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India slide to 69-4 at lunch against West Indies

India slumped to 69 for four in the opening session of the first test against West Indies at Sabina Park...

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India slumped to 69 for four in the opening session of the first test against West Indies at Sabina Park on Monday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, India's top order crumbled as the home team grabbed the initiative.

Paceman Ravi Rampaul dismissed openers Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay while spinner Devendra Bishoo and fast bowler Fidel Edwards captured one wicket each.

The only batsman to show any resistance was Rahul Dravid, who batted through most of the session to remain unbeaten on 30 when lunch was taken.

India, missing master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, named three debutants -- Mukund, Virat Kohli and Praveen Kumar -- and two of them were removed in the morning.

Mukund fell for 11 when he played on against Rampaul, who had made the initial breakthrough in the fourth over by having Vijay caught at backward point for eight.

Bishoo was brought into the attack in the 23rd over and had immediate success, claiming the prized scalp of VVS Laxman for 12 after he edged a straightforward catch to Darren Sammy at slip.

India then lost a fourth wicket in the final over before lunch when Kohli nicked Edwards behind to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh for four.