West Indies all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall said making Cheteshwar Pujara his first victim on his debut Test was a good feeling to have. Rahkeem Cornwall, the new 'giant' of world cricket, became the heaviest Test cricketer after he made his debut in the second match of the ongoing series between India and West Indies. The 26-year-old bowled 27 overs, giving away just 69 runs on the opening day of the second Test. The off-spinner struck in only his third over by taking the big wicket of Pujara.
"Good feeling to get him as my first Test wicket. It was nothing really new to me but it was a good feeling," Cornwall said at the press conference. "It was a good feeling of making my debut. I think the ball comes on really nice in the start. I have to work hard and put the ball into right areas," he added.
Put into bat, India were reduced to 46 for two in the opening session before captain Virat Kohli (76) and opener Mayank Agarwal (55) rebuilt the innings. West Indies captain Jason Holder picked up three wickets while Rahkeem Cornwall took his first wicket in the form of Pujara (6). Apart from picking up the wicket of Pujara, Cornwall took two catches to remove India openers Agarwal and K L Rahul. At the close of play on the first day, India were 264 for five with Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant unbeaten on 42 and 27, respectively.
"Our seamers bowled well and when I was asked to bowl, I have to do the same. It was a good feeling to get my first Test wicket," Rahkeem Cornwall said. "We thought the pitch had a lot of moisture so we thought once we get the first chance to bowl, we can get the early wickets. The toss went in our favour. It was a good day on the first day of Test cricket," he added.
Kohli faced 163 deliveries from which he hit 10 boundaries. At the draw of stumps, Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari were batting on 27 and 42 respectively, having stitched 62 runs from 17.5 overs for the unfinished sixth wicket. A lot will depend on the duo whether India can post a big total on the second day or not. Pant, who has a tendency of throwing away wickets, was batting sensibly during his 64-ball unbeaten knock, hitting two fours and a six while Vihari was going strong in his 80-ball unbeaten innings which had eight boundaries in it. Virat Kohli, who worked hard in the first and second sessions, was beginning to impose himself on the West Indian bowlers and looked set for a bigger innings. But he fell to a peach of a delivery bowled by his West Indian counterpart Jason Holder. The delivery, on a perfect length, pitched around the off and jagged away enough to take the outside edge of Kohli's bat and go through to the keeper. The Indian captain was a bit lucky when on 55 as replays suggested he could have been out in the 62nd over bowled by Kemar Roach (1/47) but the West Indies had exhausted their quota of two reviews by then. Rahane was out in the first over after tea as he dangled his bat outside off-stump for Jahmar Hamilton to take the catch. The India vice-captain was quite at ease during his stay at the middle but could not convert the start this time. For the West Indies, Holder produced a brilliant pace-bowling spell by taking three wickets for 39 runs.