Steady rain blighted a promising start under clear skies and bright sunshine in the first ever Test in Dominica - the 106th Test venue - to reduce the opening day to just 31.1 overs. In that time, India made good use of their only opportunity to bowl first this series, removing three top-order batsmen on a good batting track. India's decision to bowl was prompted by the moisture in the pitch, but it didn't play a significant role; instead the seamers were persistent against the inexperienced batting that included two debutants. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo then added 40 runs in a rebuilding effort before the rain swooped in.
This is a landmark Test in several ways other than the ground's debut: Chanderpaul became the most-capped West Indies Test cricketer, overtaking Courtney Walsh, and he fittingly handed out the maroon caps to his two debutant team-mates, Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards.
Ishant Sharma was in top form yet again for Team India, taking two opposition wickets and Praveen Kumar chipped in with one as the West Indies went into lunch precariously perched at 53/3 on day one of the third Test and final Test at Dominica, Roseau on Wednesday.
Indian captain MS Dhoni on Wednesday won the toss and elected to bowl first in the third and the final Test match against West Indies at Windsor Park Stadium here.
Toss: MS Dhoni has won the toss, and in agreement with JD he has chosen to bowl first. Munaf Patel is back from his elbow injury, and is replacing Abhimanyu Mithun. One of the things he mentions is the need to bowl as many overs in the first session when the pitch will be moist. It will also help his side's over-rate, because if his side is found slow there this year, he will be banned from the next match.
Darren Sammy wishes Shiv Chanderpaul on becoming the most capped West Indian player. He also introduces a debutant, Kieran Powell. Another change in the side, Kirk Edwards replaces Ramnaresh Sarwan. That means opener Lendl Simmons misses out