Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave India a flying start against a mediocre West Indies attack as the hosts reached 132 for one at lunch on the first day of the second cricket Test here today.
Sehwag was hit on the back of his helmet early in his innings but he seemed unaffected scoring 38 from 33 balls with eight boundaries.
He along with the left-hander Gautam Gambhir put on 66 runs for the opening wicket. India were not affected much after Sehwag's dismissal as Gambhir was unbeaten on 57 (87 balls, 7x4), while Rahul Dravid was batting on 33 from 51 balls (6x4) when the lunch break was taken.
It was a typical Sehwag knock as India raced to 34 in the first five overs after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat first on winning the toss.
In front of a sparse crowd of less than 1,000 in the grand 67,000-capacity stadium, Sehwag displayed his usual flair. With Ravi Rampaul indisposed, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy took the new ball along with Fidel Edwards, a move that did not work out quite well on the slow strip.
Edwards got a bit of bounce from the Eden strip which seemed to have been shaved last evening but Sammy was unimpressive and looked ordinary.
The risk backfired for Sammy as Sehwag took the attack to the West Indies medium-pacer after being hit by a rising Fidel Edwards delivery in the third over.
After being hit for 17 runs from his first two overs, Sammy brought in Kemar Roach who was picked in the XI in place of Rampaul who is down with an upset stomach.