India take on West Indies in the 1st Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Thursday.
# Prithvi Shaw’s 100 off 99 balls is also the third fastest Test century on debut and becomes the second youngest Indian to score a Test Hundred after Sachin Tendulkar. He is one for the future.
# Century!! Prithvi Shaw becomes the 15th Indian to hit a century on debut.
# Play resumes!
# A remarkable first session for India. They have scored 133 and lost only 1 wicket (KL Rahul 0). Both Prithvi Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara toyed with the West Indies bowlers. Prithvi Shaw 75 (74) and Pujara 56 (74) have been top-notch so far. Debutant Prithvi showed no sense of nervousness and punished the opposition bowlers all around the park. He became the youngest Indian to score a half-century on debut, surpassing a 59-year-old record held by Abbas Ali Baig, 20 years 131 days in 1959. He is also the youngest Test debutant opener after Vijay Mehra, who was 17 years, 265 days in 1955. India 133/1 after 25 overs.
# Lunch Break!
# Half-century! Cheteshwar Pujara reaches his 19th Test half-century. This is the first time that Pujara had scored fifty before lunch on Day 1 of the Test.
# Prithvi Shaw brings up his maiden Test half-century. He becomes the 27th Indian to score a 50 on Test debut
# India are off to a decent start at Rajkot. India would now look to make of the flat wicket. Prithvi Shaw, with no jitters on his debut, has been brilliant. He has faced 36 balls and is batting at a strike rate of 91.67. Pujara, as usual, is happy to bid his time and set his eye in the middle. The West Indies pacers, despite sending KL Rahul for a duck, have had a lacklustre start. India 56/1 after 12 overs.
# Cheteshwar Pujara is in at number three.
# Wicket!! Shannon Gabriel swings the ball in, traps KL Rahul plumb on the front. Rahul departs for a duck. India 3/1!
# KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw open the innings for India.
#Prithvi Shaw, 18, makes his debut while pacer Sherman Lewis debuts for West Indies.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite(Captain), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich(WK), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel
After a long English summer, the World No 1 side are back to their den. India start as favourites against West Indies, who last played white ball cricket in August against Bangladesh. Virat Kohli, who was rested after the England tour, comes back to lead India.
The Indian team, after a dismal 1-4 loss to England, will look to get back to winning ways. India dropped both Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and roped in Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw, who earned a maiden-India call up on the back of stunning First-class figures.
Breaking away from their tradition of not speaking about team selection in advance, the Indian team on Wednesday named a 12-man squad a day before the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot.
The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, named in the 12-man list, is likely to open alongside KL Rahul in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan. However, Hanuma Vihari, who had scored a half-century and picked up three wickets on debut in the final Test against England in September, along with uncapped Mayank Agarwal was overlooked for the opening Test.
India: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw (debut), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Jahmar Hamilton, Jomel Warrican.