Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

West Indies got an early breakthrough in KL Rahul, however, failed to get the momentum right.

West Indies suffered at the hands of teenager Prithvi Shaw who struck the third-fastest hundred on debut as India dominated the opening day of the first Test here on Thursday.

However, Cheteshwar Pujara helped Shaw move the innings along past 200 before he was caught behind on 86 to give Sherman Lewis his first Test wicket. Kieran Powell, on 22, and Shai Hope, on nought, were batting at the break.

India's attack continued to pick up regular cheap wickets, before Roston Chase's unbeaten 27 and Keemo Paul (13 not out) offered some kind of late resistance as West Indies finished on 94 for six at the close, still some 555 runs behind.

In the first innings, Ashwin first removed Chase with a beauty, a flighted ball that turned in to create a big gap between bat and pad before crashing into the stumps.

Ambris, back in the squad for the first time in 10 months, lasted just 20 balls before edging an extravagant drive at left-arm spinner Jadeja to Ajinkya Rahane at slip. Just into his second Test, Paul hit seven fours and two sixes during his 49-ball stay.

The diminutive right-hander becomes India's second youngest century-maker after Sachin Tendulkar, who in 1990 was 17 years and 112 days when he made 119 not out against in England in Manchester during his ninth Test appearance. Wicketkeeper Pant smashed 4 sixes and 8 fours as he raced towards a century which would have been the fourth of the Indian innings.

LIVE telecast of India vs West Indies 1st Test at Rajkot will be shown on these channels. His entertaining knock finally comes to an end after attempting to smash Umesh Yadav for a boundary, only to lob the bouncer down to Pujara who makes no mistake.

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