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Ind-WI, Day 3: As it happened

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Nov 24, 2011 at 05:39pm IST

India first innings

4:45 p.m. And that's stumps for the day! India finish at 281-3, still 309 runs behind the West Indies. Laxman is 32 not out, but all eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar, who will resume tomorrow at 67, just 33 short of the much-awaited century. So will tomorrow be the day it finally happens? Tune in to find out!

4:20 p.m.: Runs continue to flow for India, who reach 269-3 as the end of Day 3 looms. Laxman has eased his way to 26, while Sachin is on 61. There was a massive scare for the century-watchers when Sachin got a nick, but Baugh dropped the chance, and the hopes are still alive.

Ind-WI, Day 3: As it happened

India ended Day 3 still trailing West Indies by 309 runs, with Sachin unbeaten on 67.

3:40 p.m.: Sachin Tendulkar brings up his 63rd Test fifty with a single on the on-side. Tendulkar scored his fifty in 88 balls that included four fours and one six. He is on course for the much-anticipated 100th international ton.

3:24 p.m. Dravid misses out! He is clean bowled by part time offspinner Marlon Samuels. Dravid tried to late-cut a length-ball offbreak, and the ball just clipped the off-stump in process. So Dravid departs after a well-made 82. India 224/3, with maximum 23 overs remaining in the day's play.

3:05 p.m. Dravid is inching closer to another hundred. Meanwhile, the man whose century everyone is waiting for, Sachin Tendulkar, is also looking good. Both are playing some positive shots, and India have reached 214/2, still 376 behind.

2:10 p.m. Tea! Dravid has a wry smile on his face, walking back. This is why! Dravid defended the last ball before Tea but the top-spin imparted by Bishoo took it back to the stumps and only some swift footwork by Dravid prevented it from going back to hit the stumps. West Indies fielders stand bewildered. India 172 for two, 418 behind.

1:25 p.m. Rampaul strikes, Gambhir walks back! Gambhir tries to pull, seldom does. The bouncer passes his bat and Baugh goes up immediately appealing for a caught behind. The umpire agrees, Gambhir doesn't seem to as he shakes his head. Doubtful, but India 138 for two.

And guess what! There is huge roar! Sachin is walking in!

Gautam Gambhir c Baugh b Rampaul 55 (99)

1 p.m. 13,000 Test runs for Dravid, followed by Gambhir's 18th Test fifty. While 'The Wall' keeps getting taller and Gambhir confident with every stroke, India's chances of drawing the Test on an innocuous Wankhede pitch are getting brighter. Also the fifty partnership between the duo. India totally at ease.

12:46 p.m. India's 100 is on the board! Dravid and Gambhir haven't allowed the scoring rate to drop much after lunch and keep finding boundaries every now and then to take India to 100 for one, though still 490 behind the Windies.

11:30 a.m. Lunch on Day 3! Gambhir and Dravid still together and have taken India to 74 for one, still 516 runs behind West Indies' first innings total of 590.

11:10 a.m. Sehwag gone! Sammy has got his man, going through the defences and pegging the off-stump back. Happened out of the blue but that's how it is when Sehwag is at the crease. While he makes runs at a canter, he gives the opposition chances as well. India 67 for one.

Virender Sehwag b Sammy 37 (50)

11 a.m. Fifty up! India's start has gone from steady to brisk, with Sehwag taking on the West Indians and Gambhir playing it intelligently by letting his more attacking partner take most of the strike. The fifty came of a six in just 10.3 overs when Sehwag lifted Sammy over the covers region.

10:25 Rampaul and Edwards seem to have chalked out a plan to control, if not dismiss, the attacking Indian openers Sehwag and Gambhir. It has been a nice mix of short balls and pitched-up stuff from the West Indies. However, India still going at more than four an over with 28 for no loss in the first six overs.

West Indies first innings:

9:38 a.m. Another five-for for Ashwin! It took India just eight minutes to put an end to the West Indian first innings, to which Bishoo and Edwards added 15 runs to reach 590. But more importantly, Bishoo's stumps were disturbed by Ashwin, who ended with figures of five for 156 in the 52.1 overs he bowled.

Devendra Bishoo b Ashwin 12 (21)

9 a.m. Good morning and thanks for joining us again on day three of third Test between India and the West Indies, which so far has been a run-fest for the visitors at a flat Wankhede Stadium pitch.

The hosts would want to send the last West Indian batsman back quickly on the third morning, before Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir can take guard for India's reply.

There is an added incentive for the spectators to come to the ground on Thursday as it could be the day when Sachin Tendulkar scores his elusive 100th century. So all that and much more as we wait for the first ball to be bowled on day three.

Day 2 Round-up

India made a strong comeback by taking five wickets in the last session of play on Wednesday, but not before West Indies put up a massive 575/9 to end the second day's play of the third and the final Test at the Wankhede Stadium.

Varun Aaron struck thrice, while R Aswhin grabbed another two to bring India back after the West Indies had been cruising at 494/4 at Tea.

Darren Bravo was the star performer for the Caribbean side, scoring 166 in 284 deliveries. Kirk Edwards added 21 to his overnight score of 65 before being dismissed by Ishant Sharma for 86. Kieran Powell plundered 81 and Marlon Samuels contributed 61.

India will look to wrap up the Caribbean first innings quickly on Thursday by taking the last wicket and then will want a good start by their openers to set up the reply to West Indies' total.

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