India up by 240
BRIDGETOWN – INDIA, who led the West Indies by 11 runs on first innings, ended the fourth and penultimate day on 229 for three in their second innings – an overall lead of 240 runs – in the second Digicel cricket Test at Kensington Oval here Friday.
Vangipurappu Laxman was not out on 72 after striking six fours in a solid knock which has so far spanned 228 minutes and 171 balls. His not out partner is Virat Kohli on 26, the pair featuring in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 75 runs in 110 minutes.
Kohli joined Laxman after the experienced Rahul Dravid was caught behind off fast bowler Fidel Edwards for a patient 55 in 222 minutes as he faced 171 balls while striking only three boundaries.
Edwards also dismissed opener Abhinav Mukund for 48 to finish the day with two for 58 in 17 overs to be the most successful bowler for the West Indies, whose other wicket-taker was pacer Ravi Rampaul. He removed opener Murali Vijay for three in the pre-lunch session after another late start because of morning rain.
However, the sun shone for most of the day, allowing 83 overs to be bowled and India accumulated 206 runs to virtually dent any hopes of the West Indies had of squaring the three-match series, which the visitors lead 1-0 after a 63-run first Test victory in Jamaica. (EZS)