Thursday, 18 October, 2018

India vs West Indies, 1st Test

Shaw celebrates after scoring a century during the first Test cricket match between India and West Indies. — AFP Shaw celebrates after scoring a century during the first Test cricket match between India and West Indies. — AFP
Jennie Wade | 05 October, 2018, 10:27

While Virat Kohli will hold the key, India will also want their lower order to come good as they target a big first-innings score on Day two of the first Test against West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday. The opener also became the fourth youngest player of all time to hit a debut ton.

Prithvi Shaw becomes the second youngest Indian to score a maiden test ton after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

Prithvi Shaw first grabbed the attention of the world as a 14-year-old when he 546 off 330 balls for Rizvi-Springfield against D'Assisi High School in the Harris Shield tournament of 2013-14.

On the other hand, the Jason Holder-led West Indies side are heading into the Test series on the back of some impressive results at home.

In the last one year, Shaw has been sensational and has forced his way into the Indian Test team by performing exceptionally well in the domestic circuit and for India A. The Mumbai batsman has a first class average of 56.72 at a strike rate of 76.69.

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The opposition attack was far from threatening but due credit must be given to Shaw, who batted like a seasoned campaigner in his first match for India. Holder injured his ankle during the preparatory camp in Dubai, and in his absence, opener Kraigg Brathwaite was handed over the captaincy for the second time in Tests.

Shaw steered the team to 180/1 just after the lunch break.

However, Rishab Pant was dismissed for 92 by Devendra Bishoo. Both Keemo Paul and debutant Sherman Lewis kept on bowling outside off making Shaw's life slightly easier.

Shaw, who is just over a month shy of 19, reached his hundred off just 99 deliveries during a dominant 206-run second wicket partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (86) in the afternoon session of day one.

Kohli reached his 20th test half-century off 100 balls. Skipper Virat Kohli (72 not out off 137) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (41 off 92) then took the innings forward with a 105-run stand in the final session, putting India in the driver's seat before the latter was caught behind off spinner Roston Chase.

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