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Kuldeep takes three wickets as West Indies reach 197/6 at tea

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

A depleted Indian attack proved to be strong enough to reduce to a precarious 197 for six at tea on the first day of the second and final Test here on Friday.

The match did not start on a bright note for as debutant pacer Shardul Thakur left the field complaining of groin strain having merely bowled 10 deliveries but the four-man attack proved strong enough as lost wickets at regular intervals.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3/50 in 18 overs) once again proved to be West Indies' nemesis as the visiting batsmen failed to read him on most occasions while Umesh Yadav (2/60 in 16 overs) was impressive with the old ball.

Save Roston (50 batting), who again showed a lot of heart with his second half-century of the series, the other batsmen neither had technique nor temperament to stick around in what were easy batting conditions.

In the post lunch session, Shimron Hetmeyer (12) offered no to a googly and was adjudged plumb in-front. (18) played a loose shot as the Caribbeans were at 113 for five.

and (30) then added 69 runs for the sixth wicket before Umesh got the ball to reverse, trapping the keeper leg before. While umpire initially gave not out, had a successful DRS review.

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep struck early as lost their top-order in the first session in which they scored 86 runs.

At the of lunch, Shai Hope (36) was dismissed by Umesh as gained the upper hand at the end of the opening session.

Opener Kieran 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 delivery 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 hole out by Ravindra Jadeja at cover.

Powell's opening partner 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 as the batsman played to a wrong line.

Youngsters Hope and Hetmeyer, 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.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 14:35 IST