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04-Oct-2018 12:00:00 GMT
Ind vs WI - 1st Test, Rajkot, day 1

Shaw debut century helps India dominate

Rajkot: Skipper Virat Kohli was batting on 72 as India reached 364 for four at stumps on day one of the opening Test against West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association, Rajkot on Thursday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, on 17, was partnered with Kohli at close of play in Rajkot after the hosts elected to bat in the first of two Tests.

Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who made 41, put on 105 runs for the third wicket after teenager Prithvi Shaw became the youngest-ever Indian batsman to make a century in their Test debut.

With his blistering performances in the domestic and the Under-19 circuit, Prithvi Shaw had already made enough noise and grabbed headlines. The youngster carried his form even in international cricket by scoring a century in his debut. The Mumbaikar had made way into the squad in place of Shikhar Dhawan and walked in to bat as an opener with KL Rahul.

After India lost the first wicket of Rahul in the first over itself, Prithvi Shaw displayed immense character by not only sticking on to the field but also scoring runs with the local boy Cheteshwar Pujara.

The two brought in the partnership of 206 runs for the side, with Shaw scoring a 134 and Pujara putting up 86 runs on the board.

Brief scores:
India 364 for 4 (Shaw 134, Pujara 86, Kohli 72*) v West Indies

Shaw's 100 came from 99 balls, the 18-year-old shattered several records and lived up to the expectations of the selectors and the captain.

Prithvi Shaw became the youngest and the first Indian teenager to face the first ball of a Test. Shaw became the 15th Indian batsman to score a 100 in debut.

The Mumbai batsman who is 18 years and 329 days old became the second youngest to be the opener for India on Test debut. Vijay Mehra was the youngest test opener India had. Mehra was 17 years and 265 days.

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