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Edwards leads Windies fightback

Debutant Kirk Edwards led from the front as West Indies recovered from early setbacks on the fourth day of the final Test on Saturday at the Windsor Park stadium in Roseau. Scorecard

india Updated: Jul 10, 2011 01:32 IST
Ashish Shukla
Ashish Shukla

Debutant Kirk Edwards hit a gritty unbeaten half century as West Indies recovered from early setbacks to reach 116 for three at tea against India, on the fourth day of the final Test needing only 27 runs to erase the first innings deficit of 143 runs.

West Indies were reeling at 40 for three after India scored 347 in their first innings to take a sizeable lead.

Edwards who failed in the first innings showed lot of composure enroute his maiden Test half century as he was undefeated on 62 at tea.

With the ever stodgy Shivnarine Chanderpaul for company, the duo added 76 runs in 30.4 overs. Chanderpaul who was batting on 25 consumed 96 deliveries in the process without having hit a single boundary. His junior partner has had five hits to the fence after playing 123 balls.

The post-lunch session was all about how Edwards stemmed the rot just when the in-form Darren Bravo was dismissed trying to loft Harbhajan Singh failing to clear Praveen Kumar at mid-wicket in the process.

However West Indies lost just a wicket in post-lunch session adding 90 runs from 36 overs though Chanderpaul was lucky to survive just before tea when Dravid failed to latch onto a one-handed chance. The score was 116 for three.

Earlier in the morning, Fidel Edwards (5/103) ran through the lower-order as India were all out for 347 with Mahendra Singh Dhoni scoring 74.

The Indian new ball bowers Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar went flat out as they India got 13 overs before the lunch break. While Ishant induced an edge off Kieran Powell (4) to Suresh Raina, Adrian Barath opened the face of his bat to be gobbled up by Virat Kohli in the fourth slip.

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