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West Indies v India, 3rd Test: Ravinchandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha save the blushes on Day 1

An unbeaten 108-run partnership between Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhaman Saha brought India back into the game against a domineering West Indies

AP 10 August 2016, 6:35 PM

Ravichandran Ashwin played another strong hand along with wicket-keeper Wriddhaman Saha to bring India back into the game after the top order failed to deliver Image: AP

West Indies elected to bowl and had India in all kinds of trouble after sending back Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli cheaply Image: AP

19-year-old debutant seamer Alzarri Joseph bowled with a lot of fire to pick up the wickets of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma Image: AP

Opener KL Rahul mounted a counter attack and struck a quickfire fifty Image: AP

However, India kept losing wickets as West Indies dominated the first two sessions of the day Image: AP

Finally, Wriddhaman Saha joined Ashwin to add 108 runs for the sixth wicket and prevent the Windies from gaining the upper hand Image: Facebook

A battling performance in the final session helped India recover from a poor start against West Indies and reach 234-5 at close of play on the first day of the third Test on Tuesday.

West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and put the tourists into bat, a choice that was quickly rewarded with two early wickets. Shikhar Dhawan (1) and captain Virat Kohli (3) both fell to leave India on 19-2.

Kohli was dismissed by 19-year-old debutant seamer Alzarri Joseph with a short ball that nipped back into the India captain, who gloved it through to first slip. Joseph went on to make an impressive start to his test career, finishing the day with 2-38.

Lokesh Rahul was able to make more of an impact, but was dismissed by spinner Roston Chase for 50 just before lunch as a struggling India finished the session on 87-3.

Beginning the evening session on 130-5, India looked to be in serious trouble.

However, all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha both held firm to frustrate their hosts.

India's scoring rate increased after the second new ball was taken, with Ashwin continuing his impressive form to reach 75 not out at stumps. Saha supported his teammate well and was unbeaten on 46 at the close.

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