Roseau, Dominica: The Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica staged its first full day of Test cricket on which India consolidated their position of strength, albeit after going through a couple of worrying phases against a depleted West Indies attack missing the services of Ravi Rampaul due to a viral infection. Abhinav Mukund and VVS Laxman overcame the pressure inflicted by a fiery opening spell from Fidel Edwards and Darren Sammy to build a platform for a significant lead. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni ensured India stayed on track after a couple of freak dismissals - that involved some slick wicketkeeping from Carlton Baugh - threatened to undermine the hard work. In the end, handicapped by the absence of Rampaul and a niggle to Edwards, West Indies punched above their weight but not enough to get the better of an Indian line-up in good batting conditions. (Related: Statistical highlights of India-West Indies Day 3)
The weakened hosts would have known they were in for a long ordeal, but they made it difficult for India with an early double-strike. Edwards was dangerous with late swing, yorking M Vijay in his first over of the day and dislodging him off his first ball of the second. He should have had Rahul Dravid, deceiving him twice with his late away movement, but Darren Sammy surprised him with one that nipped back in to bowl him through the gate. Lots of patience and solidity was the need of the hour and Mukund and Laxman showed plenty of that to prop up India.