The West Indies bowlers had their early charge halted on Thursday’s opening day of the first test against India at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua as the visitors closed the day on 203- 6. The Caribbean side elected to bowl, and had India reeling at 25-3 at one stage as Kemar Roach took the wickets of Mayank Agarwal for 5 and Cheteshwar Pujara for 2, while Shannon Gabriel claimed the scalp of talismanic captain Virat Kohli for 9.
KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane staged a mini recovery with a 68 run partnership but Roston Chase struck as Rahul fell for 44. Rahane was then joined by Hanuma Vihari and the pair recorded an 82 run partnership to take the Indians to the 175 run mark.
Rahane, however fell shortly after, bowled by Gabriel for 81 and roach struck again as Vihari went for 32 with India at 189- 6. Rishabh Pant 20 and Ravindra Jadeja 3, then carried India to the close at 203-6. Roach ended the day with figures of 34 and Gabriel 2-49. Day 2 is expected to bowl off at 8:00 am Jamaica time. The match is the first for both teams in the inaugural ICC Test Championship.