India end the first day’s play at 258-3 in the 1st practice test against WI
The India batsmens had a good workout on the first day as Shikhar,Rahul,Rohit Sharma hit half-centuries on day1 of their first practice match against West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts on Saturday. Skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane failed to give their stand who came after both the openers retired ,but Pujara’s descent 34 and Rohit’s fifty helped to score 258 for 3 on day 1.
Pujara accompanied Rahul in middle after the Indian team-management decision that Dhawan had sufficient time after the lunch break. Rahul continued batting and scored runs at a good rate as he took India past the 100-run mark and retired soon after scoring a 99-ball fifty.Next the Indian Test captain to the crease.
The final session began with Wriddhiman Saha joining Rohit, with Pujara retiring on 34 off 102 deliveries. Another handy partnership blossomed as Rohit and Saha helped India past the 200-run mark in the 72nd over. However, Saha’s outing came to an end when he hit a delivery from legspinner Damion Jacobs to Rajendra Chandrika at forward short-leg to depart for 22.Having completed 90 overs with more than 10 minutes left for the end of the day’s play, there was enough time for the Board President’s XI to bowl a few more overs.This extra overs allowed Rohit to register a 102-ball fifty and in the process take India past 250. Rohit and Mishra (18*) took their partnership to 45 before stumps were called.
India 258/3 in 93 overs (while Rohit Sharma 54*, Shikhar Dhawan 51, KL Rahul 50 and Cheteshwar Pujara 34)
West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI ( while Jomel Warrican 2-61, Damion Jacobs 1-80).