Twitter Reactions: Bowlers keep India's hopes alive after West Indies' attempt of staging a comeback on Day 3 of second Test

At the end of Day 3, India had a lead of 209 runs.

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Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja
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Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. (Pic source: RANDY BROOKS/AFP)

Before closing the second day's play, West Indies found themselves at 86/1 as Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk McKenzie continued the proceedings on Day 3 after India posted 438 runs on board riding on Virat Kohli's special century and a fine knock by Rohit Sharma. West Indies’ start to the batting innings was decent as the openers put up a 71-run stand before Tagenarine Chanderpaul’s wicket.

West Indies’ top order batters started the proceedings on Day 3 and tried to build upon their innings, but debutant Mukesh Kumar struck to pick his maiden international wicket in the form of McKenzie. Skipper Brathwaite showcased composure on the field as he put up crucial partnerships with Tagenarine, McKenzie, and Jermaine Blackwood for the first, second, and third wickets respectively.

Before being dismissed by Indian veteran Ravichandran Ashwin, Brathwaite managed to score 75 runs off 235 deliveries at a strike rate of 31.91, which included five fours and a six. Blackwood and Alick Athanaze then carried the game forward, but the Indian bowlers kept the batters in check, thereby not allowing them from scoring big runs.

Blackwood was next to walk back to the pavilion as Ravindra Jadeja scalped his second wicket of the game. Ajinkya Rahane caught a brilliant catch at slip as the Indian all-rounder managed to dismiss the right-handed batter. Just a few overs before stumps were called, Mohammed Siraj managed to provide his side with yet another breakthrough as he dismissed wicketkeeper-batter Joshua Da Silva and Windies finished at 229/5.

While Jadeja has two wickets to his name, Mukesh Kumar, Ashwin, and Siraj have one scalp each to their name. The Windies batters kept the innings afloat as they managed to stitch partnerships wherever necessary, and remained at level terms with the Indian side. One big innings by a batter could help them reduce the gap, as they trail by 209.

Day 4 will be a challenge for both sides, as while Rohit Sharma and Co. will be aiming at taking the hosts down to maintain a healthy lead, the Kraigg Brathwaite-led side would be hoping to dominate with the bat.

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