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India on top as Windies look to delay inevitable

By The Assam Tribune

KOLKATA, Nov 16 (PTI): A dominant India put themselves on course for a series-clinching victory even as West Indies fought resolutely in their second innings to delay the inevitable after conceding a huge 478-run lead in the second cricket Test here today.

West Indies were 195 for three at stumps on day three, still 283 runs behind, after India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni enforced the follow-on after bowling the visitors out for a paltry 153 runs in their first innings.

India had amassed a mammoth 631 for seven declared in their first essay, and then rode on Pragyan Ojha�s four-wicket haul to take a massive lead.

But the West Indies then launched a spirited fightback riding on half centuries from opener Adrian Barath (62) and Kirk Edwards (60).

Darren Bravo (38, 84b, 1x4, 3x6) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (21, 40b, 3x4) were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease at the close of play on an eventful third day.

The penultimate day�s proceedings will once again begin 30 minutes earlier (8.30am) to make up for the lost time because of poor light on day two.

The visitors had two contrasting batting displays today.

First, they batted like school kids to concede a huge lead, their biggest first-innings deficit since 1930 when they fell behind England by 563 runs, but in the second essay they frustrated the Indians with a dogged approach.

India still have a slim chance of bettering their biggest victory of innings and 239 runs, achieved against Bangladesh in Dhaka (2007).

India�s biggest margin of win over West Indies is by innings and 112 runs in Mumbai in 2002.

Resuming at 34 for two, West Indies batted poorly in the morning session to straightway hand over the advantage to the Indians.

The West Indies showed their inability to play big knocks as their first innings lasted only 48 overs.

They lost eight wickets in the 36 overs bowled in the first session today. Left-arm spinner Ojha claimed four for 64 and gave the hosts their first breakthrough this morning, while pacer Umesh Yadav impressed with three for 23.

Off-spinner R Ashwin took two for 49 as India took their second highest lead after the 492 versus Bangladesh in 2007.

Eight wickets fell for the addition of just 119 runs in the two-and-half hour first session.

After being made to follow-on, West Indies lost their first wicket in the second innings for 23 when Yadav dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite (9).

However, the visitors overcame the early blow by showing positive intent with the batsmen attacking the Indian bowlers, the mountain of runs in arrears notwithstanding.

Young opener Barath, making a comeback after missing most part of the Bangladesh tour and the opening Test, looked compact as he completed his second half-century against India and third overall.

Giving him company was Edwards as West Indies scored more than four runs an over to race to 63 for one in 15 overs.

Edwards slammed Ojha for consecutive boundary and a six over long-on as the duo put on 93 runs for second wicket.

Barath got out shortly after tea but Edwards remained defiant to complete his second half-century as the Windies frustrated the Indian bowlers.

Edwards also had a 45-run third wicket stand with Darren Bravo.

SCORECARD

India 1st innings: 631/7 declared

West Indies 1st innings: (Overnight 34/ 2) A Barath c Sehwag b Yadav 1, K Brathwaite c Gambhir b Ashwin 17, K Edwards lbw b Ojha 16, D Bravo b Yadav 30, S Chanderpaul lbw b Ashwin 4, M Samuels b Yadav 25, C Baugh lbw b Ojha 13, D Sammy c Dhoni b Ojha 18, K Roach run out 2, F Edwards lbw b Ojha 16, D Bishoo not out 8. Extras: (LB-3) 3. Total: (all out in 48 overs) 153. Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-30, 3-42, 4-46, 5-92, 6-99, 7-120, 8-129, 9-129. Bowling: P Ojha 22-5-64-4, U Yadav 7-1-23-3, R Ashwin 14-3-49-2, I Sharma 5-2-14-0.

West Indies 2nd innings (following on): A Barath c Laxman b Sharma 62, K Brathwaite c Dhoni b Yadav 9, K Edwards lbw b Sharma 60, Darren Bravo not out 38, Shivnarine Chanderpaul not out 21. Extras: (B-1, LB-3, W-1) 5. Total: (for 3 wickets in 62 overs) 195. Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-116, 3-161. Bowling: Yadav 10-1-36-1, Sharma 14-3-41-2, Ojha 11-3-37-0, Ashwin 20-1-51-0, Yuvraj 3-0-14-0, Sehwag 4-0-12-0.

