West Indies vs India - 2nd Test, Day 3 – As it happened...
Rain halted play in Kingston but India remain favorite at Kingston
New Delhi: India dominated Day 3 thanks to Ajikya Rahane's 7th Test ton.
Over 162 | Score 456/6 | (Rahane 83*, Mishra 21*)
RAIN HALTS PLAY! Batsmen rush off the field as the rain starts to get heavy. The extent of rain today will have a big impact on India's plans for the rest of the match. With the forecast predicting plenty of rain tomorrow as well, it remains to be seen what Virat Kohli brings out of his captain's hat.
Over 160 | Score 425/6 | (Rahane 80*, Mishra 11*)
India looks in control despite Wriddhiman Saha's departure. Ajinkya Rahane nears ton, accompanied by Amit Mishra on pitch. India' lead now over 250 and still playing their natural game.
Over 151.4 | Score 425/6 | (Rahane 74*)
Jason Holder's efforts rewarded, gets the hold of Wriddhiman Saha who misses out on his 50 with just three runs. India should be eyeing the 300-run lead mark with tail-enders to start batting.
At LUNCH, the current lead stands at 229 runs.
WP Saha lbw b Holder 47 (116b)
Over 150 | Score 423/5 | (Rahane 74*, Saha 45*)
Ajinkya Rahane being DROPPED at 65 the highlight of the interval. Since this was the only recognized pair left, the dropped catch will surely come to haunt West Indies badly.
The settle Indian pair now look to up the tempo and increase the rate of scoring as conditions become more predictable.
Over 140 | Score 394/5 | (Rahane 61*, Saha 32*)
Lead of 200 runs now! West Indies turn to Bishoo to provide them the breakthrough. but it will be tough for the spinner to get the best out of the wicket so early in the day.
15.1 overs completed in the session, with 38 runs scored so far.
Over 130 | Score 373/5 | (Rahane 50*, Saha 23*)
Cummins and Gabriel being the bowling attack for West Indies but unable to trouble the Indian batsmen under the morning sun. Rahane completes his fifty, capitalizing on the continued defensive bowling by the hosts.
FACT - This is only the second 50+ score in the Indian innings. Surprising for a total of 367 on board.
Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha resume play on Day 3. Parntership 31 off 76 balls so far.
With rain expected on Day 4, Virat Kohli might want to declare innings early in case West Indian bowlers struggle to get the Indian batsmen out.
West Indies displayed a more committed performance on Day 2, which resulted in India losing five wickets in the process of securing a lead of 162 runs at the end of third day.
With Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha the only recognized batsmen left, it remains to be seen how far can India go against the more confident West Indian bowling attack.
The message from skipper Virat Kohli will be to see his side bat all through Day 3 and invite the opposition to play on the tricky 4th day wicket.
With Ravichandran Ashwin and co. in sublime form, Indian batsmen might not need to bat again, if a 300-plus run lead is put on board.