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India 68/3 at lunch on Day 1 of 1st Test vs WI

India 68/3 at lunch on Day 1 of 1st Test vs WI
KL Rahul takes a run on Day 1 of the first Test match between India and West Indies in Antigua.
Antigua, Aug 22 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/22/2019 12:28:01 PM IST

West Indies’ pacers made early inroads to reduce India to 68 for 3 at Lunch on the opening day of the first Test in Antigua on Thursday. 

Kemar Roach struck twice in the space of four deliveries, and Shannon Gabriel bounced out India skipper Virat Kohli soon after to reduce India to 25 for 3 inside eight overs of the rain-affected morning session at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. However, with the sun drying the pitch out, KL Rahul (37 not out) led India’s recovery by forging an unbroken 43-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane.

The early morning rain pushed back the toss by half an hour and start of play by 45 minutes, and prompted West Indies to field first to make use of the moisture in the wicket. 

West Indies’ new-ball bowlers, Roach and Gabriel, looked threatening from the word go. Roach got the early breakthrough, though the hosts needed a DRS review after being turned down for the caught behind appeal against Mayank Agarwal early. The UltraEdge spotted the outside edge that umpire Richard Kettleborough missed. Cheteshwar Pujara copped a blow to his left arm first up, and one ball later, he also nicked Roach behind to leave India at 7 for 2 after the fifth over.

Gabriel then set up Kohli, after being driven to the fence twice early on by the Indian captain. He banged it short twice and followed up the bouncers with one short and wide outside off. Kohli took the bait and attempted to cut, only to steer it straight into the hands of debutant Shamarh Brooks at gully as India slipped to 25 for 3.

Holder got the ball to shape away from the batsmen in his opening spell, and went on to start with four maidens on the trot to Ajinkya Rahane. And as tentative as the Indian vice-captain looked, KL Rahul grew in confidence with each passing minute he spent in the middle. He cut and drove Miguel Cummins at the other end to keep the scoreboard ticking. 

India turned it around in the second half of the session, adding 43 runs and, more importantly, losing no further wickets to go into Lunch with a reasonable 68 for 3 on the board.

Brief scores: India 68/3 (KL Rahul 37*; Kemar Roach 2-12, Shannon Gabriel 1-26)

 

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