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India vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 1: Virat Kohli’s 143* anchors visitors to 302/4

Virat Kohli hits his 12th Test ton, fifth as captain, to anchor India to 302/5. Shikhar Dhawan returns to form with 84 at top of the order.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 22, 2016 1:57:43 pm
Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 143 at the end of day’s play. (Source: AP)

India recovered from the sluggish start to end the day at 302/4 against West Indies in the first Test in Antigua. India lost the services of opener Murali Vijay early and Shikhar Dhawan lead the recovery with a gritty Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara was looking solid before he miscued a Bishoo delivery. Pujara’s departure made way for Virat Kohli who changed the course of the game. India’s Test captain injected urgency and put on brisk hundred runs with Dhawan for the third wicket. The duo were taking the game away from the opposition before Dhawan fell for 84 at the stroke of Tea.

R Ashwin was a surprise promotion at no.6 position and the offie didn’t dissapoint as he hung around with Kohli to safely see off the remaining period of the day. Kohli hit his 12th Test hundred, 5th as Test captain, and also entered the 3000-run Test club. A good total under their belt, India would now like to see off the morning session, where West Indies are expected to take the second new ball, and push the score over the 400-run mark.

Scorecard: India vs West Indies (Click here)

As it happened!

1st Test: India end Day 1 at 302/4 against West Indies in Antigua. (Kohli 143*, Dhawan 84; Bishoo 3/108)

0239 hrs IST: Last two overs of the day now. New ball is due but West Indies have not taken it so far

0237 hrs IST: 300 up for India. Kohli 141*, Ashwin 22*

0221 hrs IST: Less than seven overs are left. Kohli and Ashwin look solid to end the day unbeaten

0207 hrs IST: As of now, batting has been very easy for the Indian batsmen. Nothing happening in the air or off the pitch

0155 hrs IST: West Indies rush through the overs. They’ll be looking to make most of the new ball

0139 hrs IST: Ashwin’s promotion is an interesting move. Yes, he can bat but motive behind him coming ahead of Saha would be interesting to know!

0137 hrs IST: New ball is about seven overs away now. West Indies would like to end the day on a high as shoulders of players on the field are dropping now. Kohli dictating terms in the middle

0126 hrs IST: Four, and Kohli brings up 1000 runs as Test captain of the Indian cricket team

0124 hrs IST: 5/12 Virat Kohli Test tons have come as captain

0120 hrs IST: HUNDRED No. 12 for Virat Kohli. The skipper takes the helmet off and enjoys the moment. Anil Kumble on his feet in the dressing room, applauding the fluent knock

0115 hrs IST: WICKET! Rahane pulls the Bishoo half-tracker straight to short mid-wicket. India 236/4

0109 hrs IST: FIFTY-run partnership between Kohli and Rahane comes up, at brisk pace – 66 balls

0107 hrs IST: Virat Kohli slaps one to the ropes, into the 90s now

0103 hrs IST: Rahane, too, is keeping the scoreboard ticking at a brisk pace as he moves to 20 off 32

0047 hrs IST: 200 up for India in the 60th over of the innings. Kohli 75*, Rahane 11*

0041 hrs IST: Kohli is all at ease in the middle. Cruises into the 70s. Fluent hand by India’s Test skipper so far

0037 hrs IST: Rahane happy to buy some time in the middle as Gabriel continues to bang them in short, at a decent pace. Expect a full and wide teaser for Rahane anytime now

0031 hrs IST: Gabriel hits the right length, finds Rahane’s edge but it falls short of fielder at first slip

0029 hrs IST: Gabriel is back into the attack. He asked a lot of questions in the morning session. Interesting to see how he operates with the soft old ball

0027 hrs IST: Teams are out for the final session of play. Bishoo to complete his over. Rahane joins Kohli

0006 hrs IST: And, that’s Tea! India to head into the break at 179/3

0003 hrs IST: WICKET! Bishoo with another one as he traps Dhawan (84) in front. India 179/3

2357 hrs IST: Dhawan sweeps one to the ropes. 100-run partnership between Kohli and Dhawan comes up off 151 balls

2347 hrs IST: 94*-run stand between Kohli and Dhawan is the highest third-wicket partnership at this venue

2339 hrs IST: FIFTY follows a punch down the ground for a boundary. Runs coming thick and fast for the visitors now


2337 hrs IST: FIFTY for Virat Kohli, his 13th in this format. It took him only 75 balls to reach there

2331 hrs IST: The right-hander’s patience was tested there but it’s important to have men in catching and attacking positions, early in the Test match

2327 hrs IST: Kohli with the drive, outside edge and it travels through the vacant slip area

2310 hrs IST: Dhawan-Kohli stand is worth FIFTY, and it has come at a very brisk pace

