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Ravi Rampaul is off to the hospital. He has been vomiting. Oh dear, what a blow, considering his early strikes

Three slips and a gully as all is in readiness. AM will take first strike. Fidel Edwards to bowl

Guard of honour for Shiv Chanderpaul as he leads the side onto the field. A nice moment. Gets a pat on the back from captain, Sammy. Just a reminder that Shiv has become the most-capped West Indies player

Some more statistical analysis before we begin. Santhosh says, "bowlers with more than 200 wickets and still playing have averages more than 30. except Steyn. who we all know is exceptional.. even James Anderson has an average of over 30."

3.06pm Sun is out again. Some hide and seek this. Game to start at 3.15pm.

DG asks this: "A little out of context..but i wonder what happens when a fielder collects the ball near the boundary and is in contact with another fielder who is in contact with the boundary rope..do laws of electricity apply here and a boundary awarded ?" Of course they do, but why such a situation would arise I don't know

3.02pm More rain meanwhile. The pitch is covered again

2.59pm A slight delay. Mainly because the pitch remained covered during the tea break, and they are rolling the pitch for India now. It takes 7.5 minutes. Rileen has something worth considering: "About Bhajji's record not being comparable to the 10 above him - true. But he does have 25 5-fors, which is a pretty good rate for 96 test, and shows his worth as a match-winner."

Abhishek has more on Bhajji: "Sometimes you can undermine the fact that inspite of some bad performances with the ball bhajji is a feisty character..a person every captain wants to have in his team...and every opposing captain just hates to have to face...a useful lower order contributer too!!!" Covers coming off. Sun is out. We should resume on time, I think.

0.1

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, down the leg side, left alone

0.2

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, good shape in towards him from back of a length, gets big on him, hits him on the thigh pad

Losing RR is a huge crisis for West Indies

0.3

FH Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, tucked away off the hips for a single to long leg

0.4

FH Edwards to Vijay, 1 run, short, into the hips, worked away for one towards long leg

0.5

FH Edwards to Mukund, 1 leg bye, full, swinging delivery, Am misses but gets a leg-bye

Jay: "@DG Of course the law of electricity applies. Otherwise a player of Merv Hughes' build would easily carry players of Baugh's size on their shoulders to catch a ball outside boundary and eventually throw them (Baugh and ball) inside the boundary :)"

0.6

FH Edwards to Vijay, no run, nice outswinger, just short of driving length, Vijay stays back and defends

End of over 1 (3 runs) India 3/0
M Vijay    1* (2b)      FH Edwards    1-0-2-0
A Mukund    1* (4b)     

In Ravi Rampaul's absence, Darren Sammy will open the bowling

1.1

Sammy to Mukund, no run, starts off with a yorker, around off, dug out

1.2

Sammy to Mukund, no run, sing, swing, coming in towards AM, who defends it to leg

1.3

Sammy to Mukund, 2 runs, angled a cross him, guided between slip and gully, along the ground

1.4

Sammy to Mukund, no run, left alone outside off this time

1.5

Sammy to Mukund, no run, stays on the crease and defends this back to Sammy

1.6

Sammy to Mukund, no run, shortish, angling across, pushed back

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 5/0
A Mukund    3* (10b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-2-0
M Vijay    1* (2b)      FH Edwards    1-0-2-0

2.1

FH Edwards to Vijay, no run, outswinger, good shape, but it starts too wide of off to make Vijay play

2.2

FH Edwards to Vijay, no run, another outswinger that starts outside off, left alone

Three slips, a gully, a short leg

2.3

FH Edwards to Vijay, no run, full, around off, pushed to cover

2.4

FH Edwards to Vijay, no run, another outswinger starting wide of off, left alone again

2.5

FH Edwards to Vijay, no run, makes him play at this one, Vijay defends with an open face

2.6

FH Edwards to Vijay, no run, better outswinger, starts around middle, Vijay defends in front of off

End of over 3 (maiden) India 5/0
M Vijay    1* (8b)      FH Edwards    2-1-2-0
A Mukund    3* (10b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-2-0

3.1

Sammy to Mukund, no run, defends off the front foot, pushed back to Sammy

3.2

Sammy to Mukund, no run, slightly fuller, Mukund on the crease and defends this to mid-off

3.3

Sammy to Mukund, no run, short and wide, left alone

3.4

Sammy to Mukund, no run, angled across him, just back of a length, stays back and plays it to point

3.5

Sammy to Mukund, no run, fuller, still wide enough for him to leave it alone without bother

3.6

Sammy to Mukund, 3 runs, slight swing into the pads, nicely clipped away into the on side. They have time to come back for three

4.58pm Stumps. Ninety-seven overs lost so far. Meanwhile Abhishikha has a go at us: "yo...weather update plz.... why can't you guys just keep posting every 5 min. gosh lazy you guys become during rain breaks....." On that chastised note, I, Sidharth Monga, say goodbye. They might want to listen to Sam: "I think they should cover the ground with Rihanna's umbrella and play the match under it. That's our only hope of ensuring uninterrupted play."

4.37pm There they are, walking out after the rain delay. Would have been a nice little afternoon nap for them. Things don't really look too bright. The quality of light might soon come into question. In fact light meters are out already... and they are going off for bad light. Ho ho ho, what a funny old game cricket is. Covers coming on, there might be more rain coming too

4.30: Play will resume at 4.40pm. The scheduled close of play is 5.30pm, but play can be extended till 6pm. So good news. 22 overs to be bowled.

4.25: They're getting ready for a resumption, it seems. Sawdust being applied, the stump mics being installed.We should have some play soon.

4.22pm: The covers have come off, all of them.

4.19pm: The big blue cover has come off and it seems like the one that was underneath will come off too. Let's wait and see. Rauf and Kettleborough are walking out to the middle, probably for an inspection.

4.05pm: The umpires are out in the middle, with the members of the groundstaff. The rain seems to have stopped for the time being. But it's extremely overcast.

3.52pm: The rain has subsided a little, but it's still there. A few groundstaff on the field now.

3.44pm: It's pouring down now. What a letdown after a good two sessions.

3.38pm: The bad news is that the rain has gotten heavier. Looks like the covers will stay on for a while.

3.31pm They are coming off in anticipation of rain. Covers come on

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 8/0
A Mukund    6* (16b)      DJG Sammy    2-0-5-0
M Vijay    1* (8b)      FH Edwards    2-1-2-0

9.28 am Here come the players, and the sunshine has also returned with them. Now for some action. Edwards has the still pretty new ball, there is a short leg in place and even as Fidel runs to the crease, someone decides to walk across the sightscreen, and Mukund pulls out of his stance

Anand Patel wishes today's birthday boy: "Happy Birthday Dada....the Bengal Tiger...the Maharaj of Indian cricket...the Prince of Kolkata..."

