Riding on Virat Kohli's 24th century and a quickfire 92 from Rishabh Pant, India continued their dominance with the bat in the morning session on Day 2 of the first Test against the Windies at Rajkot on Friday. Scoring 142 runs at a run rate of 4.89 in the session, India went to lunch with 506 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets. Resuming on the overnight total of 364-4, both Kohli and Pant started patiently against the Windies pacers. But as soon as spin was introduced, Pant went after the bowlers hitting them all around the park. Kohli on the other hand played a steady knock, bringing up his century off 186 deliveries that included seven boundaries. Both stitched a 133-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Pant got out trying to go for a six off Devendra Bishoo. Ravindra Jadeja (19*) and Kohli (120*) were at the centre when umpires decided to call for lunch. The Windies bowlers put in yet another toothless performance and struggled against the Indian batsmen.
Kohli looked set for another hundred and was batting alongside Rishabh Pant (17 not out off 21) at the close of play. Eighty-nine overs were bowled on day one with India scoring at 4.08 runs per over. The West Indies handed a big setback even before toss with the last-minute withdrawal of captain Jason Holder, looked ordinary at best on the field. Barring pacer Shanon Gabriel (1/66), none of the bowlers troubled the Indian batsmen on a greenish surface which did not seem to do much.
The opposition attack was far from threatening but due credit must be given to Shaw, who batted like a seasoned campaigner in his first match for India. His back-foot play off the pacers was a treat to the eyes and when spinners were deployed, he was not afraid to use the long handle..