug 2019
200 comes up for India

We are nearing to the point where West Indies can go for the new ball. Chase and Holder and bowling, with the batsmen also batting like they are waiting for the end of this stage of proceedings. Worryingly, there are some dark clouds making an appearance in the skies now. The ground staff are waiting in readiness beside the ropes. There's no rain at the moment though.

01:55 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Pant finds rythm

Jadeja is still batting circumspectly, but Pant is looking to get a move on to his innings now. Fours in consecutive overs for him as he moves into the 20s. He is getting a better sense now of which balls to leave and which balls to go for. The drive has been his most productive shot so far.

01:43 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Pant and Jadeja letting balls go

Pant and Jadeja taking the cautious route at this stage. They are letting more balls go than not. The last time a run came off the bat was 20 balls ago. The session run rate is still 3.54, but not too long ago, India had a session run rate of 6! Pant breaks the spell. He drives Holder on the off side for four. Finally runs off  the bat for India.

01:33 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Pressure on Indian batsmen

India are living dangerously now. Pant gets a nick but that falls just short of Roston Chase at third slip. Next ball is also bowled almost at the same spot, a little wider. Pant, with better sense, lets it go this time. There's an LBW appeal the next ball. India are suddenly under big time pressure once more. Can Pant weather this storm? West Indies will be looking to get India all out by 250 or thereabouts.

01:31 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Jadeja overturns decision

Another wicket for West Indies! This would put India into a huge spot of bother. They have gone for the review straightaway. And it is overturned. The umpire had given him out lbw but replays show there is a massive inside edge. No further checks required on that. Jadeja survives.

01:24 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Rahane is out!

What disappointment for Rahane and India. He is gone for 81. Does all the hard work and then goes out. Gabriel gets another wicket - this one of the big fish, the set batsman, the highest scorer in this innings by far - as Rahane manages to get an inside edge on to his stumps. India 190/6 after 60 overs.

01:08 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Pant doing what he does best

Gabriel got a ball to jag away from Pant at the last moment. That looked like an edge but luckily for the batsman, he did not get anything on that. The last ball of the Gabriel over is clipped wide off mid-on for four by Pant as the young man gets his first boundary of the day.

00:57 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Wicket!

Vihari is out. Vihari is caught behind for 32 off the bowling of Roach. Roach has his third wicket of the day. Rishabh Pant comes in at No.7. Will he be able to give Rahane some company?

00:54 (IST)23 Aug 2019
40 runs in 6.4 overs

India have been maintaining a run rate of 6 since the Tea break. Kemar Roach, who bowled such a good opening spell, is going for runs now. Squares up in front of Rahane after bowling a short ball to him. This is getting frustrating for the Windies bowlers. The ball is still swerving about wildly from time to time, but with the Sun having beaten down on the pitch for a while, the pitch looks much better to bat on now.

00:45 (IST)23 Aug 2019
India get a move on

50 runs have come off the last 10 overs! Rahane and Vihari, not the two most attacking batsmen in Indian domestic cricket, are suddenly getting runs in double quick time here. Rahane moves into his 70s, Vihari into his 30s.

132 vs Sri Lanka, August 2017 - that was Rahane's last Test 100. He is 26 runs away from clinching another one today.

00:36 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Runs

There has been a frantic passage of play at the restart of play. Vihari has got two edges flying off for boundaries in this over from Cummins. 20 runs have come in 2.4 overs since the restart.

00:25 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Ready for restart

We are ready to see the third session. Vihari taking strike. Rahane at the other end. Miguel Cummins continues his over. The players had to go off in the middle of his over when rains came down before Tea.

00:11 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Restart in 20 minutes

There's word on when we can restart. Looks like there has been some (very little) damage to the ground from the downpour and we shall need around 20 minutes to get a repair job done. 

00:04 (IST)23 Aug 2019
Delay in restart

The scheduled tea break is over. But, as we had feared, we are not restarting straightaway. The umpires are out there but the covers are still all on. 

23:44 (IST)22 Aug 2019
Tea

The tea break is taken early. India are 134/4. Rahane (50*) and Vihari (18*) batting for India. The umpires have signalled close of this session because the breeze has picked up. Covers are brought on. There's a heavy breeze. Let's hope we don't lose any time because of this and we can resume after a 20-minute break.

23:40 (IST)22 Aug 2019
50 for Rahane

50 for Rahane! That's a classic knock from him. Will he end his 2-year Test 100 drought today? He came in when India were at 25 for 3. They have now gotten much closer to safety. This is Rahane's 18th half-century in Tests. Today's 50 has come in a stop-start fashion but he has put a price on his wicket and he has anchored this fightback.

23:22 (IST)22 Aug 2019
Rahane stands tall

There was a time when VVS Laxman was known as India's crisis man. He did not usually come good when the others were performing but would always bring his A-game when the chips were down. Rahane plays that role in this team. Today, everybody seemed to have problems. Today is when he has stood tall. He is now the highest scorer in this innings, as he takes a single off a pull off Holder. Moves to 45.

Interestingly, the last over from Chase had a big chance. Rahane, in much the same manner in which Rahul went out, got a feather of a touch on the edge off an attempted flick. The ball brushed the keeper's gloves on the way. That could have been it for Rahane. He survives, and with him India's hopes of a 300+ total.

India: Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

West Indies: Jason Holder {c), Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmeyer, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.

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