India enforce follow-on with 468-run lead

West Indies 181 (Chase 53, Ashwin 4-37) and 33 for 1 (Ashwin 1-15) trace India 649 for 9 dec. (Kohli 139, Shaw 134, Jadeja 100 *, Pant 92) for 435 runs

R Ashwin hit early to dig in the middle order of the West Indies Associated Press

Despite the hitting streak Roston Chase and Paul Keemo, India, took great strides towards a victory in the tickets on the third morning. Having defeated the West Indies in just 48 passes for a lead of 468 runs in the first inning, India decided to impose follow-up, a rare occurrence in the test cricket these days. For lunch they had also taken a window of second tickets.

The day started with West Indies in 94 for 6, and Chase and Paul ran their arm with nothing to really lose. There was a mix of well-timed and sharp limits against the bowls of Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav. The association reached fifty, both batters approached that point of reference, but then Umesh Yadav finally knocked down the first goalkeeper of the morning, drawing an upper edge for Midwicket to catch him. Paul fell on the 47.

R Ashwin then produced a bowling spell with adepts, joking and tormenting the lower order with flight and drift. He made Chase fall into one, but in the next, he created a gap between his bat and pad with a beautiful drift and the ball turned back to break through that gap and hit the stumps. The debutant Sherman Lewis was baffled by a carrom ball. Shannon Gabriel, too, was prey to the ball of the carrom. This time, the ball missed the stumps, but an unbalanced Gabriel gave Rishabh Pant a break after he had 16 passes and two sacks against his name.

Ten minutes later, Ashwin attacked them again, this time with the new ball. I did not need the carrom ball now to threaten every edge of the bat since the new ball sometimes tended to go in a straight line. Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell battled with an aggression that probably stemmed from their lack of confidence in their defense. In the end, it was a strong outbreak of saliva that led Prithvi Shaw to his first Test capture on a short leg of the Brathwaite bat.


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