India’s batsman found form quickly on the opening day of their tour match against a West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI in St Kitts on Saturday.

Three of their top six looked at home in the conditions, with KL Rahul (50), Shikhar Dhawan (51) and Rohit Sharma (54) all managing half centuries as India finished the day at 6-258 from 93 overs.

India only lost three wickets for the day, with Rahul, Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara (34) all retiring their innings to allow their teammates some valuable time in the middle ahead of the first Test later this month.

Rahul and Dhawan looked particularly comfortable opening the innings, with the duo patient at the crease and more than happy to let plenty of deliveries alone outside off stump.

The pair went past 50 in the 20th over and only increased the run rate after reaching this milestone as India finished the first session at 0-93.

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican bowled well for the home side during the second session and he was rewarded for his persistence with the important wicket of Virat Kohli.

The India skipper was caught behind for 14 from 40 deliveries and Warrican got his second scalp shortly after when Ajinjya Rahane was bowled for five.

Rohit and Wriddhiman Saha then put together an entertaining partnership of 47, before the India wicketkeeper was dismissed for 22 leaving Amit Mishra and Rohit to guide the tourists to stumps.

India’s bowlers will be in action on Sunday, with both teams agreeing to bat for one day each of the two-day tour match.

The four-game Test series between the West Indies and India commences in Antigua on July 21.