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Mumbai: West Indies took honours on Day 1 of the final Test against India with a disciplined batting performance that saw the scorecard read 267/2 at stumps.
While openers Barath and Brathwaite came good with fifties up the order, Darren Bravo too slammed a well crafted half century to help the visitors have their best day of the tour. Kirk Edwards was particularly aggressive in his approach as he slammed his third Test fifty in front of a receptive Wankhede crowd.
For the Indians, Ravichandran Ashwin took the only two wickets of the day, removing opener Kraigg Brathwaite (68) and Adrian Barath (62). Brathwaite had scored a half century and averted any attempts by the home team to get a much needed breakthrough.
West Indies were sitting pretty after the morning session of the first day in Wankhede as the scorecard read 80/0 at lunch time. Openers Barath and Brathwaite started the proceedings on a positive note for West Indies and ensured that there was no top order collapse.
They rotated the strike and played the ball on merit. Debutant Varun Aaron looked good in his first spell, bowling a couple of maidens and bringing variations in pace in a lookout for his first Test scalp.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy had won the toss and elected to bat first in the third and final Test against India.
For the Indian line-up, Virat Kohli replaced Yuvraj Singh who had an ordinary outing at Eden Gardens, and Varun Aaron replaced pacer Umesh Yadav.
West Indies on the other hand, suffered a bigger setback as Ravi Rampaul and Kieran Powell had to be called in the place of stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul and in-form Kemar Roach as they both were injured.
India have wrapped up the series and they will now be eyeing a whitewash against the West Indies. All eyes were on the two pillars of Indian cricket. Rahul Dravid is just 21 runs away from 13,000 Test runs while the whole nation awaits Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international ton.
India (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma
West Indies (Playing XI): Adrian Barath, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh(w), Darren Sammy(c), Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo, Fidel Edwards