India build useful lead over West Indies in Kingston

First Test, Kingston (day two):
India 246 & 91-3 v West Indies 173
Match scorecard
Rahul Dravid
Dravid's patient innings ensured India took a healthy advantage into day three

World number one Test side India built a lead of 164 with seven second-innings wickets left against West Indies after two days of the first Test in Kingston.

The Windies resumed on 34-1 but were skittled out for 173, the final five wickets falling for 26 inside 12 overs.

Debutant seamer Praveen Kumar took 3-38 but was barred from the latter stages of the innings after encroaching on to the protected area by the stumps.

Veteran Rahul Dravid made an unbeaten 45 from 125 balls in India's 91-3.

The home side began day two 212 runs behind, but made a disastrous start when Ishant Sharma trapped Ramnaresh Sarwan lbw for three in the second over.

Adrian Barath, who hit nine boundaries and a six in his second Test half century, combined with Darren Bravo to compile 56 for the third wicket before both batsmen were caught behind off Kumar.

The 24-year-old found some late away swing to dismiss Barath for 65 then in his next over moved one away from left-hander Bravo and caught his edge

Kumar claimed a third scalp when Suresh Raina, who had dropped Bravo at slip off Sharma, held a sharp catch at third slip to get rid of Brendan Nash as the home side reached lunch on 119-5.

Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh had hit the final ball of the morning session from Harbhajan Singh for six but was caught at silly point for 27 and the innings quickly subsided, leg-spinner Amit Mishra taking the final two wickets in the three deliveries.

Having secured a first-innings lead of 73, India then lost Murali Vijay for a duck in the second over when a delivery from Ravi Rampaul shot along the deck and trapped him plumb lbw.

Another Indian debutant, Abhinav Mukund, hit three fours in his 25 but in attempting to cut a quicker ball from spinner Devendra Bishoo he got a thick edge to the wicketkeeper.

In the next over VVS Laxman mis-hit a half volley from Darren Sammy to give the Windies captain a sharp return catch but Dravid, in his 151st Test, held firm in partnership with Virat Kohli to defy a fiery late burst from paceman Fidel Edwards.

India's Ami Mishra, meanwhile, has been fined 10% of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision.

Tail-ender Mishra lingered at the crease after being given out caught behind in India's first innings and match referee Jeff Crowe said: "Whether it is just disappointment, it's still disrespectful and, as the code clearly states, unacceptable."

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