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India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 1 in Antigua Highlights: As it Happened

Follow all the live cricket action and latest updates as India take on West Indies in the first Test at Antigua.


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02:25 (IST)

STUMPS: It's stumps on day one as it pouring again. All in all a good day for India as they end day on 203/6. Kemar Roach was the pick of the bowlers as he ends with 3/34. 

02:18 (IST)

Looks like the rain has stopped for now and the covers are coming off. The umpires have to take a call whether to take the field again or not. 

02:08 (IST)

And rain strikes again. This might just be the end of the day. The ground staff is rushing with the covers on the ground.

02:05 (IST)

Holder continues. Jadeja is being very watchful at the moment here since there is not much batting left after him. If India lose another wicket here, they might not be able to get to 300. 

01:56 (IST)

Holder comes back into the attack now. Windies would try and get remaining wickets before the day ends. Meanwhile India bring up their 200. It's 202/6. 

01:49 (IST)
Evenly poised contest at the moment
01:42 (IST)

Roach continues. This is a good opportunity for the Windies to get another wicket and control the proceedings of the match. This has looked like a decent pitch for batting. India stay at 190/6. 

01:32 (IST)

Trouble for India as Jadeja too departs. He is trapped in front of the wicket by Roach. Windies are right back in the game. But the replays show that Jadeja had edged it. He survives. India are 190/6. 

01:24 (IST)

OUT: India are going great guns at the moment, even though they have lost five wickets. But they still have Rahane, who is nearing a well-deserved ton. And he is bowled for 81. He chops one onto the stumps from Gabriel. India are 189/6. 

01:15 (IST)

Even a wicket has not deterred the Indians from dealing in boundaries. The run flow has not stopped in this session. Perhaps they have realised that the best way to survive on this wicket is to attack. India are now 186/5. 

01:06 (IST)

FOUR: Now Pant comes out to bat and he gets off the mark with a leg glance off Gabriel, that races to the boundary for a four. India are now 180/4. 

00:58 (IST)

OUT: And out of no where Windies have a wicket. A ball from Roach comes back into Vihari and he ends up edging it to the keeper. India are now 175/5. Vihari is out for 32. 

00:53 (IST)

Gabriel starts a fresh over now. This has been a good session for the Indians where runs have come easy. Windies need to find a way to break this partnership. Nothing seems to be going their way. After 54 overs it's 174/4.

00:44 (IST)

FOUR: Cummins bowls one full and Vihari drives through the leg side for a four. This is good attack by the Indian batsmen at the moment. The score now moves to 168/4 in 52 overs. 

00:36 (IST)

FOUR: Cummins comes into the attack now. Rahane has picked up the scoring rate. Boundaries are coming easy as Vihari edges one past the slips and gets a four. That brings up the 150 for India. After 50 overs India are 154/4. 

00:28 (IST)

On to the third and final session now. India would be lookingg for some quick runs here. Rahane has already got to fifty and would look to up the ante now. After 48 overs India are 140/4. 

00:18 (IST)

For the rain has stopped. There will be an inspection in another 10 minutes from now. Hopefully the match starts soon. 

00:12 (IST)

As of now there's no word on when play will resume; play was supposed to have begun by now. Even if the rain stops completely play won't start immediately. Fingers crossed we get some play soon! 

23:44 (IST)

Well this isn't good. Rain has interrupted proceedings and the players have taken an early tea as a result. India will be the happier of two teams after this session but work remains there to be done. 

23:38 (IST)

Rahane brings up his half-century and he raises his bat only briefly, knowing there's still work to be done in this Test match. A big innings from him would help India post a decent total far more easily, even with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja still to come. 

23:31 (IST)

Vihari looks more comfortable against Chase's spin so Holder brings back Cummins into the attack but the batsman sees him out well enough. The pitch not offering much assistance to the bowlers undoubtedly helps. 

23:19 (IST)

Rahane nearly becomes Chase's second victim as he charges down the track but mistimes his shot. Miguel Cummins, running backwards from mid-on, reaches the ball but can't hang on to the catch. Close shave for the vice-captain. 

23:11 (IST)

Hanuma Vihari has lookes steady in the early goings of his innings whereas Rahane is looking to put away the occasional bad ball. He's inching closer to his half-century and would love to make a big score today. 

23:01 (IST)

The players take a quick drinks break and India will be happy with the progress made thus far. Rahul's wicket was an unfortunate loss but the pitch seems easier to bat on right now. 

22:51 (IST)

OUT! The change in bowling works immediately. Roston Chase comes on and he gets Rahul to play at a ball going down the leg side which tickles the bat and the umpire gives him out. Rahul decides against the review and departs for 44. 

