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Rahane's ton puts India in command

He scores his seventh Test century as India amassed a vital 304-run first innings lead against West Indies

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Publish Date: Aug 2 2016 11:08AM | Updated Date: Aug 2 2016 11:12AM

Rahane's ton puts India in command

Ajinkya Rahane slices the ball during the second Test at Kingston. (Photo: AFP)


 Ajinkya Rahane scored his seventh Test century as India amassed a vital 304-run first innings lead against the West Indies at stumps on the third day of the second cricket Test at the Sabina Park Stadium in Kingston on Monday.

Visitors declared at 500/9 in their first innings as heavy rains forced play to be called off for the day.
Rahane remained unbeaten on 108 off 237 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes. He was well supported at the other end by lower-order batsman Wriddhiman Saha (47) and tail-enders Amit Mishra (21) and Umesh Yadav (19).
For the hosts, Roston Chase (5-121) was the pick of the bowlers.
Resuming the day at 358/5, Rahane and Saha saw through difficult conditions and excellent bowling to plow on patiently and to build up the visitors' lead.
Rahane reached his half-century in style, cutting pacer Miguel Cummins over the slip cordon for a boundary.
Both batsmen showed loads of grit and patience to take India to 425/6 at lunch.
At lunch, Rahane was unbeaten on 74 runs.
On the other hand, Saha was unlucky to miss out on what would have been an extremely well-deserved half-century as he was dismissed on the last ball before tea.
He scored 47 runs before being outfoxed by a delivery from fast bowler Jason Holder that stayed a bit low after pitching.
West Indies bowlers produced a better performance than what they had on the second day, helped on in no small part by a wicket which is beginning to wear down a bit.
Holder was the only Caribbean bowler to taste success in the pre-lunch session, returning figures of 1/66 from the 32 overs he has bowled so far.
Rahane in particular had a very hard time against Holder, with one particular over seeing the pacer beat the Mumbai batsman as many as five times. Indeed, Holder was unlucky not to bag more wickets.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was also impressive, making the ball turn to cause plenty of trouble for the batsmen.
Bishoo was also unlucky as he missed Rahane's wicket when the latter was on 65. He attempted to cut a delivery that was not short enough. The top edge looped up to the right of point where Rajendra Chandrika dropped a relatively easy chance.
Resuming play after lunch from 425/6, Rahane and Mishra held on quite well by gathering some useful runs before Mishra fell to Chase. The off-spinner struck in two successive balls to remove Mishra and incoming batsman Mohammad Shami.
New batsman Umesh Yadav struck a handy knock to help team India reach the 500-run mark.