Antigua: India were 203 for six at stumps on the opening day of their inaugural World Test Championship encounter against the West Indies at Antigua on Thursday.
India reached 203 for 6 in 68.5 overs before a third and final rain interruption forced early Stumps.
After losing the toss, India were sent in to bat at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
West Indies fought back late in the day after two half-century stands had taken India to relative safety following a fiery opening spell that had pinned the visitors to 25 for 3 inside eight overs. Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul led the immediate fightback with a 68-run stand and Rahane put on 82 with Hanuma Vihari as India dominated briefly in the middle session. But Kemar Roach, the architect of the early collapse, returned to cause trouble with the old ball and, alongside opening partner Shannon Gabriel, helped reduce India to 203 for 6.
Left-handers Rishabh Pant (20*) and Ravindra Jadeja (3*), at the back end of India’s elongated batting order for this Test were unbeaten at stumps.
India vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 1 Brief Scores:
India (203 for 6 in 68.5 overs) at Stumps vs West Indies in Antigua.
Ajinkya Rahane (81), KL Rahul (44), Hanuma Vihari (32); Kemar Roach (3/34), Shanon Gabriel (2/49).