West Indies on top after 1st day against India

KINGSTON, (Reuters) – West Indies dominated the  opening day of the first test against India today,  dismissing the tourists for just 246 then wiping 34 off the  deficit for the loss of just one wicket.
India, without master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, failed to  get past 250 despite winning the toss and opting to bat first at  Sabina Park.
The top-order batting collapsed to 85-6 before Suresh Raina  and Harbhajan Singh rescued India with a seventh-wicket stand of  146.
Both made half-centuries with Raina top-scoring with 82 and  Harbhajan making a brisk 70 before the West Indies polished off  the tail.
Fast bowler Fidel Edwards captured four wickets while fellow  paceman Ravi Rampual and promising spinner Devendra Bishoo each  claimed three scalps.
West Indies suffered an early setback in their reply when  Lendl Simmons departed for three but Adrian Barath (26 not out)  and Ramnaresh Sarwan (two not out) safely guided the home team  to stumps without any further losses.
India were in trouble from the outset, slumping to 69-4 by  lunch, after two of their three debutants, Abhinav Mukund and  Virat Kohli, went cheaply.
Rahul Dravid made 40 but India’s experienced batsmen, VVS  Laxman (12) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (no score)  contributed little, leaving Raina and Harbhajan to lead the  fightback.

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