3rd test Day 4: Top five moments of India vs West Indies
After day 3 was whitewashed due to rain, India bowled out West Indies for 225 due to some brilliant bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who picked 5 wickets. At the end of the 4th day, the Indian team scored 157 for 3 with a lead of 285.
Here we look at the top five moments of day 4:
- Partnership between Blackwood and Samuels
After the fall of two early wickets of Braithwaite and Darren Bravo, the partnership of Samuels and Blackwood steadied the innings. The third wicket fell at the score of 135. Blackwood who played a counter attacking innings in the last test match played a careful knock while Samuels made use bad balls given to him. Both of them played the Indian spinners well. They carefully went past 50 runs partnership. At lunch, Samuels and Blackwood made sure that they do not lose any wickets more.
- Excellent spell by Bhuvneshwar Kumar
After the lunch interval, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a brilliant spell. At one stage, West Indies were 202 for 3 with Samuels and Blackwood at the crease. After that Bhuvneshwar Kumar displayed great swing. He was unplayable and broke the backbone of the West Indies batting line up. Kumar picked the wickets of Blackwood, Samuels in quick succession. Kumar bowled with great control and then picked Holder, Jospeh. Two catches were dropped off his bowling. Finally he picked of Shane Dowrich to pick his 3rd five wicket haul in test matches. He finished with figures of 5 for 33 in 23.4 overs.
- Good start by the Indian openers
In the second innings, the Indian openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan in search of quick runs played attacking cricket right from the start. KL Rahul looked in confident mood timing the ball and Dhawan also playing good strokes. At tea , the Indian team were 31 for 0. After tea, KL Rahul and Dhawan continued to play attacking strokes. Both of them put on 49 runs in 7.3 overs which set the platform for the other batsmen to build on. KL Rahul was the first batsmen to be dismissed for 28 off 24 balls.
- Partnership between Rahane and Rohit Sharma
The Indian team lost three wickets at the score of 72 runs. Rahane and Rohit Sharma played slowly to start off. Rahane and Rohit Sharma did not rush with their scoring rate. After playing slowly, Rohit Sharma played attacking strokes and smashed the West Indies bowlers. Rohit Sharma hit 3 sixes and 1 boundary in his 41 while Rahane remained not out on 51 off 93. Both of them have put 85 runs for the fourth wicket and given a chance to win the third test match. Rohit and Rahane would look to score quick runs early on day 5 and put the pressure back on West Indies batsmen.
- Excellent support by other Indian bowlers
On day 4, the Indian bowlers put pressure on the West Indies by bowling good line and lengths. Initially, Ishant Sharma picked the wicket of Darren Bravo with a bouncer, while Ashwin picked of Braithwaite. When the partnership was going between Samuels and Blackwood the Indian bowlers did not allow West Indies to score runs with ease. After lunch the Indian bowlers were brilliant. Jadeja, Ashwin and Kumar bowled with great control. From 202 for 3, the Indian bowlers dismissed West Indies for 225. Ashwin picked 2 wickets, Jadjea 1 and Ishant 1. Mohammad Shami was impressive but could not pick a wicket. Ashwin went for 2 runs per over while Jadeja only conceded 1 run per over.
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