Lunch Day 1: Windies try to rebuild after three down

Roseau, Dominica, CMC – West Indies’ top-order batting was again undermined by Ishant Sharma before lunch in the Third Digicel Test against India on Wednesday.

At the interval, West Indies, sent in to bat, reached 64 for three in their first innings on the opening day at Windsor Park, with Darren Bravo not out on 17 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, making a record 133rd Test appearance, not out on 11.

Sharma, the most successful of all bowlers in the series, has so far taken two wickets for 23 runs from eight overs, carrying his aggregate to 18.

At one stage the West Indies were 35 for three inside the first 1 ½ hours. Powell was caught at second slip off Praveen Kumar for three, and Edwards was dubiously caught behind for six, essaying a hook at a short rising delivery.

In between, Adrian Barath was bowled for 12, dragging a short ball from Sharma into his stumps off the glove.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the three-match series, after they lost the first Test by 63 runs in four days at Sabina Park in Jamaica, and earning a draw in the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Windsor Park is staging a Test for the first time. It is the 12th venue in the Caribbean to have that privilege, and 106th globally.