Virat Kohli celebrates 12th test ton. Photo: AFP

Virat Kohli celebrates 12th Test ton. Photo: AFP

Virat Kohli hits his 12th test hundred, 5th as captain, leading India from the front at the end of 1st day, 302/4

After choosing to bat first, India lost Murali Vijay early. India were 14/1, after the departure of Murali Vijay. Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara put on a 60-run stand. Pujara’s innings comes to an end after the lunch break, he scored 16 runs. Virat Kohli who came to the crease next, was involved in 105-run stand with Dhawan. As india dominated most parts of second session before Dhawan fell just before tea. Shikhar Dhawan scored well-played 84 runs.

After the tea break, Kohli and Rahane put on a 57 runs stand for the fourth wicket. Rahane’s innings comes to an end after a soft dismissal. With this, Bishoo¬†registered his 3rd wicket of the match. The Indian captain though was not affected by the dismissals at the other end as he continued his solid form to bring up his maiden Test ton against West Indies. This is his 12th Test ton overall and his 5th as a captain.

With R. Ashwin, promoted up the order, giving him good support. This two (Kohli and Ashwin) took india past the 300-run mark even as West indies chose not to take the second new ball. The fifth wicket partnership remained unbeaten at the stumps of day 1. Unbeaten fifth wicket partnership (66 runs) put India in a strong position at the end of opening day’s play of Antigua Test.

Statistical Highlights

  • Virat Kohli scored his 12th Test ton.
  • Virat scored his maiden Century against West Indies and his 5th as a captain.
  • 143* scored by Kohli is the most runs for India on the first day of a series in West Indies.
  • The most runs (302) India have scored in the first day of a series in the West Indies.
  • Ian Gould becomes 12th umpire to stand in 50 Tests.