9.20 am Jeff Dujon says that it is a good batting track still, and that the West Indies did not make good use of it. There does not seem to be too much wear on the surface but Harbhajan got plenty of turn. We'll see how Bishoo fares, especially since Ravi Rampaul is doubtful today as well. The skies have gone overcast even as Dujon was doing the pitch report.

9.15 am Hello and welcome to our coverage of the third day's play of the final Test between India and West Indies in Dominica. Good news on the weather front. There is plenty of sunshine, though there are some dark clouds loitering in the distance

This is the last chance for M Vijay and Virat Kohli to get some runs on this tour and continue to hover on the selectors' radar

4.1

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, curving in very full but nicely handled by Mukund who pushes out to drive with out much power to mid off

James: "Let's get to the really important questions. Did Kamal eat those 1000 red chillies? And is he still alive?" And if yes, is he in a position to reply?

4.2

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, nicely bowled again, that late curve in to the left hander who is a touch late in adjusting for it and manages to stab it on the leg side

4.3

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, now this one does not curl in as much but straightens a tad after pitching on a fuller length, Mukund pats it away towards cover

4.4

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, comes forward, not with a lot of purpose, and carefully pushes a length ball towards mid off

4.5

FH Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, some hesitation but Mukund gets the first run of the day with a neat tap in front of Bishoo at cover, and makes it comfortably in the end

4.6

FH Edwards to Vijay, FOUR, lovely delivery, Vijay gets four for it, any doubts this is a batsman's game should be dispelled by this one, full, pacy, swinging away late, Vijay is squared up by this peach of a yorker outside off, but the outside edge flies between slip and gully, Edwards has hands on his head, that's all he can do

End of over 5 (5 runs) India 13/0
M Vijay    5* (9b 1x4)      FH Edwards    3-1-7-0
A Mukund    7* (21b)      DJG Sammy    2-0-5-0

Here is Sammy from the other end in the absence of Rampaul

5.1

Sammy to Mukund, no run, pitching short of a length and angled across the batsman a mile outside off

5.2

Sammy to Mukund, no run, shifts the line closer to off stump but not enough to make him play, another leave

5.3

Sammy to Mukund, no run, too wide outside off stump to make Mukund do anything with it

5.4

Sammy to Mukund, no run, has him pushing at this one on a length outside off, and Mukund drives it towards extra cover

5.5

Sammy to Mukund, no run, touch shorter so Mukund arrests his front foot initial movement, stays back and plays it out to point

5.6

Sammy to Mukund, no run, bouncer from Sammy at 78.7 mph, Mukund ducks just enough to make it sail over his head

End of over 6 (maiden) India 13/0
A Mukund    7* (27b)      DJG Sammy    3-1-5-0
M Vijay    5* (9b 1x4)      FH Edwards    3-1-7-0

Rampaul has apparently improved, inform the commentators on air, and is expected to take the field some time later today

6.1

FH Edwards to Vijay, OUT, that is the end of Vijay, and that is also the end of a horror tour for him unless there is a fourth innings in this rain-hit match, Edwards probes outside off stump, Vijay decides to have a poke even as it leaves him slightly after pitching on a length, and Baugh is celebrating an instant later after accepting a healthy edge

M Vijay c †Baugh b FH Edwards 5 (25m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

6.2

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, what a ball to get first up, how has Dravid managed to survive that one, angled in on leg stump, Dravid motions to push at it, but the ball leaves him sharply to produce a thin edge, that falls short of second slip

6.3

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, wider outside off stump and away movement as well, Dravid leaves

6.4

FH Edwards to Dravid, 1 run, another outside edge, superb stuff, Dravid pushes at a full outswinger very softly, and the ball rolls through second slip's hands, very well handled by Dravid

6.5

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, gets forward to push one that goes straight on outside off towards mid off

6.6

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, Fidel lets it rip at 85.5 mph, the attempted yorker it is, but turning in to an inswinging low full toss, Mukund scrambles to keep it out

End of over 7 (1 run) India 14/1
A Mukund    7* (29b)      FH Edwards    4-1-8-1
R Dravid    1* (3b)      DJG Sammy    3-1-5-0

7.1

Sammy to Dravid, no run, now Sammy troubles Dravid with away movement, angled in, pitching outside off on a length, Dravid follows it to have a prod and is left clueless by the away shape

7.2

Sammy to Dravid, no run, touch shorter and touch closer to off stump allowing him to get behind the line and defend

7.3

Sammy to Dravid, no run, bowls it two feet outside off stump and Dravid is happy to let it go

7.4

Sammy to Dravid, 1 run, pushes forward and collects a single towards extra cover

7.5

Sammy to Mukund, no run, nicely behind the line of this back of a length ball to block it back to the bowler

7.6

Sammy to Mukund, no run, too good for the batsman, just too good, with all that incoming movement, Mukund is understandably hesitant to come forward and has a poke as this one goes straight across, and for good measure, moves away sharply for Baugh to go for a tumbling take, Sammy is excited

End of over 8 (1 run) India 15/1
A Mukund    7* (31b)      DJG Sammy    4-1-6-0
R Dravid    2* (7b)      FH Edwards    4-1-8-1

8.1

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, angled down the leg side and Dravid misses the nudge

8.2

FH Edwards to Dravid, 3 runs, classic Dravid, not too much of a flourish, just getting solidly beside the line, covering for the swing with an open face and driving the full delivery in to the gap between extra cover and mid off who pulls it back inside the rope

8.3

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, this one is a brute and takes off at Mukund's throat who plays it superbly, going on the toes, staying beside the line and opening the face to bring it down towards gully

8.4

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, punches off the back foot, not much bounce this time on the short of a length ball, cover fields

8.5

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, nice contest this, Edwards is steaming in and banging it in, Mukund is reading it all the way, and swaying out of the line as it gets big outside off

Aslam's mind is working overtime: "I think Kamal was Rampaul in disguise. Within minutes of Bajji getting 400, we heard news of Rampaul vommitting and having to be admitted. Easy conclusion there."

