West Indies 197 for 6 (Chase 50 *, Holder 10 *, Kuldeep 3-50) v India
The former captain of the West Indies he says he disappointed me the way Powell came out
. The West Indies had everything in their favor: pitch, flat shot, injured opposition bowler, except their actual batting on the first day of the Hyderabad Test. India had a good comeback after a clumsy start and the injury of debutant Shardul Thakur. R Ashwin provided the control, Kuldeep Yadav the mystery, and Umesh Yadav returned in reverse. Only Roston Chase managed to resist India for a considerable time, moving to an unbeaten 50 with tea, but most of the West Indies lineup struggled to tune in to the rhythms of Test cricket.
The West Indies went madly between ultra-aggressive and ultra-defensive batting instead of just playing, just to let their natural batting take control in good batting conditions. There seemed to be a lot of predetermination of how they were going to hit. Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmeyer and Sunil Ambris were within a minute's range and Kraiig Brathwaite blocked everything. Despite having achieved two limits for the talents in the first, Brathwaite scored 6 of the next 62 balls he faced. The other three showed little faith in their defense, or ability to choose the Kuldeep variations.
The day had started quite positively. Jason Holder was back, he called the shot correctly, Umesh was loose with the new ball and Thakur left with a groin injury in only his second place. It is worth noting that Thakur returned from the Asian Cup with a groin injury, which should raise more questions about the handling of injuries in India.
The rest of the day, however, left these uncomfortable thoughts behind. Ashwin and Kuldeep controlled the score and were rewarded with a wicket each before lunch. Powell continued his extremely attacking approach, leaving to Ashwin and hitting him in the second half ball. Eventually, he played too many shots, and jumped to Ashwin to cover extra for 22 of 30 balls. Despite that early limit, Ashwin only conceded seven runs of his first 10.2 passes.
This strangulation of Ashwin allowed Kuldeep to review his bag of tricks at the other end. He started by trapping Brathwaite lbw with stock delivery after an incorrect landing on a similar line. That the batters were not reading Kuldeep by the hand would be more obvious after the lunch break: the hitter on the left Hetmeyer filled in an error and the right-hand hitter, Sunil Ambris, tried to hit him in half, but  Aside from Chase, who seemed to have no problems in his fifties, as should be the case in this pitch, Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich showed that he could hit normally: Good balls come out, and attack bad. Both fell before the return of Umesh just before the two breaks. With the oldest ball, Umesh found better control and change of turn to fire both lbw.
Chase, who had control of 78 of the 81 balls he faced, only had Holder to seek support if the West Indies were going to get a respectable total.