The West Indies’ hopes of salvaging a series draw with India were left hanging by a thread after they finished day three of the second Test requiring 423 more runs to win with eight wickets remaining.
The hosts reached 45 for two at stumps in their second innings at Sabina Park in Kingston, having been set a record Test run chase of 468 to level the two-match series.
Unbeaten half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari tightened India’s grip on the contest as they declared on 168 for four.
The tourists’ second innings did not begin well as Kemar Roach took three for 28, including removing India captain Virat Kohli for a golden duck.
Kohli edged into the hands of wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton after Roach had earlier removed openers KL Rahul, also caught by Hamilton, and M Agarwal, trapped lbw, for six and four respectively.
However, Rahane, with 64 from 109 balls, and Vihari, with 53 from 76, offered far more resistance during an impressive and unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 111 which exacerbated the already considerable task facing the Windies.
After starting Sunday on 87 for seven following Jasprit Bumrah’s destructive six for 16 on Saturday, the hosts added only 30 to their first-innings total before being bowled out for 117 in just under an hour and 15 minutes.
Darren Bravo (18) and Shamarh Brooks (four) will resume at the crease on Monday after Kraigg Brathwaite was caught for three by Rishabh Pant off Ishant Sharma and fellow opener John Campbell posted 16 before slashing into the hands of Kohli at third slip from a Mohammed Shami delivery.
Play will get back under way at 3.30 BST.
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