Bridgetown: India`s top-order struggled against a fiery West Indies pace attack as the visitors were reduced to 44 for four at lunch on the first day of the second Test at the bouncy Kensington Oval on Tuesday.
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West Indies pacers exploited the conditions well and took two cheap India wickets early on to reduce the visitors to eight for two after skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to field.
Admirable Ravi Rampaul wreaked havoc, picking up three wickets in his two spells for figures of 8-5-4-3 at the break.
Opener Murali Vijay (11) and VVS Laxman weathered the storm after the early slump, adding 30 runs for the third wicket before the former was dismissed by Rampaul.
A lot was expected from Virat Kohli (0) but the Delhi batsman lasted for just two balls before being sent back packing by Rampaul as India slumped further to 38-4.
Laxman was batting on 23 and Suresh Raina (0) had just joined him at the crease.
Runs were hard to come by for the visitors on a bouncy pitch against an occasionally hostile but always disciplined West Indian attack.
Opener Abhinav Mukund could do little better than lob a catch off the handle of his bat against Rampaul in the second over of the morning.
It`s the eighth straight innings that Rampaul has got an opener`s scalp in his first spell this season, discounting the two straightforward chances put down, including the costly miss of Rahul Dravid by skipper Darren Sammy in the first Test.
Dravid was rarely in discomfort but runs were at a premium as maidens after maidens were reeled off by the West Indians, majorly four by Rampaul.
West Indies were rewarded for their pin-pointed attack in the 11th over when a ball from Sammy bounced on Dravid who tried to take his bat off but in vain and the thick edge was accepted in front of first slip by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.
Laxman pulled Sammy towards midwicket for the first four of the morning, the 89th delivery of the innings. The next boundary too came via pull by the same batsman, this time against Fidel Edwards but a good nine overs after the first four.
Murali Vijay was in a run-denial mode and was determined to make this innings count after his two failures in the first Test. But Rampaul`s return to the crease ended his vigil in the second last over before lunch.
It was an over which literally broke the back of Indian innings. First Vijay wafted at a harmless delivery down the legside and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Baugh.
Kohli defended the next delivery but then tried to duck his way out off the next delivery, which took the side of his bat and went for an easy chance into slips.