Sachin bats during his innings on Thursday. (AP PHOTO)
Mumbai: On Friday, all eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar, who is on course for an unprecedented 100th international century, after India made a strong reply on the third day of the final Test against the West Indies.
Tendulkar was unbeaten on 67 while VVS Laxman was 32 not out as the two had stitched together 57 runs for the unfinished fourth-wicket stand at stumps on Thursday.
The Mumbai batsman's 133-ball knock included an uppercut for six off paceman Fidel Edwards, delighting the nearly 20,000 spectators in the 32,000-capacity stadium.
But he was lucky to survive on 58 when wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh dropped a difficult chance off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
Tendulkar's 99 international centuries are almost evenly split between the Test and one-day format.
Rahul Dravid (82) completed 13,000 Test runs as India reached 3-281 in their first innings at stumps in reply to the West Indies' 590 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
(With inputs from AFP)