India vs West Indies, Day 3, Lunch: Jason Holder five-wicket-haul inspires West Indies comeback
Jason Holder picked up his fifth five-wicket-haul in Tests. (AFP image)

Jason 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 Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya 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 through R Ashwin, who scored a crucial 35.

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 Shai Hope at gully. Two balls, later, Holder produced an in-dipper, and Ravindra 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 Shimron Hetmyer at cover, who dived to his right to complete a brilliant batch. Hopes were pinned on R 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 Yadav 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 Yadav 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.