India on top after West Indies batting fails

KINGSTON, (Reuters) – India dominated the second day  of the first test against West Indies today to seize the  momentum in the series opener at Sabina Park.
Fast bowler Praveen Kumar captured three wickets in a  devastating spell on his test debut as India dismissed West  Indies for just 173 to snatch a 73-run first innings lead.
Then the tourists, who had managed 246 in their first knock,  battled their way to 91-3 by stumps for an overall lead of 164  with seven wickets in hand.
Murali Vijay and VVS Laxman both made second innings ducks  and opener Abhinav Mukund fell for 25 but Rahul Dravid kept the  scoreboard ticking along with an unbeaten 45 while Virat Kohli  was not out 14 at the close.
Kumar removed Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo and Brendan Nash  in 14 deliveries just before lunch to trigger a West Indian  batting collapse after the home side had resumed in a strong  position at 34-1 in reply to India’s modest first day total.
Barath top scored with a patient 64 off 122 balls while  wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh chipped in with 27 and Shivnarine  Chanderpaul made a cautious 23 but none of the other West Indian  batsmen made it to 20.
Kumar finished with 3-38 from 18 overs while fellow paceman  Ishant Sharma bagged 3-29. India’s spinners, Amit Mishra and  Harbhajan Singh, claimed two wickets each on a slow pitch  starting to turn.
After making a bright start on the first day, West Indies  made a bad beginning to the second day when Ishmar trapped  Ramnaresh Sarwan lbw for three in the second over.
Barath, who hit nine boundaries and a six, combined with  Bravo to steady the innings with a 56-run partnership for the  third wicket before both batsmen were caught by wicketkeeper  Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Kumar.
The 24-year-old paceman then claimed a third scalp when  Suresh Raina held a sharp catch at third slip to get rid of Nash  as the home side limped to lunch at 119-5.
Chanderpaul and Baugh gave West Indies a brief glimmer of  hope with a sixth wicket stand of 45 but both fell to Harbhajan  as the Indian spinners polished off the last five wickets for  just 26 runs.
India suffered an early setback in their second innings when  Vijay was trapped lbw by Ravi Rampaul in the second over but  Mukund and Dravid restored calm with a 56-run stand in a  low-scoring match that already seemed destined for an early  finish.

Scoreboard

India first innings 246
West Indies first innings (overnight 34-1)

A. Barath c Dhoni b Kumar                  64

L. Simmons c Vijay b Sharma                 3

R. Sarwan lbw b Sharma                      3

D. Bravo c Dhoni b Kumar                   18

S. Chanderpaul c Mukund b Harbhajan Singh  23

B. Nash c Raina b Kumar                     1

C. Baugh c Vijay b Harbhajan Singh         27

D. Sammy b Sharma                           1

R. Rampaul not out                         14

F. Edwards c Dhoni b Mishra                 7

D. Bishoo c Raina b Mishra                  4

Extras (b-1 lb-3 nb-4)                      8

Total (all out, 67.5 overs)               173
Fall of wickets: 1-18 2-35 3-91 4-95 5-102 6-147 7-148 8-152 9-169 10-173
Bowling: P. Kumar 18-5-38-3, I. Sharma 17-6-29-3, A. Mishra 13.5-1-51-2 (nb-4), Harbhajan  Singh 19-5-51-2

India second innings

A. Mukund c Baugh b Bishoo                 25

M. Vijay lbw b Rampaul                      0

R. Dravid not out                          45

V. Laxman c&b Sammy                         0

V. Kohli not out                           14

Extras (b-4 nb-3)                           7

Total (for three wickets, 41 overs)        91
To bat: SK Raina, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, I. Sharma, A. Mishra, P. Kumar
Fall of wickets: 1-0 2-56 3-57
Bowling: F. Edwards 9-1-27-0 (nb-2), R. Rampaul 8-2-17-1, D. Sammy 12-5-16-1, D. Bishoo  12-2-27-1 (nb-1)

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