India's first-innings advantage
Less than three days into the second Test, India have taken a stranglehold of the match, bundling out West Indies for a paltry 215 after amassing 588 for 8 in their first innings. The first-innings lead of 373 is India's second-highest in an overseas Test, and the fourth-highest in their 398-Test history.
The only occasion when an Indian side managed a lead of more than 373 while playing abroad was at Rawalpindi in 2003-04, when India amassed 600 after bundling Pakistan out for 224. India eventually ended up winning that match by an innings and 131 runs.
At home, India have twice managed a first-innings lead of more than 373: at Kolkata against Australia in 1997-98, they went a whopping 400 in front after racking up 633 for 5 in their first innings. Of the top eight instances of highest leads, the only occasion when India didn't go on to hammer home that advantage was in 1978-79 against West Indies. That match, though, was affected by poor weather - only 257 overs were bowled in the entire game. Can West Indies deny the marauding Indians yet again?
|Opposition||Lead||Venue & year||Result|
|Australia||400||Kolkata, 1997-98||Won by an innings and 219 runs|
|West Indies||394||Delhi, 1978-79||Draw|
|Pakistan||376||Rawalpindi, 2003-04||Won by an innings and 131 runs|
|West Indies||373||St Lucia, 2006||?|
|England||355||Headingley, 2002||Won by an innings and 46 runs|
|Bangladesh||342||Dhaka, 2004-05||Won by an innings and 140 runs|
|New Zealand||328||Madras, 1955-56||Won by an innings and 109 runs|
|Sri Lanka||310||Bangalore 1993-94||Won by an innings and 95 runs|
S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo