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Ashwin, Kuldeep strike as West Indies reach 86/3 at lunch on Day 1

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

and asked probing questions as were in trouble at 86 for 3 at lunch on the first day of the second Test against here on Friday.

At the of lunch, Shai Hope (36) was dismissed by Umesh Yadav (1/36 in 9.3 overs) as gained upper hand at the end of the opening session.

Ashwin (10.2-7-7-1) and Kuldeep (1/21 in 8 overs) removed openers (22) and (14) even as the visiting batsmen were ready to curb their impetuosity and display more stomach for a fight.

The match did not start on a bright note for as debutant pacer Shardul Thakur left the field complaining groin strain having merely bowled 10 deliveries. Thakur's absence turned India into four-man attack.

Opener Powell, who scored 83 in the second innings at in the first Test, had four boundaries. He successfully reviewed a leg before call off Ashwin's delievery as TV replays showed a big inside edge.

But, Powell did not survive long as Ashwin flighted one and the batsman, trying the inside out lofted drive, failed to get the elevation to be holed out by Ravindra Jadeja at cover.

Powell's opening partner Brathwaite showed better application compared to first Test as he was ready to dig in his heels and defend doggedly.

However not scoring runs did put pressure as he looked clearly uncomfortable at not being able to pick Kuldeep's wrist spinners. In fact, he was facing problems with Kuldeep's incoming delivery -- the stock ball for a chinaman.

One such delivery ended his 68-ball vigil with a delivery that spun sharply into Brathwaite as the batsmen played to a wrong line.

Youngsters Hope and Shimron Hetmeyer (10 batting), however, batted with grit, punishing the odd loose balls for boundary.

Both were ready to defend Ashwin off the front-foot primarily and it worked to their advantage as they added 34 runs for the third wicket.

The stand-out shots of the first session certainly were a couple of back-foot punches by Hope off Umesh Yadav's He also hit a front-foot cover drive before Umesh angled one in to get him leg before.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 11:50 IST
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