India enjoyed another day of dominance with both bat and ball as they closed in on a clean sweep on their tour of the Caribbean in Jamaica on Sunday.
Jasprit Bumrah’s stunning spell had reduced the Windies to 87/7 on Day 2, and it didn’t take too much time for the visitors to wrap up the innings today. Mohammed Shami was the first to strike, with Rahkeem Cornwall only able to fend an absolute snorter to Ajinkya Rahane at gully.
The pair of Jahmar Hamilton and Kemar Roach took the Windies past the three figure mark, before Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja polished off the tail as the home side were bundled out for 117. Despite gaining a mammoth lead of 299, India chose not to enforce the follow on.
The visitors’ second innings, like their first one, started on a shaky note. Both openers failed to cross double digits and were dismissed by Kemar Roach- Agarwal falling LBW for 4, while Rahul took 63 balls for his 6 before edging one to keeper Hamilton.
Skipper Virat Kohli fell for a rare duck as the visitors were reduced 36/3.
Cheteshwar Pujara appeared to be getting his eye in before some extra bounce from Jason Holder proved to be his undoing- Brooks took a good catch at third slip as the India No.3 fell for 27.
Pujara’s wicket brought Rahane and Hanuma Vihari together and the in-form pair brought the innings back on track with an unbeaten 111 run stand for the fifth wicket. Both players completed their half centuries before India declared their innings at 168 for four, setting West Indies a massive target of 468 to chase.
It took only two and a half overs for the visitors’ pace battery to get going again, with Kraigg Brathwaite nicking an Ishant delivery to wicket keeper Rishabh Pant. John Campbell got a reprieve on 9 when he was put down by Vihari, but failed to make the most of it as he fell for 16, caught by Kohli at slip while attempting an expansive drive.
At the other end, Darren Bravo needed some attention after a Bumrah bouncer rattled his helmet, but the Windies managed to avoid any further loss of wickets. They finished on 45/2, still requiring another 423 runs with two full days of play remaining.