8.6

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, comes in and almost strikes him on the pad before he manages to get something on it to nudge it towards leg gully

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 18/1
A Mukund    7* (35b)      FH Edwards    5-1-11-1
R Dravid    5* (9b)      DJG Sammy    4-1-6-0

9.1

Sammy to Dravid, no run, pats back a fuller ball back to the bowler

9.2

Sammy to Dravid, OUT, Dravid is gone, Sammy is overjoyed, done him with the one that did not move away, he was lunging forward and pushing away from the body expecting the ball to move away, but it pitched on a length and kept coming in, huge gap between bat and pad, a bail is broken and the stumps are rattled, so is Dravid, so are India, game on. Dravid was in no position to counter the changed angle at all

R Dravid b Sammy 5 (13m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

9.3

Sammy to Laxman, no run, straightening outside off and he comes forward late to push it away

9.4

Sammy to Laxman, no run, pushed away toward cover

9.5

Sammy to Laxman, no run, calmly defended on the off side

9.6

Sammy to Laxman, no run, wide outside off and he shoulders arms

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) India 18/2
VVS Laxman    0* (4b)      DJG Sammy    5-2-6-1
A Mukund    7* (35b)      FH Edwards    5-1-11-1

Hugh: "Think it's time Jeff Dujon stopped insisting this is a good batting pitch and went down and tried to have a go himself." Ha!

10.1

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, slanted across the left-hander but too far outside off to lure him

10.2

FH Edwards to Mukund, 1 wide, wide enough outside off this time to be called one

10.2

FH Edwards to Mukund, 4 byes, byes, four of them, Edwards is doing to Baugh what Ishant did to Dhoni, giving his keeper a torrid time, wide outside off, and bad bounce on top of that, trickles through and runs through first slip in to the boundary

10.3

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, Edwards gets the radar right on this one, Mukund gets behind the line of a length ball and defends solidly

10.4

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, front foot comes out initially but Mukund decides it is not worth having a go at one slung across, and shoulders arms

10.5

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, he has had some issues with his tendency of bringing bat down at an angle, the bat is facing extra cover as it comes down and he gets a bit of an inside edge towards midwicket

10.6

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, quietly left alone outside the off stump

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 23/2
A Mukund    7* (41b)      FH Edwards    6-1-12-1
VVS Laxman    0* (4b)      DJG Sammy    5-2-6-1

11.1

Sammy to Laxman, no run, this is nice probing stuff from the captain, full length around off and has Laxman forward in defence

11.2

Sammy to Laxman, no run, thickish edge as Laxman comes languidly forward to a length ball and plays it out towards point

deepak: "Sammy has by far the best average among west indies bowlers, Why is he always criticised?"

11.3

Sammy to Laxman, no run, shoulders arms to one outside off stump

11.4

Sammy to Laxman, no run, draws him forward and then gets it to straighten outside off, Laxman is watching it closely and pulls bat out of the line

11.5

Sammy to Laxman, no run, pushes it away towards cover

11.6

Sammy to Laxman, no run, shuffles across to one coming in with the angle and works it to short midwicket

End of over 12 (maiden) India 23/2
VVS Laxman    0* (10b)      DJG Sammy    6-3-6-1
A Mukund    7* (41b)      FH Edwards    6-1-12-1

Ankit: "I understand that this series hasn't been the best for run-making, but it kind of highlights the value that Sehwag and Gambhir provide by not exposing the middle-order too soon. That gives an insight as to why India has been "relatively" successful overseas in recent years."

12.1

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, steepler from Fidel, Mukund gets head out of harm's way and watches it sail past, Baugh takes it head-high

12.2

FH Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, one of the few times he has bowled a poor delivery today, on the pads and Mukund helps it wide of long leg

A bit of drizzle has started, in the sunshine

12.3

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, good leave from Laxman, quite close to off stump but he is quite sure it is not close enough, confidently allows it go past

12.4

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, slings it wider outside off stump and VVS lets it go

12.5

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, makes him play, but from short of a length, and Laxman is happy to stay on the favoured back foot and push it away

12.6

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, away movement, from a fuller length, enough to draw most batsman to glory through covers or doom in the slip cordon, Laxman is having none of it, leaves it alone

End of over 13 (1 run) India 24/2
VVS Laxman    0* (14b)      FH Edwards    7-1-13-1
A Mukund    8* (43b)      DJG Sammy    6-3-6-1

James on Sammy: "Deepak. It's just that (for example) there is just something "wrong" about seeing him bowl medium pace from the Michael Holding End."

13.1

Sammy to Mukund, no run, pushed away to mid off off the front foot

13.2

Sammy to Mukund, 1 run, on the pads and picked for a single through midwicket

Ryan Acton: "I agree with Deepak, the more I watch Sammy, the more I like the chap. Seems to achieve more than his talent suggests. Doesnt stop trying, plays with a smile and continues to surprise with his success. If he works on his batting, he could be a handy all-rounder...against the odds!"

13.3

Sammy to Laxman, no run, now there is just a hint of inward movement but it is starting far outside off and Laxman shoulders arms

13.4

Sammy to Laxman, 2 runs, Laxman gets off the mark to a similar ball that got him in Barbados, there he had forced the full delivery straight back to Sammy, this time he caresses it late past the bowler who manages to get a toe to it and takes the pace off it

13.5

Sammy to Laxman, no run, played away on the leg side

13.6

Sammy to Laxman, no run, has him driving away from the body, too far outside off, inside edge goes towards mid on

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 27/2
VVS Laxman    2* (18b)      DJG Sammy    7-3-9-1
A Mukund    9* (45b)      FH Edwards    7-1-13-1

Anand: "Now this is just unfair. I sent a similar comment about Sehwag during the last match as Ankit did during this match. And you didn't publish it. Do I have to shoot tracer bullets to get your attention?" As long as you don't try and hit them too hard, it should do your confidence a world of good. Here is Bishoo, right after drinks

14.1

Bishoo to Mukund, 2 runs, short to start off with and Mukund goes back to punch it through extra cover

14.2

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, keeping low, hmm, and turning in sharply, Mukund stays back and negotiates both safely towards mid on

14.3

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, too short to trouble the batsman even with all the turn and bounce on it, picked for a single in front of square leg

14.4

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, lots of bounce, bowled flatter and fuller, Laxman thought of rocking back and going through midwicket, had to push it back to the bowler

14.5

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, pushed off the front foot to extra cover

14.6

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, nicely bowled, slower through the air, lots of flight, Laxman is uncertain initially but gets forward to smother it in the end, hit him high on the bat as he came forward

End of over 15 (3 runs) India 30/2
VVS Laxman    2* (21b)      D Bishoo    1-0-3-0
A Mukund    12* (48b)      DJG Sammy    7-3-9-1

15.1

Sammy to Mukund, no run, there for the drive and Mukund drives the full delivery but finds point

15.2

Sammy to Mukund, 2 runs, luck, lots of it for Mukund, leading edge hovers in the air for a long time but goes in the gap between cover and gully, he shaped up to flick on from leg stump through midwicket, but it moved away to take the outer edge

15.3

Sammy to Mukund, no run, does not commit this time and plays one on the pads down the track

15.4

Sammy to Mukund, no run, patted back to the bowler

15.5

Sammy to Mukund, no run, well forward and blocks towards covers

15.6

Sammy to Mukund, no run, gets in to a good position to drive down the ground but finds the bowler in the way

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 32/2
A Mukund    14* (54b)      DJG Sammy    8-3-11-1
VVS Laxman    2* (21b)      D Bishoo    1-0-3-0

16.1

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, short and turning away, Laxman stays on the back foot to cut, there is already a deep point in place

James: "Anand, type your comments with soft hands. It's just what the doctor ordered."

