A day which could have been so much worse for the West Indies had it not been for those slew of wickets in the final session. They were rubbed into the dirt by a string of partnerships. Full credit to KL Rahul. On a day where India consolidated, the “batting machine” nicknamed by Ashwin registered his third Test hundred. For the hosts, it was Gabriel who picked up the prized scalp of Rahul after Tea. The Indian skipper after checking in a few shots was prised out by Chase. Ashwin didn’t last long too. A lead of 162 has firmly placed the visitors in control. And it is all about extending their territories even further to lay complete siege at the Sabina Park. A big effort is needed from the hosts tomorrow and as the cliche goes “The first session is crucial”.
India finish the day on 358/5. They now lead by 162 runs with five wickets still in hand. What a day for Rahul! Was absolutely brilliant with the bat. Windies have a tall task ahead of them. They need to get rid of Rahane, Saha early today. Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 42 from 87 balls, while Wriddhiman Saha was not out on 17.
Rahul’s third Test century drove India forward on the second day though they struggled to score runs freely as just 232 runs came in 88 overs bowled in the day. Resuming on their overnight score of 126 for one, the two batsmen looked to play for time, as pacers Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder bowled a good testing spell.