Tea Day 4: Debutant Kirk Edwards hits maiden Test 50

Roseau, Dominica, CMC – Kirk Edwards stroked a maiden half-century, and shared a defiant fourth-wicket stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul to help West Indies stage a fight-back against India before tea in the Third Digicel Test on Saturday.

At the break, Edwards was unbeaten on 62 and Chanderpaul was not out on 25, as West Indies, trailing by 143 on first innings, reached 116 for three in their second innings on the fourth day at Windsor Park.

Edwards and Chanderpaul have shared 76 – unbroken – to consolidate for West Indies, after they slumped to 40 for three inside the first half hour after lunch. Edwards emerged from a shaky start, reaching his 50 from 87 balls with a pull for four through backward square leg off Ishant Sharma for his fifth boundary.

Veteran Chanderpaul has played at typically dogged innings to offer Edwards steady support. In the final over before the break, he was fortunate that Rahul Dravid put him down at slip on 25 off Harbhajan Singh.

Edwards and Chanderpaul were brought together when left-hander Darren Bravo recklessly lofted a delivery from off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, and was caught at long-off for 14. Before lunch, Fidel Edwards’ 10th five-wicket haul helped limit India to 347 all out in their first innings.

The right-arm pacer picked up three of the four wickets to fall to finish with five for 103 as India, resuming at 308 for six, added a mere 39 runs in a morning session that was interrupted by rain. West Indies captain Darren Sammy (2-51) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-125) finished with two wickets apiece.

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni added nine to his overnight 65, while Praveen Kumar stroked a breezy 23 from 27 balls, in a stand of 31 from 47 balls for the eighth wicket. Once they were parted, the innings ended swiftly with the last three wickets falling for eight runs in the space of 13 balls.