India edge closer to victory as Windies tumble in first innings

Hosts still need 302 runs to avoid innings with nine wickets remaining in second innings

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India cricketer Virat Kohli (3rd R) celebrates with his team as West Indies cricketer Roston Chase (R) walks off the field during day three of the cricket test match between West Indies and India July 23, 2016 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St John's, Antigua. PHOTO: AFP

NORTH SOUND, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: West Indies are facing the prospect of another huge series-opening defeat, as they finished the third day of the first Test at 21 for one in their second innings at stumps, with a deficit of 302 runs, after being forced to follow-on against India on Saturday.

Fast-medium bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami took four wickets each to wreck the home side's first innings, dismissing them for 243 in the final session of the day with half-centuries by opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich representing the only meaningful resistance.

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Brathwaite, who defied India's array of pace and spin for almost five hours in getting to 74, could not survive the first over of the second turn at the crease, being trapped palpably leg-before by Ishant Sharma.

"It was a decent knock in the first innings but I would have loved to go on," said Brathwaite at the close of play. "With three out-and-out pacers and two spinners, the Indians have a lot to choose from. They stuck to their plans very well. It was never easy batting against them."

Rajendra Chandrika and Darren Bravo survived to the close and will resume on the fourth day hoping to put up a much more concerted effort in the second innings.

The hosts have lost all of their opening Test matches in their last three home series.

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India's bowlers made a mockery of all the lamentations of a placid, lifeless pitch over the first two days with an impressive, purposeful effort throughout the day.

They were held up though at the start of play as Braithwaite and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo frustrated Virat Kohli and his men for 75 minutes until leg-spinner Amit Mishra had Bishoo stumped by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

It was second of six dismissals for Saha in the innings, putting him alongside Syed Kirmani and MS Dhoni for the most dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test innings.

From that point on, it was pacer Shami who rattled the hosts by picking up three crucial wickets either side of the lunch interval when he disposed of Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood.

Debutant Roston Chase displayed a measure of grit in a 47-run stand for the sixth wicket with Brathwaite, but the reintroduction of Yadav for another spell in mid-afternoon proved telling.

Chase miscued an attempted pull to give Kohli a simple catch at short midwicket and Brathwaite could not get out of the way of a sharp lifter to give a catch behind.

Dowrich counter-attacked superbly and finished with an unbeaten 57 with ten fours by the time the innings folded.

India’s Yadav removed captain Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite off successive balls before Mishra completed the job by dismissing Shannon Gabriel.


Rahul | 6 years ago | Reply Clinical performance by India so far in this test match. Both in batting and bowling.
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