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St. John's: West Indies captain Brian Lara was happy with his side's performance on the first day of the first Test, though he saw areas that could be improved on.

"After I saw a couple take off, I thought we should not give them more than 200," he said. "We had them 180 for seven. But Anil and the new guy what's his name? Sreesanth? put on a good stand.

At the end of the day if the opposition scores at less than three an over and you've nearly bowled them out, it's been a good effort.

"We still have a few areas we need to look at. They had 50 after ten overs. And in the end they got a few. But, otherwise we pulled them back well."

The 37-year-old said he got lucky with Dravid winning the toss.

"It's a very good toss to lose. There's something in it for the fast bowlers, but looking at it, it will wear. So batting fourth is a bit of a concern. We should keep our fourth innings the smallest.

"The pitch will play its best over the second and third day, and it's our responsibility to get ahead of India and put pressure on them. There is a lot of grass, all those roots will come to the surface, and that will add to the mix."

Not easy to score

Lara added the wicket wasn't easy to score on. "Even Dravid never looked in." His protege Dwayne Bravo, who finished with four wickets on the first day, concurred, "It wasn't a strip you could blast on. You had to play yourself in, and graft for runs. In the bowling department, if you put in the right areas the track has sideways movement it's tough to score."

For India, Sreesanth resisted in senior partner Anil Kumble's company, adding 47 for the eighth wicket. "My plan was to face maximum balls. I just tried to do that and hit the loose balls," said the opening bowler. "On this wicket 235 for nine isn't too bad. If we add twenty or thirty runs, and bowl well, it will be tough for them."

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