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India in driver's seat

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India put themselves in the drivers seat in the first cricket Test through a good allround display as the West Indies were reeling at 946 in their...

Rajkot: India put themselves in the driver's seat in the first cricket Test through a good all-round display as the West Indies were reeling at 94/6 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in response to a mammoth 649 for nine declared.

Roston Chase (27) and Keemo Paul (13) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day, with the visitors trailing the hosts by 555 runs.

The second day saw India dominating all the three sessions, making the West Indies' players struggling throughout.

In the first session, skipper Virat Kohli brought up his 24th Test century while wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant missed out on one after a blistering 92 as India raced to 506/5.

Kohli, who was 72 not out overnight, became the second fastest to get 24 Test hundreds behind only Donald Bradman, who took 66 innings to Kohli's 123.

The right-hander took time to get to the milestone as the aggressive Pant (92 off 84), went all guns blazing after resuming at 17.

A second Test hundred in his fourth Test was for the taking but Pant tried to hit a six and failed to pick the googly to top-edge the ball for a simple catch to Keemo Paul at backward point.

Pant's innings was studded with eight fours and four sixes. He played his usual attacking game from ball one, which he flicked through square leg to get going.

Kohli enjoyed his teammate's fluent strokeplay from the other end as Pant raced to his half century with a four and six off pacer Paul.

Pant was on 87 when Kohli brought up his ton but the wicket-keeper batsman ended up throwing it away as he went for another six.

The second session saw Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten ton guide India to the imposing total. The hosts declared their first innings at 649/9.

Jadeja (100 not out) batted with the tail-enders and completed his brilliant ton which contained five boundaries and as many sixes. This is his first Test hundred.

Continuing the second session from 506/5, skipper Virat Kohli (139) was dismissed after adding 19 runs more to his score.

He was dismissed by Sherman Lewis. His 230 balls innings was laced with 10 boundaries.

Brief scores: India 1st innings: 649/9 (Virat Kohli 139, Prithvi Shaw 134, Devendra Bishoo 4/217) vs West Indies: 94/6 ( Roston Chase 27no; Mohammad Shami 2/11).

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