Cricket Review West Indies Tour of India – India stand tall against West Indies on day one with Shaw’s debut century – October 04, 2018

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Cricket match date: 4th October 2018

Cricket match time: 04:00 AM GMT

Cricket match location: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, India

Cricket match format: Test Match

Tournament: West Indies Tour of India, 2018

Team A: India

Team B: West Indies

Team A Captain: Virat Kohli

Team B Captain: Kraigg Brathwaite


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Cricket Match Review:

The first day of the first Test match between India and West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot belonged to one 18-year old batsman, who made a stunning debut in Test cricket. The West Indies bowling attack, which was missing a few big names, bore the punishment, but they managed to crawl back in the match with few wickets. At the end of day one, India finished at 364/4 in 89 overs with the Captain, Virat Kohli, batting unbeaten on 72 alongside Rishabh Pant 17 not out.

There was a tremendous excitement in the air as the whole of the nato the nation anticipated Prithvi Shaw’s Test debut. The boy coming from the traditional batting powerhouse of Mumbai cricket had already piled up mammoth scores in domestic cricket and was talked up as the next big thing. He received his Test cap ahead of the game and confirmed his Test cricket debut.

West Indies, on the other hand, was dealt with a crushing blow as their skipper, Jason Holder, was ruled out due to an ankle injury. The Caribbean team had already lost Kemar Roach since the fast bowler had to return home following his grandmother’s demise. This prompted a Test debut for Sherman Lewis, a medium pace bowler, while Kraigg Brathwaite assumed the mantle of captaincy.

The debutant Prithvi Shaw faced the first ball of the match and collected three runs with a backfoot punch on the second ball. KL Rahul, the preferred opener ahead of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, was out in the first over itself as he was trapped in front of the stumps with an incoming delivery from Gabriel. To make the matters worse, Rahul opted for a review, which went clearly against him.

Cheteshwar Pujara, batting on his home track, strode out to join Prithvi Shaw and the pair offered no further chances to the Windies bowlers for a long time. Pujara, not batting in his customary dour manner, struck a few brilliant cricket shots and batted at a higher tempo. At lunch, India was in a dominant position with 133 runs on the board with loss of only one wicket. Shaw was batting on 75 from 74 balls at that stage.

India stepped up the game further as both batsmen started attacking right away after the lunch break. Shaw reached his maiden Test cricket hundred in just 99 balls and became the youngest Indian to score a century on his Test debut and second youngest Indian overall to make a ton.

Against the run of play, Windies snatched back little of the momentum as Cheteshwar Pujara edged an outside off-stump delivery off the debutant Lewis. Pujara’s departure on 86 robbed him of a century at the home cricket ground and also ended the 206-run partnership for the second wicket.

The blow was compounded as Windies dismissed the opener, Shaw, as well. He was out just before the tea break for 134 as he lobbed up a simple return catch to the leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo. The wicket brought the Indian captain and vice-captain together at the crease. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane stitched a stable 105-run partnership that carried India to a fabulous score of 337/4. Rahane failed to kick on after the start of 41 runs and was dismissed by the off-spinner Roston Chase. The Mumbai batsman went chasing after a wide delivery only to edge it faintly. He also opted for a review but the snicko displayed a slight tremor only to confirm Rahane’s departure.

The wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, playing his first Test cricket match in India, then joined the captain in the middle. The duo calmly dealt with the remaining five overs in the day and finished the day of cricket with a daunting score of 364/4. The only bowler who looked threatening was Shannon Gabriel, who ended the day with the bowling figures of 66/1.

Leading into day two, India will be hoping to capitalize on the mammoth score of the first day and build a total which would not require India to bat again. Virat Kohli will be aiming for his 24th Test hundred and will seek support from the tail-enders. For West Indies, a lot will depend on their current best bowler, Shannon Gabriel. He can bring the visitors some respite with a few early wickets in the day.

Cricket Match Summary:

India 364/4 in 89 overs (P Shaw 134, C Pujara 86, V Kohli 72 no, S Gabriel  66/1) vs West Indies

Cricket Statistical Highlights:

Prithvi Shaw – 1st Test century in 99 balls, youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut, only Indian batsman to score a century each on Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Test cricket debut. Fourth youngest batsman to score a century on Test debut

Cheteshwar Pujara  – 19th half-century in Test cricket

Virat Kohli – 20th half-century in Test cricket

Team A Cricket Team Playing XI: India

Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav

Team B Cricket Team Playing XI: West Indies

Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich (wk), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel

Top Batsman:

Prithvi Shaw – 134 India

Top Bowler:

Shannon Gabriel – 1/66 West Indies

Most Sixes:

Rishabh Pant – 1 six

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