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Mumbai: West Indies rounded up another solid day of batting even as the home team did manage to scalp a few towards the end. The scorecard read 575/9 at stumps on Day 2 with the Test looking to head into the direction of a draw.
Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets towards the end to help the last WI pair come on to the crease. He got Marlon Samuels (61) and Ravi Rampaul (10) to help contain the visitors. Debutant Varun Aaron was finally on song in the last session of play, claiming three quick wickets to set the Indian caravan rolling again after a long and placid run.
He got his first wicket in Test cricket, that too a big one, as Darren Bravo (166) edged the delivery into the safe hands of MS Dhoni. Aaron kept the noose tight on the new found momentum and got the new man on the crease, Carlton Baugh (4), out cheaply.
Then came the scalp of West Indies skipper Darren Sammy (3) as the scorecard read 540/7.
West Indies had posted a solid 494/4 at tea time against India with the help of a superb batting performance led by Bravo, who reminded many of Brian Lara with his playing style.
Just before tea, Kieran Powell (81) was finally claimed by Pragyan Ojha to give India the fourth wicket, albeit after an extremely long period of toil. With Bravo going strong after crossing 150 runs, it was more of a matter of declaring at the right time for the West Indies than the fear of being bowled out.
Dhoni tried using a number of bowlers including part timers Sehwag and Tendulkar to get a breakthrough, but to no avail.
The visitors surely gave a spirited display of their potential with every batsman scoring atleast a half century on a rather placid track and uninspiring bowling.
Just before the first session of play had ended, Bravo made his presence felt at the Wankhede Stadium with a century that bolstered the West Indies to 378/3 at lunch. The morning session was clearly dominated by the West Indies batsmen who ensured the compilation of steady runs.
The only consolation of the morning was when pacer Ishant Sharma came up with a terrific short of a length delivery to get rid of Kirk Edwards (86). The batsman edged the ball into the hands of MS Dhoni as the scorecard read 314/3 with the first wicket of the morning.
Bravo and Edwards began the second day of the final Test match against India hoping to set a big total. Both the half-centurions had their eye set-in and wanted to end the tour on a high note. Not much was on offer for the bowlers in the pitch as Varun Aaron tried to get his first Test scalp, but to no avail.
Pragyan Ojha also tried to spin some breakthroughs but the batsmen read the trajectory well, spanking the odd ball for a boundary.