Lunch Day 1: Rampaul rips out top order
Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC – Two wickets – both to Ravi Rampaul – in the penultimate over before lunch gave West Indies early control of the Second Digicel Test against India on Tuesday.
Gaining appreciable bounce from the Kensington Oval pitch, and prodigious movement under partly cloudy skies, Rampaul had the flattering figures of three wickets for four runs from eight overs, as India, sent in to bat, reached 44 for four in their first innings at the interval on the opening day.
VVS Laxman, India’s batsman for all conditions, has been the glue that has held his side’s innings together, and was not out on 23 alongside left-hander Suresh Raina, not out on zero. Typically for this home international season, Rampaul gave West Indies an early breakthrough, opener Abhinav Mukund was caught at gully for five, fending a short, rising delivery.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy added to India’s troubles, when he had Rahul Dravid, a century-maker in the first Test, caught behind for five, leaving the visitors eight for two.
The hosts bowled with much discipline to limit India to 13 for two at the drinks break, but Rampaul tightened their grip, when he had opener Murali Vijay caught behind down the leg-side for 11, and Virat Kohli caught at second slip for a second-ball duck, gloving a rising ball.
Both teams have made one change to their line-ups from the last Test in Jamaica, with West Indies including Marlon Samuels, and India dropping leg-spinner Amit Mishra for fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun.
India lead the series 1-0 win following their 63-run in the First Digicel Test at Sabina Park last Thursday.