Mumbai, Nov 25: Off-spinner Ashwin became the first cricketer to register a double, a five wicket haul and a century in an innings since 44 years, as he scored his maiden test century helping India post 482 in their first innings. At the end of day's play Windies managed to score 81/2 second innings, with a lead of 189 runs in the third and final test at Wankhede in Mumbai on Friday.
[Scorecard: 3rd Test; India Vs WI, Mumbai]
Indians strike early as Windies opener Barath (3) and Kirk Edwards (17) succumb to Ojha's deliveries. Kraigg Brathwaite (34*) and Darren Bravo (27*) tried to play out the remaining overs on Day 4 as they would like to give India a target of about 250 and try for a win.
Earlier in the day, though Sachin and Dravid missed, Ashwin scored his maiden century while India were looking out for a partnership to avoid follow on. With a wicket in hand, Ashwin playing extremely well, India look to post a decent total provided the partnership lasts long.
With a maiden century to his credit, Ashwin has impressed everyone and has created history as he came the first Indian player to have a five wicket haul and a century to his credit in an innings. His knock of 103 came off 118 balls which included 15 boundaries and 2 sixes. His 97 run partnership with Virat Kohli (52) was very crucial as they saved India from the embarrassment of following on.
When everyone were curious about Sachin's ton, Dravid got into the limelight as he completed 13000 runs in Test cricket, but missed out on a century after falling short by 18 runs. But the youngster who captured all the attention on Day 4 was none other than the off spinner R Ashwin. He silently created history by posting a maiden hundred and a rare feat while people never expected Ashwin would be the man with a digit score.
With a deficit of 108 runs, India will have to bowl out Windies for a score below 150-200 to ensure a defendable target as there are only 3 more sessions to go.
Skipper MS Dhoni was bowled out by Darren Sammy for just 8 runs. Ravi Rampaul and Marlon Samuels took three wickets each as India trail by 108 runs on Day 4.
Earlier while people all over the globe, were anxiously waiting for the master blaster to reach the milestone of 100 international centuries, Sachin Tendulkar disappointed again after being dismissed by Rampaul for 94. VVS Laxman was dismissed the first ball he faced on Day 4 giving Windies an edge in the third test
Fidel Edwards dismissed VVS Laxman early on Day 4 as he faced the first ball of the day to get back to the pavillion after holing it out to gully to give Samuels a chance to celebrate.
Though Laxman's dismissal was a hiccup, Indians recovered from the blow soon as all eyes were on Sachin Tendulkar as he went past the scores 70, 80 and reached 90s. Sachin, looked firm and steady as he went past these scores and was on the verge of achieving the rare feat as crowd went crazy.
Suddenly there was a moment of silence where even a whisper would have been loud, as everyone's eyes are glued to the man, who was on the verge of making a historic ton. As Sachin faced a Rampaul delivery, world watched with silence, as the master blaster was dismissed for 94 after failing to punch the ball by opening the face of the bat to give Sammy a charp catch at second slip as the umpire lifted his right hand to confirm the dismissal.
This is the 10th time, Sachin has missed out on a century in Tests after reaching 90 and the second time after scoring his 99th century. According to the data, Sachin has not got a century at his home ground since 2001.
Its history again. All the unnecessary hype got its due as Sachin disappointed again. The wait is not over yet. Will it be at Australia, will be the next question on mind. Better we leave it to the master as he knows which is the best time to get it and achieve the rare feat.