India set West Indies 419-run target in opening Test

NORTH SOUND: India declared their second innings at 343 for seven, setting the West Indies a stiff 419-run target to win the first cricket Test on the fourth day of the match, here on Sunday.

India set West Indies 419-run target in opening Test

Ajinkya Rahane hits a boundary as Shai Hope of West Indies look on. AFP

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North Sound (Antigua), August 25

India declared their second innings at 343 for seven, setting the West Indies a stiff 419-run target to win the first cricket Test on the fourth day of the match, here on Sunday. 

Ajinkya Rahane scored 102 but Hanuma Vihari missed out on his hundred by seven runs. They raised a 135-run stand for the fifth wicket. 

Resuming at 185 for three, India lost Kohli (51) when his leading edge off Roston Chase flew to John Campbell, who took the catch on second attempt.

That ended the fourth-wicket partnership between Kohli and Rahane that yielded 106 runs for India.

The other overnight batsman Rahane was joined by Vihari, who easily worked the ball around in gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Holder now made it all-spin attack by introducing John Campbell from the other end.

As soon as the new ball was available, pacers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel operated in tandem but before that West Indies part-timers had bowled 41 overs in this innings alone.

While Roach and Gabriel bowled a few testing deliveries, it largely remained an untroubled stay for both Rahane and Vihari.

Opener Mayank Agarwal (16) was the first wicket to fall for India in the second innings, trapped by Chase in the 14th over although TV replays showed the ball was missing the leg stump but the batsman didn’t go for review on Saturday.

After Agarwal’s departure, KL Rahul (38) and Chesteshwar Pujara (25) added 43 runs for the second wicket to take India forward.

Rahul, however, gave away his wicket, bowled by Chase. He went across his stumps while going for a sweep, only to expose all the three stumps and the West Indian spinner stuck as the batsman failed to connect the ball.

An over later, Roach went through Pujara’s defence to reduce India to 81 for three.

Before that, 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. — PTI

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