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Ajinkya Rahane saves blushes for India on Day 1 of 1st Test vs West Indies

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. India 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 skipper Jason Holder won the toss and chose to field first. (AP Photo)

India opened with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. They chose to leave out Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma from the playing XI. (AP Photos)

West Indies started the Test on the best note possible, with Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel throwing thunderbolts at the India top order. Kemar Roach took the first wicket, getting both Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara out in the 5th over. (AP Photo)

A win in the opening Test will be the 27th for Virat Kohli as skipper and will put him even with MS Dhoni. A century in the game (19th as captain) will place him on par with Ricky Ponting. He had to face an early barrage on Thursday, however, as he fell for 9. (AP Photo)

When Virat Kohli's wicket fell, India were reeling at 25/3. Roach had accounted for 2 wickets and Gabriel had accounted for one. (AP Photo)

Ajinkya Rahane showed his true class on a day which guaranteed that he would have the least spotlight - it was already Friday in India by the time he pulled out his shots on Day 1 - but one when his team required him to stand up. He stitched partnerships with KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari to avert the crisis.

The next wicket for West Indies would be through an inspired bowling change. Spin, in the form of Roston Chase, was brought on for the first time in the match in the 35th over. The very second ball by Chase drew the wicket of KL Rahul. (AP Photo)

Rahane was the undisputed star for India on Day 1. He played down a ball onto his stumps when he was on 81. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease when play was called off for the day because of rain. (AP Photo)