WI face nervy final day - Regional team collapses to lose last seven wickets for 23 runs
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
Another dramatic batting collapse, coupled with positive batting from India, left West Indies facing an anxious final day today, to avoid defeat in the third Test at the Darren Sammy National Stadium.
Well poised at 202 for three just after lunch on yesterday's penultimate day, West Indies shockingly lost their last seven wickets for 23 runs in quick time to plunge to 225 all out.
They were undermined by the superb Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who produced a brilliant spell with the second new ball to claim five for 33.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who started the day on 53, made 64, while Marlon Samuels chipped in with 48, Darren Bravo, 29 and Jermaine Blackwood, 20.
In their second turn at the crease, India raced to 157 for three - already a lead of 285 runs heading into the final day.
The enterprising Ajinkya Rahane carved out an attractive, unbeaten 51 off 93 balls with a single four, while Rohit Sharma was not out on 41 off 55 deliveries with a four and three sixes, in an unbroken fourth wicket stand so far worth 85.
They were brought together after seamer Miguel Cummins struck twice in quick succession after tea to help reduce the Indians from 49 without loss to 72 for three.
KL Rahul struck a breezy 28 from 24 balls with three fours before edging one that seamed away from Cummins to Brathwaite at second slip, in the third over after the interval.
Four overs later, Cummins claimed the prized wicket of captain Virat Kohli, lbw for four with one that came back and found the right-hander playing down the wrong line.
Off-spinner Roston Chase further set the Indians back when he trapped opener Shikhar Dhawan lbw for 26 to a full length delivery.
However, any hopes on pinning down India were quickly dashed as Rahane and Rohit capitalised on tame tactics from the West Indies - spinners Chase and Brathwaite sent down 21 overs between them - to push the scoring on.
INDIA 1st innings 353
WEST INDIES 1st innings
(overnight 107 for one)
K Brathwaite c wkp Saha b Ashwin 64
L Johnson run out 23
DM Bravo c Jadeja b I Sharma 29
M Samuels b Kumar 48
J Blackwood c Kohli b Kumar 20
R Chase c Rahane b Jadeja 2
+S Dowrich c Dhawan b Kumar 18
*J Holder lbw b Kumar 2
A Joseph c Rahul b Kumar 0
M Cummins c wkp Saha b Ashwin 0
S Gabriel not out 0
Extras (b13, lb2, w2, nb2) 19
TOTAL (all out, 103.4 overs) 225
Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-129, 3-135, 4-202, 5-203, 6-205, 7-212, 8-212, 9-221, 10-225.
Bowling: Kumar 23.4-10-33-5 (w2), Mohammed 17-3-58-0, Ashwin 26-7-52-2, Sharma 13-2-40-1 (nb2), Jadeja 24-9-27-1.
INDIA 1st Innings
KL Rahul c Brathwaite b Cummins 28
S Dhawan lbw b Chase 26
*V Kohli lbw b Cummins 4
A Rahane not out 51
R Sharma not out 41
Extras (b1, lb1, nb5) 7
TOTAL (3 wkts, 39 overs) 157
Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-58, 3-72.
Bowling: Gabriel 3-0-19-0 (nb1), Joseph 4-0-23-0 (nb2), Cummins 6-1-22-2 (nb2), Holder 5-1-17-0, Chase 11-1-41-1, Brathwaite 10-1-33-0,
Position: India lead by 285 runs.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: N Llong, R Tucker; TV - G Brathwaite.