Tea Day 2: Dravid gets 112, WI need 326 to win
Kingston, Jamaica, CMC – Rahul Dravid hit his 32nd Test century as India set West Indies 326 in two days and a session, to win the first Digicel Test at Sabina Park on Wednesday.
The veteran right-hander scored 112 to ensure the tail wagged and get the visitors up to 252 all out at tea on the third day of the contest. Captain Darren Sammy (4-52) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (4-65) finished with four wickets apiece but Dravid’s innings frustrated the West Indies who were seeking to bowl India out for under 200, especially after they slid to 183 for eight after the lunch break.
Resuming after lunch at 166-6, India suffered a double blow with just seven runs added when Sammy claimed Harbhajan Singh (5) and Praveen Kumar (0) in the space of three balls.
Harbhajan walked across his stumps and was lbw while Kumar was bowled without scoring, hitting across the line. Dravid, however, then anchored a 56-run, ninth wicket stand with Amit Mishra who hit an accomplished 28 from 60 balls with four fours.
They frustrated the Windies bowlers as Sammy wrung the changes without success. He brought himself back and prised out Mishra to a catch at deep backward point before Dravid skied a catch to mid-on off Bishoo to end the innings.
Earlier, resuming at 91-3, India lost Virat Kohli for 15 in the day’s fourth over but Dravid added 48 for the fifth wicket with Suresh Raina who scored an attractive 27.
However, Bishoo struck twice before lunch removing Raina and captain MS Dhoni (16) in controversial circumstances to haul West Indies back into the contest.