India began their two match test series against West Indies on Wednesday. The Rohit Sharma led side put their best foot forward as they had the home team in trouble. West Indies had already lost 4 wickets as the two teams went into lunch on the 1st day. This was after West Indian skipper Brathwaite won the toss and chose to bat first. The Indian gave debut caps to Jaiswal and Ishan Kishan, while Athanaze made his debut for the home team.
Siraj stuns the home team before lunch –
West Indies had lost 3 wickets with 2 falling to Ashwin, while Thakur took the other wicket. Jadeja was bowing his 2nd over of the day and it was the ball of the 27th over. The clock was ticking close to lunch.
That’s when Blackwood came down the track and tried to hit Jadeja over the top. The West Indian vice-captain couldn’t time the ball well. Mohammad Siraj showed good amazing athleticism and flung himself in the air to pluck the catch out of thin air in a one handed effort which left everyone stunned.
Indian bowlers rule the roost –
Mohammad Siraj and Jaydev Unadkat showed their class with the new ball as the two troubled the West Indian openers. The introduction of Ashwin though changed the game. The veteran off spinner dismissed both the openers. Chanderpaul was bowled for 12, while Brathwaite was caught by Rohit Sharma for 20.
Shardul Thakur then got the wicket of Raymon Reifer for 2. Blackwood fell for 14 to leave the home team struggling at 68/4 at Lunch. Post the Lunch break, it was Joshua Da Silva who joined Athanze as the two looked to rebuild the innings.
Big game for Indian duo –
Indian team has a new opener in the form of Yashasvi Jaiswal who was given his debut cap. The left hander has been in fine form with the bat for Mumbai in domestic cricket as well as Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Ishan Kishan, replaced KS Bharat who had a poor outing with the bat and gloves in the 5 tests he played against Australia.