India vs West Indies: 2nd Test, Day 3

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(During the course of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

If the task for West Indies wasn’t hard enough as it was after India had declared their first innings at a mammoth 631-7, the newly wed Ashwin has got rid of the hosts’ nemesis S Chanderpaul and the Caribbean team has it all to do. Time for the young and talented Darren Bravo to step up to the plate.

9.44am: West Indies appear to be headed for a follow-on after a good length ball from Umesh Yadav uproots Darren Bravo's off stump. West Indies in a heap of trouble here. India's bowlers on top.

9.55am: Umesh Yadav, take a bow! I am not his biggest fan and feel Varun Aaron should play ahead of the Vidarbha pacer. That being said, Yadav has just bowled a beauty and got Marlon Samuels to play down the wrong line. The result ... off and middle stump were uprooted. Terrific delivery that! Windies 99-6 and in heaps of trouble.

Pragyan Ojha continued to impress at the Eden Gardens.

10.15am: Pragyan Ojha is a man on a mission as he looks to cement his place in India's Test team. He and Ashwin are looking to bring to an end Harbhajan's faltering career. Sammy hit Ojha for a six but the spinner stayed calm and his flighted delivery that bounced considerably induced an edge from the West Indies captain and his Indian counterpart MS Dhoni gleefully latched on to the edge. West Indies floundering badly at the Eden Gardens!

10.24am: Two wickets in as many deliveries and West Indies are on course for humiliation at the Eden Gardens. First, Roach was run out at the bowler's end after backing up too far and then Ojha trapped Baugh plumb in front. Baugh tried to sweep and though he was a long way forward, the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps. Windies crashing spectacularly here!

10.46am: Bishoo and Edwards are putting up a fight and making India work a tad hard for the final wicket. Good, determined fight by the tailenders.

10.51am: That's the end of West Indies' first innings and the tourists trail India by 478 runs. The follow-on is bound to be enforced and the Caribbean outfit will need a much better batting performance second time around.

11.06am: Darren Bravo's 30 was the highest score for the visitors - an apt reflection of the sorry tale of West Indies' batting. Ojha was the pick of India's bowlers and ended with figures of 4-64 in 22 overs. Yadav took three wickets while Ashwin picked up a couple of wickets. Top performance by India's bowlers.

11.31am: Time for play to resume. Umesh Yadav to open the bowling and the West Indies batsmen have a tough task ahead of them. It is a test of character for the visiting batsmen.

Sanjay Manjrekar tweets: Westindies have batted no better than minnows in this innings..

11.47am: Some nervy moments for the Windies openers. Barath and Braithwaite are doing their best to see off the storm. Yadav and Ishant Sharma have been good with the ball so far.

Umesh Yadav kept things tight and was rewarded for his effort.

12.02pm: West Indies are off to a flying start but they have lost Kraigg Brathwaite who was caught behind by Dhoni off Yadav's bowling. Barath and Edwards are counter-attacking though and this may just be West Indies' shining moments in this match.

12.27pm: Barath and Edwards are keeping the scoreboard ticking over without taking to may risks. Top effort by the pair.

12.51pm: The turn that Ojha and Ashwin extracted from the pitch in the morning has all but disappeared and this has made the job for the batsmen a tad easier. They still need to bat well though and as of now Edwards and Barath are doing just that.

01:09pm: Barath survived a loud appeal for a catch at forward short leg but lives on to battle it out against the Indian bowlers.

01:14pm: Barath has just scored a 50. Wonderful knock from the talented youngster. He needs to go on and play a big knock. He and Edwards are putting together an important partnership for West Indies and this is bound to frustrate the Indian bowlers.

01:20pm: Barath has batted remarkably well for his half-century but he has also had a few close shaves. On the other hand, Edwards looks composed and collected as he keeps the scoreboard ticking over.

01:41pm: West Indies have done extremely well in the second session with Barath and Edwards leading the way. India's bowlers have had some shining moments but have been unable to break the second-wicket partnership. West Indies go into Tea on Day 3 at 116-1 with Barath on 62* and Edwards unbeaten on 43. The tourists still trail by 362 runs though and will need to bat well over the last session as well as tomorrow.

02:07pm: Perfect start to the post-tea session for India as a full delivery outside off stump from Ishant Sharma induces an edge from Barath (62 in 105 balls) and VVS Laxman takes a good, low catch at first slip. Pressure on Edwards and new batsman Darren Bravo now.

Kirk Edwards gave yet another proof of his class and character with a composed knock.

02:41pm: Edwards has scored a half-century and he and Darren Bravo are putting together an useful and important partnership for West Indies as the tourists chip away at the huge first innings lead that they conceded.

03:12pm: This is a good period of play for West Indies as Edwards and Bravo put together an useful partnership for the visitors. West Indies will hope to take the match to the fifth day.

03:22pm: Ishant Sharma gives India a breakthrough as he traps Edwards plumb in front. Edwards out for a well-made 60 but is out at the wrong time for West Indies. India back in control but they will want to dismiss their nemesis Chanderpaul at the earliest.

03:42pm: Chanderpaul has just scored 2000 runs against India and he will want to score plenty more runs in this innings to give West Indies any chance of salvaging something from this match.

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Darren Bravo evades a bouncer on the third day at Eden Gardens.

04.03pm: So, that's stumps at the Eden Gardens. West Indies were bundled out for 153 in the first innings, but have batted much better in the second innings to end at 195 for 3. Windies still trail by 283 runs and Bravo and Chanderpaul will have to continue from where they left off today. It's an uphill task for West Indies but they will want to make a match of it.