India vs West Indies, Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1 at Antigua, Full Cricket Score: Heavy rain forces early stumps with India at 203-6

India vs West Indies, Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1 at Antigua, Full Cricket Score: Heavy rain forces early stumps with India at 203-6

02:42 (IST)

Time for us to say goodbye, but do join us for the second day's play where we are likely to have an early start to make up for the lost time on the first day. Look forward to your company tomorrow. Until then its sayonara

02:41 (IST)

India v West Indies, 1st Test, Day-1:

Session - 1: 68/3 (24)
Session - 2: 66/1 (23.2)
Session - 3: 69/2 ( 21.3) 

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

02:41 (IST)
02:33 (IST)
Ah, damp squib! The prospect of that intriguing final hour is blunted by rain in Antigua. Hard to pin-point a certain winner from Day 1 of the first Test, but West Indies ought to be the happier of the two sides considering Virat Kohli said India were looking to bat first. As I stated earlier, the fate of this contest could hinge on the length of the Pant-Jadeja association. They click and take India to 300, it's advantage India; the partnership breaks early on Day 2 and the tail subsides, it's advantage West Indies. The 11.1 overs before the new ball comes in could be tantalising, especially if this duo decides to cash in - assuming they last. Fun times ahead, rain go away!

Yash Jha, freelance cricket writer

02:33 (IST)
02:28 (IST)

That's it! Rain has the final say as the stumps are called for the opening day by the Umpires. Great day at work for the West Indies, right from winning the toss to picking up early wickets and then regularly striking it to ensure they hold a firm grip on the match. Kemar Roach was the pick of the bowlers with three crucial wickets, well supported by fellow paceman Shannon Gabriel. Ajinkya Rahane stitched important partnerships with KL Rahul and then Hanuma Vihari and as he compiled a solid knock of 81 before chopping Gabriel's delivery onto his stumps. Pant and Jadeja will have their work cut out for the second day.

02:21 (IST)

The covers are taken off with the rain relenting after a passing shower. The umpires have gathered and are discussing the possibilty of any further play. Yikes! The rain is back on and so does the groundsmen coming running in with the covers towards the pitch. That might hamper the proceedings big time, there is no official word yet but it seems it might be slightly difficult to resume play.

02:10 (IST)

Rain halts play for the second time in the day

After 68.5 overs,India 203/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 20 , Ravindra Jadeja 3)

Tricky time for Pant and Jadeja to survive. There is a lot of movement around the fence. So much so that the groundsmen have ran onto the ground much to umpire's disliking as only one ball was remaining in Chase's over. Umpire Kettleborough sends them back but the rain has started to come down heavily and now the players are going off (LOL). Proper scenes at the ground. So that leaves us with one ball short of the 69th over before the play is halted by another rain break.

02:09 (IST)

After 68 overs,India 203/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 20 , Ravindra Jadeja 3)

Holder lines up his second consecutive overs. Ian Bishop on air says "inclement weather is imminent" and reckons we have couple of minutes before another stoppage in play. 

02:05 (IST)

After 67 overs,India 203/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 20 , Ravindra Jadeja 3)

Tight over from Roston Chase. Hasn't been many by the off-spinner today. Just a single from the over. Wind just starting to pick up pace at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium.

02:04 (IST)

Could be a match-defining final hour's play on the opening day at Antigua. If Pant and Jadeja can curb their flashy instincts (which they have done so far) and India get to stumps without any further dents, they can dream about 300 tomorrow. If any one of them go - and with a looming second new ball - the hosts might not take long to deal with the tail, and if India are to score under 250, West Indies will have certainly won the day.

Yash Jha, freelance cricket writer

02:04 (IST)
02:03 (IST)

After 66 overs,India 202/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 20 , Ravindra Jadeja 2)
 

Holder with a sharp lifter that takes off from short of a length on middle stump which whizzes past Pant's gloves who was chasing the line of the ball. Pant carefully plays out a maiden. Still some time before the second new ball - 14 overs to go.

Highlights

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India vs West Indies, LIVE Cricket Score, Test Match, Day 1 at Antigua Latest Updates: That's it! Rain has the final say as the stumps are called for the opening day by the Umpires. Great day at work for the West Indies, right from winning the toss to picking up early wickets and then regularly striking it to ensure they hold a firm grip on the match. Kemar Roach was the pick of the bowlers with three crucial wickets, well supported by fellow paceman Shannon Gabriel. Ajinkya Rahane stitched important partnerships with KL Rahul and then Hanuma Vihari and as he compiled a solid knock of 81 before chopping Gabriel's delivery onto his stumps. Pant and Jadeja will have their work cut out for the second day.

Preview: Skipper Virat Kohli's India will be looking to ace the team combination and make a winning start when they take on West Indies in their inaugural World Test Championship opener on Thursday.

A win in the opening Test will be the 27th for Kohli as skipper and will put him on even keel with his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A century in the game (19th as captain) will place him on par with Ricky Ponting.

On paper, a batting line-up that has Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant in the ranks should be termed clear favourites but this West Indies team, led by Jason Holder, is no pushover.

England found that out the hard way at the start of the year when they lost a Test series 1-2 in some of the most lively pitches on the Caribbean islands in recent times.

One such pacer-friendly wicket was at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua where Kohli and his men will be facing the Windies first up.

Full Team Squads

India Team Players:  Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit BumrahRavindra JadejaKuldeep YadavMohammed ShamiRishabh Pant (wk), Cheteshwara PujaraLokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant SharmaRohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav

West Indies Team Players: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brook, John CambellRoston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich,  Shannon GabrielShimron Hetmyer,  Shai HopeKeemo PaulKemar Roach,

 

 

 

Updated Date: August 23, 2019 02:52:34 IST

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