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Disciplined West Indies keep India in check

Disciplined West Indies keep India in check

KINGSTON: Wriddhiman Saha fell to the final ball before lunch as India reached 425-6 on the third day of the second Test against West Indies at Sabina Park on Monday.

The Indian wicket-keeper was trapped leg before wicket for 47 after seamer Jason Holder’s delivery kept low.

India added only 67 runs in the morning session after resuming on 358-5 with Saha on 17.

Ajinkya Rahane is 74 not out and remains India’s biggest batting threat as the tourists look to score quickly amid threats of heavy rain.

Rahane was dropped by Rajendra Chandrika on 65, a costly mistake for West Indies as India increased its first-innings lead to 229 after West Indies made 196.

Leading 1-0 in the four-match series, the tourists made solid progress on Sunday as Lokesh Rahul interspersed moments of rare aggression with long periods of watchful defiance over his near seven-hour occupation of the crease in compiling 158 — his third hundred in just six Tests.

“It was hard to get runs and it was also really, really hot,” said Rahul reflecting on his first Test innings in a year.

He put on 121 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara, who was run out for 46 after lunch by Roston Chase’s direct throw to the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

That was the only success for a limited West Indies attack through the first two sessions of the day as they struggled to offer any consistent threat to batsmen well equipped technically and temperamentally for the requirements of the day, especially after India had taken such a firm grip on the match by the end of day one.

Virat Kohli, in top form following a career-best 200 in the first Test triumph in Antigua a week earlier, seemed in the mood to deepen the home side’s dilemma.

He helped Rahul add 69 for the third wicket going into the final session of the day when the opener’s innings ended in somewhat controversial circumstances as lengthy deliberation involving the television umpire was needed before he was

ruled caught by wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich down the leg-side off fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.

Chase snared his second wicket, the prized scalp of Kohli, when the Indian captain fell to a sharp catch by Rajendra Chandrika at short-leg for 44 and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo earned an LBW verdict against Ravichandran Ashwin.


WEST INDIES (1st Innings) 196

(J. Blackwood 62; R. Ashwin 5-52).

INDIA (1st Innings, overnight 358-5):

K.L. Rahul c Dowrich b Gabriel 158

S. Dhawan c Bravo b Chase 27

C.A. Pujara run out 46

V. Kohli c Chandrika b Chase 44

A.M. Rahane not out 74

R. Ashwin lbw Bishoo 3

W.P. Saha lbw b Holder 47

EXTRAS (B-8, LB-3, W-6, NB-9) 26

TOTAL (for six wkts, 151.4 overs) 425

FALL OF WKTS: 1-87, 2-208, 3-277, 4-310, 5-327, 6-425.

TO BAT: A. Mishra, Mohammed Shami,

I. Sharma, U.T. Yadav.

BOWLING (to-date): Gabriel 28-8-62-1 (7nb); Cummins 21.4-4-74-0 (1w); Holder 32-12-66-1 (1nb); Chase 29-3-91-2; Bishoo 32-5-95-1; Brathwaite 9-0-26-0.

Published in Dawn, August 2nd, 2016

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