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Rahane’s ton puts India in control

Star batsman Ajinkya Rahane scored his seventh Test century as India gathered 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 here on Monday.

India 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. The Mumbai-based batsman 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 braved the 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.

However, with the boundaries too few and far between, the scoring rate became a bit slow.

Luck finally smiled on the holder on the stroke of lunch when an incoming delivery stayed a bit low and Saha misread the bounce only to see the ball strike him on the rear pad.

The sturdy right-armer celebrated as the teams went in for lunch, but with the pitch starting to show signs of wear and tear, the hosts may struggle once they come out to bat in their second innings.

Rahane and Saha displayed loads of grit and patience to take India to 425/6 at lunch.

At lunch, Rahane was unbeaten on 74 runs.

Saha, on the other hand, 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.

The Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman scored 47 runs before being outfoxed by a delivery from fast bowler Jason Holder that stayed a bit low after pitching.

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