India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3 Highlights: Rahane, Kohli score half centuries as India reach 185/3 at stumps
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Highlights: Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli stitched a 104-run stand, brought up their half centuries and took India to 185/3 at stumps on Day 3, with a lead of 260 run. West Indies gave an early scare after the men in blue lost Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Chesteshwar Pujara early on in the innings. Earlier, Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins frustrated the Indian bowlers with their partnership. But India finished off the Windies tail after some struggle. The hosts managed a score of 222 runs with Shami and Jadeja picking up the last two wickets.
Earlier on Day 2,Ishant Sharma’s spirited effort and reckless batting from the West Indies helped India take control of the first Test. West Indies lost five wickets in the final session to be reeling at 189 for eight in their first innings at stumps, trailing India by 108 runs.
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India reach 185/3 at stumps on Day 3 with a lead of 260 runs. Virat Kohli (51) and Ajinkya Rahane (53) will begin the day’s play.
Virat Kohli also brings up his half century in style - he does it with a boundary. Only the second boundary of his innings. India are 181/3.
Ajinkya Rahane brings up his second half century into the match. This has been a great return for the batsman and he would hope to convert this one to a ton. IND 174/3
Windies search for wickets
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have put India in front. India’s lead is near 250 at the moment. West Indies need wickets to find a way back into the match.
India reach 150
Kohli and Rahane have taken India to 150 runs in the second innings. This the 5th consecutive 50-plus partnership for the Indian 4th-wicket pair against West Indies in Tests.
Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli have been strolling along comfortably against the West Indies bowlers. This duo is extremely important to India’s chance of winning the Test.
India reach 100
There have been hiccups along the way but India are still in a strong position with a lead of 180 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Virat and Ajinkya would look to take the score past 300 as a big target would be dangerous for the Windies.
Both teams head into a short tea break with India playing at 98/3. The game is poised evenly poised right now after the Windies bowlers managed to pick up three wickets after lunch. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane hold the key for India
Chetesthwar Pujara has been sent back to the pavilion by Kemar Roach. Pujara tried to defend the delivery but it came back in and went straight into his stumps.
KL Rahul has again given away his wicket. He goes across the stumps while trying to sweep Chase. But missed the line completely and the ball crashed into his stumps. Rahul scored 38 runs.
KL looking good
KL Rahul has been hitting the ball sweetly in this Test. He played a hopeless shot in the first innings to get out. But the way he is batting, a big score can be expected from him.
With India looking to build a healthy lead in the first Test, a lot will depend on Rahul and Pujara to stay on the crease and provide stability to the innings.
Mayank Agarwal missed the line completely while playing a sweep shot. The ball struck him plumb infront of the wickets and the umpire did not hesitate to give him out. DRS showed that the ball was missing leg stump. Unlucky Mayank.
Roston Chase is bowling the first over for the Windies after lunch. Mayank Agarwal gets a boundary with a paddle sweep on his second ball itself.
India batters go into lunch with the score reading 14/0. Indian openers will look to build on that lead after the start of the next session with Mayank and KL Rahul looking steady.
India start innings
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul will look to start India’s second innings cautiously as they look to build a big lead for West Indies to chase.
WI all out
India have finally managed to bowl out the Windies for 222 runs. Ravindra Jadeja picked up the last wicket of Cummins, who did not score any run even after facing 45 balls. India lead by 75 runs.
Mohammad Shami has provided India the much-needed breakthrough.WI captain Jason Holder has to go back to the pavilion after edging a delivery to Rishabh Pant.
More runs for Holder
Shami bowls short to Holder this time and the right hander hit the ball past the mid-on fielder for his fifth boundary of the innings. With that, Holder moves into his 30s. Meanwhile on the other end, Miguel Cummins has faced 35 deliveries and he is yet to open his account.
Umpire’s call saves Holder
Mohammed Shami wrapped Jason Holder on the back pad but the umpire said not out. India opted for the DRS but umpire’s call was retained as the ball was just clipping the top of off-stump. Holder survives on 29. India’s search for wicket continues.
Cummins frustrates bowlers
Miguel Cummins has faced 24 deliveries so far and he is yet to open his account. However, the hosts won’t mind it at all as he has been successful in negating the Indian bowlers. Jason Holder is doing the run-scoring and Cummins is simply defending everything.
Another boundary for Holder
Jasprit Bumrah bowls a bit short and Jason Holder hits the ball over the in-field for a boundary towards long on. Fourth boundary of the innings for Holder as Windies continue to eat into India’s first innings total. 6 overs have been bowled today and Windies have scored 20 runs without the loss of wicket.
Windies cross 200
Jason Holder hits couple of boundaries off Jasprit Bumrah and with that, Windies have gone over the 200-run mark. A real captain’s innings this from Holder as he is batting really well with the tail. Windies now trail by less that 100 runs.