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India on top as Windies look to delay inevitable

KOLKATA, Nov 16 (PTI): A dominant India put themselves on course for a series-clinching victory even as West Indies fought resolutely in their second innings to delay the inevitable after conceding a huge 478-run lead in the second cricket Test here today.

West Indies were 195 for three at stumps on day three, still 283 runs behind, after India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni enforced the follow-on after bowling the visitors out for a paltry 153 runs in their first innings.

India had amassed a mammoth 631 for seven declared in their first essay, and then rode on Pragyan Ojha�s four-wicket haul to take a massive lead.

But the West Indies then launched a spirited fightback riding on half centuries from opener Adrian Barath (62) and Kirk Edwards (60).

Darren Bravo (38, 84b, 1x4, 3x6) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (21, 40b, 3x4) were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease at the close of play on an eventful third day.

The penultimate day�s proceedings will once again begin 30 minutes earlier (8.30am) to make up for the lost time because of poor light on day two.

The visitors had two contrasting batting displays today.

First, they batted like school kids to concede a huge lead, their biggest first-innings deficit since 1930 when they fell behind England by 563 runs, but in the second essay they frustrated the Indians with a dogged approach.

India still have a slim chance of bettering their biggest victory of innings and 239 runs, achieved against Bangladesh in Dhaka (2007).

India�s biggest margin of win over West Indies is by innings and 112 runs in Mumbai in 2002.

Resuming at 34 for two, West Indies batted poorly in the morning session to straightway hand over the advantage to the Indians.

The West Indies showed their inability to play big knocks as their first innings lasted only 48 overs.

They lost eight wickets in the 36 overs bowled in the first session today. Left-arm spinner Ojha claimed four for 64 and gave the hosts their first breakthrough this morning, while pacer Umesh Yadav impressed with three for 23.

Off-spinner R Ashwin took two for 49 as India took their second highest lead after the 492 versus Bangladesh in 2007.

Eight wickets fell for the addition of just 119 runs in the two-and-half hour first session.

After being made to follow-on, West Indies lost their first wicket in the second innings for 23 when Yadav dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite (9).

However, the visitors overcame the early blow by showing positive intent with the batsmen attacking the Indian bowlers, the mountain of runs in arrears notwithstanding.

Young opener Barath, making a comeback after missing most part of the Bangladesh tour and the opening Test, looked compact as he completed his second half-century against India and third overall.

Giving him company was Edwards as West Indies scored more than four runs an over to race to 63 for one in 15 overs.

Edwards slammed Ojha for consecutive boundary and a six over long-on as the duo put on 93 runs for second wicket.

Barath got out shortly after tea but Edwards remained defiant to complete his second half-century as the Windies frustrated the Indian bowlers.

Edwards also had a 45-run third wicket stand with Darren Bravo.

SCORECARD

India 1st innings: 631/7 declared

West Indies 1st innings: (Overnight 34/ 2) A Barath c Sehwag b Yadav 1, K Brathwaite c Gambhir b Ashwin 17, K Edwards lbw b Ojha 16, D Bravo b Yadav 30, S Chanderpaul lbw b Ashwin 4, M Samuels b Yadav 25, C Baugh lbw b Ojha 13, D Sammy c Dhoni b Ojha 18, K Roach run out 2, F Edwards lbw b Ojha 16, D Bishoo not out 8. Extras: (LB-3) 3. Total: (all out in 48 overs) 153. Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-30, 3-42, 4-46, 5-92, 6-99, 7-120, 8-129, 9-129. Bowling: P Ojha 22-5-64-4, U Yadav 7-1-23-3, R Ashwin 14-3-49-2, I Sharma 5-2-14-0.

West Indies 2nd innings (following on): A Barath c Laxman b Sharma 62, K Brathwaite c Dhoni b Yadav 9, K Edwards lbw b Sharma 60, Darren Bravo not out 38, Shivnarine Chanderpaul not out 21. Extras: (B-1, LB-3, W-1) 5. Total: (for 3 wickets in 62 overs) 195. Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-116, 3-161. Bowling: Yadav 10-1-36-1, Sharma 14-3-41-2, Ojha 11-3-37-0, Ashwin 20-1-51-0, Yuvraj 3-0-14-0, Sehwag 4-0-12-0.