India Vs West Indies first test Day 3 match Highlights:
∙ West Indies are on 103-4 on Day 3
∙ They were dismissed for 181 in their second innings after which India decided to enforce the follow-on
∙ Ashwin took 4-37
∙ India had earlier declared their first innings at 696-7
∙ Kohli, Shaw and Jadeja had made centuries
India continued their dominance on India Vs West Indies first test Day 3 to dismiss them for a paltry 181 in their first innings. Continuing at 96-6, and a follow-on looming on the horizon, West Indies could manage an extra 85 before folding to allow India to enforce the follow-on.
The first three days of the Rajkot test have all been about India. Starting off with the bat, which saw three Indian batsmen notch up centuries to decimating the West Indies with the ball, India has been at their mercurial best throughout the test match.
Batting first, India were in no mood to hang around. Debutant Prithvi Shaw took on the West Indian bowlers in an innings that saw him become only the second batsmen after Sachin Tendulkar to score a century under the age of 20.
The Indian batsmen weren’t done breaking records though. Indian captain Virat Kohli made the most of an uninspired West Indies bowling unit, one who failed to contain the swash-buckling batsman. Reaching his 24th century, Kohli became the fastest test captain to reach 24 centuries. He also became the only active test player with 24 centuries to his name and the first player this year to reach 1000 runs with his innings of 139.
Piling on the misery lower down the order were Pant (92) and Jadeja (100) who spared the West Indies no respite. Taking their side to a mammoth 696, the Indian batsmen had won half the battle for India.
Finishing up where the batsmen had left off, the Indian bowlers went about dismissing West Indies faster than we had all imagined. Departing in a hurry, West Indies’ wickets fell faster than bowling pins on Day 2. A scorecard that saw a high score of 12 among the top 5 batsmen, left West Indies reeling at 96-6 come to the end of Day 2.
Chase and Paul helped put up some kind of resistance on Day 3 to help their side avoid some embarrassment. The duo dug in to show the rest of the batting line-up how to bat against Indian spinners. Their battle was for a losing cause though, one that soon came to an end with Ashwin running through the West Indies’ batting line-up to register figures of 4-37.
Left facing a follow-on which India dutifully enacted, West Indies came out to bat in the second innings. Apart from Kieran Powell put on a good show, the story has been the same for the West Indies who currently sit on 103-4, staring down the barrel of a huge defeat.
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