Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

Rajkot: Young India cricketer Prithvi Shaw has made a quick positive impact on his Test debut, having already scored his maiden century. Prithvi also got the opportunity to bat with his skipper Virat Kohli in his very first match.

India´s Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after reaching his century (100 runs) during the second day´s play of the first Test cricket match between India and West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot on October 5, 2018. Indian bowlers came out and ran through West Indies' top order with Mohammed Shami removing the openers cheaply.

Shaw, who is 18 years and 329 days old, reached his hundred off just 99 deliveries in the second session on day one.

The Indian skipper also surpassed Australia's Steve Smith to go second in the list of centurions among active players, behind South Africa's Hashim Amla on 28.

Shaw just needed 99 balls to get the landmark as he toyed with the weakened West Indies bowling, which missed captain Jason Holder and pacer Kemar Roach. Unfortunately, Shaw fell at the stroke of tea, in what was a soft dismissal as he chipped one straight into the hands of leggie Devendra Bishoo. However, Shaw remained unfazed and kept playing his natural game in the company of Cheteshwar Pujara.

Shaw and Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket as the tourists were sent on a leatherhunt for large parts of the second session.

Despite Kohli scoring nearly 600 runs - and two centuries - India suffered a 4-1 defeat to England in the summer.

Rahane, meanwhile, had faced 92 balls and struck five fours and looked a safe bet for a half-century before edging a cut at part-time off-spinner Roston Chase to be caught at the wicket, with the close in sight.

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