India vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 3 as it happened: Hosts trailing by 302 at stumps

Jul, 24 2016 IST

  • 03:16 (IST)

    With that, we come to an end to our coverage of the third day of the ongoing Test. Can West Indies post a stronger comeback on the penultimate day? Or will India stroll to a comfortable innings win? Tune in tomorrow to find out.

    Till then, goodnight!

  • 03:06 (IST)

    After 13 overs,West Indies 21/1 ( Rajindra Chandrika 9 , Darren Bravo 10)

    Shami bowls a maiden to end the day's play, with West Indies trailing by another 302 runs going into the fourth day. Bravo and Chandrika, who are batting on 10 and 9 respectively, have a massive task in their hands if they are to prevent the hosts from catapulting to an embarrassing defeat tomorrow.

  • 02:53 (IST)

    After 10 overs,West Indies 15/1 ( Rajindra Chandrika 8 , Darren Bravo 5)

    The West Indians couldn't have got off to a worse start, losing the wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite with just two runs on board after being made to follow-on! Brathwaite gets trapped lbw to an inswinger from Ishant, one that raps him on the rear-pad while he was looking for a lazy drive towards mid-on. Darren Bravo runs a single to get off the mark, and completes 3,000 Test runs in the process! Chandrika, on the other hand, has looked good so far with a couple of boundaries!

  • 02:13 (IST)

    OUT! West Indies are off to the worst start possible after being forced to bat again! Kraigg Brathwaite looks for a tired on-drive, with the sharp inswinger from Ishant beating his defence and rapping him on the backpad! WI 2/1


    Kraigg Brathwaite lbw Ishant Sharma 2(5)

  • 01:57 (IST)

    OUT! And that's the end of the West Indian innings, and it is Mishra who gets the final wicket! Gabriel gets down on one knee, and looks to smash the ball over midwicket. Misses the line of the googly completely, and gets his middle-stump rattled to depart for 2! Dowrich is stranded on 57 at the other end, as WI fall 323 runs short of the Indian total. 

    And Virat Kohli asks the hosts to bat again! 

    Shannon Gabriel b Amit Mishra 2 (8)

  • 01:53 (IST)

    FIFTY for Shane Dowrich! And he brings up the milestone for the second time in his Test career with a stylish loft over mid-off off Umesh Yadav! The WI wicket-keeper batsman is making a statement right now, that he is not going down without a fight! 

  • 01:34 (IST)

    After 86 overs,West Indies 215/9 ( Shane Dowrich (W) 30 , Shannon Gabriel 2)

    OUT! And it is Umesh who ends the increasingly worrisome eighth-wicket stand between Holder and Dowrich. The Vidarbha pacer offers the WI skipper an outswinger, pitched up and outside off, and Holder edges it to keeper Saha while looking to drive it through the off side. Saha equals Dhoni and Kirmani for most dismissals by an Indian keeper in a Test innings, as Holder departs for 36. 


    The next ball is a beauty by Umesh, as Carlos Brathwaite leaves an inswinger that uproots his off-stump. Umesh misses out on the hat-trick however, as Shannon Gabriel pats it towards midwicket for a quick double.


    Jason Holder c Wriddhiman Saha b Umesh Yadav 36(52); Carlos Brathwaite b Umesh Yadav 0(1)

  • 01:17 (IST)

    How times change indeed! 

  • 01:16 (IST)

    Overs 82.4; WI 207/7: SIX! The first big hit of the day! Back-of-length delivery from Shami along the middle-stump, and Holder times his pull well to send the ball sailing over the midwicket fence! The West Indian skipper sure is in fine touch right now!

  • 01:13 (IST)

    Holder and Dowrich are certainly in good nick right now, and are getting boundaries at regular intervals. Can they preserve their partnership till stumps?

  • 01:00 (IST)

    After 80 overs,West Indies 188/7 ( Shane Dowrich (W) 25 , Jason Holder (C) 17)

    Both Holder and Dowrich hammer a boundary each to Mishra's bowling in the 77th over of the innings, as West Indies approach the 200-run mark. Holder, who found himself in a familliar position when he walked out to bat earlier today, has produced quality knocks under similar circumstances in the past. However, one solid spell from Shami could end all that. Meanwhile, the second new ball is due now.

