Holder, Cornwall reduce India to 72/2 at Lunch on Day 1


Kingston: West Indies all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall said making Cheteshwar Pujara his first victim on his debut Test was a good feeling to have.

India are fielding an unchanged XI from the first Test in Antigua which they won by 318 runs inside four days.

At Stumps on Day One, India were in a strong position after half-centuries from Agarwal (55) and skipper Virat Kohli (76), which helped the team reach 264/5 while Jason Holder picked up three wickets to keep the visitors in check.

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Rahane (24) did not last long after play resumed, edging Roach to wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, another global debutant, leaving it to Kohli and Hanuma Vihari, who ended unbeaten on 42, to forge a fresh partnership.

Soon after, Cornwall claimed his first global wicket when the spinner had Cheteshwar Pujara caught at point for six.

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Earlier, after being reduced to 46 for 2, Agarwal and Kohli steadied the Indian ship and stitched together a 69-run partnership for the third wicket.

Unbeaten on 41 at lunch, Agarwal reached his half-century in the eighth over after the resumption with two streaky boundaries off seamer Kemar Roach, the first an inside edge to fine leg and the second and outside edge through gully.

Thereafter, overnight batsman Vihari and new man in Ravindra Jadeja played according to the situation to nullify any threat from the West Indies bowlers. I thought it wasn't very easy to score off him. His addition, in place of fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, is the only change India have made from to squad that recently beat the West Indies 3-0.

An over later, Vihari got a big reprieve when he was dropped by John Campbell off Cornwall at first slip.

The pair added 38 runs for the seventh wicket before Rahkeem Cornwall was rewarded for his patience.

Vihari finished on 42, which came off 80 balls and included eight boundaries, while Pant remained undefeated on 27, which came off 64 deliveries and included two boundaries and a six.