Vihari and Rahane take India closer to victory

Indian Batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane has taken India closer to a series sweep with an unbeaten 111-run stand to set an improbable 468-run target for the West Indies on day three of the second Test.

The in-form Rahane and Vihari got India’s second innings back ontrack after the top-four were dismissed for 57 runs. The fifth-wicket partnership has allowed India to declare at 168 for four, giving their bowlers 13 overs to bowl to the struggling West Indiesbatsmen.The West Indies were 45 for two at stumps with their batsmen showing very little application in the series.

The hosts are unlikelyto get anywhere close to the massive target.India decided against enforcing the follow-on despite gaining a 299-run lead by bowling out the West Indies for 117 an hour into the morning session.

Jahmar Hamilton (5 off 59) had tested the patience of the Indian bowlers before Ishant Sharma got rid of him for his sole wicket of the innings.

The first wicket of day three was Rahkeem Cornwall (14 off 31) who could not deal with a well directed bouncer from Mohammad Shami, spooning a simple catch to Rahane.

The West Indies did well to last more than an hour in the morning session after showing no application with the bat on day two when Bumrah wreaked havoc.

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