India 44-4 at lunch in second Test

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India 44-4 at lunch in second Test

India, sent in to bat, were 44 for four in their first innings at lunch on the first day of the second Test against West Indies on Tuesday at Kensington Oval.

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Published: Tue 28 Jun 2011, 8:06 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 6:34 PM

Both sides have made one change to their line-ups: for the West Indies, Marlon Samuels replaces Brendan Nash, and for the Indians, medium-fast bowler Munaf Patel comes in for leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

The visitors hold a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, following a 63-run victory inside four days in the first Test, which ended last Thursday at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

The third Test will be played from July 6 at Windsor Park in Dominica.

India will be looking to wrap up their second straight Test series victory over the West Indies in the Caribbean.

They are also bidding to create a piece of history by becoming the first Indian side to win a Test and one-day international series in the Caribbean — but they will also have to rail against their history at the ground to accomplish that feat here.

The world’s number one-ranked team have an unflattering record at Kensington Oval, locally referred to as ‘the Mecca’ of Caribbean cricket.

India have never won a Test at the ground, and have lost their last five Tests to the hosts here.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team still have cause for optimism though — following a 10-wicket defeat for Sourav Ganguly’s side nine years ago, West Indies have lost six of the last eight Tests they have played at this venue.


West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh Jr, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo, Fidel Edwards

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, V.V.S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma

Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK), Ian Gould (ENG)

TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Reserve umpire: Norman Malcolm (WIS)

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