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Ishant Sharma celebrating after dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite © Getty Images

West Indies go into lunch at 194 for 3 on Day Four of the third Test match against India at the Darren Sammy International Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia. With rain washing out Day Three without a ball being bowled, India were mindful that they will have to hustle and bustle to bundle out West Indies as early as possible, to bat in the second innings. Virat Kohli, known for his aggressive leadership, started off the proceedings with slow left-arm orthodox Ravindra Jadeja at one end and Mohammad Shami at the other. With spin-pace attack in tandem, India looked to unsettle West Indian batsmen. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 3rd Test match

However, as Shami produced lateral movement off the track, Kohli limited Jadeja’s spell to one over, replacing him with Ishant Sharma.

The pace duo troubled the opposition by swing and pace. All the same, Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo played with caution, hitting only when a lose ball was offered. Kohli stationed short forward-leg and deep fine-leg, expecting the West Indian batsmen to play a false shot. Bravo, who has been out of form this season, fell prey to the short-ball strategy, as he hooked one straight to Ravindra Jadeja in the deep.

Given the fall of wicket, Ravichandran Ashwin was right away introduced to put the opposition in further trouble. The off-spinner, like he always does, picked a wicket in his very first over of the day, dismissing the in-form Kraigg Brathwaite. Full cricket updates: India vs West Indies, 3rd Test, Day 4

The ball was turning square, compelling Kohli to attack with spin from both ends. Meanwhile, Jermaine Black edged one off Jadeja’s bowling, but slip fielder Ajinkya Rahane lost his balance, failing to even reach the edge.

The spin duo diligently kept tossing up deliveries, inviting the batsmen to go for the big shots. Marlon Samuels didn’t hold back and bludgeoned a six down the ground. Blackwood, on the other hand, looked edgy, and unlike he did in the previous match, refrained himself from going berserk. Also read: Harbhajan likely to opt out of Duleep Trophy 2016

Nonetheless, as soon as West Indies completed 80 overs, India decided to take the new ball. Both batsmen remained unbeaten, adding 59 runs for the fourth wicket.

Brief scores:

India 353 (Ravichandran Ashwin 118, Wriddhiman Saha 104, KL Rahul 50; Alzarri Joseph 3 for 69, Miguel Cummins 3 for 58) lead West Indies 194 for 3 (Kraigg Brathwaite 64, Marlon Samuels 39*; Ishant Sharma 1 for 40) by 159 runs

Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 3rd Test match