  • 00:21 (IST)

    After 72 overs,West Indies 157/7 ( Shane Dowrich (W) 6 , Jason Holder (C) 9)

    And Shane Dowrich hits the last ball before tea for a boundary towards point, with West Indies reaching 157 for the loss of seven wickets. Even though a follow-on seems likely at this stage, Holder and Dowrich will try and delay it as much as possible. 

  • 00:05 (IST)

    After 70 overs,West Indies 147/7 ( Shane Dowrich (W) 2 , Jason Holder (C) 3)

    By getting rid of Roston Chase and the set Kraigg Brathwaite with a couple of short-pitched deliveries, Umesh Yadav has virtually landed the knock-out punch on the West Indians, who collapse to 144/7 with another session to go after this. Jason Holder walks out to bat, with Dowrich for company, as he tries to keep the West Indian innings from crumbling away before tea.

  • 00:01 (IST)

    For someone like Bedi, who had seen a very different West Indian side during his playing days, the downfall is a pretty sad one indeed! 

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    Meanwhile, Saha has completed five catches in the innings so far! If the Bengal keeper was yet to cement his position as the first-choice Test wicketkeeper for India, he would have done so by now.

  • 23:57 (IST)

    OUT! And that perhaps is the virtual knock-out punch to the West Indians, as Umesh Yadav removes Kraigg Brathwaite for 74! The West Indian opener nicks a short ball from Umesh, one which cramps him for room, to wicketkeeper Saha, as the hosts lose their seventh wicket with 144 on board for their hopes of avoiding a follow-on virtually fading away! 

  • 23:50 (IST)

    Meanwhile, at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium today...

  • 23:47 (IST)

    OUT! Umesh breaks the dangerous-looking 47-run sixth wicket stand, with debutant Chase pulling a short delivery straight to opposition skipper Virat Kohli at midwicket to depart for 23 off 45 balls! West Indies lose their sixth with 139 on board!

    Roston Chase c Virat Kohli b Umesh Yadav 23(45)

  • 23:44 (IST)

    After 65 overs,West Indies 137/5 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 71 , Roston Chase 21)

    After exuding patience for the most part in his innings today, Brathwaite begins to show signs of an attacking intent, coming down the track on a couple of occasions in the 65th over, getting a boundary in the fourth ball of the over with a hit towards long-on as a result. With Chase for support at the other end, Brathwaite now sets his sights at his fifth Test century.

  • 23:26 (IST)

    After 60 overs,West Indies 123/5 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 62 , Roston Chase 16)

    Ishant replaces Shami, and continue to fire along an attacking line to the West Indian batsmen. With Brathwaite ambling towards a century right now, Chase is starting show some maturity at the centre in his maiden international innings, maintaing a calm approach for the most part. Brathwaite-Chase are starting to take some pressure off WI's back with a budding partnership.

  • 23:20 (IST)

    Shami has rocked the West Indian batting order so far!

  • 23:03 (IST)

    After 55 overs,West Indies 108/5 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 53 , Roston Chase 10)

    Shami's decimating spell has seen West Indies lose half of their batsmen already after barely getting 100 runs on board. Despite the mess that he finds himself in, Kraigg Brathwaite has managed to get to his ninth Test fifty, adding to his three-wicket haul earlier in the match. Whether the hosts manage to avoid follow-on or not, Brathwaite getting to a century will certainly be a consolation for the hosts for now.  

  • 22:36 (IST)

    OUT! And it's a maiden-wicket over for Mohammed Shami, as West Indies are staring at an embarrassing collapse now! Jermaine Blackwood, a tried-and-tested middle-order batsman, cannot adjust to the extra-bounce that Shami got in this delivery, and edges it to Rahane in the slips! WI 92/5

    Jermaine Blackwood c Ajinkya Rahane b Mohammed Shami 0(4)

  • 22:34 (IST)

    OUT! And comeback man Shami gets his 50th Test wicket, and his third of the innings, as Marlon Samuels falls for 1, lunging forward and edging a length ball outside off to the keeper for 1. West Indies in a real spot of bother right now, collapsing to 92/5!

