Bravo torments India's bowlers
Darren Bravo tormented India's bowlers with a classy 166 as West Indies racked up a mammoth 575 for nine in their first innings on Wednesday, virtually ending the hosts' hopes of inflicting a whitewash in the third and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Image: Darren Bravo celebrates his century
Edwards misses century
The top six West Indies batsmen all made half-centuries, forcing India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to resort to desperate measures, including bringing on Sachin Tendulkar to bowl, in search of wickets on a placid pitch.
Resuming on 267-2, Bravo and Kirk Edwards (86) added 164 for the third wicket before the latter edged paceman Ishant Sharma to wicketkeeper Dhoni on the stroke of the first drinks break of the day.
Image: Kirk Edwards
Bravo continues his rich vein of form
Bravo continued his rich vein of form, notching up his third ton in the last four Tests, his first career century coming against Bangladesh in Mirpur last month.
Bravo, the 22-year-old left-hander, brought up his second successive ton with an elegant square-driven boundary off Ashwin and celebrated by kissing his bat before raising it aloft along with his cap.
The stylish Bravo, who made 136 in the second innings in the last Test in Kolkata, started the day with two straight-driven fours off Aaron and looked extremely comfortable at the crease throughout his extended stay.
The cousin of former West Indies batting great Brian Lara hit 17 boundaries during his 284-ball stay, the only blemish coming on Tuesday, when Rahul Dravid dropped him at slip on 33 off left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha's bowling.
Image: Darren Bravo
Powell makes most of his opportunities
Bravo became Varun Aaron's maiden Test wicket when he edged the paceman to Dhoni, going for a drive away from his body.
Bravo had added 160 for the fourth wicket with Kieran Powell (81) as the tourists recorded a third century partnership of the innings.
Powell, who replaced the injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the team, made the most of his opportunity and hit nine fours before he edged Ojha to Dhoni while going for an extravagant backfoot drive.
Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Darren Bravo
Aaron triggers late mini collapse
Aaron (3-106) picked up three wickets in four overs to force a mini collapse in the last session after the visitors thrashed the home attack on an easy-paced surface on the second day.
Dhoni took five catches behind the stumps but dropped a difficult low catch off Marlon Samuels (61), when the batsman was on 46, off the bowling off Aaron.
R Ashwin was the most successful bowler for India as he claimed four for 154 in 51 overs.
Image: Varun Aaron