India needs 7 more West Indies wickets to win 3rd test
Aug 16 2016
West Indies' batsman Marlon Samuels kneels after he was bowled by India's Ishant Sharma as India's captain Virat Kohli, second from right, and Lokesh Rahul celebrate his dismissal during day five of their third cricket Test match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, Saturday, Aug. 13.
Facing a victory target of 345 after India declared almost an hour into the morning session; West Indies imploded for 108 in about two sessions to hand India the series at the Darren Sammy National Stadium. But he quickly ran out partners and was eventually dismissed by Indian pacer Mohammed Shami which left the West Indies struggling at 95/8.
Darren Bravo (59) was the only batsman to offer any meaningful resistance, his team-mates all failing to deliver as Mohammed Shami led the touring attack with 3-15 from 11 overs.
SCORECARD: India: 353 and 217-7; WI: 225 and 108 (Ashwin 3-28).
Incidentally, this is the first time in over six decades that India has won more than one Test match in the Caribbean islands. Anil Kumble took over as coach in June on a mission to improve the team's miserable form away from the sub-continent. India lead the 4 match series by 2-0.
Ravichandran Ashwin, named man of the match for his hundred with the bat and contribution with the ball, consigned Alzarri Joseph to the indignity of a pair on debut before Jadeja claimed the final wicket of Shannon Gabriel to trigger the Indian celebrations.
Bravo fought hard from one end, who showed enough maturity and went past his first half-century of the series. There obviously is considerable thought going on behind whom to select, whom to drop and, more importantly, when and in what conditions.
These are the words West Indies skipper Jason Holder has often used during the current four-Test series.
"We can now play with more positive intent in Trinidad and express ourselves fully", Kohli said. As a team you want to win every match you play. "After lunch, I could do that and when you get one wicket you get confidence that you can take more wickets". "I can't put my finger on exactly how I'm going to fix it". We've got a number of young players. "Here also we played two good days of Test cricket, then lost day 3, but again on day 4 bowlers came back and executed what we wanted to", said Kohli after the day's play.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's magical bowling spell has given India a chance of forcing a result in St Lucia.
"We made three changes and we understood Rohit needs to be backed at a particular position", he said. "Not to forget the first innings, where the way Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin batted was really top class Test cricket as well", he added.
6 Times five India bowlers took at least one wicket each in the fourth-innings of a Test. India have won five of those Tests and the last such instance was also against West Indies in Kingston in 2011.