India has upperhand on Day 4

Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 8:08 [IST]
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India has upperhand on Day 4

Roseau, July 10: At stumps on Day 4 of the the third and final Test of India's West Indies tour, the hosts reached 224/6 in their second innings after bowling out India for 347, thus gaining a lead of 81 runs. Windies' middle-order batsman Kirk Edwards hit his maiden Test century after fast-bowler Fidel Edwards grabbed a five-wicket haul. However, Indian off-break Harbhajan Singh had the Windies in a bind with 3/61.

Resuming on their overnight score of 308/6, India were straight away in trouble on the morning of the fourth day when Fidel Edwards had Harabhajan Singh caught behind for 12.
Captain M S Dhoni, batting on 65, tried to steady the ship even as the tail was exposed.

Meanwhile, his new partner Praveen Kumar turned belligerent, smashing Edwards for two consecutive fours before Dhoni knocked off another boundary in the same over. Then after Praveen lofted leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo for a six, taking India to 336/7, rain briefly interrupted play.

When play resumed, the Windies used the damp conditions to their advantage. Edwards got the key wicket of Dhoni when the latter pulled him straight into the hands of deep square leg. He was out for 74 as the score read 339/8. Then after Bishoo dismissed Praveen Kumar for 23, Edwards ensnared his fifth wicket by getting Ishant Sharma caught at forward short leg for 2. India were all out for 347, securing a lead of 143 runs.

In their second innings, the Windies as usual, started on a diffident note. Indian pace spearhead Ishant Sharma had Kieron Powell caught at third slip for 4 in the 6th over, before Praveen Kumar dismissed Adrian Barath by inducing an edge which flew safely in the hands of fourth slip. The Windies score at that juncture read a pitiful 10/2 and it looked like another top order collapse was in the offing.

But Dwayne Bravo and Kirk Edwards staved off an immediate slide. However, Harbhajan Singh ensured that India stayed on top when he had Bravo caught at wide mid-off, leaving the Windies at 40/3 in 18.2 overs. Then Edwards struck up a partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul to repair the damage. The batting duo took the Windies to 50/3 in the 25th over and over 100/3 in the 39th over as Edwards brought up his 50.

In the 48th over, a chance to break the stand went abegging when Rahul Dravid put down Chanderpaul at first slip, on 25. The batting pair pressed on defiantly, taking the score to 151/3 in 60 overs and thus ensuring that their side take the lead over India.

However, soon after Edwards notched up a century and the Windies second-innings' total moved past 200, Harbhajan struck back. In the 74th over, he had Edwards caught behind for 110 off 195 balls and trapped Marlon Samuels in front for a duck as the Windies slipped to 201/5. Just before stumps was called, Praveen Kumar pegged the Windies back further when he had Carlton Baugh caught at short extra cover for 10. The hosts ended the day at 224/6 in 83 overs with a lead of 81.

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