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India chases victory

01:21 PM May 30, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Gros Islet (St Lucia) : Pacers responded beautiflly to their skipper Virat Kohli’s decision of a sporting declaration as they reduced West Indies to a precarious 53 for three at lunch on the fifth and final day of the third cricket Test, here. At the time of going to press, WI were 80/5 with 52 overs to go.

India declared at 217 for 7 in their second essay riding on Ajinkya Rahane’s useful 78 thereby leaving WI with a stiff target of 346 in 87 overs.

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However the trio of Mohammed Shami (1/5), Ishant Sharma (1/17) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/12) polished off the top-order during the 20 overs before lunch to raise visions of a victory.

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Left-hander Darren Bravo (26 batting) and centurion of the last Test Roston Chase (10 batting) were at the crease as hosts were looking to break the shackles they had been placed under after some tight bowling. Bhuvneshwar and Shami had started off proceedings, and the duo were right on the money with the new ball.

While the former tied down the batsmen with some tight swing, the latter used pace to force them back. It resulted in a double success in the space of four balls, as Shami had Leon Johnson (0) caught at forward short leg, with Rohit Sharma completing a good anticipatory catch in the fourth over.

Four deliveries later, Kumar trapped Kraigg Brathwaite (4) leg before even as the ball stayed low just a bit.

Marlon Samuels (12) then resisted for a short while and saw off the two bowlers, but he found Ishant tough to handle as well. He played an uncharacteristic stroke to an incoming delivery and was bowled. Chase then came out to bat ahead of Jermaine Blackwood, and steadied things going into the break.

Ashwin (0/16) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/3) were the other bowlers deployed. This was after India had declared their innings closed after 40 minutes of play in the morning session. Starting from the overnight 157 for three, Rohit Sharma (41) who hit a four and three sixes got a poor leg before decision from umpire Nigel Llong before adding anything to his overnight tally. The bowler was Miguel Cummins. There was a thick inside edge, which the umpire failed to detect, and it wasn’t his only howler as Wriddhiman Saha (14) was adjudged caught behind off a massive no-ball from.  Cummins (6/48) benefitted on both occasions, and picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

India 1st Innings: 353

WI 1st Innings: 225

India 2nd innings

Rahul c Brathwaite b Cummins…..28

Dhawan lbw Chase…………………..26

Kohli lbw b Cummins………………….4

Rahane not out………………………..78

 Rohit lbw b Cummins……………….41

Saha c Dowrich b Cummins………..14

Jadeja c Samuels b Cummins……..16

Ashwin c Brathwaite b Cummins….1

Extras: (b-1, lb-2, nb-6)…………….9

Total: (For 7 wkts dec; 48 ovrs)..217

Bowling: Gabriel 3-0-19-0, Joseph 4-0-23-0, Cummins 11-1-48-6, Holder 9-1-50-0, Chase 11-1-41-1, Brathwaite 10-1-33-0.

WI 2nd innings:

Brathwaite lbw b Kumar……………..4

Johnson c Rohit b Shami……………..0

Bravo not out…………………………..50

Samuels b Ishant……………………..12

Chase b Ishant………………………….10

Blackwood st Saha b Jadeja…………1

Dorwich not out…………………………1

Extras: (nb 1)……………………………1

Total:  (3 wkts; 20 overs)53

Bowling: Bhuvneshwar 12-6-13-1, Shami 5-0-5-1, Ishant 7-0-30-2, Ashwin 1-1-16-0, Jadeja 4-1-15-1.

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