So, the time has come when the first test has already started at North Sound, Antigua, and West Indies. Team India will play a total of four test her in West Indies and this will be a new start for them too as the captain of the team will be Virat Kohli and the new coach is Anil Kumble. The team looks strong though and is almost looks solid on paper but in Cricket all that pays off is your hard work. So, the team will be looking to work hard and fight against West Indian team to start their battle and lead the series with 1-0.
Team India eyeing for a good start with a win against West Indies
Earlier, the toss was won by the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and he decided to bat first. Well, that was very well expected as the average first team score here is 400+ and with a solid batting lineup, he would like to present the West Indians with a huge total. The pitch looked hard and was covered with grass and is expected to be a little bouncy. On the other hand, West Indian captain Jason Holder wasn’t so upset at not winning the toss and said that he isn’t disappointed and will be putting in a tough fight with his young bowlers and will try to stop them as soon as they can. The West Indies team is today playing with 6 batsmen and 4 bowlers excluding the Captain. The current team ranking of West Indies is not so good and they will surely strive to improve that as they are standing eighth in the ICC World’s test rankings. On the other hand, India is the second best team in the world currently in terms of tests.
For the West Indians, the game was started by the Right arm fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and he started it really good as the score after one over was 0-0. In the very fast over, it was all clear that according to the pitch report, nothing was happening the way it should have been. The pitch isn’t bouncy at all, says Ajay Jadeja in the commentary box. It hasn’t been long enough since the match started, the West Indians already got their first breakthrough in the form of Murli Vijay whose past few scores hasn’t been good either. He departed after scoring 7 runs in 26 balls against Gabriel after giving an easy catch to Braithwaite. On number three, Pujara has come to bat and its all clear that the Indian skipper will be batting at number 4.
Now, the match will be shaped how Dhawan and Pujara take it from here. The only thing that’s disturbing the Indian Batsmen right now is the short bouncy balls from Shannon Gabriel. He is keeping his attack ON for them. The pitch seems to have some bounce in it but has not so much pace in it. Till lunch break, the Blues has scored 72 after 27 overs with the loss of one wicket that was of Murli Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan are still on there, building in a good partnership. Let’s see what happens from here. There is a lot to go on as the batting lineup is too long as it seems with Virat Kohli, Rahane and Saha yet to come.
Ashwin can bat well too in the lower order. The Indian Team seems a perfect balanced one as they are playing with 2 spinners as Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra in the spin department while having Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav as quicks.