Ajinkya Rahane’s 18th half-century anchored India’s revival to 134 for four at tea on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua on Thursday.
Reduced to 25 for three by opening bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel after they were put in to bat, Rahane joined opening batsman KL Rahul in mid-morning, the pair putting on 68 for the fourth wicket to blunt the early threat of the home side’s pace attack in helpful conditions.
It took the off-spin of Roston Chase to separate them halfway through the afternoon session when Rahul, on 44, got a faint touch to an innocuous leg-side delivery for wicketkeeper Shai Hope to take a neat catch.
Rahane will resume in the final session on 50 alongside Hanuma Vihari (18 not out).
SCORES IN BRIEF:
INDIA: 134 for 4 (Rahane 50 not out, Rahul 44; Roach 3-29)