India stretched their lead in the afternoon session despite continuing concerns about the consistency of their top-order batting in getting to 98 for three in the second innings at tea on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies on Saturday.
Having dismissed the home side for 222 in the morning period to take a first innings lead of 75 runs, Indian captain Virat Kohli and first innings top scorer Ajinkya Rahane will resume after the break with the visitors seeking to work themselves into an increasingly dominant position.
Roston Chase, whose score of 48 on Friday, was the best effort in the West Indies’ first turn at the crease, showed his worth with his off-spin after lunch on day three in removing openers Mayank Agarwal and K.L. Rahul while Kemar Roach produced a superb delivery to breach the defence of Cheteshwar Pujara.
Agarwal was ruled leg-before although television replays showed the decision would have been overturned has it been challenged by the batsman.
There was no possibility of a reprieve though for Rahul, bowled round his legs for 38 when he missed an attempted sweep.
SCORES IN BRIEF
INDIA: First innings 297 and second innings 111 for 3 (Rahul 38, Kohli 20 not out; Chase 2-55)
WEST INDIES: First innings 218 for eight (Chase 48, Holder 37 not out; Sharma 5-43)