16.2

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, lovely flight from Bishoo, Mukund pushes forward hesitantly, lots of bounce as well, strikes the high part of the blade

16.3

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, shorter and that is why despite all the bounce he is able to work it through midwicket

16.4

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, there is the fuller length, there is the lovely loop, there is some sharp turn, and Laxman is beaten completely

16.5

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, er, and what does Laxman do in response? he stands tall to a fuller delivery and whips it, against the turn, along the ground, to mid on, too much

16.6

Bishoo to Laxman, 2 runs, nicely played, got on to him a lot quicker but some way outside off and he was able to go back and glide it past backward point

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 36/2
VVS Laxman    5* (25b)      D Bishoo    2-0-7-0
A Mukund    15* (56b)      DJG Sammy    8-3-11-1

17.1

Sammy to Mukund, no run, stays beside the line and blocks a length ball on the off side

17.2

Sammy to Mukund, no run, Mukund has been getting behind the line of full balls to drive them straight but Sammy has been quite a difficult object to get past

17.3

Sammy to Mukund, no run, and again, this time he drove hard in to the ground and got the ball past the bowler, but Sammy put out that huge right hand and easily plucked the ball

round the wicket now

17.4

Sammy to Mukund, no run, angled in and Mukund is defending watchfully

17.5

Sammy to Mukund, no run, Sammy gets away with a short and wide ball, Mukund is not able to capitalise as he eagerly goes hard for the cut and mistimes it to point

17.6

Sammy to Mukund, 2 runs, for once, Mukund gets the straight drive past Sammy, but not before Sammy gives VVS a scare by getting a hand to the ball that takes it perolously close to the non-striker;s stumps, but eventually past them

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 38/2
A Mukund    17* (62b)      DJG Sammy    9-3-13-1
VVS Laxman    5* (25b)      D Bishoo    2-0-7-0

18.1

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, whipping against the turn as if it was the simplest thing to do in the world, mid on fields

18.2

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, that is the line that will trouble him, drawing him forward outside off and getting a thickish sort of edge behind point

round the wicket to Mukund even as Fidel seems to be having problems with his calf, dear me, that could be more worries for Windies

18.3

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, tossed up very full and smothered off the front foot

18.4

Bishoo to Mukund, FOUR, Mukund shows some aggression, charges down the track, takes it on the full and smashes it past a diving midwicket

18.5

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, appeal for leg before, as Mukund goes for the sweep and misses to one pitching very full but well outside off

18.6

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, worked off the back foot on the leg side

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 43/2
A Mukund    21* (66b 1x4)      D Bishoo    3-0-12-0
VVS Laxman    6* (27b)      DJG Sammy    9-3-13-1

Varun: "Guys, please stop going full-Monty with your cliches! It hits me, and it hits me hard..... And when it hits me, I stay hit."

19.1

Sammy to Laxman, 1 run, Laxman goes reaching well outside off to a fuller ball but gets in to the gap, there is a deep point in place, wonder why

goes round the stumps to the left hander

19.2

Sammy to Mukund, no run, some away movement but too far outside off and Mukund leaves it alone

19.3

Sammy to Mukund, no run, again too far outside off stump and he shoulders arms, been a very patient knock so far

19.4

Sammy to Mukund, no run, more probing outside off from Sammy and more leaving from Mukund, inaction, purposeful inaction

19.5

Sammy to Mukund, no run, eep, now he suddenly decides to walk down the track, but does not get close enough to the ball and eventually pushes it to mid off

19.6

Sammy to Mukund, no run, showing some signs of aggression, going hard for the drive, finds short extra cover

End of over 20 (1 run) India 44/2
A Mukund    21* (71b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    10-3-14-1
VVS Laxman    7* (28b)      D Bishoo    3-0-12-0

20.1

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, pushed to short leg off the front foot

20.2

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, inside edge as he has him pushing forward to one that hurries on and does not turn much

20.3

Bishoo to Laxman, 2 runs, lots of bounce, Laxman is able to go back, ride it and guide it past backward point

20.4

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, well forward to smother a tossed up ball back to the bowler

20.5

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, super delivery, Laxman had left it alone, but it did not turn, went straight on, not far at all from off stump, not far at all

20.6

Bishoo to Laxman, 2 runs, rocks back and pulls the short ball high over midwicket, it stops very late just inside the boundary, but Laxman is satisfied with only two

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 48/2
VVS Laxman    11* (34b)      D Bishoo    4-0-16-0
A Mukund    21* (71b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    10-3-14-1

Sammy and Fidel are having a chat, Sammy will continue

21.1

Sammy to Mukund, no run, two feet outside off from round the stumps and left alone

21.2

Sammy to Mukund, no run, floats it wide outside off but Mukund is not interested

21.3

Sammy to Mukund, 1 run, Mukund walks down the track, he has done this a couple of times now, and pushes it past cover for a single

akk: "how do you pick the comments? Eeenie..meenie..mynee..moee...? 'Cos you never pick my comments......." Now come on

21.4

Sammy to Laxman, no run, too far outside off stump to lure Laxman

21.5

Sammy to Laxman, 1 run, angled in full on the pads, Laxman likes it there and flicks it past midwicket

Arun: "Purposeful Inaction: That's exactly what I am doing at work right now. But I am not sure my manager will buy that."

21.6

Sammy to Mukund, no run, punched off the back foot towards extra cover

End of over 22 (2 runs) India 50/2
A Mukund    22* (75b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    11-3-16-1
VVS Laxman    12* (36b)      D Bishoo    4-0-16-0

Sanjith: "This is why I and many others like Sammy - a quiet workhorse who punches above his height. In an age where we see highly talented players fritter away their talent, Sammy is a refreshing change!"

