Kingston (Jamaica): Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh rescued India after a top-order collapse but the visitors were still bowled out for a modest 246 in their first innings on the opening day of their first cricket Test against the West Indies here.


In reply, West Indies were 34 for one at stumps on Monday, trailing India by 212 runs.

Lendl Simmons was the lone West Indian wicket to fall in the post tea session. Adrian Barath was at the crease on 26 at close of play and giving him company was Ramnaresh Sarwan (2).

Ishant Sharma turned out to be the lone successful bowler for India with figures of one for eight.

Earlier, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to bat first at a two-paced Sabina Park pitch misfired as India suffered a top-order collapse before Raina (82) and Harbhajan (70) joined hands to resurrect the innings with a belligerent 144-run seventh wicket stand.

Raina and Harbhajan took the attack to the opposition during their 168-ball partnership to rescue India's sinking ship after they were reduced to 85 for six at one stage.

The glorious seventh-wicket stand between the duo was the only silver lining in India's innings as the visitors lost their last four wickets for a mere 15 runs.

For West Indies, the pace duo of Fidel Edwards (4 for 56) and Ravi Rampaul (3 for 59) shared seven wickets between them but it was young leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3 for 75), who impressed the most with his three-wicket haul and two outstanding catches.

Sent into bowl, Rampaul gave a dream start to the home team removing both the Indian openers -- debutant Abhinav Mukund (11) and Murali Vijay (8) -- within the first 12 overs.

Then it was Bishoo's turn to stun the visitors with the prized wickets of VVS Laxman (12) and Rahul Dravid (40) on either side of the lunch.

As if this was not enough, Bishoo also claimed the vital wicket of India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was out for his fifth duck in Test cricket, to register three scalps for 11 runs off his first 20 deliveries in the match.

But that was all the young leg-spinner could manage on the day as he was taken to cleaners by Raina and Harbhajan, who scored a mammoth 60 runs off Bishoo's next seven overs.

After India had recovered to be 231 for six in the final session, Bishoo came up with a stunning catch to break the dangerous-looking stand between Raina and Harbhajan.

He ran from the deep and dived full length to his left to catch Harbhajan's mistimed hook off Edwards.

Bishoo later brought the lid on the Indian innings by taking Raina's catch at the square-leg boundary off Rampaul's bowling.

The home team tasted their first success as early as in the fourth over when Vijay drove one straight to Bishoo at point off Rampaul.

Laxman then joined Rahul Dravid (40) at the score 30 for two after 11 overs as the visitors decided to hold back another debutant Virat Kohli.

Laxman was distinctly lucky off his very first delivery from Darren Sammy, which he edged but the ball fell short of the first slip.
But Laxman's luck ran out when Bishoo dismissed him with his first delivery.

Laxman was caught at the slip by Sammy as he went forward to a tossed up leg-break from Bishoo, which spun and took the edge.

New man in Kohli opened his account in Test cricket in style as he flicked Edwards down to fine leg boundary.

But the West Indies pacer had his revenge in the next over when Kohli edged one to wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh to drew curtains on the first session on Monday.

The ever-reliable Rahul Dravid looked rusty initially but later his footwork improved and he played several delightful strokes before falling prey to Bishoo in the slip soon after lunch.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (0) did little justice to his reputation as he became Bishoo's third victim soon, caught by Lendl Simmons at gully.

But then came in Harbhajan, who used his long handle to great effect and hit Bishoo for three fours off the first six deliveries he faced from the leg-spinner. The fiery Indian off-spinner meted out the same treatment to Edwards.

On the other hand, Raina started cautiously initially as he was subjected to a fair degree of short-pitched stuff by the West Indian bowlers.

But the young left-hander was up for the task as he showed great maturity in dealing with the short stuffs and in between played his shots when opportunities came his way.

The savage hitting of the pair quickly took Bishoo out of the attack as 150 runs came from the afternoon session.
Harbhajan completed his half century from only 45 deliveries with the help of nine fours.

Raina followed suit and took 76 deliveries to notch up the landmark with the help of 10 fours.
But West Indies gathered their wits at tea break and pressed into service their frontline bowlers from both ends on resumption and it promptly paid dividends.

Edwards kept two fielders in the deep and bowled a short delivery at Harbhajan, who mishit one to a diving Bishoo. He made his 70 off 74 balls and hit 10 fours and a six.

Raina then witnessed Praveen Kumar (4) and Amit Mishra (6) quickly return to the pavilion before he became the last man to depart. His 82 came off 115 balls and was studded with 15 hits to the fence.



India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma.

West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons and Ramnaresh Sarwan.