Roseau, July 7: The West Indies were tottering on 75/3 in 31.1 overs on Day 1 of third Test against India before incessant rain prevented any further play for the day. The Indian new-ball pair of Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar did the early damage, with the latter sending back Test debutant Kieron Powell for 3, while the former dismissed Adrian Barath for 12 and Kirk Edwards for 6 (scorecard).
Being put into bat, the West Indies innings began in very circumspect fashion. Windies openers Adrian Barath and Kieron Powell were content just leaving some deliveries and nudging others for ones and twos. But as early as the 9th over, Praveen Kumar gave India the breakthrough when he had Powell snapped up by Laxman in the slips. The new-comer was on his way back for 3 off 23 balls and the Windies were 17/1.
There was more trouble for the Windies at the end of the 12th over when Adrian Barath was bowled trying to pull Ishant. The hosts had slipped to 24/2 as Barath departed for 12 off 38 balls. Then the in-form Darren Bravo tried hard to put the house in order with a cautious Kirk Edwards. But in the 17th over, there was more bad news for the Windies, when Edwards was adjudged caught behind, eventhough replays showed that the ball had brushed his helmet and not his bat.
The Windies were now in dire straits at 39/3 in 16.5 overs with the Indian pace trio of Ishant, Praveen and Munaf Patel dictating terms to them. However, Bravo and new batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul pressed on to take the score to 50/3 in the 25th over and 75/3 in 31.1 overs when rain stopped play.