Jermaine Blackwood leads West Indies’ fightback as they go to lunch at 88 for 4 on Day 1 of the second Test at Kingston, Jamaica. He along with veteran batsman Marlon Samuels put up a crucial 81-run stand for the fourth wicket, that allowed West Indies to go past the 100-run mark, and also finish their innings near the 200-run mark. Blackwood and Samuels had put on 81 for the fourth wicket in the morning with Blackwood the dominant partner, stroking seven fours and four sixes in his counter-attacking innings. But it was not enough as the clatter of wickets resumed after he was trapped LBW by Ashwin. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies 2016, 2nd Test at Kingston

“Marlon Samuels encouraged me to just stay positive and play my natural game,” said Blackwood. “I wanted to put the bowlers under some pressure. It was very disappointing to get out when I did, very emotional really. I just hope I can do even better in the second innings.” Jermaine Blackwood smashed an entertaining counter-attacking half-century but India held the upper hand in reducing the West Indies to 88 for four at lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Kingston on Saturday. India vs West Indies 2016, 2nd Test, Day 1: Live Cricket Score update

Blackwood, who was in danger of being dropped after a double failure in the innings loss in the first Test in Antigua a week earlier, responded with an electrifying innings of 62 with four sixes and seven fours off 62 deliveries to lift the home side from the depths of seven for three. He completely dominated a fourth-wicket partnership of 81 with Marlon Samuels and offered the sparse opening-day crowd at Sabina Park rich entertainment with a succession of attacking shots off both pacers and spinners.

(With inputs from AFP)