India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane gain upper hand for visitors with century stand on Day 3

After India had been reduced to 98/3 at Tea, Kohli and Rahane combined well to put their team in a commanding position, leading the hosts by 260 at stumps

Press Trust of India, Aug 25, 2019 02:53:24 IST

Antigua: Ajinkya Rahane hit back-to-back half-centuries while skipper Virat Kohli too made a well-made fifty as India took control of the first Test against the West Indies.

After scoring 81 in the first innings, Rahane remained unbeaten on 53 while Kohli was batting on 51 as India reached 185 for three at stumps on the third day of the match on Saturday. The visitors now enjoy an overall lead of 260 runs with seven wickets in hand and two full days' play remaining.

India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane gain upper hand for visitors with century stand on Day 3

Virat Kohli plays a shot en route his fifty on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies. AP

Dropped on 17 by John Campbell off Kemar Roach's bowling, Rahane made full use of the life to register his 19th Test fifty. Rahane and Kohli shared an unbeaten 104 runs off 41.4 overs for the fourth wicket to take India to a comfortable position in the match.

India lost three wickets after lunch but then Rahane and Kohli joined hands and the duo played without taking any risk to keep the visitors' nose ahead.

Off-spinner Roston Chase was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, picking up two wickets for 69 runs.

Opener Mayank Agarwal (16) was the first wicket to fall for India in the second innings, caught LBW by Chase in the 14th over although TV replays showed the ball was missing the leg stump, the batsman didn't go for a review.

After Agarwal's departure, KL Rahul (38) and Chesteshwar Pujara (25) added 43 runs for the second wicket to take India forward.

Rahul, however, gave away his wicket, bowled by Chase. He went across his stumps while going for a sweep, only to expose all the three stumps and the West Indian spinner struck as the batsman failed to connect the ball.

An over later, Roach went through Pujara's defence to reduce India to 81 for three. India had earlier taken a healthy 75 runs first innings lead, which swelled to 89 by lunchtime on the third day.

India had bowled out the West Indies for 222 in 74.2 overs in their first innings in reply to 297 with Ishant Sharma returning with best figures of 5 for 43. Besides Ishant, Mohammed Shami (2/48) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/64) scalped two wickets apiece.

For West Indies, Chase top-scored with 48, while skipper Jason Holder played a fighting 39-run knock as the hosts failed to build partnerships. Holder and Miguel Cummins stuck together for 103 balls, forging a crucial 41-run partnership for the ninth wicket to take West Indies close to the Indian total.

Holder kept a calm head and guided his younger partner Cummins brilliantly to get as close as possible to the Indian total.

While Holder made 39 off 65 balls with the help of five boundaries, Cummins gave his skipper the right support from the other end by just staying at the crease although he couldn't open his account.

Cummins' determination to stay at the crease saw him play 45 balls for no runs. The Indian bowlers found it difficult to break the stubborn partnership between Holder and Cummins as they needed 85 balls in the opening session of the third day to dislodge the stand.

The partnership was finally broken when Holder edged a Mohammed Shami delivery to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant behind the stumps in the 74th over. Left-arm spinner Jadeja finally drew curtains on the hosts' innings when he cleaned up Cummins an over later.

Updated Date: Aug 25, 2019 02:53:24 IST

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252