Ajinkya Rahane strikes 81 on Day 1 of first Test as Windies pacers make merry with red cherry

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Jason Holder (C) of West Indies tosses the coin as Virat Kohli (R) of India and match referee David Boon (L) look on during day 1 of the 1st Test between West Indies and India at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on August 22, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)

Jason Holder of West Indies won the toss in first Test and opted to field first. India captain Virat Kohli (extreme right) dropped R Ashwin from XI to raise a few eyebrows. He also picked KL Rahul as the opener and gave struggling Ajinkya Rahane one more chance ahead of Rohit Sharma. AFP

Sharmarh Brooks (L) of West Indies receives his cap on debut from Sir Vivian Richards (R) during day 1 of the 1st Test between West Indies and India at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on August 22, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)

Sharmarh Brooks (L) of West Indies received his cap on debut from Sir Vivian Richards (R) during day 1 of the 1st Test between West Indies and India

Kemar Roach (C), Shimron Hetmyer (3L), John Campbell (3R), Kraigg Brathwaite (2R) and Sharmarh Brooks (R) of West Indies celebrate the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara of India during day 1 of the 1st Test between West Indies and India at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on August 22, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)

Jason Holder has put India into bat first and his decision was justified by the display for his new ball bowlers. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel dented India batting quite quickly. AFP

KL Rahul of India hits 4 during day 1 of the 1st Test between West Indies and India at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on August 22, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)

KL Rahul looked good on the opening day of the Test match. He opened the innings with Mayank Agarwal but found himself running out of partners soon as his opening partner departed on 5, No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara (2) followed suit and then Virat Kohli fell on 9. He struck 44 to provide some stability to India innings before falling. AFP

Shannon Gabriel (L) of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Virat Kohli (L) of India during day 1 of the 1st Test between West Indies and India at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on August 22, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)

While Kemar Roach stood out with pace and bounce, Shannon Gabriel was not far behind as he removed the best Indian batsman in Virat Kohli quite early on in India innings. AFP

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