Pacers need to stick to their line
Ishant and Bumrah have been guilty of bowling wide to both Holder and Cummins. The two batsmen are content with leaving the ball outside the off stump. India need to bowl at wickets and get this innings over with soon. The two batsmen have added 14 runs off 39 deliveries so far.
Ishant Sharma starts off from where he had left off yesterday. He bowls a maiden over to Miguel Cummins to start the proceedings. Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the second over of the day and Jason Holder will now take strike. He will be crucial if West Indies are to get anywhere closer to the Indian total.
Ishant Sharma hits Miguel Cummins in the abdomen region and the southpaw is down on the ground. Not the start that Windies were hoping for. Indian players see the funny side of it, especially Virat Kohli. The batsman is back on his feet and we are about to get underway one again.
Match about to begin
Virat Kohli has called his team into a huddle as he issues a rallying cry for the team. Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins are coming out in the middle as they look to delay the inevitable. Ishant Sharma has the ball in his hands as he will bowl the first over of the day.
It is currently bright and sunny in Antigua despite the prediction of few showers early on in the day. We might have few stoppages but so far so good. India will look to take the couple of wickets early on in the day to take a healthy lead in the first innings.
‘Detox your ego’
It’s hard to keep India captain Virat Kohli away from the news. Most of the times, he’s making headlines by gobbling up records with his bat and when he’s not scoring runs – which is very very rare – it’s either his tweet or fitness video that constantly keeps him in the spotlight. A photo of Virat Kohli reading a book titled “Detox Your Ego: Seven Easy Steps to Achieving Freedom, Happiness and Success in Your Life” by Steven Sylvester sent social media into a frenzy. ((Full story))
Harbhajan on Ashwin’s exclusion from Antigua Test
“If you see, there have been instances when Ashwin failed miserably in overseas conditions,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying by The Telegraph. “For example, in the fourth Test against England in Southampton in 2018, Moeen Ali finished with a match- haul of nine wickets whereas Ashwin had three wickets in the match. Both are finger spinners, but with different performances. My hunch is that the team management feels when it comes to overseas tours, Ashwin is no longer the go-to man.”
Ishant credits Bumrah for five-wicket show
“There was rain and after that the ball became wet and there was nothing happening (with the ball). So, we thought we can bowl with a cross seam. There was bounce. Actually Bumrah told me that we can try cross seam since there is nothing happening,” Ishant, who returned with figures of 5/42, said. “The attempt was, if you bowl out the opposition as soon as possible, it is good for your team. We tried that we were able to do that.”
Ravindra Jadeja reacts to ‘outside’ noise
“Obviously you feel good when the skipper believes in you, thinks of you as the main player. Luckily, I have been able to repay the faith by performing well,” said Jadeja at the end of the second day’s play. “I was focussing on my game, I was not thinking about what is going on outside, what others think. When I was batting out there in the middle, I just looked to build a partnership. I was focussing to play with the tailenders. I was just worried about my game, I was trying to give my best out on the park.”
‘We gave our wickets too easily’
“I thought the pitch was easier to bat on first for the Indian team. Most of our guys got starts, but we gave our wickets just too easily today. We have a couple of wickets left and we have a chance of cutting into that lead,” Chase told reporters after the close of play on day two. “Well, my thought was just to stay hungry at the crease. But I gave my wicket away. I was looking good, but a lapse in concentration cost me my wicket. For me, the ball did not do much, I did not let it come to me as much as I should have. I could have played with softer hands.”
Ishant Sharma joins elite list
India fast bowler Ishant Sharma joined an elite list of Indian bowlers as he registered a five-wicket haul on Day 2 of the first Test against West Indies at Antigua. The right-armer dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite (14), Roston Chase (48), Shai Hope (24), Shimron Hetymer (35) and Kemar Roach (0) on Day 2, as India gained an upper hand in the match. In the process, the Ishant became tied with SG Gupte, Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble to have the joint most five-wicket hauls by an Indian bowler in the West Indies. All the three bowlers have taken a fifer in Tests in West Indies three times in their career.
Team India to wear black armbands
The Indian players will wear black armbands when they take the field on the third day of the first Test against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua as a mark of respect for former BCCI Vice-President Arun Jaitley. The senior BJP leader and former cricket administrator passed away after prolonged illness in the Capital on Saturday morning. ((Full Story))
Recap of second day
Ishant Sharma took five wickets, including three in seven balls, as India firmly gained the upper hand over West Indies on the second day of the first Test. Sharma (5-42) rattled through West Indies’ middle order late in the day, turning the match perhaps decisively in favour of the visitors. West Indies were 189-8 at stumps in their first innings, still 108 runs behind in reply to India’s 297 total. West Indies will be frustrated that all of their recognised batsmen got starts, but nobody managed a half century.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the third day of the first Test between India and West Indies in Antigua. The visitors are two wickets away from dismissing Windies in the first innings. Skipper Virat Kohli will want to end the hosts’ innings soon in order to take a healthy first innings lead.