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Live Cricket Score, India vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 3, Live Match: India eye big lead as pressure mounts on visitors

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Live Cricket Score, India vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 3, Live Match: Rahane and Pant look to extend India’s dominance.

Live Cricket Score, India vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 3, Live Match: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 3rd day of the 2nd Test being played between India and West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. India rode on a defiant 146-run fifth wicket stand between half-centurions Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant to reach 308/4 and more importantly cut down the deficit to just 3 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday. At close of play, both Pant (85 not out) and Rahane (75 not out) closed in on their respective centuries even as the West Indian bowlers failed to keep the momentum of the second session, where they managed to take three key wickets of Prithvi Shaw (70), Cheteshwar Pujara (10) and skipper Virat Kohli (45). Resuming the final session at 173/4, Rahane and Pant mixed caution with calculative aggression to steady the ship after the hoax middle-session scare. The right-left duo managed to see off the initial period before Pant broke the shackles with a few lusty blows to nearly outscore Rahane, en-route his second Test fifty. Stay tuned with us for all the action for cricket score India vs West Indies 2nd Test. (SCORECARD) (BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY)

Live Score, India vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 3 from Hyderabad:

9.32 IST: FOUR! Jason Holder to Ajinkya Rahane, First runs of the morning. Fuller in length and outside off, Rahane takes a step forward and plays a punchy-drive through the covers. The fielders give it a chase, but can’t get to it in time.​ IND 312/4 in 81.3 overs.

9.31 IST: Not surprising. THE SECOND NEW BALL HAS BEEN TAKEN STRAIGHTAWAY. Jason Holder to make the first use of it. Rahane to face. Let’s play!

9.30 IST: The Windies get into a customary huddle. No Shane Dowrich still, as we see Jahmar Hamilton ready with his keeping gloves. Out come the overnight batsmen – Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane.

9.22 IST: The away side was no clinical enough, but it did have its moments. Managed to wickets at regular intervals, before the huge (unbeaten) Rahane-Pant stand. Spin kept a check on the leaking, will pace back it up though? A lot rides on it. A couple of early wickets this morning could swing the tide in their favour. We’ll see how things unfold

9.21 IST

9.20 IST: Some lacklustre displays on their part has seen the hosts come close to the total they posted on the board. Will they manage to take a big lead today? We shall find out. Hello and welcome, folks, for what should be another entertaining day of Test cricket.

9.15 IST: Day 3, First Session. The tie still lies very much in the balance. You could say India are ahead at the moment, but one or two more wickets could change the complexion of the game. The Windies weren’t very good with the ball and in the field, to say the least, on Day 2. 

9.10 IST: Twenty minutes to go for the start of play in Uppal! Pant and Rahane will have their sights firmly set on completing their respective centuries. 

8.50 IST: Prithvi Shaw, the young opener, said yesterday that he was just trying to play his natural game but couldn’t convert it into a big one. Adds he enjoyed it though and it was a good batting surface. States that from U-16 level he’s been trying to play the ball on its merit, which is his strength. Stresses that he does not want to get confused by thinking too much and intends to continue playing the way he is. Reckons that Gabriel and Holder were bowling quickly, so he just tried to use their pace and find the gaps as best as he could. On his dismissal, he informs that he was just trying to hit it to the left of the cover fielder but the ball was a little away from him, so he couldn’t control it. Wants to learn from that and not repeat the same mistake again. Ends by mentioning that it (his dismissal) was a silly shot, so he won’t be repeating it in his next innings.

8.30 IST: Hello and welcome to our Live Coverage of the Day 3 of the second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates.

Brief Day 2 Report

Rishabh Pant’s audacious stroke-play complemented Ajinkya Rahane’s patient approach as India reached 308 for four against West Indies on the second day of the second Test on Saturday. India are now only three runs short of West Indies’ first innings total of 311. The Caribbeans could add only 16 runs in the morning session after Umesh Yadav polished off the tail with career-best figures of 6/88 in 26.4 overs. While young Pant celebrated his ODI call-up with a second Test half-century, an attractive unbeaten 85 off 120 balls, vice-captain Rahane slogged hard to remain undefeated on 75 off 174 balls.

Together, the duo added 146 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket after India lost in-form skipper Virat Kohli (45) to be reduced to 163 for 4. This was after young Prithvi Shaw lit up the morning, smashing his way to 70 off 53 balls to provide an initial momentum. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

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