Teenager Prithvi Shaw roars at Rajkot with Test century on debut

05 October, 2018, 15:57 | Author: Isabel Grant
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This is also the highest innings total in the fixture, beating the previous highs of 644/7d by India at Kanpur in February 1979 and 644/8d by West Indies at Delhi in February 1959. Though he saw R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav depart at the other end, he continued to attack with the odd ball misbehaving off the surface.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Friday hit his 24th Test Century and surpassed former Australian skipper Steve Smith (23) to record the most number of Test hundreds by an active player.

After India opted to bat first, Prithvi opened the innings with Lokesh Rahul.

But the wicketkeeper-batsman did provide royal entertainment with eight fours and four sixes in his 84-ball knock before he fell to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who ended with figures of 4-217 from 54 overs.

Kohli put together 133 runs for the fifth wicket with overnight partner Rishabh Pant, who made a quickfire 92. Pant was especially merciless, scoring runs at a belligerent rate.

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Their sorry batting performance came after a forgettable outing with the ball as India piled on the runs. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Parthiv Patel were younger than Shaw when they got their maiden Test half-centuries, but not on debut. The Indian cricket team skipper reached the milestone thanks to seven boundaries and in the process, he also the 11th Indian cricketer to complete 3000 runs at home.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami removed both Windies openers, bowling stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite and trapping Kieran Powell lbw.

This is his fourth Test hundred, after 153 against South Africa at Centurion, 149 against England vs Birmingham and 103 vs England at Nottingham.

The India captain, 29, eased to his 24th Test century and fourth of 2018.

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