An unbeaten 85-run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma helped India end Day 4 of third Test against the West Indies with an overall lead of 285. Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 5/33 restricted the hosts to 225. Catch all the highlights of India vs West Indies third Test here
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s magnificent spell of 23.4-10-33-5 wrapped up the Windies for just 225, handing India a first-innings lead of 128. The visitors then extended the lead courtesy an unbeaten 51-run knock from Ajinkya Rahane and a quickfire 41* from Rohit Sharma and ended the Day 4 in pole position. Catch all the highlights of the third Test between India vs West Indies here (SCORECARD | INDIA vs WEST INDIES NEWS)
03:15 hrs IST: That’s all we have for today. Do join us tomorrow for the live coverage of the fifth day’s play. Until then, it’s goodbye. Cheers!
03:06 hrs IST: And that’s it. India finish the day on 157/3 with an overall lead of 285. Surely, Windies have a tough task ahead now!
03:00 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Rahane. His 8th in Tests. Well played!
02:55 hrs IST: SIX! Full and wide from Joseph, Rohit gets into position and whacks it over long-off boundary. Moves to 36 now.
02:50 hrs IST: Just four more overs left in the day.
02:38 hrs IST: India are 125/3 after 32 overs, lead by 253 runs. Rahane 36*, Rohit 24*.
02:24 hrs IST: SIX! Tossed up from Chase, Rohit comes down the track and smacks it high over deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum. India are 102/3 after 27 overs, lead by 230 runs.
02:12 hrs IST: India are 87/3 after 23 overs, lead by 215 runs. Rahane 15*, Rohit 7*. Time for drinks. Still 16 overs to be bowled.
01:52 hrs IST: OUT! Dhawan lbw Chase 26(48). India are 72/3 after 17 overs, lead by 200 runs.
STAT ATTACK – 24.74 : Avg. of India’s batsmen at No. 3 in Tests since January 2014 – worst among all teams.
01:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Second for Cummins. Another failure for Kohli. He departs for 4(17). India are 58/2 after 12 overs, lead by 186 runs.
01:22 hrs IST: India are 56/1 after 10 overs. Dhawan 19*, Kohli 4*.
01:12 hrs IST: OUT! Rahul c Brathwaite b Cummins 28(24). India are 49/1 after 8 overs, lead by 177 runs.
01:02 hrs IST: Welcome all!
00:42 hrs IST: And that’s tea. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan extend India’s lead to 159. We’ll be back in 20 minutes time.
STAT ATTACK– 51: Number of balls in which Bhuvi took his five-wickets. In his first 91 balls, he was wicket-less.
00:22 hrs IST: India are 8/0 after 2 overs. Dhawan 5*, Rahul 1*.
00:11 hrs IST: Time for India’s innings. Rahul and Dhawan make their way out in the middle. Gabriel to bowl the first over for Windies.
00:08 hrs IST: 39 overs are remaining in the day. Ideal opportunity for Indian batsmen to build a strong lead.
00:02 hrs IST: And that’s it. Bhuvneshwar’s third five-wicket haul wraps up Windies. From 201/3, the hosts have crashed to 225.
23:54 hrs IST: OUT! Ashwin takes his second. Miguel Cummins goes for a duck. Windies are 221/9 after 103 overs.
23:38 hrs IST: Windies are 219/8 after 100 overs. Dowrich 12*, Bhuvi 4/28.
23:28 hrs IST: Post lunch, Windies have lost five wickets in a span of 16 overs and have scored just 21 runs.
23:20 hrs IST: WICKET! It’s that man Bhuvneshwar again! Exceptional spell from him. A duck on debut for Joseph. Windies are 212/8 after 96 overs.
23:15 hrs IST: OUT! Windies skipper Jason Holder has no clue to a sharp inswinger from Bhuvi. He also departs for 2(11). Windies are 212/7 after 94 overs.
23:08 hrs IST: Five maidens in a row from Bhuvi and the result – two crucial wickets. India well and truly back in the game now.
23:00 hrs IST: WICKET! And Jadeja joins the party now. Roston Chase, who scored a match-saving ton in the last match, falls for 2. Windies are 207/6 after 92 overs. They are in all sorts of trouble now!
22:52 hrs IST: OUT! Brilliant bowling from BHuvi. This time it’s an inswinger. Samuels goes after a well-made 48. Windies are 203/5 after 90 overs.
