Ishant gives India a slender lead over West Indies

Published: Friday, July 1, 2011, 9:52 [IST]
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Ishant, Samuels star on Day 3

Skipper Darren Sammy, gave good company to Samuels and the duo forged a 43-run partnership before Ishant Struck again to remove him. Rampaul, failed to reprise his enterprising knock of the West Indian second innings of the first Test and fell to Ishant for a six-ball duck.

The lanky fast-bowler struck on the very next delivery to remove Fidel Edwards and gave India a slender lead of only 11 runs. Samuels was left stranded on 78.

Indian openers then survived the initial burst from the West Indian bowlers and ended the day at 23/0 when play was called off due to bad light. Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay were unbeaten on 8 and 3 respectively. India are now 34 runs ahead of the West Indies and with the pitch still aiding bowlers, an interesting final two days of play can be expected provided there is no rain to disrupt the proceedings.

On a day when a little more than 42 overs of play was possible, Ishant was the star for India as he bowled an impeccable line and length to extract movement of the pitch and exploited the dark overhead conditions to full effect. He even seemed to have regained his pace thus showing that after all these days in the wilderness he may finally be back on track to become the bowler the cricketing world expected him to be and India needed for an extended run as the top-ranked Test team.

OneIndia Cricket

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