22.1

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, quicker and fuller, thuds in to Laxman;s bat as he allows it to come on

22.2

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, full delivery, Laxman wants to go through midwicket, mistimes it to mid on

22.3

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, goes for the cover drive to a full and widish ball, cannot beat the fielder

22.4

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, holds the pose after pinging extra cover with the drive, sees the ball being parried away and jogs across for the run

leg slip comes in now as Bishoo goes round the stumps to Mukund

22.5

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, short and turning in, pushed back to the bowler

22.6

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, gets well across to a similar ball and works it towards mid on

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 52/2
A Mukund    23* (77b 1x4)      D Bishoo    5-0-18-0
VVS Laxman    13* (40b)      DJG Sammy    11-3-16-1

Fidel thinks he is ok enough to have another go, this will be interesting, they already are a bowler down

23.1

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, gingerly goes through his followthrough as he bowls a full ball that fetches a mistimes Mukund drive on the off

23.2

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, allows a length ball to come on and plays it out to point, Fidel is still feeling his way in to rhythm

23.3

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, the zip is not there in the run up as he lumbers in, length ball calmly played out towards cover

23.4

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, he is clearly not going full tilt, overpitches outside off but Mukund cannot beat cover with the drive

23.5

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, uppish drive, quite close to Barath at short extra cover, but falls well short of him, he goes screaming to his right to take it on the bounce, applause for the man's effort

23.6

FH Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, tries the slower one, but it ends up full on the pads, and Mukund works it through midwicket

End of over 24 (1 run) India 53/2
A Mukund    24* (83b 1x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-14-1
VVS Laxman    13* (40b)      D Bishoo    5-0-18-0

24.1

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, turning in from a shortish length and that allows him to go back and work it for a single towards mid on

24.2

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, hurries on off a flatter trajectory, Laxman is well forward to deal with it

24.3

Bishoo to Laxman, FOUR, shot! waits beside the line of the tossed up delivery, and caresses it in to the gap between extra cover and mid off, gets big on Chanders as he goes after it, he tries some footwork to stop it inside the ropes, but cannot stop the boundary

24.4

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, defended off the front foot

24.5

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, inside edge, Bishoo has bothered him with balls that don't turn much and hurry on, goes behind square on the leg side

24.6

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, pushed away safely on the off side

End of over 25 (5 runs) India 58/2
VVS Laxman    17* (45b 1x4)      D Bishoo    6-0-23-0
A Mukund    25* (84b 1x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-14-1

25.1

FH Edwards to Mukund, FOUR, fine shot from Mukund, width on offer, he stays in the crease, stays beside the line, and guides it past backward point

Third man comes in now

25.2

FH Edwards to Mukund, 2 runs, more effort in the run up from Edwards, gets Mukund to hop in the air and fend it behind square, they take on Chanders from the deep, and Mukund makes it just in time

The other Edwards is loosening up

25.3

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, gets him to come forward but he is in control as he pushes towards Kirk at extra cover who makes a tumbling stop

25.4

FH Edwards to Mukund, (no ball) 1 run, Fidel oversteps, Mukund goes back and works him away on the leg side, Laxman is slow in lumbering across but makes it in the end

25.4

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, wide outside off stump, some away shape on it, batsman is not interested

25.5

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, just stands in the crease and whip-drives a fuller ball to mid off

25.6

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, goes for the yorker, slung in full around off stump, has Laxman jamming his bat down at it

End of over 26 (8 runs) India 66/2
VVS Laxman    17* (48b 1x4)      FH Edwards    9-1-22-1
A Mukund    32* (88b 2x4)      D Bishoo    6-0-23-0

Karan: "I am impressed with Mukund, he has shown determination and a willingness to get through difficult periods in seaming conditions, unlike Vijay who has appeared very loose. If Sehwag doesn't play the Lords test which is likely, I think Mukund could do a job at the top of the order." Bishoo to resume after drinks

26.1

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, bowled very quickly through the air, Mukund pushes it back from the crease

26.2

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, shuffles to punch one turning in to deep mid on

26.3

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, lovely stuff from Bishoo, lots of air on this one, Laxman is lured forward, and the sharp turn beats the outside edge

26.4

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, brings up the 50 stand with a pushed single past cover

26.5

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, sharp turn in to the left hander, struck on the pads and Windies go up in appeal, struck well outside the line though, he was trying to defend it away, hence can't be given

26.6

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, pushed away on the off side

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 68/2
A Mukund    33* (92b 2x4)      D Bishoo    7-0-25-0
VVS Laxman    18* (50b 1x4)      FH Edwards    9-1-22-1

Windies have been reduced to giving Kirk a go

27.1

KA Edwards to Laxman, no run, lumbers up to bowl a harmless slow-medium delivery that goes down the leg side

27.2

KA Edwards to Laxman, 2 runs, angled in on the pads gently and Laxman picks it through midwicket

27.3

KA Edwards to Laxman, 1 run, full toss but there is a deep midwicket in place to stop Laxman's flick

27.4

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, angles it across the left hander who shuffles outside his off stump very watchfully and lets it go

27.5

KA Edwards to Mukund, 2 runs, goes for a forcing punch to this back of a length ball through midwicket

27.6

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, too far outside off stump to force a shot from Mukund

End of over 28 (5 runs) India 73/2
A Mukund    35* (95b 2x4)      KA Edwards    1-0-5-0
VVS Laxman    21* (53b 1x4)      D Bishoo    7-0-25-0

28.1

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, driven down to long off for a single

Dinesh: "Agree with Karan here. These pitches are not the easiest for a player playing his debut series. Mukund has shown the courage to stand up to the storms. For me, he has been a good find from this tour. "

28.2

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, shuffles across to one turning in and plays it away to forward short leg

28.3

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, struck on the pads as he pushes outside the line of a huge turner, but outside the line of off

28.4

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, worked away in front of square leg

28.5

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, Bishoo continues to get sharp turn, tossed up ,keeping low and beating Laxman who is caught on the crease

28.6

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, another one stays low outside off, Laxman goes back to thump it but cannot beat extra cover

End of over 29 (2 runs) India 75/2
VVS Laxman    22* (56b 1x4)      D Bishoo    8-0-27-0
A Mukund    36* (98b 2x4)      KA Edwards    1-0-5-0

29.1

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, angles it a long way outside off stump, left alone

29.2

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, persists with the wide outside off line, Mukund walks down the track, but leaves it in the end

29.3

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, remains in the crease this time and lets a similar ball go past

29.4

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, continues to slant it across the left-hander who continues to leave, who'll blink first?

29.5

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, it will be Mukund who comes down the track and drives towards mid off

29.6

KA Edwards to Mukund, 1 no ball, played out towards covers, Kirk oversteps now

29.6

KA Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, widish ball that is easily slapped away to sweeper cover

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 77/2
A Mukund    37* (105b 2x4)      KA Edwards    2-0-7-0
VVS Laxman    22* (56b 1x4)      D Bishoo    8-0-27-0

Sid: "Sad state of affairs and doesn't make for a good viewing. Kirk has no record of bowling in any First Class, List A or Twenty20 until now."

