Darren Bravo and Roston Chase were digging West Indies out of trouble at tea on the second day of the opening Test, after the home side lost a cluster of wickets to lose their way in the second session at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
At the interval, the left-handed Bravo was unbeaten on 18 and partnered by Chase on 10, the pair having already added 32 for the fourth wicket to prop up the innings.
Dashing left-handed opener John Campbell top-scored with 23 from 30 balls with four fours and put on a healthy 36 for the first wicket with vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite (14).
But Campbell was the first victim of the innings in the eighth over when he inside-edged a full length delivery from pacer Mohammed Shami onto his leg stump.
Brathwaite, meanwhile, never settled and hit the 51st delivery he faced back to paceman Ishant Sharma to fall with the score on 48 for two.
And 16 balls later with only two runs added, debutant right-hander Shamarh Brooks departed for 11 when he edged a cut at left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and was caught at slip by Ajinkya Rahane after the ball ricocheted off wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
Earlier, India were bowled out on the stroke of lunch for 297 after resuming the day on 203 for six.