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Update 1 Roach rattles India as Windies rule first session

Experienced seamer Kemar Roach struck two critical blows in the morning session to leave India in recovery mode at lunch on the opening day of the first Test here Thursday.

Opting to bowl first, West Indies quickly reduced the visitors to 25 for three inside the first hour, before they fought back to reach 68 without further loss at the break at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Opener KL Rahul has underpinned the innings with an unbeaten 37 from 73 deliveries with four boundaries, and was partnered at the interval by Ajinkya Rahane on 10

The pair have so far added 43 in a crucial unbroken fourth wicket stand.

Roach, whose six overs have yielded two wickets for six runs, was the toast of the morning however, exploiting the early movement in the pitch to claim two cheap wickets.

He went past the edge several times before finally prising out right-handers Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2) in the fifth over.

Agarwal nicked the second ball to wicketkeeper Shai Hope but was only given out after West Indies resorted to DRS. Four balls later, Roach produced a carbon copy to get rid of Pujara.

However, the prized wicket was that of captain Virat Kohli who, after being roughed up by speedster Shannon Gabriel, steered a short ball to debutant Shamarh Brooks at gully to fall for nine.

West Indies have left out off-spinning all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

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