Rain brings hope for WI - Chase claims fiver, but India secure massive lead
Bowling part-time off-spin, middle-order batsman, Roston Chase, claimed his first five-wicket haul in Tests.
Despite this, India continued to dominate the West Indies on day three of the second Royal Stag Test at Sabina Park.
Generating good bounce and turn on a pitch that has provided assistance, the lanky Chase claimed five for 121 in what is his second Test, as India, resuming on 358 for five, went on to declare their first innings at 500 for nine.
This provided the visitors with a lead of 304 runs, after they had restricted the West Indies to 196 in their first time at the crease.
The West Indies, needing to win the encounter to level their four-match series, are yet to start their second innings, after rain and bad light forced an abandonment of the post-tea session, as well as 40 minutes before.
That seems the biggest hope for the home team and danger to the Indians pulling off a second win in the series, as the country is under a storm threat.
Prior to the declaration, India were led to their target by batsman Ajinka Rahane, who resumed on 42 overnight and went on to post an unbeaten 108, for his seventh century in 23 Tests.
Opener Lokesh Rahul, having scored 158 on the second day, emerged the innings' overall top runs scorer.
"It's a great feeling to get five wickets in a match, but at the Test level it's even a better feeling for me knowing that I am just starting at this level," said Chase.
"From the first game, I found that my line was a bit too wide, so I just adjusted my line as the skipper told me to and attacked the batsmen more and it worked best for me.
"At 6' 4", I tend to get a lot of bounce and I was getting a lot of turn as well and that, too, assisted me."
Chase continued: "We are a bit behind the eight-ball, but once the team pulls together anything is still possible.
"We have seen glimpses in the first game and this game that we can compete at this level. It is just for us to put in a better collective effort, which I hope we will do in the second innings."
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 196
INDIA 1st Innings (overnight 358 for five)
KL Rahul c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 158
S Dhawan c Bravo b Chase 27
C Pujara run out 46
*V Kohli c Chandrika b Chase 44
A Rahane not out 108
R Ashwin lbw b Bishoo 3
+W Saha lbw b Holder 47
A Mishra c Chandrika b Chase 21
Mohammed Shami b Chase 0
U Yadav c Holder b Chase 19
Extras (b8, lb3, w6, nb10) 27
TOTAL (9 wkts decl; 171.1 overs) 500
Fall of wickets: 1-87, 2-208, 3-277, 4-310, 5-327, 6-425, 7-458, 8-458, 9-500.
To bat: I Sharma.
Bowling: Gabriel 28-8-62-1 (nb7), Cummins 26.4-4-87-0, Holder 34.2-12-72-1, Chase 36.1-4-121-5, Bishoo 35-5-107-1, Brathwaite 11-0-40-0.
Position: India lead by 304 runs.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, I Gould; TV - N Duguid.