Bravo ton takes Windies to mammoth total

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Darren Bravo tormented  India’s bowlers with a classy 166 as West Indies racked up a  mammoth 575 for nine in their first innings today,  virtually ending the hosts’ hopes of inflicting a whitewash in  the final test at the Wankhede Stadium.
The visitors thrashed the home attack on an easy-paced  surface on the second day of the third test before debutant  paceman Varun Aaron picked up three wickets in four overs to  force a mini collapse in the last session.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added two more to his  overnight tally of two wickets as West Indies, trailing 2-0 in  the series, added 308 runs to their overnight total.
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.
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.
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.
Bravo became Aaron’s maiden test wicket when he edged the  paceman to Dhoni, going for a drive away from his body.
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.
Bravo then 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.
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.
Samuels went on to complete his 13th half-century before he  edged Ashwin to Dravid at slip.

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