Indian Captain Kohli did not only win the toss but also the psychological advantage required at the start of the series. Electing to bat, with Shikhar Dhawan he ensured India gets upper hand scoring 302/4 with 4 consecutive 50-plus partnerships that has happened on West Indies soil only after 1958. In the process, Kohli, the captain kept on equalling and breaking many records. Check the statistics from the Day 1.
1. 12th test century for Kohli.
2. 5th test century (all abroad) as captain equals Azharuddin’s record of highest number of centuries as an Indian captain.
3. 4 50-plus partnerships for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th wickets equals 1958 record made by Pakistan on West Indies soil.
4. 3000 Test runs for Kohli.
5. 3rd Indian captain, after Kapil Dev (100* in 1982-83) and Dravid (146 in 2006) to score century in West Indies. Overall 8th visiting captain to do so.
6. 18 innings taken by Kohli to score 1000 test runs as captain is joint second best with Dhoni. (Gavaskar took 14 innings).
7. 3rd 100+ partnerships in 5 innings for third wicket between Dhawan and Kohli.
8. 3rd test half-century for Dhawan in 34th innings of 20th test. He has scored 4 centuries too.
9. 198th 100+ partnerships in India-West Indies Bilateral Test series.
10. 33rd 100+ partnerships for 3rd wicket in India-West Indies Bilateral Test series.
Electing to bat first, Indians struggled in the first session. Murali Vijay was tamed by the bouncers and ultimately had to go on the bowling of Gabriel after scoring only 7 runs when the score was only 14 runs in 7th over. Pujara joined Dhawan and by lunch India had managed to lose only one wicket despite exceptional bowling by West Indies bowling unit of Gabriel, Holder, CR Brathwaite and Chase.
Surprisingly they did not introduce their key bowler Bishoo till then.
After lunch Bishoo was introdcued immediately and in the first over he had Pujara caught, who lost patience for the first time after playing 89 balls for his 16 runs. The score read 74/2 in 28th over as KC Brathwaite grabbed his second catch.
After that Dhawan in the company of captain Kohli added 105 runs for third wicket. Unfortunately Dhawan could not get his another away century when Bishoo had him lbw. Dhawan scored 84 runs. That brought Vice-captain Rahane with Captain Kohli. Both added 57 runs for 4th wicket when Bishoo had Rahane (22) caught by Darren Bravo. Ashwin came ahead of Saha and with his unbeaten 22 runs, and 143 by captain Kohli, India were 302/4 at Stumps of Day 1.
Bishoo had 3/108 form 27 overs.
Gabriel had 1/43 from 13 overs.
Holder 0/41, CR Brthwaite 0/46, Chase 0/54 and KC Brathwaite 0/4.