    Marlon Samuels c Wriddhiman Saha b Mohammed Shami 1(16)

  • 22:30 (IST)

    The poster that the girl on the left is holding includes Sanjay Manjrekar, who is commentating for the match at the moment and couldn't believe his eyes on being included in the list of 'Indian cricket stars'

  • 22:24 (IST)

    And we're back with the second session of the day. Bravo's dismissal was a major setback for the hosts, but the presence of Brathwaite and Samuels is a source of reassurance for the local fans. Brathwaite, who earlier topped the bowling charts with figures of 3/65, now looks to bring up his ninth Test fifty

  • 21:49 (IST)

  • 21:40 (IST)

    After 44 overs,West Indies 90/3 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 46 , Marlon Samuels 0)

    And we come to an end of the first session of the third day, with Mohammed Shami getting the crucial breakthrough of Darren Bravo barely a minute before the umpire signals for lunch. The most experienced member of the West Indian side, Marlon Samuels, walks out, with Kraigg Brathwaite batting on 46. All West Indian hopes lie on these two right now, and they will have to forge a major partnership in the second session.

  • 21:31 (IST)

  • 21:29 (IST)

    OUT! And it is the big fish Bravo that Shami manages to send back to the pavilion, cramping him for room with a short delivery and getting him to edge it to the wicketkeeper while looking to defend it! Bravo, who was hitting the ball well during his short stay, departs for 11 as a result! West Indies lose their third wicket with 90 on board. 

    Darren Bravo c Wriddhiman Saha b Mohammed Shami 11(33)

  • 21:22 (IST)

    After 40 overs,West Indies 85/2 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 45 , Darren Bravo 7)

    Brathwaite shows intent in a powerful pull wide of mid-on off Ashwin, getting his third boundary of the day in the process. The two had a battle on the second day — albeit the roles were reversed — with Brathwaite ultimately dismissing Ashwin for 13. The West Indian opener hammers his fourth boundary of the innings in Ashwin's sixth over, making room for himself to cut it through point.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    After 35 overs,West Indies 71/2 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 35 , Darren Bravo 3)

    Bishoo's dismissal doesn't do much damage for the Indians, for it brings out a greater threat to them in Darren Bravo, who is among the more accomplished batsmen in the side. Meanwhile, the Indians have fielded spinners from both ends, and it is Ashwin and Mishra bowling in tandem right now. Will be an interesting battle, watching Bravo against the Indian spinners. 

  • 21:02 (IST)

    After 35 overs,West Indies 71/2 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 35 , Darren Bravo 3)

    Bishoo's dismissal doesn't do much damage for the Indians, for it brings out a greater threat to them in Darren Bravo, who is among the more accomplished batsmen in the side. Meanwhile, the Indians have fielded spinners from both ends, and it is Ashwin and Mishra bowling in tandem right now. Will be an interesting battle, watching Bravo against the Indian spinners. 

  • 20:51 (IST)

    OUT! And it is Mishra who strikes with the first wicket of the day! Pitched outside off, on full length, the ball turns sharply into Bishoo, who fails to connect while attempting a sweep on one knee. Saha is quick to whip the bails off after spotting his foot leaving the crease! WI lose their 2nd wicket with 68 on board, and it is established Test batsman Darren Bravo who walks out to bat now.

    Devendra Bishoo st Wriddhiman Saha b Amit Mishra 12(46)

  • 20:45 (IST)

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    After 30 overs,West Indies 66/1 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 35 , Devendra Bishoo 10)

    Bishoo shows that he CAN bat, punching a short of length ball from Shami on the backfoot through point for a boundary! If he keeps hitting the ball like this more often than not, then the job for Brathwaite in guiding the hosts to a commanding score becomes all the easier. Kohli introduces spin for the first time in the day in the 29th over, with Mishra being handed the ball. 

  • 20:27 (IST)

    Meanwhile, the spectators aren't really showing a lot of enthusiasm at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound.