30.1

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, goes back to push a quicker one back to the bowler

30.2

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, sweeps from way outside off stump but along the ground to long leg

30.3

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, short from Bishoo, he does so too often, punched past covers for an easy single

30.4

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, well forward to push a flatter one away towards covers

30.5

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, short but gets big on him, he adjusts to short-arm jab it backward of square leg

30.6

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, good delivery and equally well dealt with, it was the quicker one, Laxman saw it and remained on the back foot to play it away on the off side

End of over 31 (3 runs) India 80/2
VVS Laxman    23* (58b 1x4)      D Bishoo    9-0-30-0
A Mukund    39* (109b 2x4)      KA Edwards    2-0-7-0

Giri: "This is why you need at least one genuine all rounder in the team, pollard or bravo, in case one of your key bowlers is hurt during the match you still have a proper bowler at your disposal to bowl few overs in the middle and keep attacking the opposition."

31.1

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, plays out a harmless length ball towards point

31.2

KA Edwards to Mukund, 1 wide, windies are going nowhere with this, Kirk sprays it miles outside off

31.2

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, comes down the track and tries to force it past the bowler but cannot beat mid off

31.3

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, as if all the worries were not enough, now Sammy is feeling his knee as he leaps to stop a forcing cut from Mukund at point

31.4

KA Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, slapped away for a single to sweeper cover

31.5

KA Edwards to Laxman, 1 no ball, another no-ball from Kirk, Laxman calmly pats it away on the leg side

31.5

KA Edwards to Laxman, 1 run, another one on the pads and Laxman flicks with a flourish past short midwicket

31.6

KA Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, all the pressure of those two early wickets is off as another single is taken, backward of square leg

End of over 32 (5 runs) India 85/2
A Mukund    41* (114b 2x4)      KA Edwards    3-0-12-0
VVS Laxman    24* (60b 1x4)      D Bishoo    9-0-30-0

32.1

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, shuffles and stands outside off to push this one in front of cover

32.2

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, stands half-forward and punches to sweeper cover for another single

32.3

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, flight from Bishoo draws Mukund out, but he manages to get to the pitch and drive towards extra cover

32.4

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, pushed off the back foot towards extra cover

32.5

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, goes on the back foot now to work the single through square leg

32.6

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, tossed up very slowly, some turn and bounce but slowly off the pitch, he stays back to guide it towards backward point

End of over 33 (3 runs) India 88/2
VVS Laxman    25* (62b 1x4)      D Bishoo    10-0-33-0
A Mukund    43* (118b 2x4)      KA Edwards    3-0-12-0

33.1

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, gentle back of a length stuff, forced back down the track

33.2

KA Edwards to Mukund, FOUR, India are taking advantage of Windies' predicament, Kirk overpitches and Mukund leans in to the straight drive, desperate dive by the chasing mid off fielder but in vain

33.3

KA Edwards to Mukund, no run, pushed away towards mid off

33.4

KA Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, now a misfield at extra cover allows a single, Windies are looking flat

33.5

KA Edwards to Laxman, 1 run, the runs continue to flow, as Laxman pushes for a single in front of point

33.6

KA Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, moves to 49 with an effortless slap to sweeper cover off a widish ball

End of over 34 (7 runs) India 95/2
A Mukund    49* (123b 3x4)      KA Edwards    4-0-19-0
VVS Laxman    26* (63b 1x4)      D Bishoo    10-0-33-0

Faldo: "I agree wholeheartedly with the comments about Mukund. I believe Test cricket is the truest examination of a player's four Ts - Talent, Temperament, Technique and Time Management. While these are tested to a lesser extent in the other forms, Test cricket can be unforgiving if one falls short in at least three out of the four. " Sammy is back now

34.1

Sammy to Mukund, no run, tries to glide a fuller one past backward point but cannot beat the fielder

Now point goes to third man, Windies forced to go on the defensive

34.2

Sammy to Mukund, no run, plays out a short of a length ball to cover

34.3

Sammy to Mukund, no run, slanted wide outside the off stump, too wide to make him play

34.4

Sammy to Mukund, no run, cover makes him wait for his 50 with a dive to his left that cuts off the run

34.5

Sammy to Mukund, no run, goes forward and opens the face to run this one towards covers

34.6

Sammy to Mukund, no run, still cannot get the single, this one offered width but Mukund found the man at covers again

End of over 35 (maiden) India 95/2
A Mukund    49* (129b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    12-4-16-1
VVS Laxman    26* (63b 1x4)      KA Edwards    4-0-19-0

35.1

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, turning away from leg stump, Laxman pats it away

35.2

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, short again from Bishoo, he has only one man at slip close-in anyways, Laxman punches to sweeper cover

35.3

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, still has to wait, flat delivery outside off and he pushes it to mid off

35.4

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, works it towards midwicket and starts trotting across, but sees the fielder getting to it and gets back

35.5

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, first Test half-century for Mukund, comes in as unobtrusive a fashion as this innings has been, a no-fuss push down to long on, the Indian dressing room applauds, Raina whistles, Mukund raises the bat

35.6

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, Laxman keep strike with a single to long off

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 98/2
VVS Laxman    28* (66b 1x4)      D Bishoo    11-0-36-0
A Mukund    50* (132b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    12-4-16-1

36.1

Sammy to Laxman, 1 run, whips a fuller delivery wide of midwicket

36.2

Sammy to Mukund, no run, slanted wide across the left-hander who leaves it alone

36.3

Sammy to Mukund, no run, worked away towards midwicket

36.4

Sammy to Mukund, 1 run, takes on mid off with a quick single, Laxman was late to start but the throw was at the non-striker;s and Mukund was home

36.5

Sammy to Laxman, no run, right on Laxman's pads but he misses out, sending the flick straight to short midwicket

36.6

Sammy to Laxman, no run, slower one hanging in the air longer outside off, Laxman adjusts to defend

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 100/2
VVS Laxman    29* (69b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    13-4-18-1
A Mukund    51* (135b 3x4)      D Bishoo    11-0-36-0

37.1

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, lunges forward to play with the turn to forward short leg

37.2

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, bounce for Bishoo but Mukund deals with it, working it awkwardly to long leg

round the wicket to Laxman

37.3

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, and easily padded away as it turns away after pitching outside leg

37.4

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, more use of the pads from Laxman to counter this line outside leg

37.5

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, turns away sharply and Laxman goes back to whip to midwicket

37.6

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, nicely bowled, fires it on quick, Laxman jams it away towards midwicket and they go through for the run

India have repaired the early damage Windies did with couple of early wickets. Mukund has shown remarkable composure in his debut series and has earned himself a maiden fifty. Windies have been reduced to two fully fit bowlers as Edwards is having problems of his own after Rampaul did not take the field today. All set up for India to force the advantage unless they throw it away. Join us in 30 minutes for the post-lunch session

End of over 38 (2 runs) India 102/2
VVS Laxman    30* (73b 1x4)      D Bishoo    12-0-38-0
A Mukund    52* (137b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    13-4-18-1

The players are out and Fidel will start off, crucial for Windies that he is able to bowl today, just the lone slip in place

Keshav: "India have used their DRS very well in this series; ie, Disaster Recovery System.. VVS Laxman, if I am still not understood."

