Roseau, Dominica: A fighting century on debut by Kirk Edwards and some hostile fast bowling by his namesake Fidel Edwards, led to a comeback of sorts by the West Indies at the end of the fourth day’s play of the third and final Test against India on Saturday.
At stumps, the hosts were 224/6 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease on 73 along with his skipper Darren Sammy who was batting on 1. West Indies lead by 81 with four second innings wickets in hand.
Praveen Kumar sent back Windies wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh (10) in the fag end of the day after Harbhajan Singh’s twin blow in one over helped India regain the momentum.
Edwards became the 14th West Indian to score a Test century on debut as he along with Chanderpaul put on 161 runs for the fourth wicket after the West Indies were looking down the barrel at 40/3 early on in their innings.
Edwards struck nine boundaries and a six during his 195 ball stay before falling to Harbhajan for 110.
Edwards was caught behind by Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Samuels followed suit soon after for a duck as the home team lost their fifth wicket.
Samuels was adjudged leg before wicket, though replays suggested that the ball would have gone on to miss the off stump.
Earlier, Edwards brought up his maiden Test fifty, and was involved in an unbeaten stand of 76 runs with Chanderpaul as the West Indies went into tea at 116/3.
The hosts lost their third wicket after lunch when Darren Bravo's attempt to hit Harbhajan Singh out of the ground only went as far as Praveen Kumar at the wide mid-off region who took a comfortable catch.
Bravo made 14 and was involved in a 30 run partnership with Chanderpaul.
India's new ball bowlers, Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar struck early by removing the West Indian openers in the opening session. While Adrian Barath fell to Kumar for six, Kieron Powell was snapped up by Sharma after making just four.
West Indies pace bowler Fidel Edwards grabbed his 10th five wicket haul in Tests as the Indian innings folded up for 347.
Carrying on from their overnight score of 308/6, the visitors added 39 more runs to take a healthy lead of 143 before being bowled out.
Edwards returned with figures of 5/103 and took three of the four Indian wickets to fall on day four which included the prized scalp of Dhoni who top scored with 74.