India on 234-5 at stumps on Day 1 of 3rd test in West Indies

GROS INLET, St. Lucia (AP) " 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.

India then made a similarly disappointing start to the afternoon session, losing Rohit Sharma, who fell for just nine runs to Joseph.

India had almost battled through an afternoon session in which it scored just 43 runs when Ajinkya Rahane's patient innings of 35 runs from 133 balls came to an end moments before tea. Rahane was bowled by Chase, who also finished the day with figures of 2-38.

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.

Ashwin thought he had been dismissed by seamer Shannon Gabriel while the batsman was on 35, before an umpire review determined that Gabriel had bowled a back foot no ball.

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.

West Indies has slowly grown into the series, following a spirited fightback to draw the second test in Jamaica.

India currently leads the four-test series 1-0.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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