Slow, steady India take firm grip on Test

Match Report: 2nd Test: West Indies vs India at Kingston, July 30-Aug 3, 2016


Brief Scores :- India 500 for 9 decl. (Rahul 158, Rahane 108*, Chase 5-121) lead West Indies 196 by 304 runs

NO HURRY Rahane, Saha help visitors consolidate the overnight lead, West Indies bowlers toil

India continued to pile on the misery on West Indies as they reached a commanding 425 for 6 at lunch on Day 3 of the second Test here on Monday. Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed for 47 on the verge of lunch, but Ajinkya Rahane was looking set to get his seventh Test century (74 batting) as they wore down the West Indies bowling with their patience and by putting the bad balls away. Adding 67 runs to their overnight score in the first session, India’s overall lead had swelled to 229.

With heavy thunder storms forecast for Tuesday, the lead looks good enough for but India might want to bat out at least one more session to get a lead that will enable them to force an innings win. Just 26.4 overs were bowled in the first session. West Indies continued to give little away but they could have made further in roads had Rajendra Chandrika not dropped Rahane.


Devendra Bishoo’ s delivery wasn’ t short enough to play the cut but Rahane took his chance. The ball took the top edge and went to point but Chandrika failed to hold onto it. West Indies’ day also started with an eventful over from Shannon Gabriel that saw S ah a’ s edge fall short of second slip. Rahane, however, got India going with a boundary, a glance off hi ships in the next over from debut ant pacer Miguel Cu mm ins. It was also against Cummins in the next over that Rahane brought up his fifty by cutting him over the slip cordon.

S ah a looked a little edgy at times, but Rah a new as so assured that India kept in ching towards a big total. He drove and cut beautifully when not looking to defend. However, Rah a ne survived a couple of leg-before appeals against Jason Holder. The first was closer but the ball was just going down the leg. The second, according to replays, showed the ball flying just over the stumps.

Saha scored three boundaries in the morning session, including one overmid-off after coming down the track to Bishoo, but he largely restricted himself to some brisk running between the wickets, including a three after driving Cummins through cover.

Both Rahane and  Saha continued to leave balls bowled just outside off stump, but given the position India are in, they could have picked up the scoring against the defensive West Indies bowling.

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