Welcome back to the second session on day three, thankfully there is no rain around at the moment

Nana: "@Srihari -- Actually I think IPL ruined him, he started doing lot of "stand and deliver" shots which obviously doesnt help him in Tests."

Srihari: "It is sad that Vijay couldn't live up to his promise as he did in the IPL and the tests against Australia. Tony Greig mentioned yesterday that it was all a confidence issue, and what a brilliant watch he could be if he got his eye in. Wonder when we'd get to see him next, hopefully we won't have to wait until the next IPL."

38.1

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, swinging in right away, some reverse for Fidel, Laxman adjusts and works it towards mid on

38.2

FH Edwards to Laxman, 1 run, bowling it full searching for reverse, this time it goes straightish and Laxman pushes it away, ball trickles through point's hands

38.3

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, slants this across the left-hander off a length who leaves it alone

38.4

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, 80.5 mph from Fidel, certainly not cranking it up, and too far wide outside off to interest Mukund

38.5

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, perseveres with the angle across the left-hander who continues to leave

38.6

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, makes him play now but Mukund is solidly pushing forward to cover

End of over 39 (1 run) India 103/2
A Mukund    52* (141b 3x4)      FH Edwards    10-1-23-1
VVS Laxman    31* (75b 1x4)      D Bishoo    12-0-38-0

Bishoo from round the wicket right away

39.1

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, Laxman allows the ball to turn in to the pads from outside leg and works it away for a single

39.2

Bishoo to Mukund, no run, shortish and flat, Mukund pats it back to the bowler

39.3

Bishoo to Mukund, 1 run, another short ball, Mukund decides to go for a big pull now but mistimes the shot towards deep square leg

39.4

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, defended off the front foot on the leg side

39.5

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, getting it to bite and bounce from outside leg but Laxman is able to play it back towards the bowler

39.6

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, another one grips from outside leg and Laxman is able to whip it down the track

End of over 40 (2 runs) India 105/2
VVS Laxman    32* (79b 1x4)      D Bishoo    13-0-40-0
A Mukund    53* (143b 3x4)      FH Edwards    10-1-23-1

Fidel is getting some work from the physio on the dodgy leg

40.1

FH Edwards to Mukund, FOUR, banged in short but Mukund tackles it very well, shuffles outside the line and works it to the long leg boundary

40.2

FH Edwards to Mukund, FOUR, even better, length ball but how well has Mukund played it, well forward and piercing the gap through the overpopulated off side cordon

40.3

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, Fidel keeps this one tight on the stumps and Mukund is behind it in defence

40.4

FH Edwards to Mukund, 1 run, takes on mid off with a hustling single, it was another pleasing drive from Mukund off an overpitched delivery, there is a direct hit but Mukund is well home

Dhaval: "A lot of Positive Intent from Mukund. Love the style of this youngster. Great technique, Sound Temperament, Just want to make sure he does not throw away his starts..."

40.5

FH Edwards to Laxman, 1 run, that whip from VVS is unfurled, Fidel targets the pads attempting the yorker and Laxman just wrists it wide of mid on who makes good ground to his right to make a diving stop

40.6

FH Edwards to Mukund, no run, with all the effort Fidel must be having to put in with his injured leg, it is a pity he is spraying deliveries wide outside off stump

End of over 41 (10 runs) India 115/2
A Mukund    62* (148b 5x4)      FH Edwards    11-1-33-1
VVS Laxman    33* (80b 1x4)      D Bishoo    13-0-40-0

41.1

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, pitched outside leg, Laxman tries to lash it towards midwicket off the back foot, but bottom-edges it just above his left knee, the ball rolls towards square leg

41.2

Bishoo to Mukund, OUT, there's the breakthrough which has been a long time coming, Mukund looking to play off the back foot, a short of length ball that sits up, batsman tries to clip it towards midwicket, but edges it on to his thigh pad and the ball pops up nicely for short leg, a much-needed wicket for West Indies

A Mukund c Barath b Bishoo 62 (182m 149b 5x4 0x6) SR: 41.61

41.3

Bishoo to Kohli, 2 runs, a confident start from Kohli, punching Bishoo off the back foot through covers

41.4

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, gets nicely foward and blocks this overpitched ball off the front foot

41.5

Bishoo to Kohli, 2 runs, streaky from Kohli, a length ball that turns away sharply, Kohli is drawn forward and he pokes at it tentatively, the outside edge results, and the ball flies past a diving Sammy at first slip

41.6

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, this one is straighter from Bishoo, barely any turn after pitching on a length outside off, left alone

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 120/3
V Kohli    4* (4b)      D Bishoo    14-0-45-1
VVS Laxman    34* (81b 1x4)      FH Edwards    11-1-33-1

42.1

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, Edwards fires it in full, 85.6mph, reversing in for Edwards, Laxman pushes the ball towards mid-off, not too well timed

42.2

FH Edwards to Laxman, no run, length ball outside off, dabbed off the front foot in front of point

42.3

FH Edwards to Laxman, 2 runs, lovely cover drive from Laxman, gets well forward and caresses the ball through cover, slow outfield allows the fielder time to get the ball, the batsmen take two, and there was some misunderstanding there, Laxman was halfway down for the third, Kohli hadn't moved from the non-striker's end, Laxman would have been a goner if the throw was at the right end, it is sent towards the bowler though, and by the time the ball is relayed to the keeper, Laxman has hustled back

42.4

FH Edwards to Laxman, 1 run, shortish ball just outside off, pulled by Laxman behind square leg

42.5

FH Edwards to Kohli, no run, short of length and on leg stump, Kohli jumps as he defends it behind square leg

42.6

FH Edwards to Kohli, no run, solid defense from Kohli, gets behind the line of a delivery just outside off, and pats it back towards the bowler

End of over 43 (3 runs) India 123/3
V Kohli    4* (6b)      FH Edwards    12-1-36-1
VVS Laxman    37* (85b 1x4)      D Bishoo    14-0-45-1

43.1

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, has him lunging forward to a tossed up ball and driving to extra cover

43.2

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, well bowled, trying to get him to drive, some turn from a fuller length as Laxman plays the shot again to extra cover

43.3

Bishoo to Laxman, no run, on a length now and defended off the front foot

43.4

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, turning away and bouncing but a touch short and Laxman instantly goes back to punch to sweeper cover

two slips for Virat

43.5

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, watches a flighted slow delivery outside off and leaves it alone

43.6

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, more flight from Bishoo, he has heart alright, Virat dead-bats it in forward defence

End of over 44 (1 run) India 124/3
V Kohli    4* (8b)      D Bishoo    15-0-46-1
VVS Laxman    38* (89b 1x4)      FH Edwards    12-1-36-1

Dushyant: "Somebody always has to jinx a player who's playing well, right Dhaval?"

