Port of Spain, July 23 – Kraigg Brathwaite and Alick Athanaze confirmed some struggle and managed to frustrate Indian bowlers on a placid pitch as hosts went into stumps at 229/5, trailing by 209 on a rain-interrupted third day of the second Take a look at, right here on Saturday.
Kraigg Brathwaite’s 235-ball 75 led West Indies’ watchful strategy however the different batters, who additionally showcased restraint, couldn’t convert their promising begins into greater contributions as India managed to time some well timed wickets.
West Indies, who scored solely 143 runs within the 67 overs bowled within the day’s play, will rely on Alick Athanaze (37 not out) and Jason Holder (11 not out) to steer them nearer to India’s first-innings rating.
Within the first session, India’s debutant Mukesh Kumar dismissed West Indies’ debutant Kirk McKenzie for 32 off 57 balls earlier than rain pressured an early lunch.
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Brathwaite crossed fifty early within the second session, getting there with a pair off Mukesh. Although India bowlers had been disciplined, Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood had been as much as the duty as they constructed a watchful partnership and ensured that they put away the free deliveries.
Ashwin ended the partnership price 40 off 128 deliveries, getting the higher of Brathwaite’s defence with drift and spin. Athanaze appeared to play his photographs and together with Blackwood batted by for the rest of the prolonged second session, with solely 57 runs being scored in 35.4 overs.
Jadeja struck early within the third session, getting one to show sharply off the tough to catch the sting of Blackwood’s bat, with Ajinkya Rahane taking a shocking one-handed catch at first slip to finish a 21-run fourth wicket partnership that got here off 83 deliveries.
Thereafter, Jadeja and Unadkat bowled in tandem and had the batters in bother on a number of events however Athanaze and Joshua Da Silva saved West Indies going as they took their aspect previous the 200 mark. However their stand got here to an finish when Da Silva was bowled by Siraj. However identical to the primary session, rain stopped play quickly after a wicket.
Play resumed after an almost an hour’s break as a consequence of rain, with Siraj and Ashwin persevering with the bowling. India opted for the second new ball within the 103rd over, with Mukesh and Siraj working with it.
Mukesh discovered some motion and troubled Athanaze on a few events, however he couldn’t get a wicket. With the sunshine fading, India obtained Jadeja to bowl one over however the umpires determined to name it Stumps quickly after.
Temporary scores: India 438 lead West Indies 229/5 (Kraigg Brathwaite 75, Alick Athanaze 37 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 2/37, Mukesh Kumar 1/35) by 209 runs.