Player of the Match
Player of the Match

James: "With India a bowler down WI could be in a very good position if they get off to a steady start. If they can bat well they could tire out the remaining bowlers. And with India batting last and folding the way they did this morning they won't want to chase 200 plus." --- Thing is, even with a bowler down, India have three quality spinners for these conditions and one pacer who can reverse it.

12:15pm Hello everyone. I recall someone who wanted India to take a quick 250-run lead last evening. I'm sure he/she adjusted their bearings in the first session and will be pretty pleased with the quick 56 India got instead. And while I warmed up for this session, my colleague Bharath Seervi told me that Jason Holder's bowling average this year - 11.87 - is the best (minimum 30 wickets) in a calendar year for any bowler since 1918! Check out the list, it's dominated by Pakistani fast bowlers.

11.47am Six wickets for West Indies, 53-run lead for India and the game is alive again. Anyone who assumed Rahane and Pant would've sleep walked their way to hundreds - wake up! Holder, captain marvel, showed what he's capable of and made the new ball talk in a superb opening burst to eat into the lower order. West Indies could've kept this lead to 30-odd if they didn't switch off with India nine down. Holder spread fields even with Ashwin not looking for a single given Shardul's injury and allowed the game to drift just slightly. That said, they will still believe a 200 plus lead will give them a decent chance of trying to make amends for the horrors of Rajkot. When we return after lunch, it'll be Varun Shetty to resume commentary duties. Cheers.

106.4
W
Gabriel to Ashwin, OUT, sneaks back into the gap between bat and pad to flatten middle stump. Went wide of the crease and angled this in, moved back off the seam. Ashwin may have been impacted by the knock he took off the previous delivery, so didn't move forward instinctively. Played at this from the crease, just felt for the delivery and played down the wrong line. Dream ball for any fast bowler to see the middle stump knocked back. That will be lunch on day three

R Ashwin b Gabriel 35 (119m 83b 4x4 0x6) SR: 42.16

106.3
0
Gabriel to Ashwin, no run, ohhhooo, bounce from a crack to rap Ashwin on the back hand as he prods forward.
106.2
4
Gabriel to Ashwin, FOUR runs, full toss on the pads, flicked into the gap at midwicket. Hetmyer runs around but can't stop that. He'll pick those away even in his sleep, a rare lose ball from Gabriel.
106.1
0
Gabriel to Ashwin, no run, squeezes this one off a thick outside edge to third man.

END OF OVER:
106 | 1 Run | INDIA: 363/9

  • SN Thakur4 (12b)
  • R Ashwin31 (79b)
  • D Bishoo21-4-78-0
  • ST Gabriel20-1-103-2

M Kartik on air talking about captain's trust and how not having it can affect a frontline spinner. Fair point, stuff from his own personal experience of having played under Ganguly perhaps.

105.6
0
Bishoo to Thakur, no run, too much flight, too full, defended back.
105.5
0
Bishoo to Thakur, no run, punches this into the gap at point but can't take a single.
105.4
1
Bishoo to Ashwin, 1 run, eases this down to long-on, jogs the single this time.

Karthik K: "This is a gutsy innings from Shardul Thakur.It is a right decision by India to play on! As they need as much runs as they could, since they play last on this pitch. Any good lead of close to 100 will do good for them. On a 4 / 5th day pitch tailender's can't play more than couple of overs and score any runs, this is the right time to play them."

105.3
0
Bishoo to Ashwin, no run, slow turn from length on middle, defended to midwicket
105.2
0
Bishoo to Ashwin, no run, drops short, Ashwin punches to long-on but refuses the single
105.1
0
Bishoo to Ashwin, no run, lunges forward and defends this gently into the leg side.

END OF OVER:
105 | 7 Runs | INDIA: 362/9

  • R Ashwin30 (75b)
  • SN Thakur4 (10b)
  • ST Gabriel20-1-103-2
  • D Bishoo20-4-77-0
104.6
1
Gabriel to Ashwin, 1 run, worked off his hip towards deep backward square leg, will keep strike.
104.5
0
Gabriel to Ashwin, no run, comes back in to beat the inside edge and hit the pad as Ashwin looks to work this square
104.4
0
Gabriel to Ashwin, no run, sways out of the line of this short ball outside off
104.3
4
Gabriel to Ashwin, FOUR runs, top-edges the pull and this trickles to the fine leg boundary. Runs flowing, something Holder can't afford. India's lead has now touched 50

Akshat: "Don't know whether Holder will go down in the annals of history as one of the greats, but we may very well see him being the test player of the year, the way he is playing in 2018."

104.2
0
Gabriel to Ashwin, no run, shapes to pull but in the end decides to just allow this zippy short ball to slide in and hit the top part of the bat
104.1
2
Gabriel to Ashwin, 2 runs, punches this length ball into the vacant spaces at sweeper cover, Warrican comes around to cut it off and Shardul hobbles back for the second with a smile.

Should've been lunch but we can extend the session by 30 minutes because India are nine down. Here's Gabriel

END OF OVER:
104 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 355/9

  • SN Thakur4 (10b)
  • R Ashwin23 (69b)
  • D Bishoo20-4-77-0
  • ST Gabriel19-1-96-2
103.6
0
Bishoo to Thakur, no run, rocks back and plays a short-arm jab uppishly towards deep midwicket. Shardul didn't swivel possibly because of discomfort to his groin.
103.5
1
Bishoo to Ashwin, 1 run, steps out and punches this to mid-on, risky single because Shardul is hardly able to move, somehow manages to complete the run. This was very casual from Abris, who was caught napping.
103.4
0
Bishoo to Ashwin, no run, lunges forward and smothers this quite nicely with soft hands
103.3
0
Bishoo to Ashwin, no run, gets long way forward and defends with the spin