Today, the cricketers of West Indies and India begin their tour with the first Test at Rajkot. Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the opening Test in Rajkot. The match is also important in another way as it sees the teenage opener, Prithvi Shaw, making his international debut after receiving his Test cap from Kohli.
Prithvi is an 18-year-old and already named in the final 12 of the game. The captain said, "There's a bit of grass that holds up the surface. It's very warm and humid here so the best time to bat will be first." Added the captain, "(Let's) see what Shaw can do at the top. It's all about giving them this particular phase. Give them some confidence before the start of the series against Australia."
West Indies is playing without their skipper Jason Holder and with an addition of batsman Sunil Ambris and debutant fast bowler Sherman Lewis. And with Prithvi's addition, it's going to be 'Shaw Time' in Saurashtra.
11:30 IST: On Day 1, India is at 133/1 on 25 overs at lunch. Half century for Cheteshwar Pujara.
11:20 IST: Shaw is unstoppable. He hits the tenth boundary of the match and IND is at 116-1 after 22.2 overs.
11:07 IST: Shaw's timing to hit the ball is superb. He slams Roston Chase for back to back boundaries. As it is Prithvi's first match, he has no signs of nerves at all. IND is at 102-1 after 19.5 overs.
10:56 IST: The debutante of the International cricket hits his half-century. He marks his first half-century against Windies and becomes the youngest player for India to score a fifty on debut. IND is at 85-1 after 17.4 overs.
10:49 IST: Windies change the bowling. Roston Chase comes and replaced Keemo Paul.
10:43 IST: Prithvi Shaw shows the best shot and collects yet another boundary on the off-side. IND is at 66-1 after 13.3 overs.
10:41 IST: Another four for Prithvi Shaw by hitting Keemo Paul straight down the ground. IND is at 62-1 after 13.1 overs.
10:34 IST: Drinks break for the teams. After 12 overs, India is at 56-1. Prithvi Shaw is on the pitch on 33 alongside Cheteshwar Pujara on 22 runs.
10:28 IST: First 50-run partnership comes up between both Shaw and Pujara. IND is at 53-1 after 10.3 overs.
10:21 IST: Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo starts tight against India and gave only one run from his first over. IND is at 36-1 after 9 overs.
10:18 IST: Devendra Bishoo replaces Shannon Gabriel. IND is at 35-1 after 8 overs.
10:07 IST: Sherman Lewis debuts on the field as his first test and gave only one run from his first over. IND is at 25-1 after 6 overs.
10:01 IST: Debutant Sherman Lewis replaces Keemo Paul to bowl.
09:51 IST: Prithvi Shaw touches the second boundary. IND is at 16-1 after 3.1 overs.
09:41 IST: Here is the first boundary for Prithvi Shaw and India. IND scores 7-1 after 1.5 overs.
09:36 IST: India lost wicket of KL Rahul in first over for Shannon Gabriel. Rahul walks back without opening his account.
09:30 IST: Bowler Shannon Gabriel starts with a wide delivery and bowls outside the off-stump. IND is at 0-0 after 0.1 overs.
09:29 IST: Debutante at International cricket Prithvi Shaw and KL Rahul are opening for India and Shannon Gabriel to bowl for the Windies.
09:23 IST: West Indies and India are at the center along for the national anthems. The match is to begin soon.