Tea Day 4: India lead by 154
Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC – Veteran right-hander Rahul Dravid was grinding his way towards his 60th half-century as India continued to build their second innings lead at tea on the fourth day of the Second Digicel Test against West Indies on Friday.
He was unbeaten on 48, a knock that has helped India to 143 for two – an overall lead of 154 at Kensington Oval. Dravid has faced 81 balls and struck six fours, and has anchored a 54-run, third wicket stand with the stylish VVS Laxman who was unbeaten on 26 at the interval.
West Indies bowlers toiled after lunch but were only rewarded with the wicket of opener Abinhav Mukund who was caught behind for 48 off fast bowler Fidel Edwards.
Resuming after the lunch break at 62 for one, Mukund and Dravid stretched their third wicket stand to 63 before being parted. The left-handed Mukund, who survived a blow to the helmet minutes before lunch, blossomed after the break with off-side boundaries as India pushed on.
Always uncomfortable against the short ball, he eventually gloved a snorter from Edwards to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh at 89 for two. Laxman, who has struck three fours off 84 balls, joined Dravid to deny West Indies any further success.
Earlier, just over an hour’s play was possible before lunch after rain yet again delayed the start. Resuming at 23 without loss, India lost Murali Vijay when the right-hander pushed forward tentatively to pacer Ravi Rampaul in the day’s third over and edged a catch behind to Baugh.