Bhuvneshwar blitz skittles West Indies

first_imgINDIA 1st innings 353 (R. Ashwin 118, W. Saha 104, L. Rahul 50)WEST INDIES 1st innings (Overnight: 107-3)K. Brathwaite c Saha b R. Ashwin 64L. Johnson run-out (Rahul) 23Da. Bravo c Jadeja b I. Sharma 29M. Samuels b B. Kumar 48J. Blackwood c Kohli b B. Kumar 20R. Chase c Rahane b Jadeja 2S. Dowrich c S. Dhawan b B. Kumar 18J. Holderlbw b B. Kumar 2A. Joseph c Rahul b B. Kumar 0M. Cummins c Saha b R. Ashwin 0S. Gabriel not out 0Extras: (b-13, lb-2, nb-2, w-2) 19Total: (all out, 103.4 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-129, 3-135, 4-202, 5-203, 6-205, 7-212, 8-212, 9-221.Bowling: B. Kumar 23.4-10-33-5 (w-2), M. Shami 17-3-58-0, R. Ashwin 26-7-52-2,I. Sharma 13-2-40-1 (nb-2), R. Jadeja 24-9-27-1.INDIA 2nd inningsL. Rahul c K. Brathwaite b Cummins 28S. Dhawan lbw b Chase 26V. Kohli lbw b Cummins 4A. Rahane not out 51Ro. Sharma not out 41Extras: (b-1, lb-1, nb-5) 7Total: (for 3 wickets, 39 overs) 157Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-58, 3-72.To bat: R. Ashwin, W. Saha, R. Jadeja, I. Sharma, M. Shami, B. KumarBowling: S. Gabriel 3-0-19-0 (nb-1), A. Joseph 4-0-23-0 (nb-2), M. Cummins 6-1-22-2 (nb-2), J. Holder 5-1-17-0, R. Chase 11-1-41-1, K. Brathwaite 10-1-33-0. (REUTERS) – A devastating spell of swing bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar put India in command on the fourth day of the third Test against West Indies in St Lucia yesterday.Kumar ripped through the middle order and tail, moving the second new ball both ways through the air and off the seam to pick up five wickets at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet.Playing his first Test in 19 months, he took five for 33 in 23.4 overs as West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 23 runs to be all out for 225 in the first innings.India then reached 157 for three by the close of play, 285 runs ahead, leaving captain Virat Kohli to ponder the best time to declare on the final day today.All of Kumar’s dismissals were achieved with quality deliveries, three caught in the slips, one bowled and one lbw.“That was a spell of consistent, high-quality swing bowling,” said former West Indies player Jeffrey Dujon on television commentary.“He gave all the batsmen trouble, swung it in, swung it out, set up Marlon Samuels beautifully and really didn’t move too much from that tight off-stump line.”Samuels was perhaps Kumar’s most prized scalp, out for 48 when he was beaten by an inswinger that he chopped on to his stumps.One run earlier Jermaine Blackwood was caught at second slip off Kumar for 20. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored for West Indies with 64.India skipper Virat Kohli went cheaply in India’s second innings, trapped lbw by Miguel Cummins for four after making just three in the first knock.Ajinkya Rahane (51) and Rohit Sharma (41) were unbeaten at stumps. India lead the four-Ttest series 1-0.last_img read more