22:40 (IST)

Rahul now joins in on the action, playing a gorgeous front foot drive to take himself closer to a half-century. He's done well to stick around so far in this Test; he would like a big score to show for his efforts. 

22:31 (IST)

Rahane and Rahul are looking solid out in the middle, with neither in any rush to get runs. That's good news for India as these two will have to do some serious heavy lifting with both Kohli and Pujara back in the dressing room. 

22:20 (IST)

It's been a decent start to the session for India thus far; 17 runs have come off the first 4 overs. Rahane finds the long-on boundary off Gabriel; he's looking a little more confident now. 

22:01 (IST)

We are now underway with the second session at Antigua. Can India find some runs now that both Rahane and Rahul are well settled in the middle? We shall know soon enough. 

21:53 (IST)

Windies have bowled really well in the first session and the key in the next session will be as to how Roach bowls. They need wickets as India have a lot of batting still left. 

India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 1 in Antigua Highlights: As it Happened

Follow all the live cricket action and latest updates as India take on West Indies in the first Test at Antigua: Looks like the rain has stopped for now and the covers are coming off. The umpires have to take a call whether to take the field again or not.

India vs West Indies 1st Test on August 22nd (Thursday) will be broadcast on the Sony Ten Network and live streaming will be available on Sony Liv. The match will be played at The Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua and will begin at 1900 HRS IST. You can also follow all the action on our live blog (IND vs WI).

PREVIEW: It’s time for new beginnings for India and West Indies as they get started with their ICC World Test Championship campaigns with the first of two Tests at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua beginning Thursday (August 22). It’s been a while since both sides played in whites; India’s last Test series was in January, while West Indies’ was a month later. Since then, both sides have switched focus to shorter formats, with the Indian Premier League and World Cup taking bulk of the time.

The Test championship is a fresh start, but in many ways, the season ahead is also about continuation for both India and West Indies. The rankings say everything about India’s Test form – they’re No. 1, and are coming off a historic series win in Australia. West Indies are No. 8, but they’ve done plenty to be hopeful of a better future. Their most recent Test series was a 2-1 win over England at home. They’ve now got a core group and a settled unit to work with and take the next step: consistency. India have got a solid core group too, but have a few selection calls to make. The main one is around the combination, in Hardik Pandya’s absence – do they play five bowlers or four? That will decide whether they bring Rohit Sharma into the side. It’s hard to guess Kohli’s playing XIs, but it’s likely India will play five bowlers – two spinners and three pacers.

India will also have to decide between Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha for the wicketkeeper’s slot. Saha is the experienced one and was the first-choice, before an injury gave Pant a long run. Pant grabbed it with both hands, scoring centuries in England and Australia. It’s highly likely that India will stick with the youngster. Kohli conceded that India have to be more consistent with the bat. It’s an area that cost them victories in South Africa and England. The issues begin with the top, where KL Rahul needs to find consistency. He even lost his place for a Test in Australia, but the absence of Prithvi Shaw gives him a chance now. Mayank Agarwal made a dream start to his Test career down under, and he’ll look to set himself for a long run. The next three are India’s best bet – Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. The last of the three, also India’s vice-captain, is also in need of consistent runs. He was even left out for Rohit in South Africa last year, but Kohli backed Rahane strongly before the tour. It’s time for Rahane to score big and answer questions.

The bowling is as settled and strong as it can get. Jasprit Bumrah returns after a well deserved break to partner Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. They’ve got Umesh Yadav too, in case he’s needed. It’ll be interesting to see how R Ashwin goes; he showed signs of form in England and Australia but had frequent fitness issues, which hurt India’s plans. He’s out of favour for the other two formats, and it’s up to him to step up in the form of the game where he’s got plenty of records. West Indies resisted the temptation to give Chris Gayle a go in the series, although the left-hander openly said he’d be available. It shows West Indies are looking ahead, and have a stable base.

West Indies’ biggest strength is their pace attack, and they’ll be hoping for help from the pitches. Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder had England in tatters earlier this year. Joseph is out with an injury for this series, but West Indies still have plenty of firepower. They have also got the off-spin of Roston Chase, and uncapped Rahkeem Cornwall. It’s the batting that has to step up. They’ve got the ability in Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Chase and Shimron Hetmyer. They’ve got to step up massively to challenge this Indian attack. The biggest name in the side, the glue holding them all together, is the captain himself. Holder is ranked No. 1 in the all-rounder’s list for a reason; his fortunes may well decide how much West Indies challenge India this series.

The hosts have already lost the T20Is and ODIs in this tour. They last beat India in a Test in 2002. It will take a big effort to change that.


West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

India: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav