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Rain hits play, West Indies makes 62 for two

Rain played spoilsport on the opening day of the first Test between India and the West Indies as only 22 overs were bowled, during which the visitors struck twice before play was called off on Thursday.

EARLY STRIKE: Ishant Sharma celebrates the dismissal of West Indies's Leon Johnson.

India removed Leon Johnson and Darren Bravo before rain forced early lunch, and play didn’t resume after that.

The hosts were 62 for two with Kraigg Brathwaite (32) and Marlon Samuels (4) at the crease. Intermittent rain ended any chance of resumption of play even as the ground staff struggled to keep the ground play-ready.

Play will start 30 minutes early on Friday, with a maximum of 98 overs to be bowled. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were called in as replacement for opener Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

For the Caribbean side, Alzarri Joseph was asked to warm the benches while Devendra Bishoo comes in as a replacement.


West Indies — 1st innings: K. Brathwaite batting 32 (78b, 5×4), L. Johnson c Rohit b Ishant 9 (30b, 1×4), D. Bravo b Ashwin 10 (10b, 2×4), M. Samuels (batting) 4 (15b); Extras; (lb-6, nb-1) 7; Total (for two wkts. in 22 overs at lunch): 62.

Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Johnson), 2-48 (Bravo).

India bowling: Bhuvneshwar 6-1-13-0, Shami 6-2-14-0, Ishant 5-3-7-1, Ashwin 5-1-22-1.

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