  • 20:24 (IST)

    After 25 overs,West Indies 50/1 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 27 , Devendra Bishoo 3)

    The West Indians are scoring at two per over, reaching 50/1 after 25 overs, with nightwatchman Bishoo stonewalling away to 3 from 26 balls. Brathwaite, who has hit the only boundary of the day so far, is batting cautiously on 27 off 83 balls. Shami and Ishant are mostly keeping it short to the pair in the first spell of the day. Probably won't long before spin is introduced.

  • 20:03 (IST)

    Can Bishoo make the most of today's opportunity though?

  • 20:01 (IST)

    After 20 overs,West Indies 37/1 ( Kraigg Brathwaite 15, Devendra Bishoo 2)


    Kraigg Brathwaite and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo walk out to bat for the hosts at the start of the third day's play, with Shami and Ishant sharing the new ball at the start of the day. It has been largely slow in the first four overs so far, Brathwaite would want to keep it that way for the first few overs. Let's see if nightwatchman Bishoo can whack the ball around for a bit before the more accomplished Darren Bravo to walks out. 

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Welcome to the Live coverage of Day three of the 1st Test match between India and West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. West Indies trail India by 535 runs in the 1st innings at the end of the second day's play. The hosts have nine wickets remaining. Stay tuned for further updates on the game.

India vs West Indies, Day 2 report:West Indies managed to crawl their way to 31/1 in 16 overs at stumps on the second day of the first Test against India at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua on Friday.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Devendra Bishoo stayed put at 11 and 0 respectively. India's only successful bowler was pacer Mohammed Shami who managed to get rid of Rajendra Chandrika for 16.

Post tea, India declared their first innings after amassing a massive total of 566/8. India skipper Virat Kohli top scored for India with a 283-ball 200. Ravichandran Ashwin was the other major contributor with 113 of 253 deliveries.

India will look put pressure on West Indies early on Day Three. AP

India will look put pressure on West Indies early on Day Three. AP

Kraigg was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts returning figures of 3/65.

West Indies had to toil hard in the field right from the start of the Aday but with the second ball after lunch they finally struck as pacer Shannon Gabriel got Kohli to edge one onto his stumps. The delivery kept a little low and the Indian skipper who had been middling almost everything en route to his double ton, for once failed.

Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha next walked out into the middle to join Ashwin and both ensured they had another strong partnership.

Saha was adventurous. Time and again he skipped down the track to loft the spinners. One such chip cost him his wicket too as he was out stumped after getting to 40 of 88 balls. The Ashwin-Saha stand yielded 71 runs for the sixth wicket.

Mishra tried to step on the scoring rate too after walking in and succeeded in doing so by clubbing a few boundaries.

Ashwin fell just after tea and Mishra followed him into the dressing room shortly after getting to his fifty (53).

Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 302/4, Kohli and Ashwin proceeded to strengthen India's position with some sensible batting.

Playing on a pitch well suited for batting under the sunny Carribbean sky, the duo studiously avoided taking too much risk, focussing instead on keeping the run rate ticking on at a steady slow rate.

They were helped on in no small measure by the toothless West Indies bowling attack. Except for Gabriel and Bishoo, the other West Indies bowlers seemed quite ordinary and never looked capable of taking wickets.

Kohli and Ashwin managed to find the gaps at regular intervals and the latter brought up his half-century in style, sending a Brathwaite delivery to the point boundary with a sublime punch off the back foot.

The skipper was also going great guns at the other end. Kohli, who resumed the second day on a personal score of 143, reached the 150-run mark with a superb pull off Gabriel for a boundary.

He registered the highest score by an Indian captain when he reached the 193-run mark, going past the previous mark set by Mohammad Azharuddin, who made 192 against New Zealand at Auckland in February 1990.

The Indian seemed to slow down a bit and became more cautious as the double century approached, eventually reaching the landmark with a single off Roston Chase.

Brief scores:

India: 566/8 declared (Virat Kohli 200, Ravichandran Ashwin 113.; Kraigg Brathwaite 3/65) vs West Indies: 31/1 (Rajendra Chandrika 16; Mohammed Shami 1/6)


Published Date: Jul 24, 2016 03:16 am | Updated Date: Jul 24, 2016 03:17 am