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India continue to dominate West Indies in 1st Test

India earlier took a healthy 75 runs lead in the first innings, which swelled to 89 by lunch time on the third day

North Sound (Antigua): India continued to maintain their supremacy over the West Indies by garnering a healthy lead on the third day of the first cricket Test here on Saturday.

India were 66 for one after 27 overs in their second innings. The visitors now enjoy an overall lead of 141 runs with nine wickets in hand.

Opener Mayank Agarwal (16) was the only wicket to fall, LBW by Roston Chase in the 14th over although TV replays showed the ball was missing the leg stump but the batsman didn’t go for the review.

KL Rahul was bating on 34 while giving him company was Chesteswar Pujara on 16 as the duo shared unbeaten 36 runs for the second wicket.

India earlier took a healthy 75 runs lead in the first innings, which swelled to 89 by lunch time on the third day.

India bowled out West Indies for 222 in 74.2 overs in their first innings in reply to 297 with Ishant Sharma returning with best figures of 5 for 43.

Besides Ishant, Mohammed Shami (2/48) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/64) scalped two wickets a piece.

For West Indies, Roston Chase top-scored with 48, while skipper Jason Holder played a fighting 39-run knock as the hosts failed to build up partnerships.

At the opening break of the third day, India were 14 for no loss in their second innings.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 189 for eight, Holder and Miguel Cummins stuck together for 103 balls, forging a crucial 41-run partnership for the ninth wicket to take West Indies close to the Indian total.

Holder kept a calm head and guided his younger partner Cummins brilliantly to get as close as possible to the Indian total.

While Holder made 39 off 65 balls with the help of five boundaries, Cummins gave his skipper the right support from the other end by just staying at the crease although he couldn’t open his account.

Cummins’ determination to stay at the crease and give his skipper company can be gauged from the fact that he played 45 balls for no runs.

The Indian bowlers found it difficult to break the stubborn partnership between Holder and Cummins as they needed 85 balls in the opening session of the third day to dislodge the stand.

The partnership was finally broken when Holder edged a Mohammed Shami delivery to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant behind the stumps in the 74th over.

Left-arm spinner Jadeja finally drew curtains on West Indies innings when he cleaned up Cummins an over later.

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