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WI v IND, 2nd Test, Day 3 Review: India bat out West Indies

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India’s Umesh Yadav turns to acknowledge Ajinkya Rahane after Yadev was caught out. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

India declared on 500/9 at the end of day three to set themselves in a commanding position. The highlight of the day was Ajinkya Rahane’s 7th Test century which helped the Indians gain a healthy lead of 304 runs over the Jason Holder led side. The path now looks clear for India to register their second consecutive win outside Asia if the bowlers manage to strike in the same manner they did in the first innings.

The weather was a concern for the both the teams yesterday as well. The dark clouds had their presence around the venue and halted the game for close to 55 minutes after the lunch session. And, eventually,it was the rains that lead to an early end to the day.

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The morning session began on a consistent note for India with Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha batting without much trouble. But, after a successful first session India faced their first setback of the day in the form of Saha. Holder finally got the reward for his efforts after snapped Saha leg before to break the partnership and claim his first wicket of the series.

Mishra also batted along well with Rahane till the lunch. The rains, however, interfered just after the play resumed post lunch. Following which Roston Chase snapped two quick wickets of that of Mishra and Mohammad Shami to bring India eight down.

India was reduced to 458/8 but declaration didn’t seem to be on cards as Kohli stayed relaxed hoping for Rahane to complete his  yet another overseas century. With only one partner left and bad light looming, Rahane sensed the urgency and began playing with a bit of aggression and style. Yadav also chipped in with some quick runs.

Rahane day’s work finally got the standing ovation it deserved after he reached his century with a lucky boundary off Ronson Chase’s bowling. As expected coach Kumble had his camera out to capture the wonderful moment while the teammates applauded him from the balcony.

However, India could not extend their lead as just about 1.5 overs later rains began to drizzle again. The downpour eventually stopped and there was still 95 minutes of play left when the covers was taken off. But, the light and ground conditions seemed inappropriate forcing the umpire to call off the day.

Brief Scores

1st Innings

West Indies: 196 all out ( Blackwood 62; Ashwin 5/52)

India: 500/9d (Rahul 158; Chase 5/121)

India lead by 304 runs with 1 wicket remaining in the 1st innings

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