Aided by two missed catches off Virender Sehwag, India made a promising start to their daunting challenge of scoring 392 off the remaining 88 overs needed to win the third Test here yesterday.
The dismissal of Sehwag, to the first ball after lunch, checked their advance and, three-quarters of an hour into the second session, they were 129 for one, still 263 short of their goal with a minimum 53 overs available.
The composed opener Wasim Jaffer was on 45 and first innings century-maker VVS Laxman on 10.
Set their target when West Indies captain Brian Lara declared the West Indies second innings at 172 for six 35 minutes into play, Sehwag and Jaffer were together at 109 at lunch after Sehwag was missed by Chris Gayle at first slip off the bowling of Jerome Taylor at five and then by Ramnaresh Sarwan at short extra-cover off Dwayne Bravo at 57.
Sehwag was increasingly threatening, with 65 off 75 balls including six fours when Corey Collymore claimed him for the fourth time in five innings in the series with a clear-cut lbw. Collymore and left-arm swing bowler Pedro Collins observed a tight line and length on a fifth-day pitch still basically good for batting.Reuse content