After the disappointing Test series in England, Team India started their red-ball campaign against the spirited West Indies side at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Thursday (October 4).
India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first. The world number one Test side got off a bad start as they lost KL Rahul in the very first over for duck. Post Rahul's departure, however, debutant Prithvi Shaw along with Cheteshwar Pujara played brilliantly, sharing an unbeaten 130-run stand for the second wicket to take India to 133/1 at Lunch.
The 18-year-old Shaw (75*) looked in sublime touch, notching up his maiden fifty off just 57 deliveries and thereby became the youngest player to score a half-century on debut for India. Pujara (56*) also brought up his 19th half-century during his stay at the crease.
Amidst the scorching heat in Rajkot, Shaw and Pujara played some wonderful strokes. Apart from the fluent strokeplay, the local lad Pujara also tried a unique method to combat the heat. He was seen putting a chilled water bottle on his right pocket after consuming some.
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For West Indies, it was a tough session as they gave away runs at over 5 runs per over. Shannon Gabriel was the lone wicket-taker for the Windies in the morning session.