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Bhuvneshwar Kumar had dismissed Chris Gayle in the first innings as well. In the second innings, Gayle was caught pulling a short one from Bhuvneshwar © IANS

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Nov 8, 2013

West Indies have gone into tea on Day Three of the first Test against India at 112 for three. After bowling India out for 453 during the morning session, West Indies started their second innings after lunch 219 runs behind. India accounted for the wickets of the West Indies openers and Marlon Samuels during the session.

It was slow going during the afternoon session as Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo were holding fort. Initially, Shami Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar started the proceedings, but Chris Gayle took a liking for the former. He smashed him for a few boundaries through the off-side. Some of the cover-drives gave the impression that he was in good form and was seeing it well. Plus, he drove with that typical power.

At the other end, Powell was stuck on naught. Gayle then played one shot too many as he tried to pull a short one from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The ball was angling away from him, but he still played that shot. Instead he only top-edged it and was caught near square-leg by Virat Kohli.

Powell got off the mark only after facing 31 deliveries. When he was on seven, Bhuvneshwar dropped a catch at fine-leg. Powell tried to sweep Pragyan Ojha, but hit it in the air. Buvneshwar was diving forward, but could not hold on.

Later, even Darren Bravo had a scare as he had two edges off Ashwin, but they fell short of the fielders. As the overs passed, this partnership grew in confidence and took their tally past 50.

Tendulkar came on to bowl and the crowds cheered his arrival at the crease. He had a leg-before shout against Powell, as he tried to paddle it fine while standing. But, the umpire ruled that the bat had hit the ball. Nigel Llong it was again and the replays showed that he was out.

Powell continued to play a few good shots and seemed in control when he drove Ashwin for a four through the off-side. However, Ashwin was getting turn and in the same over, he trapped him in front as Powell went back to a ball he would have played forward.

Marlon Samuels then fell at the stroke of tea as Llong adjudged him leg-before even though the Shami delivery was going down the leg side.

Brief scores:

West Indies 234 (Marlon Samuels 65; Shami Ahmed 4 for 71, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 52) and 112 for 3 (Chris Gayle 33, Kieran Powell 36, Darren Bravo 35*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1 for 20) trail India 453 (Rohit Sharma 177, Ravichandran Ashwin 124*; Shane Shillingford 6 for 167) by 107 runs.

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)