New Delhi: Two old nemeses turned up against India on the first day of the series. A typical slow and low Kotla track broke the bowlers' backs, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued his torture of Indian bowlers with his seventh century against his favourite opposition, making it two in the last two Tests. India, though, kept chipping away at the others with accurate spin bowling to make sure the honours were shared on the first day.
Chanderpaul drew support from a man who was two years old when he began using the bail to mark his guard. Kraigg Brathwaite, who became only the second West Indian to score two fifties before his 19th birthday, has similar reserves of patience, idolises Chanderpaul, and uses the bail to mark his guard. For 37 overs and 108 runs today, the youngest and the oldest members of the side did all that together. Except that the youngster played the old-fashioned watchful innings and Chanderpaul turned the momentum with quick runs. When the two came together at 72 for 3, West Indies had dug themselves a defensive hole and scored at 2.1 an over; the fourth-wicket partnership went at 2.9.