Kingston. West Indies saw another dismal performance from their batsman as they failed to seize the advantage after they dismissed a strong Indian batting line up for a mere 246.
The hosts were under pressure straight away at the start of the game when Sarwan was out at the first ball of Ishant Sharma’s first over of the day. A fighting fifty from Barath and his partnership with Darren Bravo were the only silver lining for the Caribbean side. After both of them fell in quick succession, there was little resistance from the rest of the batsman and Windies were bundled out for 173 handing a 73 run lead to the visitors.
Debutant Praveen Kumar lit up the morning session with his three wickets, Ishant also finished with 3 scalps. Amit Mishra and Harbhajan both took two wickets each.
India had another nightmarish start when Rampaul got M Vijay LBW for a duck. Abhinav Mukund looked steadier in the second innings but fell to Bishoo after a hard fought 25. Laxman than had his rare double failure in a test when he hit a half volley straight back at Sammy who gleefully accepted it.
Dravid and Kohli then played sensibly to ensure that there’s no more damage before stumps. India ended the day at 91/3 with an overall lead of 164 runs.
The talking point of the Indian inning was Sammy dropping Dravid at slips when he was on 6. The veteran batsman remained unbeaten on 45 with Virat Kohli on 14 at the end of the day’s play. The miss can go on to prove too costly for the Windies as he looks the most comfortable batsman on this pitch.