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Rain mars opening day's play after India's early strikes

Indian bowlers dominated a rain-truncated opening day, landing early blows to leave West Indies at a precarious 75 for three in their first innings in the third and final cricket Test.Scorecard

cricket Updated: Jul 07, 2011 13:18 IST

Indian bowlers dominated a rain-truncated opening day, landing early blows to leave West Indies at a precarious 75 for three in their first innings in the third and final cricket Test.

Sent into bat, the hosts were struggling in the 31.1 overs of play that was possible when the heavens opened up shortly after the lunch break, and it stayed that way till the day's play was finally called off at 4.15 pm local time yesterday.

Darren Bravo was batting on 22 while Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 17, with the two adding 40 runs for the fourth wicket in 14.2 overs.

Before that, the Indian seamers had West Indies in a spot of bother, picking up three early wickets.

In-form pacer Ishant Sharma struck twice while Praveen Kumar chipped in with one as West Indies went to lunch at 64 for three at the Windsor Park.

After Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to bowl with the hope that his seamers would get the team some quick wickets, Ishant and Praveen lived up to the skipper's expectations by removing Adrian Barath and debutantes Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards.

Ishant showed no after-effects of a facial injury he suffered on Monday, returning figures of two for 23.

While Kumar gave the team its first breakthrough by having Powell caught at second slip by VVS Laxman, Ishant, bowling the bouncers to good effect, sent back Barath and Edwards.