India dominated the first session of the first Test match against the Windies at Rajkot. The hosts lost only one wicket and scored 133 runs in the opening session. Prithvi Shaw impressed on his maiden outing at the Test arena as he scored a fine fifty on his debut. The prodigy batsman batted in the topmost gear as he showed all the skills in his armory.

Shaw was well accompanied by experienced batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. As expected Pujara took his own time in the initial stages of his innings and subsequently changed gears after setting his eye in. The Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium is Pujara’s home ground and he is familiar with the conditions.

Prithvi Shaw, Sunil Gavaskar
Prithvi Shaw. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images.

Shaw played some delightful strokes on his debut.

In fact, as there were hot and humid conditions at Rajkot, Pujara batted with a water bottle in his pocket. Pujara also brought his fifty in just 67 balls.

Meanwhile, Shaw stole the show in the opening session of the day’s play. The debutant batsman showed great temperament in his first innings as he brought out his best to the table.

On the other hand, KL Rahul was dismissed without troubling the scorers as he was plumbed in front by Shanon Gabriel in the first over of the day. Meanwhile, Windies full-time skipper Jason Holder was ruled out due to an ankle sprain. Thus, Kraigg Brathwaite is holding the captaincy reins in the absence for Holder.

England, India, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
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Meanwhile, Shaw timed the ball to perfection as he scored his runs freely. In fact, the young batsman looked in no trouble as he dictated terms to the Windies bowlers. In fact, Shaw had scored his runs at the strike rate of 75 in the Ranji Trophy. Consequently, he continued his prolific form at the International level.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the first session dominated by India:

https://twitter.com/swing_seam/status/1047720451835752448

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