North Sound: Pacer Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets — one of Darren Bravo just before lunch and two more (Marlon Samuels and Blackwood) after the break — to peg West Indies back on Day Three of the first cricket Test here on Saturday.
The hosts reached 102 for 5 with one more hour of play before the tea session, still trailing by 464 runs in reply to India's mammoth first innings total of 566 for eight declared.
At the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Kraigg Brathwaite (53 batting) defied the Indian bowlers along with Devendra Bishoo (12), as the duo put on 38 for the second wicket but more importantly frustrated the visitors by batting out 17.5 overs.
Starting at their overnight score of 31 for 1, Bishoo looked to stay with his partner for as long as possible, and he was successful in achieving that goal. He frustrated the Indian bowlers for nearly 70 minutes.
Part of it had to do with the fact that the Indian pacers were guilty of bowling too short, especially to the night watchman. However, India got back on top with Shami picking up crucial wickets.
At the other end, Brathwaite was happy to leave as many deliveries as possible, and he was helped by the wide deliveries bowled at him by the Indian pacers. When the spin came on, he looked to attack R Ashwin (0-22) and didn't allow the lead spinner to settle down at all, hitting him for boundaries in successive overs.
India 1st innings: 566 for 8 declared (V. Kohli 200, R. Ashwin 113, S. Dhawan 84, A. Mishra 53)
West Indies 1st innings (midway Session 2)
K. Brathwaite not out 53
R. Chandrika c Saha b M.Shami 16
D. Bishoo st Saha b Mishra 12
D. Bravo c Saha b M Shami 11
M. Samuels c Saha b M. Shami 1
J. Blackwood c Rahane b M. Shami 0
R. Chase not out 4
Extras (lb-2, wd-1, nb-2) 5
Total (For 5 wickets in 52 overs) 102
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-68, 3-90, 4-92, 5-92.
Bowling: I. Sharma 13-5-24-0, U. Yadav 8-5-12-0, M. Shami 14-3-29-4, R. Ashwin 8-3-22-0, A Mishra 9-3-13-1.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and Ian Gould
TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle