Mumbai - The West Indies made a solid start
to reach 80 without loss in their first innings at lunch on the opening
day of the third and final Test against India on Tuesday.
Barath was unbeaten on 37 at the break and teenager Kraigg Brathwaite on
35 not out after the tourists elected to bat at the Wankhede Stadium in
The West Indies openers batted patiently in the two-hour
morning session, with Barath playing some handsome shots especially
against pacemen Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma in the opening hour.
fluently drove debutant Aaron through the covers and turned him to
fine-leg for fours before cover-driving Sharma for a boundary.
continued to punish loose deliveries, cutting and driving off-spinner
Ravichandran Ashwin for two fours in an over just before the lunch
break. He has so far hit six fours in his 76-ball knock.
Brathwaite, who turns 19 next month, hit four boundaries.
pressed left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha into the attack after only eight
overs, but failed to keep pressure on the West Indies openers on an
The hosts lead 2-0 in the series after winning
the opening Test in New Delhi by five wickets and the second match in
Kolkata by an innings and 15 runs.
The West Indies earlier
suffered a setback when in-form batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled
out of the Test due to a calf injury. He was replaced by Kieran Powell.
The tourists also brought in paceman Ravi Rampaul in place of Kemar Roach.
made two changes from the side that played in the last Test, replacing
paceman Umesh Yadav and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh with Aaron and
middle-order batsman Virat Kohli.