Lunch Day 1: Windies have India four down

Kingston, Jamaica, CMC – Pacer Ravi Rampaul grabbed two wickets as West Indies took control of the first session of the opening Digicel Test against India at Sabina Park on Monday.

 

At the interval, West Indies had India reeling at 69-4 after the visitors won the toss and opted to bat first.

 

Rampaul (2-19) removed both openers to leave India on 30-2 before leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and fast bowler Fidel Edwards also grabbed a wicket each to rock the Indians.

 

Veteran right-hander Rahul Dravid was leading India’s fight at lunch with an unbeaten 30 from 61 balls. West Indies made the breakthrough in the day’s fourth over when Ramapul had Murali Vijay caught at point by Bishoo for eight, driving uppishly.

 

Abhinav Mikund spent 41 testing balls over 11 before playing on to Rampaul and losing his leg stump at two wickets down for 30.

The experienced duo of Dravid and VVS Laxman (12) added 34 precious runs for the third wicket, to restore some order to the innings and keep West Indies bowlers at bay.

 

Bishoo then struck a crucial blow at 64-3 when he removed Laxman to a catch at slip by captain Darren Sammy as the right-hander drove at a leg-break.

 

Edwards, playing his first Test in two years after recovering from injury, struck with what proved to be the final ball before lunch when he had Virat Kohli caught at the wicket for four.


 

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