Edwards gets debut ton as Windies battle

MIAMI, (Reuters) – Kirk Edwards hit a century on his test debut  as West Indies reached 224 for six on the fourth day of the  third and final test against India in Dominica today.
West Indies have a lead of just 81 runs with four  second-innings wickets remaining after three wickets near the  close put the tourists back in command.
India lead the three test series 1-0 and while West Indies  theoretically still have a chance of levelling the series, the  tourists will surely fancy their own chances of ending on a high  with a second test victory.
The only glimmer of hope for West Indies is that Shivnarine  Chanderpaul, who in this test broke the record for most test  appearances for the Caribbean team, is still at the crease  having made an ultra-patient 73 from 201 balls.
Skipper Darren Sammy will resume with Chanderpaul on Sunday  and with only the tail to come he will need to produce a real  captain’s innings if they are to set India a challenging target.
It could have been a different situation had Indian not  picked up those three wickets late in the final session.
Barbadian Edwards finally went caught behind off Harbhajan  Singh, the 26-year-old having made 110 from 195 balls and become  the 13th West Indian to score a century on his debut.
Marlon Samuels lasted just three balls – trapped lbw by  Harbhajan and then wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh was a victim of  the new ball – pushing a simple catch to Abhinav Mukund off  Praveen Kumar.
It was a soft end to what had been a solid and gritty  recovery from West Indies after India had made early inroads  before lunch.
Kieran Powell edged Ishant Sharma to Suresh Raina at third  slip and then fellow opener Adrian Barath also played at a ball  he could have left alone — diverting a Kumar delivery to Virat  Kohli at fourth slip.
After the interval, Harbhajan snapped up Darren Bravo for  14, caught by Kumar at mid-off as he tried to drive.
It was however a good day for Barbadians named Edwards –  pace bowler Fidel ended with a five-wicket haul after rattling  through the Indian tail early in the morning session to end the  tourists’ first innings at 347 all out.

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