Ashwin & Saha’s centuries help India to post 353- The West Indies picked up the last five Indian wickets in eight overs on the second afternoon of the third Test at Darren Sammy International Stadium in Gros Islet on Wednesday (August 10).
After R Ashwin (118) brought up his fourth Test century with a six and Wriddhiman Saha (104) reached his maiden Test hundred with a dab to backward point soon after lunch, West Indies, who were staring down the barrel at the break with India 316 for 5, got back into the game with Miguel Cummins picking up three wickets to bowl India out for 353 in 129.4 overs.
It was the sixth-wicket stand between Ashwin and Saha that did it for India. The two added 213 runs from 441 deliveries with Ashwin making 118 and Saha contributing 104. That made it India’s second-highest sixth-wicket stand in an away Test, only behind the 222 Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar put together in Cape Town in 1997.
After Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhaman Saha hit centuries in the post-lunch session, West Indies bundled out India for 353 in the first innings and were 16 for no loss at tea in the third Test match at the Darren Sammy National Cricket stadium on Wednesday.
“In hindsight, later on this could very well be a series-defining knock because we were in some trouble yesterday and there was every chance that we could be skittled out. I thought it needed a bit of application. It was not like making a hundred back home or anywhere in the world,” Ashwin told reporters after the second day’s play on Wednesday.
“I’m sure about that because it was definitely not a wicket where you could just plonk your front foot and play through the line. It was a hard-fought day yesterday and it was no different today. We just hope we can capitalise on the rear guard action later tomorrow,” he said.