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Rahane and Rahul help India rebuild after early blows on Day 1 against West Indies

Ajinkya Rahane scored a half-century on Day 1
Ajinkya Rahane scored a half-century on Day 1

Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja are still at the crease. If they can add 100 more runs, it would make for a decent first innings score.

Match Summary: Day 1

India 203-6

[Rahane 81(163), Rahul 44(97); Roach 3/34, Gabriel 2/49]

After rain delayed the toss a wee bit, West Indies chose to bowl first. Not surprising, given the cloudy conditions. However, when Virat Kohli was asked what he would have done, he wanted to bat first.

India surprised everyone by dropping Ravichandran Ashwin and going in with only four proper bowlers with three seamers in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma and the lone spinner in Ravindra Jadeja.

Contrary to expectations, West Indies did not include all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall in their squad. Shamarh Brooks being unavailable, Shai Hope was the stand-in wicketkeeper while Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach along with skipper Jason Holder formed West Indies four-prong pace attack.

New ball bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel made full use of the new Dukes ball, reducing India to 25-3 within the first eight overs. After that, Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane rebuilt, with Rahane notching up a half-century.

Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease when play was called off due to rain with India at 203-6. If the visitors can add 100 more runs, it would be a decent first innings score, given the dire state they were in to begin with.

West Indies- Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach

India- Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

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