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India struggle in third Test against Windies at tea

India were struggling at 130 for 5 wickets in the third Test against West Indies at tea on Tuesday after losing two wickets during the lunch session at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in this island city.

Resuming at 87 for 3 wickets after lunch, Indian middle order batters Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma tried to consolidate the first innings by playing cautiously against a combined attack of pace and spin with restricted field placement.

Sharma, who came in place Cheteshwar Pujara, was the first to exit in the third consecutive maiden over and 26th over of the innings during the post-lunch session, as he nicked an off-stump ball by Test debutant Alzarri Joseph to give wicket keeper Shane Dowrich a regular catch, his second after getting off-opener Shikhar Dawan for one run in the third over.

The run rate, however, slumped in the post-lunch session, as the middle order could score only 47 in 29 overs as against 87 in 23 overs during the pre-lunch session.

Earlier in the day, Rahul and Rahane steered the team out of trouble by posting 58-run third wicket partnership in after losing Dhawan and Kohli for a paltry 19 in the first six overs of the game.

The 24-year-old Rahul continued with his brilliant form from the second Test at Kingston in Jamaica where he scored 158 in 303 balls, with 15 boundaries and three sixes.

The Bengaluru lad, however, got caught in the short fine leg by Kraigg Brathwaite in the 20th over to a raising ball of Chase just after scoring his seventh half-century in Tests in 65 balls, with six boundaries.

India are 1-0 in the series after winning the first Test at Antigua.

Brief Scores: India 130/5 (Lokesh Rahul 50, Ajinkya Rahane 35 not out, Chase and Joseph 2 wickets each.

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