Jerome Taylor's steady line strengthened the West Indies' hand with three wickets for one run in six balls early on the fourth day of the third Test against India yesterday.
The lithe fast bowler, 22 on the first day of the match and in his sixth Test, removed Rahul Dravid for 22 with his fifth ball and Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif, both for ducks, with his seventh and 10th as India's overnight 150 for 2, replying to the West Indies' imposing 581, was suddenly transformed into a shaky 159 for 5.
VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni settled Indian nerves with a partnership of 60, but Corey Collymore removed Dhoni 20 minutes before lunch to restore the West Indies' advantage.
Three-quarters of an hour into the second session, Laxman was leading the Indian struggle to reach 382 and avoid following on. Starting the day on 28, he moved comfortably to 95 and in sight of his 10th Test hundred, with India on 280 for 6. On a pitch that yielded 731 runs for 12 wickets over the first two days, the West Indies needed a quick breakthrough to enhance their chances of claiming the first outright result of the series. Taylor provided it, observing a full length with late swing.
Dravid was beaten as he came uncertainly forward and the umpire Brian Jerling, a South African standing in his first Test, granted his first lbw decision of the match. In his next over, Taylor found a thin outside edge for a wicketkeeper's catch as the left-handed Yuvraj Singh's struggles in the series continued.
Kaif, a century-maker in the drawn second Test, survived his first ball but was another lbw victim to his second as he shuffled across his stumps. Laxman was never in any bother and he and the wicketkeeper Dhoni checked the West Indies' advantage for the next hour and 35 minutes until Jerling upheld his third lbw decision for the day, raising his index finger as Dhoni was beaten by Collymore's inswinger.Reuse content