West Indies have a mammoth target to climb as Indian bowlers look to attack the hosts with all their skills. But patience and consistency would be key to the visitors, if they have to win this match
Amit Mishra provided second wicket to the visitors as wicketkeepeer Saha stumped nighwatchman Devendra Bishoo (12 of 46). West Indies started the day cautiously. In the company of nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo, opener Kraigg Brathwaite took the hosts past 60 runs. Both of them played with caution, without trying anything rash, until Bishoo got beaten by Mishra. At the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, India’s Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami failed to provide any breakthrough to the visitors in the early overs today. The duo however managed to keep the batsmen in check. West Indies have a mammoth target to climb as Indian bowlers look to attack the hosts with all their skills. But patience and consistency would be key to the visitors, if they have to win this match.
Starting at their overnight score of 31/1, Bishoo looked to stay with his partner for as long as possible, and he was successful in achieving that goal. He frustrated the Indian bowlers for nearly 70 minutes, and in this interim, saw off the likes of Ishant Sharma (0-24), Umesh Yadav (0-12) and Shami (2-23) without much discomfort. Part of it had to do with the fact that the Indian pacers were guilty of bowling too short, especially to the night watchman. Ishant as the leader of the attack was a disappointment in particular in this scenario as skipper Virat Kohli looked at him twice to bring about a dismissal. Shami was the one who troubled Bishoo the most, but couldn’t induce an edge despite going past the bat on many occasions. At the other end, Brathwaite was happy to leave as many deliveries as possible, and he was helped by the wide deliveries bowled at him by the Indian pacers. When the spin came on, he looked to attack R Ashwin (0-22) and didn’t allow the lead spinner to settle down at all, hitting him for boundaries in successive overs.
While only 29 runs had come in the first hour of play, the 50-mark for the West Indies had come up in the 24th over of the innings. Then the breakthrough finally came as Mishra (1-7) was introduced into the attack, and Bishoo was stumped going for a sweep shot. Bravo (11) then came to the crease, and he looked solid there albeit only for a short while. Kohli changing around his bowlers too quickly perhaps helped him in this endeavour, particularly the pacers who all bowled short spells from the Sir Curtly Ambrose End. Ishant and Umesh were taken off after one and two over spells respectively, and then Shami came on to bowl. It seemed as if Bravo would be able to take the West Indies to lunch without any further loss, but he played at an outswinging delivery that he didn’t really need to, and ended up edging behind to keeper Wriddhiman Saha. Marlon Samuels was the other unbeaten batsman at the crease then, heading into the lunch break, but he was yet to get off the mark.
Here are updates of the day’s play
03.00 am: End of day’s play. India are now in the driver seat with West Indies at 21/1, still 302 runs behind India.
02.08: WICKET! Ishant traps Brathwaite, top-scorer in first innings, in front for 2. West Indies 2/1
01.50 am: Mishra clean bowls ST Gabriel. Hosts all out for 243. India enforce follow-on
01.29 am: Both Shami and Yadav have taken four wickets each. Who will claim the fifth wicket among the two? WI: 215/9
01.24 am: India are in firm control of the game. West Indies captain Jason Holder departs after playing a 36-run inning off 52 balls. Yadav strikes again, claims his fourth wicket of the game. CAR Brathwaite clean bowled on zero. Saha equals MS Dhoni and Syed Kirmani for the most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in an innings.
11.43 pm: Yadav strikes big. Set batsman Braithwaitte out for 74. WI: 144/7
11.43 pm: RL Chase loses patience. He tries to pull a short delivery by Umesh Yadav but finds Kohli in the mid-wicket area. WI: 141/6. Braithwaite still holding on end.
10.25 pm: Wickets! Shami strikes twice in an over. West Indies 92/5.
10.13 pm: Play begins. Mishra and Ashwin will have to provide breakthroughs to the visitors. Yadav and Ishant haven’t managed to impress much so far. Among Indian pacers, only Shami appears to be on a lookout for wicket.
09.25 pm: West Indies lose third wicket as Darren Bravo top edges Shami’s back of the length delivery to wicket keeper Saha. Hosts reach 90/3 at lunch (Brathwaite 46, Samuels;Shami 2/23, Mishra 1/7). WI trail India by 476 runs. India bowled 28 overs and picked 2 wickets in this session.
Lunch on Day 3 of the 1st Test & WI are 90/3, trail India by 476 runs. India bowled 28 overs & picked 2 wickets. pic.twitter.com/cKUxcjDPWk
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09.14 pm: Indian bowlers are trying a lot of things to get Kraig Brathwaite (45x130b) out as he moves closer to fifty in the first session. WI: 85/2
(with PTI inputs)