2250 hrs IST: Runs have come at a brisk pace ever since Kohli walked out to bat. India’s run-rate this session is about 4.5 every over. 116/2 after 37 overs

2247 hrs IST: Third-man area vacant, and Dhawan cuts it uppishly and it goes all the way for a maximum. He moves to 63

2233 hrs IST: 100 up for India. Dhawan and Kohli build a steady stand for the visitors

2228 hrs IST: Runs, and a FIFTY for Shikhar Dhawan. That’s his third FIFTY in the format

2217 hrs IST: Kohli gets a boundary and brings up his 3000 runs in Tests

2210 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is the new man in, joins his state-mate Dhawan in the middle

2208 hrs IST: WICKET! Bishoo strikes in first over after Lunch as Pujara miscues to Brathwaite. India 74/2

2205 hrs IST: The players are out in the middle for the post lunch session. Devendra Bishoo to commence proceedings in the afternoon session of play

2126 hrs IST: 1st Test: India move to 72/1 at Lunch against West Indies. (Dhawan 46*, Pujara 14*)

2124 hrs IST: Dhawan cuts one to the ropes for another boundary, moves a hit away from FIFTY

2121 hrs IST: Dhawan gets a boundary and brings up the FIFTY-run partnership with Pujara. India 67/1

2117 hrs IST: Pujara continues with his fight in the middle. He enters double-digits and is happy to spend time in the middle

2111 hrs IST: Dhawan has looked good so far. He is into the 30s and looking set for a big total on the opening day

2108 hrs IST: Gabriel is the only one extracting steep bounce off the surface. Test cricket at its best at the moment

2100 hrs IST: India 43/1 after 21 overs. There have been tense situations for India but so far they have done well to score runs, though at a slow rate

2045 hrs IST: West Indies searching for the second wicket but Puajar and Dhawan have kept their bowlers at bay. Spin and pace in tandem

2036 hrs IST: Another over done and Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan easily playing the overs. India 29/1 after 14 overs

2028 hrs IST: Virender Sehwag doing some Virender Sehwag things. India

2024 hrs IST: Spin introduced by West Indies. Chase, who is making his debut for West Indies, will bowl his off-spin

2016 hrs IST: Brathwaite with an impressive first over for West Indies but no wicket. Dhawan easily sees him off

2010 hrs IST: Carlos Brathwaite will bowl the new over. This is only his third Test. He has taken one wicket

2004 hrs IST: India get runs! Down the leg side and it runs to the boundary. Byes signaled from the umpire

2001 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara in the new man in for India. Gabriel will be intended to test him with a couple of short deliveries as well

1959 hrs IST: WICKET! West Indies finally get the first wicket! Gabriel bowls an effort delivery with bounce on it. Murali Vijay tries to play it down but it takes his gloves and flies to slips. A fumble there but it is take. OUT!

1956 hrs IST: Not much happening in Antigua! Vijay and Dhawan negotiating the pace and bounce of Holder and Gabriel

1952 hrs IST: Gabriel with some pace! Murali Vijay left surprised! India 12/0 after 5 overs

1948 hrs IST: Gabriel testing Dhawan now. Couple of short deliveries but on the leg-side and Dhawan is caught in between. Awkward bounce

1943 hrs IST: India are 11/0 after 3 overs. Can they get the average score?

1939 hrs IST: Gabriel bowls another wide length bowl and Murali Vijay goes for the drive! Gets a thick edge and it goes over short-third man for another four

1936 hrs IST: Murali Vijay is also off the mark with a single. The Antigua stadium is empty. Only a few die-hard fans

1933 hrs IST: India are off! Shikhar Dhawan pushes the ball in the in-field and takes a single. Murali Vijay still to get off the mark

1931 hrs IST: West Indies begin with a maiden over. Vijay leaving some bowls outside off and Gabriel happy bowling the same line

1926 hrs IST: Murali Vijay will face the first ball and Gabriel will bowl the first one

1909 hrs IST: West Indies playing XI:

K Brathwaite, R Chandrika, DM Bravo, M Samuels, J Blackwood, R Chase, S Dowrich, C Brathwaite, J Holder, D Bishoo, S Gabriel

1905 hrs IST: India’s playing XI. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny on the bench

Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav

1902 hrs IST: India are playing with five batsmen, a wicketkeeper and five bowlers. R Ashwin and Amit Mishra the two spinners

1900 hrs IST: Virat Kohli has won the toss and India will be batting first against West Indies. Holder also happy but admits that it is a good wicket to bat on

1859 hrs IST: Toss time in Antigua. Virat Kohli and Jason Holder, the two captains are out in the middle

1857 hrs IST: The pitch has a hint of grass but not much and it is not green. Dry wicket

1855 hrs IST: You can have a look at what to expect from the match

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