West Indies are most likely heading towards an innings defeat on the fourth day at Eden Gardens in Kolkata after losing 11 wickets today. Despite finishing the third day’s play at an impressive 195 for 3, West Indies are still facing a huge deficit of 283 runs. The visitors are following on after getting bundled out for a paltry 153 in their first innings.
The morning session saw West Indies losing 8 wickets in a hurry to concede a huge first innings lead of 478. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav produced his best efforts of his short career so far taking 3 for 23 in 7 overs while left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha picked up four wickets. Ashwin played his part taking two. The West Indian first innings lasted just the 48 overs with not even a single batsman getting a half century.
Pragyan Ojha provided the opening for India on Day 3 by removing Kirk Edwards with an arm ball and then the big fish Chanderpaul shuffled back and got hit on the pad to an Ashwin drifter. Umesh Yadav got Darren Bravo inside edging onto the stumps which was followed up by a double blow from Ojha getting Samuels edging a turning ball on the backfoot and then Sammy edging his cut to the keeper. Ojha pulled off a freak run out by deflecting a straight drive onto the stumps to have Roach run out at the non-striker’s end and in the very next ball had Carlton Baugh missing a slog sweep and hitting him on the pad. Ojha wrapped up things with an arm ball that had Fidel Edwards struck infront of the stumps on the pad.
West Indies were asked to follow on after the lunch break and in just the 5th over, they lost Kraig Brathwaite who got a thin edge to the keeper on the backfoot to an Umesh Yadav delivery. India was kept waiting after that as Adrian Barath and Kirk Edwards put up a fighting stand for the 2nd wicket. It was left to Ishant Sharma to raise his game to finally find some success in this match. Ishant struck twice removing both Barath and Edwards. First it was Adrian Barath (62 from 105 balls with 10 fours) edging his rash square drive off a full delivery from Ishant to VVS Laxman at slip in the 33rd over. Ishant removed Kirk Edwards (60 from 128 balls with 6 fours and a six) with a full length inswinger which struck the pad of the right hander infront of the stumps.
By the close of play, West Indies got another nice partnership going with Darren Bravo on 38* (from 84 balls with a four and three sixes) and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 21* (from 40 balls with 3 fours). West Indies batted out 62 overs losing three wickets in their second innings on a pitch that looked easier to bat on as the day progressed.