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India stutter to 87-3 at lunch on Day 1 of Third Test

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Put in to bat, India battled to 87-3 on Tuesday morning in the third Test against the West Indies during the pre-lunch session at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia.

Ajinkya Rahane at 17* and Rohit Sharma at 9* were at the crease when lunch was taken after the first two-hour session wherein 23 overs were bowled.


India got off to a poor start losing opener Shikhar Dhawan (1) cheaply while skipper Virat Kohli (3) also perished soon after in the first hour of the day.

Tottering at 19-2, opener Lokesh Rahul (50) showed some resistance with a fine half century as he put on 58 runs for the third wicket with Rahane before all-rounder Roston Chase packed him off to reduce the visitors to 77-3.

Windies pacers Shannon Gabriel, debutant Alzarri Joseph and Chase shared the three wickets.

Both teams had made changes after the draw in the second Test with India retaining Lokesh Rahul after his magnificent century. A fit-again Murali Vijay missed the match while Cheteshwar Pujara has also been benched.

Rohit Sharma has been brought in as Pujara's replacement while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar were included in place of leg-spinner Amit Mishra and pacer Umesh Yadav.

For the hosts, opener Leon Johnson and pacer Alzarri Joseph made it to the playing XI replacing Rajendra Chandrika and leggie Devendra Bishoo.


India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Leon Johnson, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (Captain), Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel

Brief Scores: India 87/3 (Lokesh Rahul 50, Ajinkya Rahane 17 not out, Shannon Gabriel 1/27, Roston Chase 1/16)