Bridgetown has never had a pitch that favours batting. On the opening day of the second Test, Indian batsmen got a first hand taste of the pace and bounce of the track after being put in to bat by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy.
Abhinav Mukund came out to bat with partner Murali Vijay but the opening stand lasted all of a run and 1.3 overs.
Ravi Rampaul took off from where he had left in the opening Test as he claimed Mukund in his first over of the day.
Rahul Dravid failed to come up with a characteristic knock as he was the second to leave soon after.
Dravid managed just five runs before Sammy got the better of him in the 11th over to send early signs of danger to the Indian camp.
Though Virat Kohli too failed to bother the scorers, it was VVS Laxman who decided to make both them and the bowlers put in extra effort.
Laxman combined forces with Suresh Raina, completed a half-century and staged a 117-run partnership for the 5th wicket.
Raina too completed his half-century before a tea that would have been better enjoyed at 147 for 4 than the lunch when the visitors were 44 for the same number of wickets.
The final session of play though, had the hosts come in with all guns blazing. Devendra Bishoo sent back Raina while Fidel Edwards got rid of MS Dhoni.
Bishoo put his spin to good use as he ensured that the tail-enders did not stage a coup and throw in extra runs.
Edwards too kept the pressure up and joined Bishoo and Rampaul to take three wickets from the innings.
The Indian batting managed 201 in the innings as even Harbhajan looked to struggle for his score of 5.
In reply, the West Indies batsmen were no better off as the hosts lost three wickets to end the day 171 runs behind. Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun picked a wicket each.