Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Windies in dire straits as openers fall

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Roseau (Dominica): The West Indies were in dire straits at lunch on the fourth day of the third and final Test against India, after Fidel Edwards’ 10th five-wicket haul in Tests helped them limit India’s lead in the morning session at Windsor Park here on Saturday.

Trailing by 143 after India were dismissed for 347, the hosts lost both openers cheaply to be 26 for two at the interval and now face an uphill task to save the game.

Kieran Powell (4) completed an inauspicious debut when he edged the third ball of seamer Ishant Sharma’s third over to third slip for Suresh Raina to hold a simple catch at eight for one.

Adrian Barath (6) perished in the next over from Praveen Kumar, steering a wide ball into the lap of Virat Kohli in the slip cordon with just two runs added.

As has become customary, Darren Bravo (9) was leading the fightback and was partnered with another debutant Kirk Edwards (7).

Earlier, Edwards picked up three of the four wickets to fall to finish with five for 103 as India, resuming the day at 308 for six, added a mere 39 runs in a morning session that was interrupted by rain.

Captain and medium pacer Darren Sammy (2-51) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-125) finished with two wickets apiece.

India skipper MS Dhoni added nine to his overnight 65 while Kumar stroked a breezy 23 from 27 balls, in a stand of 31 from 47 balls for the eighth wicket.

Once they were parted, however, the innings ended swiftly with the last three wickets falling for eight runs in the space of 13 balls. (IANS)

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