West Indies vs India 1st Test Day 1: Rahane’s 81 rescues India in Antigua

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Ajinkya Rahane struck 10 boundaries during his knock of 81

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India batsman Ajinkya Rahane scored a superb 81 to rescue his side on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua.

Opting to bowl first, the West Indies got their first breakthrough in the fifth over as India opener Mayank Agarwal was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach for five runs.

Roach struck again four balls later as Cheteshwar Pujara suffered the same fate after scoring two runs.

India captain Virat Kohli only made nine runs before he was caught by debutant Shamarh Brooks at gully off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.

Lokesh Rahul and Rahane steadied things with a 68-run partnership before Rahul was caught behind off the bowling of Roston Chase for 44.

Rahane and Hanuma Vihari kept the runs flowing with an 82-run stand, during which Rahane surpassed his fifty, before Vihari was caught behind off the bowling of Roach for 32.

Rahane went on to score a 163-ball 81, which included 10 boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Gabriel.

Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja managed to forge an unbeaten 14-run partnership before rain brought play to an end for the day.

Pant finished on 20, which came off 41 balls and included four boundaries, while Jadeja remained undefeated on three.

Roach was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Gabriel snapped up two and Chase chipped in with one.

India ended day one on 203/6 and will continue batting on Friday at 09:30 local time or 01:30 GMT.

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