22:46 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvi gets his first breakthrough of the match. Blackwood departs for 20. Windies are 202/4 after 88 overs.
22:41 hrs IST: FOUR! Outswinger from Shami, Samuels rocks back and smashes it past the non-striker’s end for his seventh boundary. Moves to 47 now. Windies are 202/3 after 87 overs.
22:29 hrs IST: Maiden over from Bhuvi. Windies are 194/3 after 84 overs, still trail by 159 runs.
22:25 hrs IST: Welcome back! Blackwood to take strike for hosts. Bhuvi to bowl the first over.
22:04 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Indian men’s hockey team are leading 2-1 against Canada. Catch all the live updates of this match here
21:44 hrs IST: And that’s lunch. 87 runs in the session for Windies for the loss of Brathwaite and Bravo. We’ll be back in a few minutes time.
21:36 hrs IST: Expensive over from Ishant. Eight runs off it. Strays down leg on two occasions. Windies are 192/3 after 81 overs.
21:29 hrs IST: India take the second new ball. Ishant is back into the attack. Two slips and a gully in place for him. Just 10 minutes to go for lunch.
21:20 hrs IST: Windies are 182/3 after 75 overs. Samuels 35*, Blackwood 16*.
21:12 hrs IST: Both Ashwin and Jadeja are getting some sharp turn and bounce off the pitch. Get a feeling something is going to happen here.
21:03 hrs IST: SIX! Again a flighted delivery from Ashwin, Samuels steps out and hits it straight down the ground. Windies are 164/3 after 69 overs.
20:55 hrs IST: Having already qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics quarter-finals, Indian men’s hockey team will aim for full points against Canada and hope for a No. 3 finish in Pool B. Get all the live updates of this match here
20:50 hrs IST: Light rain. Groundsmen getting ready on the sidelines.
20:44 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Ashwin, Samuels dances down the track and lofts it over the fielder at mid-on for his first second boundary. Windies are 150/3 after 63 overs.
20:36 hrs IST: Windies are 142/3 after 61 overs. Blackwood 7*, Samuels 4*. Time for drinks.
20:24 hrs IST: OUT! Ashwin strikes for the visitors. Kraigg Brathwaite departs for a well-made 64. Windies are 135/3 after 58.1 overs. A collapse on the cards?
20:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Darren Bravo bounced out, yet again! Top edge, flies to long leg and Jadeja completes a neat catch. Windies are 129/2 after 56 overs.
20:03 hrs IST: 22 runs scored by the Windies in eight overs so far.
19:54 hrs IST: FOUR! Too wide from Shami, Bravo leans forward and drives it over the deep extra cover region for the first boundary of the day. Windies are 120/1 after 53 overs.
19:42 hrs IST:Maiden over from Ishant. So far, he has taken just 4 wickets in the series at an average of 51.50. When India toured Windies in 2011, he was the highest wicket-taker with 22 wickets in 3 matches.
19:38 hrs IST: Ishant replaces Jadeja. Two slips and a short leg in place for him. He’ll look to attack Bravo with bouncers.
19:37 hrs IST: Good start from Shami. Just a run of that over. Windies are 109/1 after 49 overs.
19:34 hrs IST: Shami now. Two slips in place for him. He was a bit wayward in his first spell on Day 2.
19:31 hrs IST: Some sharp turn for Jadeja early on.
19:30 hrs IST: Time for live action. Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite make their way out in the middle. Jadeja to start the proceedings for India.
19:08 hrs IST: Meanwhile, India have announced their squad for T20s against Windies. Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina – the members of 2016 World T20 squad – have failed to make the cut.
19:00 hrs IST: Good news for all fans. It’s clear skies in St Lucia and we’ll have a start at 19:30 hrs. 98 overs to be bowled on the 4th day. But the bad news is that the rain is predicted across the day, again!
18:50 hrs IST: A warm welcome to our live coverage of 4th day’s play of the third Test between India vs West Indies.
Rain dampened proceedings on the third day as no play was possible. With West Indies nicely placed at 107/1, the task for them is simple. They must hang in with the bat and ensure they do not give wickets away to the likes of R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.
For Kohli, he will be seeking quick wickets if India are to force a result. Will Ashwin get turn to trouble the West Indies batsmen or will the fast bowlers exploit the conditions? A couple of quick wickets could result in a collapse, handing the advantage back to India.