The Indian team have tightened up their control over the match on the third day of the game as the bowlers followed the footsteps of the batters and went on to perform to best of their level. They went on to dismiss the Windies team on a total of 243 runs thus gaining a big lead of 323 runs. The Indian team had a good start in the second innings as well as the experienced bowler Ishant Sharma provided the first breakthrough in the first over of the second innings itself. Now Indian team just have to wrap the West Indies innings in remaining two days to win the first of the four Test matches. One can surely expect this match getting over tomorrow itself.
For those who missed the live action, here are few highlights from today’s play that will give you clear idea that how the game went today –
Electric Saha – While Indian team was still in the hunt for the first wicket for the day, Saha came up with an electric act which reminded us a bit of the M.S. Dhoni. Saha converted the half chance into a classic wicket as the moment the ball passed the Devendra Bishoo who was batting at the crease; Saha swayed his electric hands and took no time to dislodge the stumps. As a result of this act, the Indian team was able to get the first wicket of the day which followed another one in the same session. Amit Mishra was the bowler who drew the first wicket of the day and he should be thankful to Saha for his electric act. If Saha continues to show us some more acts like this, then surely he will be able to cement his place as a permanent keeper in the team.
Kraigg Brathwaite “The Wall” – Kraigg Brathwaite was the lone West Indian batsman who played Indian bowlers perfectly with courage. He was also the one of two half-centurion for his team. He stood at the one end of the crease like a Wall and saw new faces on the batting crease after every few overs. He took his time and went on to play 218 balls during his innings. Indian bowlers had to struggle a lot and had to put in a lot of effort to get him out. His main characteristic was that he was not tempted with the one outside off stump. He easily left one outside off, dodged the bouncers and played the ball on its merit. He was playing quite comfortably before been shown the doors by Umesh Yadav as he played one towards the wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. After his dismissal, Jason Holder and Dowrich pushed the West Indies team total to 243 runs.
Second session collapse – The West Indies team was able to control the flow of wickets in the first session but there was a cluster of wickets in the second session of the game. Many expected West Indies team to show some fight against Indian bowlers but only 3 batsmen could resist the Indian bowling attack. The second session was a big success for the Indian team as a total number of 4 batsmen were dismissed in this session. The double blow from Umesh Yadav in the closing over of the second session was a big boost for the Indian team which laid the base for upcoming Windies batting collapse.
A ‘Tail’ pain for India – In past, we have always seen the Indian team getting early wickets but it is that tailenders who always frustrate the Indian team the most. Same were the scenes in Antigua as even after taking seven wickets on 144 runs; the Indian team could only dismiss the West Indies team on a total of 243 runs. This means that their last three batsmen went on to add 99 runs to the teams total. The Indian captain and bowlers were disappointed as even after making efforts they were not able to get the tail dismissed. The tailenders played a crucial role in reducing the margin of lead. Though Windies team was no close to saving follow on but still the difference of the lead was a factor that was increasing tension in the Indian camp.
Test win imminent – The West Indies team is in imminent danger of losing the game tomorrow i.e. the fourth day of the game. The quality shown by their batsmen was quite poor as the batsmen could not even bat the one whole day. Tomorrow, the Indian bowlers will step into the ground with a sole purpose of sweeping up the remaining batsmen as soon as possible.
India – 566/8
West Indies 243/10 & 21/1 (f/o)