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ANTIGUA TEST, DAY 1: INDIAN TOP ORDER CRUMBLES AGAINST PACE ATTACK; RAHANE STANDS TALL 
23 August 2019


Ajinkya Rahane's 18th half-century anchored India's revival to 203 for six on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir 
Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday. 


Reduced to 25 for three by opening bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel after they were put in to bat, Rahane underlined his immense value to a star-studded team with a gritty top score of 81 that helped lift the tourists to a more competitive position by the end of a rain-interrupted day. 

He received resolute support from opening batsman K.L. Rahul (44) in a 
fourth-wicket stand of 68 and then featured in an even more productive 
partnership with Hanuma Vihari (32), the pair putting on 82 for the fifth 
wicket. 

After dominating the preceding the T20 and One-Day International series, India are seeking to extend their winning streak in the Caribbean with a 
team featuring three fast bowlers and one specialist spinner, Ravindra 
Jadeja getting the job ahead of Ravi Ashwin. 

That decision to omit Ashwin was described as "astonishing" by former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar. 

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