Windies enter final day with hope thanks to Kirk Edwards ton

Roseau, Dominica – Middle-order batsman Kirk Edwards hit a superb 110 on his Test debut as West Indies reached 224 for six on the fourth day of the Third and final Digicel Tes against India at Windsor Park on Saturday.

West Indies have a lead of 81 runs with four second-innings wickets remaining after three wickets near the close put the brought the India back on top.

At the crease is Shiv Chanderpaul, in his record 133rd Test having so far made an ultra-patient 73 from 201 balls. Skipper Darren Sammy will resume with Chanderpaul on the final day on Sunday.

Edwards, a tall, strong 26-year-old reached his century through overthrows after he was also stranded attempting a sharp single to mid-off. He hit nine fours and a six from 195 balls to reach the first century by a West Indian this season.

In the process, Edwards become the 13th West Indian to score a century on his debut. The last West Indian to achieve the feat was Adrian Barath, who made 104 as a 19-year-old against Australia at the Gabba in November 2009.

Marlon Samuels lasted just three balls – trapped lbw by Harbhajan Singh and then wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh was a victim of the new ball – pushing a simple catch to Abhinav Mukund off Praveen Kumar.

It was also a good day for Barbadians named Edwards. Earlier in the day, pacer Fidel Edwards took his 10th five-wicket haul in Test cricket to bring a swift end to the Indian first innings. He took 5-103 from 28.2 overs to follow up the 5-78 he took in the last match in Barbados.

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