Wickets tumble in India-Windies 2nd test

BRIDGETOWN, (Reuters) – India and West Indies both  suffered woeful batting collapses as 13 wickets tumbled on the  opening day of the second test in Barbados today.
India’s batting crumbled on two separate occasions as they  were bowled for just 201 after tea, while West Indies lost three  wickets of their own as they limped to 30-3 at stumps, setting  the stage for an intriguing test.
The tourists lost their first four wickets for a meager 38  runs as their top order struggled to come to grips with the  extra bounce and pace at the Caribbean’s most lethal pitch, then  lost their last six wickets for 46 runs when the tail folded  against spin.
But West Indies, already trailing 1-0 in the three-match  series, failed to capitalise on their strong start, losing both  openers and Darren Bravo to catches behind the stumps.
Only a century partnership from Vangipurappu Laxman and  Suresh Raina saved India from an even lower total with the pair  putting on 117 for the fifth wicket on a day when ball dominated  over bat.
Laxman, a master of saving his team from precarious  situations, withstood a ferocious onslaught from the West Indian  paceman for a beautifully compiled 85.
He struck 12 boundaries, comprising a mixture of fully  bludgeoned drives and pulls, with some delightful, delicate  touches.
He looked set for a deserved hundred before he was deceived  by promising leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and caught by Adrian  Barath at backward point, all but ending India’s hopes of a  bigger first innings total.
Raina made 53 but was less assured and composed than Laxman.  He also fell to Bishoo, caught in close, but was unhappy with  the decision, dropping his bat and appearing reluctant to leave  when the umpire’s finger was raised.
Bishoo finished with three wickets, as did fast bowler Ravi  Rampaul, who exposed India’s frailty on lively pitches with two  impressive spells in the morning session at one of the few  international venues where India have never won a test.

EARLY SCALPS
Exploiting the extra bounce and moisture in the deck, he  claimed three early scalps, including two in three balls, to set  the tone for the day, while Darren Sammy claimed the prized  wicket of Rahul Dravid, whose second innings century in Jamaica  ultimately decided last week’s first test.
Rampaul struck in the second over of the day after West  Indies had won the toss and elected to stick the Indians in  first, catching Abhinav Mukund by surprise with a delivery that  rose steeply.
The ball hit high on the bat and flew to Marlon Samuels at  gully, who held a simple catch to send Mukund on his way for  one.
Sammy, who had dropped Dravid in the field in Jamaica,  gained some revenge when he dismissed him for five with a superb  delivery that caught the edge of the bat and presented  wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh with the straightforward catch  behind.
Then Murali Vijay, who made just 11 off 75 deliveries,  departed when he was caught down the legside off Rampaul and  Virat Kohli went for a second ball duck when he failed to play a  shot at a bouncer that kicked up sharply and brushed his gloves.
India went to lunch at 44-4 but seemed to have recovered when  they added 103 runs in the middle session without any further  casualties, Laxman reaching half-century off 75 deliveries and  Raina passing fifty from 90 balls.
But West Indies reasserted their control at the start of the  final session when Bishoo dismissed Raina, triggering the late  order collapse that allowed the home side to pad up and start  their reply.
West Indies could not have made a worse start with Barath and  Lendl Simmons falling in the space of six balls.
Barath went for three, caught by Kohli at gully off Ishant  Sharma, then Simmons feathered a catch to Mahendra Singh Dhoni  off Praveen Kumar.
Things then went from bad to worse for West Indies when Bravo  was dismissed on the penultimate ball of the day, given out  caught behind for nine off Abhimanyu Mithun.

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