India vs West Indies
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India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3 Live Score: Kohli’s Unbeaten 72 Leads India to 400/4 at Lunch

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July 14, 2023 India vs West Indies – India continued their dominant performance on the third day of the first Test match against West Indies. Despite losing two wickets in the morning session, India reached lunch comfortably placed at 400/4, with a lead of 250 runs over the West Indies.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, who had an impressive debut, fell for a brilliant 171, but not before leaving a mark on the game. West Indies finally managed to send him back when Alzarri Joseph struck gold. Ajinkya Rahane, who joined Virat Kohli in the middle, fell cheaply for just 3 runs, keeping the West Indies’ fight alive.

Virat Kohli, on the other hand, continued his strong performance and remained unbeaten on 72 runs at lunch. He showcased resilience and determination, scoring his fifty off 147 balls. Kohli added 44 runs off 77 balls with Ravindra Jadeja, who provided valuable support at the other end.

India started the day positively, with Yashasvi Jaiswal reaching his well-deserved 150. He became only the third Indian player to achieve this feat on debut. Although Jaiswal missed out on a double century, being dismissed by Alzarri Joseph, India still looked poised to post a formidable total of 500 or more.

The turning point came when Ravindra Jadeja faced a delivery from Kraigg Brathwaite that turned viciously, almost beating the keeper. Jadeja, caught off guard, immediately asked for his helmet to protect himself from further surprises.

Virat Kohli’s innings gained momentum as he began finding boundaries. He hit two in quick succession, flicking Athanaze through the leg side and pulling a delivery from Brathwaite. India’s lead was closing in on 250 as Kohli and Jadeja started scoring at a brisk pace.

Kohli’s half-century was hard-fought, taking him 147 balls to reach. Although he has been relatively cautious with just two boundaries so far, his determined approach bodes well for India’s batting line-up. Kohli will look to build on this milestone and score more runs.

However, India suffered a setback when Ajinkya Rahane played a soft shot and lobbed the ball straight to covers, giving Kemar Roach an easy wicket. India lost their fourth wicket at 356, showing the West Indies’ determination.

Earlier, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s remarkable debut innings came to an end when he was dismissed for 171. Alzarri Joseph bowled an away-going delivery, and Jaiswal edged the ball to the keeper while playing a loose shot outside the off stump. Despite his dismissal, Jaiswal received a standing ovation for his impressive performance.

Jaiswal did manage to hit his first six in international cricket during his innings. It was a well-executed shot as he danced down the track to a flighted delivery by Jomel Warrican and hit it straight over the bowler’s head.

In other news, Rahkeem Cornwall, who had walked off the field on Day 2 due to an injury, returned on Day 3. Although he won’t be able to bowl immediately due to an external injury, Cornwall’s presence on the field is a relief for the West Indies.

At lunch, India looked in control of the match, with Kohli and Jadeja building a solid partnership. The team’s lead over the West Indies extended to 250, and they seemed on track to post a formidable total. The West Indies will need a miraculous performance to prevent India from reaching 500 or more.

Overall, India’s performance on Day 3 reflected their dominance in the match so far. With Virat Kohli leading from the front and the lower-order batsmen yet to come, India has the opportunity to strengthen their position further in the match.

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