India makes early inroads before rain spoils day

Dominica. The day began with a great surprise as neither rain nor a fiery pitch was on the cards which were expected at this venue. Bright sunshine and a placid pitch greeted both teams as Mahendra Singh Dhoni invited West Indies to bat first sighting some early moisture in the pitch.

Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar stood up to the captain’s call and reduced West Indies for 35 for 3 as another West Indies collapse looked certain. But old horse Shivnarain Chandrapaul (17), who is playing his 133rd test, joined forces with Darren Bravo (22) to rebuild the innings.

West Indies were 75 for 3 in 31.1 overs before rain came calling allowing no further play in the day.

Earlier Kieren Powell scored just 3 in his first test before edging out to Laxman in the slips of Praveen Kumar’s bowling. Next to go was Adrian Barath, who was trying to pull Ishant into the stands but ended chopping the ball onto the stumps.

Another debutant, Kirk Edwards was a bit unlucky as he was given out caught behind of a snorter from Ishant. Replays suggested that the ball has kissed his helmet and not the bat before Dhoni pouched it.

The hosts had made two changes to their team for the third and final test, debutants Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards replaced out of form Ramnaresh Sarwan and Lendl Simmons. Munaf Patel joined the Indian ranks, coming in place of Abhinav Mukund and bowled economically without any success.

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