Windies fight back after twin tons


After doing well to clean up the tail and bowl India out for just 353, the West Indies find themselves on 107/1 in reply at the end of the second day of the third Test in Saint Lucia.

Resuming on 234/5 in the morning, Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha continued their all-important rescue job, which had already contributed over 100 of India's runs.

The hosts plugged the offside field and bowled on one side of the pitch, hoping to draw an error or a shot in frustration, but the duo were happy to take their time and start building anew.

Ashwin was content to play a steady and supporting role, while Saha showed more intent, and he would reach his century first, followed by his partner shortly after.

But having well and truly resurrected the innings, neither man would last long after reaching three figures.

Saha was the first man to go for 104 shortly after the lunch break, attempting a drive off a really full delivery from Alzarri Joseph, only to edge it through to Shane Dowrich.

That brought a superb 212-run partnership to a close, and his dismissal would also end up precipitating a total collapse.

India would lose their last five wickets – including Ashwin for 118 – for just 14 runs as 339/5 quickly became 353 all out.

Miguel Cummins was the main destroyer, bagging three late wickets as the visitors rapidly found themselves back in the pavilion following the end of that long, languid sixth wicket partnership.

The West Indies chose to err on the side of caution as their response got under way, surviving the new ball only for opener Leon Johnson to get run out thanks to a direct hit from Lokesh Rahul at the non-striker's end.

But Kraigg Brathwaite, on 53, and Darren Bravo, on 18, saw out the remainder of the day without further incident to end on 107/1, still 246 runs behind India's first-innings total.