Twitter Reactions: Prithvi Shaw powers India to a commanding position in Rajkot Test

Twitter Reactions: Prithvi Shaw powers India to a commanding position in Rajkot Test

Shaw became the first Indian batsman with a Test ton on debut.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The first day of the opening Test between India and Windies at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot ended in the home team’s favour as Virat Kohli and Co scored 364 runs in 89 overs. The visitors were jolted by Kemar Roach and Jason Holder’s absence and their bowlers had a tough day in the office. Kraigg Brathwaite captained the Windies in Holder’s absence.

Shaw sparkles

Shannon Gabriel removed KL Rahul in the very first over after India won the toss and elected to bat first. Rahul unsuccessfully used the Decision Review System (DRS) for which he was criticised subsequently. However, debutant Prithvi Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship thereafter. Both looked at sheer ease and built a partnership of 206 runs in 252 deliveries.

Shaw was absolutely stupendous and he showed no signs of nervousness whatsoever in his maiden appearance at the international level.  He accomplished his half-century in 56 balls and then he raced away to becoming the youngest centurion for India in Test cricket off a mere 99 balls. The right-handed Pujara, at the other end, stepped on the accelerator as his knock progressed.

Kohli ends India’s day on a high

Pujara and Shaw perished in a space of 44 balls and the onus was then on captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to carry on the good work done by the top order. While pacer Sherman Lewis got rid of Pujara to get his maiden international wicket, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo accounted for the wicket of Shaw, who ended up notching 134 runs in 154 balls with the help of 19 boundaries.

In the meantime, Kohli and Rahane churned out another impressive stand of 105 runs and they were separated by off-spinner Roston Chase. who got the better of Rahane in the 84th over. Nevertheless, the Indian captain looked determined and blended caution with aggression to finish the day at a score of 72 runs. Rishabh Pant played risk-free cricket as well in the dying stages of the day.

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