The ongoing two-match Test series between India and Windies got kickstarted in Rajkot on Thursday as the hosts opted to bat first after winning the toss. The young opener Prithvi Shaw got to make his Test debut while Sherman Lewis gets to debut cap as the regular Windies skipper Jason Holder was unfit to take the field. Team India was rocked early in the morning as KL Rahul failed to trouble the scorers which brought Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease after the first over itself.
The duo of Shaw and Pujara took the Windies bowlers on remand as they punished the bad balls with immense ease which were on offer almost every over. The debutant, especially, looked exceptional with his technique as he made no fuss about playing at the highest level. Both of them rebuilt and after getting their eyes in, pounded the bowling attack which looked toothless apart from Shannon Gabriel who threatened.
The heat in Rajkot is already taking its toll on the players. However, Cheteshwar Pujara has found a unique idea to tackle the problem. He was seen keeping a small water bottle in his pocket while batting and was taking a sip whenever he felt so that the substitute fielder doesn’t have to come in the middle after every over. This move also seemed to be working for the batsman as he looked relaxed and also notched up a half-century.
Meanwhile, Shaw also brought up his century on debut off just 99 balls and has looked in no troubled whatsoever. Both of them have added 130 runs for the second wicket stand and India had posted 133 runs for the loss of one wicket until lunch.
They will look to carry on in the same vein and score big hundreds in the post-lunch session and in the process set a platform for the batsmen to come.
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