India ended day 1 of the 3rd test match at 234 for 5. After a good start by the West Indies bowlers to put India under pressure at 126 for 5. Ashwin and Saha made sure that India ended the day on a positive note. Ashwin scored the 2nd half century of the series while Saha have given him good company.
- West Indies got 2 early breakthroughs
After winning the toss, West Indies choose to bowl. West Indies brought in Joseph in place of Devendra Bishoo. Joseph bowled with great control. Gabriel picked the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan while the debutant picked the important wicket of Virat Kohli. The wicket had good pace and bounce which the West Indies pacers made use of. When both batsmen fell , the Indian team were struggling at 19 for 2.
- KL Rahul good form continues
After the fall of those two early wickets, KL Rahul provided the Indian innings with some stability. He played wonderful strokes off the pace bowlers. It was pleasing to see KL Rahul play an attacking brand of cricket. KL Rahul scored 50 off 64 balls to help India to recover from those two wickets. KL Rahul was dismissed soon after scoring his half century. He was retained after the second test. KL Rahul and Rahane put an important 58 runs stand for the third wicket. In that partnership, KL Rahul scored 31 runs which showed the impressive form he was in.
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3. Failure of top Indian batsmen
On day 1, the Indian top batsmen struggled to score runs. Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for 1. Then the captain also was dismissed for 3 which left India struggling at 19 for 2. KL Rahul looked good scoring 50 before being dismissed. Rohit Sharma was brought in for Pujara. Rohit Sharma failed to impress on his return just scoring 9. After Rohit Sharma fell, India was struggling at 87 for 4. All of these top batsmen failed to cope with pace and bounce of the pitch.
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- Brilliant partnership between Saha and Ashwin
Rahane was dismissed at the score of 126 for 5. Ashwin and Saha came together for India steadying the innings with good strokes and also defensive tactics by West Indies captain after tea. Ravi Ashwin and Saha went into at the score of 130 for 5. After tea, Ashwin and Saha played wonderful strokes which frustrated the West Indies bowlers. R Ashwin completed his 2nd half century of the series while Saha gave him full support. Both of them put on an unbeaten partnership of 108 runs for the sixth wicket. Ashwin was not out on 75 and Saha not out on 46.
- West Indies bowlers not able to put pressure
The West Indies bowlers made a bright start to the match by picking 3 wickets before lunch. After the lunch, they controlled the flow of runs and also picked 3 important to put India on the backfoot. In the 3rd session, Jason Holder put defensive fields which allowed Ashwin and Saha to score runs with ease. The West Indies bowlers did not make use of the second new ball and released all the pressure put earlier in the day. Chase picked 2 wickets , while Joseph 2 and Gabriel 1. West Indies bowlers need to come with better game plans in order to bowl out India for less than 300.