HYDERABAD (Reuters) – Shai Hope’s dismissal at the stroke of lunch soured the session for West Indies who were 86 for three at the break on the opening day of the second and final test against India on Friday.
Shimron Hetmyer was batting on 10 with West Indies needing a solid rebuilding job from their middle order when play resumes.
The onus was on Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell to give the tourists a strong start after skipper Jason Holder won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat on a track that looked full of runs.
With Umesh Yadav occasionally straying down the leg side and a couple of edges by Powell running to the fence, West Indies found little to complain about in the first five overs.
Besides, India paceman Shardul Thakur had also hobbled off the field with a groin injury after sending down only 1.4 overs in his debut test.
Umesh jolted West Indies in the sixth over when Powell, who made 22, was adjudged leg before but the batsman successfully reviewed the decision, with replays suggesting an inside edge.
It was a combination of Powell’s recklessness and Ravichandran Ashwin’s guile which led to the first dismissal.
The opener stepped out against the off-spinner who quickly shortened his length and pitched it wide, prompting an uppish drive straight to Ravindra Jadeja at cover.
Kuldeep Yadav induced several edges that fell just short of Ajinkya Rahane at slip but the left-arm wrist spinner could not be denied for long.
Kuldeep dismissed Brathwaite for 14, trapping him lbw with a delivery that beat the bat and hit the opener on his back leg.
Hope hit five boundaries in his 36 but his dismissal off the final delivery before the lunch break tilted the session in India’s favour.
Umesh generated movement off the seam to dismiss Hope leg before after a similar appeal against the batsman had been turned down in his previous over.
The tourists, thumped inside three days by an innings and 272 runs in the Rajkot series-opener, made two changes with Holder returning from injury to replace Keemo Paul and spinner Jomel Warrican substituting Sherman Lewis.
India rested Mohammed Shami and handed a test debut to fellow paceman Shardul Thakur in the lone change to their side.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Ian Ransom)