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.
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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.