44.1

FH Edwards to Laxman, 1 run, Fidel slings it in full but some way outside off, looking for that reverse, this time there isn't any and Laxman squeezes it to sweeper cover

44.2

FH Edwards to Kohli, no run, gives him the short ball but a foot outside off, Virat is expecting it and sways outside the line

44.3

FH Edwards to Kohli, FOUR, there is no man at long leg, and Fidel lets a full swinging delivery rip on to Virat's pads, and he happily nudges it fine to the boundary

44.4

FH Edwards to Kohli, 2 runs, shot, Chanders has had to a lot of chasing today, mid on is shortish, Virat's push-drive easily beats him and it is up to Chanders to go after it from mid off

44.5

FH Edwards to Kohli, no run, testing stuff this time, the bouncer, does not get up a lot but Virat is hurried in to swaying out of harm's way

44.6

FH Edwards to Kohli, 2 runs, more work for Chanders, Virat shows his driving skills, gets to the pitch of a fuller one and holds the pose even as the ball races to the left of Chanders at mid off, lots of work right after lunch, Chanders does not look pleased

End of over 45 (9 runs) India 133/3
V Kohli    12* (13b 1x4)      FH Edwards    13-1-45-1
VVS Laxman    39* (90b 1x4)      D Bishoo    15-0-46-1

45.1

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, too short and turning away, Laxman has enough time to rock back and delay the shot to send it wide of sweeper cover

45.2

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, tossed up very full, Virat resists and leaves

45.3

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, leading edge as Virat lunges forward, but the ball falls well short of extra cover

45.4

Bishoo to Kohli, 1 no ball, inside edge as Virat is again lunging forward, lobs to forward short leg's left but it is a no ball as Bishoo steps on the side line

45.4

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, watchfully well forward in defence to a full delivery

45.5

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, plays another flighted ball quietly on the off side

45.6

Bishoo to Kohli, no run

End of over 46 (2 runs) India 135/3
V Kohli    12* (19b 1x4)      D Bishoo    16-0-48-1
VVS Laxman    40* (91b 1x4)      FH Edwards    13-1-45-1

Sammy brings himself on

46.1

Sammy to Laxman, 1 run, full on the pads and it is picked away to long leg

46.2

Sammy to Kohli, no run, blocks a length ball with a solid straight bat

46.3

Sammy to Kohli, no run, more solid defence from Virat as Sammy bowls another one on the stumps

Vinayak: "I think its high time you guys at Cricinfo start acting more responsible and publish a counter-jinx everytime someone jinxes a player. Say, if someone says 'Kohli looks like a real gem, wonderful technique' etc etc, come up with a reply that goes like, 'What is the point? He is bound to throw away his starts sooner rather than later' This is the least you/we can do to protect the batsmen from the omnipresent curse of the jinxers!" How about not publishing the jinxes?

46.4

Sammy to Kohli, 2 runs, there are three men in front of square on the leg side in the circle but Virat times the flick in the gap and picks up a couple

46.5

Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, Sammy targets the pads again and Virat collects a single to long leg

46.6

Sammy to Laxman, no run, more effort on the length ball earns a honest straight-bat defence from Laxman

End of over 47 (4 runs) India 139/3
VVS Laxman    41* (93b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    14-4-22-1
V Kohli    15* (23b 1x4)      D Bishoo    16-0-48-1

47.1

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, goes back to one turning away and bouncing, and cuts hard but cannot beat the infield

47.2

Bishoo to Kohli, 2 runs, tosses it up but on the pads and Virat shows off his wrists with a neat flick past midwicket

47.3

Bishoo to Kohli, FOUR, Virat is looking solid, Bishoo continues to drop it short often, and Virat rides the bounce to cut it between point and cover

47.4

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, better length, gives it a lot of air close to off but Virat leaves it alone

47.5

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, and now he gets a lot of bounce off a length, strikes Virat high on the bat as he pushes forward

47.6

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, played away on to the off side

End of over 48 (6 runs) India 145/3
V Kohli    21* (29b 2x4)      D Bishoo    17-0-54-1
VVS Laxman    41* (93b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    14-4-22-1

junga sees something sinister here: "@Vinayak - interesting that you chose Kohli as an example in your point."

48.1

Sammy to Laxman, no run, he has been consistently targetting the pads, he has two men in catching positions, a shortish square leg and a short midwicket, and Laxman almost played the flick straight to the former man, dropped just short though

48.2

Sammy to Laxman, no run, is watchful now after the scare the previous ball, and intentionally keeps the shot down this time towards midwicket

48.3

Sammy to Laxman, no run, now the slower ball at 65.7 mph, low full toss but Laxman cannot get the timing on the drive, extra cover fields

48.4

Sammy to Laxman, no run, played out towards mid on off the front foot

48.5

Sammy to Laxman, no run, more full stuff on the pads, Laxman plays the whip towards widish mid on. those men square on the leg side are preying on him

48.6

Sammy to Laxman, no run, played out towards mid on

End of over 49 (maiden) India 145/3
VVS Laxman    41* (99b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    15-5-22-1
V Kohli    21* (29b 2x4)      D Bishoo    17-0-54-1

49.1

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, goes on the back foot to guide it towards backward point

49.2

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, tossed up full and Virat mistimes the drive back to bishoo

49.3

Bishoo to Kohli, 1 run, crouches and bends the knee to work a flatter ball in front of square leg

49.4

Bishoo to Laxman, 1 run, short ball sits up and Laxman goes back to pull it in the air to deep midwicket

49.5

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, tossed up slowly, he pushes it quietly to mid off

49.6

Bishoo to Kohli, 1 run, cut away to sweeper cover off the back foot

End of over 50 (3 runs) India 148/3
V Kohli    23* (34b 2x4)      D Bishoo    18-0-57-1
VVS Laxman    42* (100b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    15-5-22-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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