After bundling out West Indies for 222, India extended their lead to 260 before stumps on Day 3 of the first Test in Antigua. India were 185 for 3 with captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane batting on 51 and 53, respectively, before the day ended.
Roston Chase took the wickets of both Indian openers while Kemar Roach got the big wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara as India were reduced to 81 for 3.
Kohli and Rahane in the middle have taken India to the driving seat as the duo has added 104 runs for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, Mayank Agarwal (16) and KL Rahul (38) gave India a steady start with a 30-run opening stand. The partnership was broken when Agarwal was trapped LBW by Chase. His partner told him not to review the decision as it looked plumb but replays surprisingly showed that the ball would have missed leg stump.
Pujara and Rahul then put up 43 runs for the second wicket and were looking strong when the latter ended up missing everything while attempting to sweep Chase. He exposed all of his stumps in the process and the ball hit them unimpeded.
In the very next over, Pujara was completely done by a peach of a delivery from Roach. The delivery was pitched at length but moved in instead of going the other way, went through Pujara’s defence and took the stumps. Kohli and Rahane have since kept the bowlers at bay.
Though Roach gave the batsmen some nervy moments, the duo managed to stay at the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking.
Brief scores: India 297 & 185 for 3 (Ajinkya Rahane 53 not out, Virat Kohli 51 not out; Roston Chase 2/69) vs West Indies 222 all out.