Youngsters put West Indies on top

November 22, 2011

Darren BravoThird test, Mumbai (day 1)
West Indies (267 for 2) v India

The West Indies put in a good performance on day 1 of the final Test match of the series, finishing the day on 267-2 against an Indian side hoping for a 3-0 series win.

For only the third time in Tests, the West Indies top four all made half centurires, with the previous occasion coming at Leeds in 1976.

It was a resolute effort from the young men from the Caribbean after they were rocked by the news that their talisman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was to miss the game through injury.

Adrian Barath (62), and Kraigg Brathwaite (68) gave the visitors the platform they were looking for from the off. The partnership was worth 137 before R Ashwin got into the act to dismiss both openers caught bat-pad in what was a testing spell of off-spin bowling just before tea.

India would have felt that at 150-2 at tea they would have been in with a really good chance of running through the young West Indian middle order on a pitch that was starting to offer spin.

However, Kirk Edwards joined Darren Bravo and together they took advantage of any loose Indian bowling. The pair batted right through to the close of play taking the score to 267-2 from 91 overs of cricket. Edwards finished on 65 not out whilst Bravo will resume tomorrow morning on 57.

India will be hoping for early wickets on the second morning and with their powerful batting line-up, they will still feel they have a chance of winning this Test match, and the series 3-0.

Chris Murtagh 22/11/2011

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