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    Ind vs WI, 3rd Test, Day 1: as it happened

    4>30 p.m. Kirk Edwards (65) and Darren Bravo (57) remain unbeaten as West Indies finish the opening day of the third and the final Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday at 267/2.

    4:03 p.m. New ball taken! With pitch not doing much for the spinners and the old ball not reverse-swinging for the faster men, Dhoni had no option but to give Ishant Sharma the new ball after 84.3 overs of the West Indies innings.

    3:50 p.m. Nine overs left in the day. Bravo is lucky to still be there after Dravid dropped him at the slips as the West Indies reach 239 for two.

    3:30 p.m. The Windies are looking resolute after Tea. They have added 58 so far and en route Kirk Edwards has registered another half-century. Bravo has looked self-assured in this innings, probably the positive effect of his century in Kolkata. It's 219 for two.

    3.10 p.m. Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo start off where the openers left, scoring on every possible chance given by the Indian bowlers. Both the batsmen have made sure that West Indies don't lose any wickets soon after the tea interval.

    2.10 p.m. R Ashwin strikes for India as the offspinner gets the wickets of West Indies' openers, Barath and Brathwaite. The visitors reach 161 for two at tea on day 1.

    2.05 p.m. Deja vu! Just like his opening partner Barath, Brathwaite too departs in a similar fashion. Only the catcher this time is Kohli, who is fielding at short-leg.

    Kraigg Brathwaite c Kohli b Ashwin 68 (184)

    1.45 p.m. India finally get the breakthrough! Barath departs, after scoring a well-compiled 62 (148). Ashwin's offbreak bounces from the length, takes an inside edge before hitting the pad and goes into the hands of Dhoni. It could have been two down if Laxman had hanged onto the catch offered by Brathwaite off the same bowler earlier. WI 137 for one.

    Adrian Barath c Dhoni b Ashwin 62 (148)

    1.30 p.m. After Brathwaite, Barath too gets to his fifty in 128 deliveries. The Wankhede pitch, which was said to be livelier than the previous two in Delhi and Kolkata, is not offering any assistance to pacers or spinners.

    1 p.m. Brathwaite has brought up a impressive half-century to take the Windies past the 100-run mark.

    12.30 p.m. India can't get a breakthrough even after the lunch interval, as the West Indies' openers keet the Indian bowlers at bay. Laxman misses a difficult chance of Brathwaite in the leg slip off R Ashwin.

    11.30 a.m. Openers Barath and Brathwaite give West Indies a solid start, taking the score to 80 for no loss at lunch on the first day of the third and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday. Barath has been the more attacking of the two, hitting six fours in his unbeaten 37 while Brathwaite, too, has stroked four boundaries in his 35.

    11.15 a.m. After playing cautiously initially, the West Indies openers have started taking their chances to break free. Both Barath and Brathwaite have punished any loose delivery offered by the Indian bowlers as the visitors reach the fifty mark in the 18th over.

    10.45 a.m Still no wicket! Despite bowling a nagging line and length, India can't find a breakthrough. Left-arm orthodox Pragyan Ojha has been brought in by MS Dhoni, but as expected, he is not getting much help from the Wankhede deck.

    10.15 a.m. Though Indian pacers have maintained a tight line, forcing the West Indies batsmen to play a few maiden overs, it's the wicket column that has remained empty in more than half an hour's play. Aaron seems to have found his rhythm and bowled in the early 140 kmph from his second over itself.

    9.45 a.m. Ishant Sharma has started the proceedings for India, while Aaron has bowled a maiden over from the other end. The young Jharkhand pacer, who bowled in mid 130 kmph in his first over, was driven through the covers by Adrian Barath. The two West Indies batsmen, Barath and Brathwaite, are looking positive.


    West Indies skipper Darren Sammy wins the toss and decides to bat first in the third and the final Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday.

    "It is not a bad toss to loose. There is plenty in this pitch for the bowlers. The batsmen can play their strokes. We want to improve as a side. We want to play good cricket," Dhoni said at the toss.

    "The wicket looks good. If we survive the first hour, we can bat well. We want to win or draw against a good side. We had to alter our sides because few of the guys fell sick," Sammy said.

    Team News:

    As expected, Virat Kohli is included in place of Yuvraj Singh, who was dropped after a mediocre performance in the first two Tests.

    But unexpectedly, India 'rest' pacer Umesh Yadav - as mentioned by Dhoni at the toss - and includes the new pace bowling sensation Varun Aaron.

    West Indies will also be without the services of their most experienced player Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who misses out on Tuesday's game with a calf strain.

    Kemar Roach, who was part of the playing XI in the Kolkata Test, is left out after the pacer goes down with stomach illness. Fit again Ravi Rampaul takes his place.

    India are leading the three-match series 2-0 and the Wankhede match will be an opportunity for the home side to make a clean sweep, first such thing to have happened after the series against Sri Lanka in 1994.

    India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma

    West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (w), Darren Sammy(c), Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo, Fidel Edwards

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