Virat Kohli was once again at the forefront of Indiaâ€™s batting with the visitors sitting comfortably at 404/4 at the close of play on day one. The pitch wasnâ€™t doing much for the pacers and there were hints that it could help the spinners with Devendra Bishoo picking three of the wickets. Giving Kohli company was R Ashwin (64*) after Shikhar Dhawan (84) departed before tea. There are few examples of extra bounce here and there but largely it is a flat track which will help the batsmen â€“ unless, of course, there are any loose shots involved.
India had started their inning cautiously with Shannon Gabriel sending in fierce deliveries past Dhawan and the Indian opener remained careful and patient to let the good balls pass. After Murali Vijayâ€™s exit, Dhawan and Kohli steadied the innings with a 200 run stand. Carlos Brathwaite reckons a new ball early on might just do the trick to get them wickets and push India back.