Kingston (Jamaica), June 21: Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh rescued India from a top-order collapse before the visitors were bowled out for a modest 246 in their first innings on the opening day of the first cricket Test against West Indies here.
At stumps yesterday, West Indies were 34 for one in 20 overs and still trail India by 212 runs in the first innings.
Lendl Simmons was the lone West Indian wicket to fall in the post tea session.
Adian Barath was at the crease on 26 at the close of play and giving him comapny was Ramnaresh Sarwan on two.
Ishant Sharma turned out to be lone successful bowler for India with figures of one for eight.
Earlier, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to bat first at a two-paced Sabina Park pitch misfired as India suffered a top-order collapse before Raina (82) and Harbhajan (70) joined hands to ressurect the innings with a belligerent 144-run seventh wicket stand.
Raina and Harbhajan took the task to opposition during their 168-ball partnership to rescue India's sinking ship after they were reduced to 85 for six at one stage.
The glorious seventh-wicket stand between the duo was the only silver lining in India's innings as the visitors lost their last four wickets for mere 15 runs.
For West Indies, pace duo of Fidel Edwards (4 for 56) and Ravi Rampaul (3 for 59) shared seven wickets between them but it was young leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3 for 75), who caught the imagination with his three-wicket haul and two outstanding catches. PTI