Tendulkar Poised As India Reply Strongly
West Indies 590 (Bravo 166, Ashwin 5-156) v
India 281-3 (Dravid 82, Tendulkar 67no)
Third Test, Mumbai, day three
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Sachin Tendulkar appeared poised to score his landmark hundredth international century after India closed day three of the third Test against the West Indies in Mumbai on 281 for three in their first innings.
On a pitch offering next to nothing to the bowlers, the West Indies were finally bowled out for 590 before half-centuries from Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar led a strong Indian reply.
Gambhir made 55, Dravid 82 while Tendulkar was unbeaten on 67 in 133 balls at stumps.
India rode their luck at times, Tendulkar being dropped on 58 by Carlton Baugh and VVS Laxman spooning a pull shot into the air but fortunately for him the ball landed in a vacant area.
Dravid managed to kick the ball away from his stumps as he looked set to be bowled prior to tea but he was nevertheless unable to go on to a three-figure score on the day when he scored his 13,000th career run and became the first man to score 1,000 runs in 2011.
India began the day by being frustrated by a last-wicket partnership of 24 between Fidel Edwards (11 not out) and Devendra Bishoo (12) but it was finally broken when Ravichandran Ashwin completed figures of five for 156 when Bishoo was bowled.
India then warmed to their task of batting as Gambhir and Virender Sehwag put on 67 in 14.3 overs for the first wicket as Sehwag helped himself to three fours and a six prior to being bowled by Darren Sammy for 37 in 50 balls.
Gambhir and Dravid then added 71 for the second wicket with both men playing fluently until Gambhir was caught by Baugh off Ravi Rampaul.
Dravid and Tendulkar then joined forces and compiled 86 for the third wicket to take India past the 200-mark and it came as something of a surprise when he was bowled - the ball just kissing the off stump and knocking the bail off - by Marlon Samuels.
The rest of the day belonged to Tendulkar as he lifted an upper cut into the stands for six and played delightfully all round the wicket, hitting five boundaries.
Laxman was just as attractive to watch as he hit three fours on his way to 32 not out.
The majority of the opening two days saw the West Indies batsmen dominate the bowlers with Darren Bravo stroking 166 and five others - Kraigg Brathwaite, Adrian Barath, Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell and Samuels - all scoring half-centuries.
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