Antigua: Ajinkya Rahane’s back-to-back half-centuries and skipper Virat Kohli fifty helped India took control of the first Test against the West Indies on Saturday.
India finished off the Windies tail after some struggle with Shami and Jadeja picking up the last two wickets. However, the hosts managed a score of 222 runs.
At the opening break of the third day, India were 14 for no loss in their second innings with Mayank Agarwal batting on 8 and K L Rahul on 6.
West Indies gave an early scare after the men in blue lost Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Chesteshwar Pujara early on in the innings.
Later, Rahane remained unbeaten on 53 while Kohli was batting on 51 as India reached 185.
India now maintained their stranglehold over the West Indies with 75-run first-innings lead on the third day of the opening cricket Test. The visitors now enjoy an overall lead of 260 runs with seven wickets in hand and two full days play remaining
Earlier on Day 2, Ishant Sharma’s spirited effort and reckless batting from the West Indies helped India take control of the first Test. West Indies lost five wickets in the final session to be reeling at 189 for eight in their first innings at stumps, trailing India by 108 runs.