Second Test: Ashwin, Kuldeep strike as West Indies reach 86/3 at lunch on day 1

West Indies is already in trouble on the first day of the second Test

Second Test: Ashwin, Kuldeep strike as West Indies reach 86/3 at lunch on day 1 India's Rishabh Pant successfully appeals for the dismissal of West Indies' player Shimron Hetmyer | AP

Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav struck early in the session as West Indies were in trouble at 86 for 3 at lunch on the first day of the second Test against India on Friday.

At the stroke of lunch, Shai Hope (36) was dismissed by Umesh Yadav (1-36 in 9.3 overs) as India gained the upper hand at the end of the opening session.

Ashwin (10.2-7-7-1) and Kuldeep (1-21 in 8 overs) removed openers Kieran Powell (22) and Kraigg Brathwaite (14) even as the visiting batsmen were ready to curb their impetuosity and display more stomach for a fight.

The match did not start on a bright note for India as debutant pacer Shardul Thakur left the field complaining of groin strain having merely bowled 10 deliveries. Thakur's absence left India with a four-man bowling attack.

Opener Powell, who scored 83 in the second innings at Rajkot in the first Test, had four boundaries. He successfully reviewed a leg before call off Ashwin's delivery as TV replays showed a big inside edge.

But, Powell did not survive long as Ashwin flighted one and the batsman, trying the inside out lofted drive, failed to get the elevation to hole out by Ravindra Jadeja at cover.

Powell's opening partner Brathwaite showed better application compared to first Test as he was ready to dig in his heels and defend doggedly.

However, not scoring runs did put pressure as he looked clearly uncomfortable at not being able to pick Kuldeep's wrist-spinners. In fact, he was facing problems with Kuldeep's incoming delivery―the stock ball for a chinaman.

One such delivery ended his 68-ball vigil with a delivery that spun sharply into Brathwaite as the batsman played to a wrong line.

Youngsters Hope and Shimron Hetmeyer (10 batting), however, batted with grit, punishing the odd loose balls for boundary.

Both were ready to defend Ashwin off the front-foot primarily and it worked to their advantage as they added 34 runs for the third wicket.

The stand-out shots of the first session certainly were a couple of back-foot punches by Hope off Umesh Yadav's bowling. He also hit a front-foot cover drive before Umesh angled one in to get him leg before.