Ind vs WI: Praveen Kumar’s three-wicket haul puts India on top

first_imgDebutant Praveen Kumar’s three-wicket burst gave India the upper hand by reducing West Indies to 119 for five in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test on Tuesday.Praveen nipped out three crucial wickets on the second day morning to give the visitors hope for a first-innings lead despite their seemingly modest 246 total.The young medium-pacer accounted for the wickets of Adrian Barath (64) and Darren Bravo (18) and later Brendan Nash (1) to see West Indies in a spot of bother with the home team still trailing India by 127 runs in the first innings.Apart from Praveen (3/24), Ishant Sharma (2/17) was the other wicket-taker for India in the morning session.Resuming at their overnight score of 34 for one, in reply to India’s 246 all out, West Indies lost overnight batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan (3) straightaway, lbw to Ishant before Barath and Bravo combined for a 55-run third-wicket stand.Barath puzzled the Indians bowlers with his all-attack and all-defence methods and in the process raised only the second half century of his young career of six Tests.The little Trinidadian showed a tight defence but choose his moments to attack the Indian bowlers when opportunities came his way.Bravo, on the other hand, played the anchor role and the duo saw off the bowling pair of Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh, who bowled almost the entire stretch of the opening hour. – With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img

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