Windies vs India, 2nd Test: Key takeaways from Day 1
The Indian cricket team will want to build its first innings score after finishing Day 1 at 264/5 in the ongoing second Test match against West Indies. Hanuma Vihari (42*) and Rishabh Pant (27*) saw out the day for the visitors. Earlier, Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli smashed impressive fifties for India. Windies have a stiff test awaiting them. Here's more.
KL Rahul's struggles continue upfront
India's opening batsman KL Rahul could not make the opportunity count once again. In the first Test, Rahul was guilty of throwing his wicket away after getting starts. Rahul managed only 13 this time and poked at a back of a length delivery that swung late. He will not be happy about the manner of his dismissal.
Kohli and Mayank perform well for the visitors
Indian skipper Kohli was terrific and looked in strong touch. He played well for a solid 163-ball 76. Kohli smashed 10 fours. The highlight of the innings was to get India to a position of safety. He added 69 runs alongside Mayank (55). The opener took his time and set the base for India to work on. He was positive in his approach.
Vihari's approach key for Team India
Hanuma Vihari was inspirational for Team India. After getting runs in the first Test, Vihari continued his good work. He batted with sensibility and made sure that India end the day on a strong note. India were 202/5, before Vihari stitched a 62-run stand with Pant. The right-handed batsman played some stupendous shots and pushed India towards a strong total.
Jason Holder was highly inspirational
Windies captain Jason Holder bowled with a lot of heart and was inspiring for the hosts. He bowled in the right channels and caused trouble for India. He got three wickets that included Kohli and Mayank's dismissals. Holder will be challenging the Indian batsmen on Day 2 and the visitors have to stay patient. Holder holds the key for Windies.
How did Day 1 pan out?
India were in a spot of bother at 46/2, before Kohli and Mayank played with responsibility. Since then, India's middle order got the starts and managed to help the side reach 200. At 202/5, the problems crept in once again, before India salvaged the day.