On day 1, visitors India slowly making up for the damage caused to their innings after starting under pressure. After winning the toss, West Indies decided to bowl first. At the stumps on day 1, India were 234/5.
Brief Scores: India – 234/5 (Ravichandran Ashwin 75*, KL Rahul 50, Roston Chase 2/38)
Here are some statistical highlights of day 1 of the 3rd Test:
- West Indies sent India into bat first after winning the toss in this Test. It is the first time that West Indies won the toss in a Test match at Gros Islet (St. Lucia). On the previous 4 Tests at this ground, the hosts West Indies had lost the toss in all 4 times.
- West Indies’ young right-arm pacer Alzarri Joseph made his international debut in this Test match. At the age of 19 years and 263 days, Alzarri became the second youngest West Indian bowler to open the bowling in Tests. The youngest West Indian bowler to open the bowling in Tests was Jerome Taylor at the age of 19 years and 5 days.
- Once again Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin is performing well with the bat as he remained unbeaten on 75 runs at the stumps on day 1. It was Ashwin’s 2nd 50+ score in this Test series as he had hit a century (113) in the first Test of this series at North Sound, Antigua. Also, Ashwin already earned a 5-wicket haul twice (7/83 at North Sound & 5/52 at Kingston) with his off-spin bowling. Ashwin becomes 3rd Indian cricketer to score 2 or more 50+ scores and also to take 2 or more 5-wicket haul in a Test series. Before Ashwin, Kapil Dev (twice) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has done this.
Also, Ashwin becomes ninth spinner to score 2 50+ scores and take 2 5-wicket haul in a Test series.
- Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has already faced 122 balls as he remained unbeaten at 46 runs at the end of the day. In this innings, Wriddhiman Saha has already faced most deliveries in a Test innings. Wriddhiman’s previous best was facing 120 deliveries against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2015.
- Indian batsmen Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha put an important unbeaten 108 runs partnership for the 6th wicket in India’s first innings. Currently, it is India’s third highest 6th wicket partnership in West Indies in Test. However, this partnership has a chance to become the highest 6th wicket Test partnership for India in West Indies. India’s other top two 6th wicket Test partnership in West Indies were: 137 between Dilip Sardesai and Eknath Solkar at Kingston (1971) & 118 between Datta Gaekwad and Polly Umrigar at Port of Spain (1953).