India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant pile on the runs
Virat Kohli had no issues in marching to his 24th Test hundred. @AFP

That Virat Kohli is an incredible all-purpose batsman was on ample display once again as he eased to his 24th Test century to extend India’s dominance over a floundering West Indies on day two of the first Test at Rajkot.

From an overnight 364/4, Kohli batted through the morning session to take India’s total to 506/5 by lunch on Friday, with Rishabh Pant (92) throwing away a century for the taking after adding 133 with his captain.

Kohli hardly broke a sweat as he moved from 72 to his 24th Test hundred. He began by taking Shannon Gabriel for three fours in successive overs as the day began, then settled back to rotate the strike with Pant. The approach was the same as on day one, and with so many of Kohli’s centuries at home: remorseless accumulation, punctuated by some pretty drives and clips.

Eschewing all risk, Kohli puttered through the session and never appeared in a hurry. He faced 77 balls in the session, from which he made 48 runs.

The hundred came with a glance off the pads for four, his second versus West Indies and 17th as skipper. Like Prithvi Shaw’s debut hundred on Thursday, this one from Kohli was inevitable given the docile nature of the Rajkot track and the threadbare nature of West Indies’ depleted attack.

Pant was itchy initially, and this caused him discomfort against Sherman Lewis and Keemo Paul. Lewis was top-edged over square leg, and then had Pant squared up and gloving towards gully and the slips. Paul came on and had Pant beaten as he dabbed with an angle bat, which resulted in words from Kohli at the other end. Pant knuckled down to work the ball for singles.

His fifty secured in 57 deliveries with a flicked six off Paul, Pant targeted the off spin of Roston Chase. With twinkle-toed deftness, he wandered down the track off successive balls to get four over mid-on and six over long-off. At the first sight of Devendra Bishoo, Pant brought out the sweep and the cross-batted sashay to collect four and six.

Attempting another big shot off Bishoo, however, he fell to an ugly hack and top-edged the simplest of catches to point. His 83-ball 92 did its part in adding to India’s burgeoning total and gave the few spectators present at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium plenty to cheer about.

Enter Ravindra Jadeja, who was content to play out the 30 minutes left in the session and dabbed and nudged his way to 19 in the company of Kohli. A huge chance was put down by Bishoo 10 minutes before tea, when Kohli drove a return catch back on 115.

LUNCH: India 506/5 in 118 overs (Kohli 120*, Pant 92) vs West Indies