Tea report: Umesh Yadav leaves West Indies tottering
Umesh Yadav has increased his match tally to nine wickets. (AFP image)

After a forgettable morning session, India bowlers staged a strong comeback to leave West Indies tottering at 76 for 6 at tea on the third day of the Hyderabad Test. After bowling India out for 367 in the first innings and conceding a 56-run lead, the West Indies top order was rattled, with Umesh Yadav picking up 3 for 32. From 45 for 4, first-innings rescuer Roston Chase and Sunil Ambris knocked off the deficit, but Umesh returned to dismiss Chase and Shane Dowrich to take his match tally to nine wickets.

Umesh, who had picked up the last two West Indies wickets to fall in the first innings, missed his hat-trick by one ball. A dot off the first delivery, Umesh removed opener Kraigg Brathwaite, edging to Rishabh Pant. R Ashwin, having played a crucial innings with the bat earlier, struck in his second over to remove Braithwaite s partner Kieran Powell. Two ducks, West Indies 6/2.

Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer showed resilience with a 39-run stand, scoring seven boundaries between them, but their dismissals in back-to-back overs meant blew away the West Indies top order. Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Hetmyer for the third time this series, the batsman dancing down and edging to Cheteshwar Pujara and gully, before Hope edged Ravindra Jadeja to Ajinkya Rahane to slips for his second catch of the match. Umesh then snuck through the defence of Chase for the fifth wicket, before out walked Dowrich, who was off the field since yesterday after taking a blow to his knee. Umesh took all but one ball to send him back to the dressing room. Second time on a hat-trick in the match, Umesh drifted the ball down Jason Holder’s legs.

In the first session, Holder led from the front a remarkable comeback from the West Indies on Day 3 of the second Test against India in Hyderabad. The West Indies skipper picked up his fifth five-wicket-haul in Tests to bowl India out for 367. Resuming their innings at 308 for 4, overnight batsmen Pant and Rahane were expected to give India a sizeable lead, but Holder triggered a collapse that saw India lose six wickets for 53 runs. India, however managed to get their noses in front by 56 runs.

Rahane struck a boundary in the first over to hand India the lead, but shortly after, Holder struck with the second new ball. Assisted by movement in the air, Holder landed a ball around good length area, one that took off and found the edge of Rahane s bat to be taken by Hope at gully. Two balls, later, Holder produced an in-dipper, and Jadeja, the centurion from the previous game, was out for a duck.

Shannon Gabriel, who was unlucky to have not got Pant for 24 a day earlier, finally got his man. The wicketkeeper batsman fell in the 90s for a second consecutive occasion, slapping a length ball straight to Hetmyer at cover, who dived to his right to complete a brilliant batch. Hopes were pinned on Ashwin, to build on his fine batting record against West Indies but regular wickets at the other end forced him to play the waiting game.

Ashwin s partner, Kuldeep was given a hard time by Holder with numerous plays and misses but the Windies captain produced an inswinger than breached the batsman s defence and sent his off-stump cartwheeling. Umesh was taken sharply by substitute wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton off Jomel Warrican before Ashwin hit two quick boundaries to take India past 350 in the company of a hobbling Shardul Thakur. He helped himself to two more fours before Gabriel uprooted his middle stump to pick up his third.