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India vs WI, 3rd Test D2: as it happened

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Nov 24, 2011 at 11:28am IST

West Indies First Innings

4:40 p.m. An imperious century by Darren Bravo and half centuries by Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels put the West Indies in a commanding position against India, at the end of the second day's play of the third and final Test at Mumbai on Wednesday. At stumps, Fidel Edwards (7) and Devendra Bishoo (2) were at the crease.

4.30 pm Ashwin strikes twice! Ashwin strikes twice in a quick succession to derail the West Indies innings, which was once looking good to go past the 650-run mark. The offspinner first takes the wicket of Ravi Rampaul and then gets Marlon Samuels caught in slip by Rahul Dravid.

India vs WI, 3rd Test Day 2: as it happened

Darren Bravo celebrates after scoring his century on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

Ravi Rampaul c Kohli b Ashwin 10 (14)

Marlon Samuels c Dravid b Ashwin 61 (103)

4 p.m. Aaron gets his third wicket. He draws West Indies skipper Darren Sammy forward, inducing an outside edge, which was taken by Dhoni low down. It's the fifth catch that Dhoni has taken.

3:15 p.m. Aaron strikes! After a long and hard toil, Varun Aaron finally gets his first Test wicket, which became two in the space of two overs. First, he got the centurion Darren Bravo and then in his next over Carlton Baugh - the former caught behind and the latter bowled. It's India's afternoon so far: two wickets for not many runs have made it 524 for six.

Carlton Baugh b Aaron 4 (6)

Darren Bravo c Dhoni b Aaron 166 (284)

2:10 p.m. Darren Bravo continues his fluent touch as West Indies reaches 494/4 at Tea on the second day of the third Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Marlon Samuels joins Bravo after Kieran Powell was dismissed for 81 by Pragyan Ojha. The visitors score 116 runs in the post-lunch session.

1:50 p.m. Another century missed! After Edwards (86), Powell too got out in the eighties (81). The left-hander played a loose cut shot away from his body off Ojha, which was pouched brilliantly by Dhoni. WI 474/4

Kieran Powell c Dhoni b Ojha 81 (149)

1:35 p.m. Both Bravo and Powell continue to pile on the runs as West Indies inch closer to the 500-run mark. Batsmen make full use of the open spaces available. Meanwhile, Bravo also brings up 150 runs.

12:30 p.m. With seven wickets in the bank, West Indies understandably look uninhibited in their strokeplay after the lunch break. While Powell has brought up his half century, his senior partner and centurion Bravo seems to have taken over the mantle from Chanderpaul in the line-up. India surely have their backs to the wall with the visitors's score going past 400.

11:30 a.m. Darren Bravo hits a magnificent unbeaten century, his third in Test cricket, while Kirk Edwards also contributes with 86 as West Indies go into lunch at 378/3 on the second day of the third Test at the Wankhede Stadium. The visitors added 111 runs with a loss of one wicket in the morning session.

11:20 a.m. Another hundred for Bravo! The classy left-hander gets to his third century in Test matches in 153 deliveries. The 22-year-old Trinidadian hits 12 fours in his unbeaten knock so far.

11 a.m. Kieran Powell comes out counterattacking, playing with straight bat and hitting boundaries on both sides of the wicket. Bravo, gauging the situation well, playing second fiddle to Powell.

10:35 a.m.: Much-needed breakthrough! Kirk Edwards flirts with a Ishant's short-of-length delivery, which moves a bit after pitching, taking the outside edge of the bat. Kieran Powell, who replaces Edwards, opens his account with a four off Ashwin. WI 314/3

Kirk Edwards c Dhoni b Sharma 86 (165)

9:55 a.m. Bravo has come out with an aggressive mindset. After hitting the day's first two balls, bowled by Varun Aaron, for boundaries, the southpaw has looked to hit even a half opportunity for runs to take his team closer to 300.

9:10 a.m. Good morning! Hazy sunshine has welcomed teams to the ground. Players are warming up close to the boundary ropes before the start of play, which is about 20 minutes away.

Finishing day one on top, the West Indies would want to bat at least two sessions, if not more, and reach a minimum of 450 runs. The two century stands visitors had on Tuesday hold them in good stead to achieve that objective.

From India's point of view, the first hour will be crucial. An early strike or two can take them deep into the middle order that is devoid of the dependable Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is not playing the match.

The pitch still looks good for batting. So the Indian bowlers will have to make use of the early morning freshness to entertain any hopes of keeping the Windies to under 400.

Day 1 Roundup

Half-centuries by the top four batsmen helped West Indies finish the opening day of the third and final Test against India at a solid 267/2 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

After the 137-run opening partnership between Adrian Barath (62) and Kraigg Brathwaite (68), Kirk Edwards (65) and Daren Bravo (57) weaved an unfinished 117-run stand for the third wicket.

R Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers, taking both the wickets that fell on the first day.

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