Kohli puts India in charge with first ever ton in West Indies

Kohli puts India in charge with first ever ton in West Indies

Kohli puts India in charge with first ever ton in West Indies

Written by Staff Writer

22 Jul, 2016 | 9:20 am

Virat Kohli continued his sublime form to ease to a 12th hundred and lead India to 302 for four on day one of the first Test against the West Indies on Thursday.

Kohli (143 batting) led from the front to lay a solid platform for his team with the other major contribution coming from opener Shikhar Dhawan (84).

The Indian captain’s 143 not out, decorated with 16 fours that has so far occupied just over four hours off 197 deliveries.

He put on 105 for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, the opening batsman missing out on a three-figure innings of his own when he fell lbw for 84 sweeping at Devendra Bishoo.

Early in his innings, Kohli passed 3,000 career Test runs and later on reached 1,000 as Test captain. But the most important figures were the partnerships built around his excellent innings.

With two Test centuries against the West Indies on the Indian sub-continent, the lower-order player will resume on the second morning unbeaten on 22 alongside Kohli.

West Indies have not defeated India in Test cricket for 14 years since the end of the 2002 series in the Caribbean and are the decided underdogs for the first meeting with these opponents on home soil for five years.

 

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