Lunch Day 2: Praveen takes three as Windies find it hard

Kingston, Jamaica, CMC – West Indies lost three wickets for 11 runs in nine overs before lunch to concede the advantage to India after the first session on the second day of the First Digicel Test at Sabina Park on Tuesday.

 

At the break, West Indies were tottering on 119-5, still 127 runs adrift of India’s first innings total of 246.

 

Adrian Barath, playing his first Test since last November, stroked 64 to help West Indies to a solid position of 91 for two but his dismissal triggered a familiar collapse as India took control. India’s best bowler was seamer Praveen Kumar who snatched 3-24 while pace partner Ishant Sharma has taken 2-17.

 

Resuming the day on 34-1, West Indies suffered an early setback when Ramnaresh Sarwan fell lbw to Sharma to the first ball of the day’s second over, without adding to his overnight three.

 

Barath and Darren Bravo (18) then posted 56 for the third wicket, to ease the pressure on West Indies, as India moved in for the kill. The right-handed Barath stroked nine fours and a six that sailed over wide long-on off Amit Mishra in the leg-spinner’s first over of the day.

 

Barath was looking to get stuck in when he edged Kumar’s outswinger behind to keeper MS Dhoni and Bravo followed in the seamer’s next over to another catch at the wicket at 95 for four.

 

Vice-captain Brendan Nash lasted just 11 balls and scored one before getting a leading edge off Kumar and giving Suresh Raina a catch at slip. 

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