Roseau, Dominica: Steady rain blighted a promising start under clear skies and bright sunshine in the first ever Test in Dominica - the 106th Test venue - to ensure that only 31.1 overs were possible on the first day. In that time, India had made good use of their only opportunity to bowl first this series, removing three top-order wickets 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 includes two debutants. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo stitched together a 40-run stand in a rebuilding effort before the rain swooped in.
There was another landmark for West Indies on Wednesday: Chanderpaul became the most-capped West Indies Test cricketer, overtaking Courtney Walsh, and he fittingly handed out the maroon caps to the two debutants, Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards. There was wobbly swing for Praveen Kumar early on and, barring a couple of misdirected balls down the leg-side, he set about working at the openers outside off-stump. Powell left the ball well, and solidly kept out the odd ones that nipped back in. A tall opener from Leeward Islands with a sound defence, Powell had gone along patiently but couldn't resist stabbing at Praveen, who teased him with one that came back in, to edge to second slip.