On Day 3 of the second Test, Ravichandran Ashwin ended Kraigg Brathwaite’s resistance with a delivery that spun right past the West Indies captain’s defense.
On Day 3 of the second Test, the West Indies used an attritional approach and managed to bat through it, finishing with five wickets in hand. For much of the day, their effort was led by skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, whose defense appeared invincible as he gathered 235 balls and scored 75 runs. When he did fall, it was with his stumps shaken rather than a freak run out, as he succumbed to a stunner from Ravichandran Ashwin.
For the fourth delivery of the 73rd over, Ashwin got the ball to drift away from the right-hander. Brathwaite was drawn to a front defense, struck a rough patch, and wheeled hard in. The ball struck the middle stump after passing between the batter’s bat and torso.
The West Indies have prioritized avoiding defeat and have maintained their strategy even after Brathwaite’s dismissal. Brathwaite began on Friday and could not complete his fifty off 170 balls until after lunch on Saturday, the second slowest in his career. The West Indies’ resolve to take its time, block, or leave yielded only 143 runs in 67 overs, 33 of which were maidens. Rain delays cost two hours of play time, and the game finished 20 minutes early due to poor lighting.
West Indies reached stumps on 229-4 in response to India’s 438, despite scoring less than two runs per over. The West Indies simply need 10 more runs to force India to bat again.
Apart from Brathwaite, the only other two batsmen who were dismissed on Day 3 were Jermaine Blackwood and Joshua Da Silva. After lunch, Brathwaite pulled Mukesh Kumar over fine leg for a six, and the captain was out for 75 after facing 235 deliveries. Blackwood was out immediately after tea, diverting Jadeja to Ajinkya Rahane, who made a one-handed catch in the cordon. Da Silva was bowled on 10 while attempting to drive Mohammed Siraj, just before another nearly hour-long rain delay. India finally received the new ball in the 103rd over, but Athanaze and Jason Holder remained unscathed until stumps. Athanaze had 37 points from 111 balls, while Holder had 11.
Highlights of India vs. West Indies 2nd Test Day 3: WI has a 229/5 at Stumps and trails IND by 209 runs.
India vs. West Indies 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: The West Indies survived the full day and took a significant step toward avoiding defeat.
Highlights of India vs. West Indies 2nd Test Day 3: Kirk McKenzie led the way as the West Indies made a better start to Day 3 than they did in the final session of Day 2. The youngster had made 32 off 57 when he became Mukesh Kumar’s first international wicket. Rain began to fall on the ground as the Indians were celebrating, forcing a halt in play. While it appeared to be only a passing shower at first, the rain continued to fall on and off, and lunch was eventually taken early. The West Indies were 117/2, 321 runs behind India.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was out soon after the game resumed, having struck 75 in 235 balls. The West Indies maintained their slow run rate for the rest of the day, forcing India to fight hard for their wickets. So far, they have two more, both of which have fallen to Jadeja. Rain returned to halt play in the third session after Mohammed Siraj took his first wicket. Even though Rohit Sharma decided to bowl just spinners when play resumed, the West Indies finished the day 229/5, behind India by 209 runs.
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