Lunch India 146 for 0 (Rohit 68*, Jaiswal 62*) trail West Indies 150 (Athanaze 47, Ashwin 5-60, Jadeja 3-26) by four runs
Starting the day with India on 80 for no loss, the pair extended their association to 146, scoring 66 runs in 32 overs in the session as West Indies focused on keeping the scoring in check. Rahkeem Cornwall was the only bowler who challenged the Indian openers but he failed to dislodge either of them.
Earlier, Jason Holder and Kemar Roach largely stuck to a good length outside off, allowing just 19 runs in the first nine overs of the day.
After the drinks interval, Rohit followed his partner to the landmark with a single off Cornwall. He also had some advice for Jaiswal whenever the youngster looked impatient or played a loose shot.
Cornwall was getting good purchase from the surface and had challenged Jaiswal’s both edges before the break. On the other side of it, he pinged him on the helmet with extra bounce as the left-hander failed to connect a sweep. Jomel Warrican, much quicker through the air than Cornwall, too found big turn to beat Rohit’s outside edge.
But soon after, Cornwall walked off the field after feeling discomfort in his chest. Kraigg Brathwaite replaced him in the attack, and while he kept a lid on the scoring rate, he didn’t look as threatening.
On Wednesday, R Ashwin’s 33rd five-wicket haul in Test cricket helped India bowl out West Indies for a mere 150. Debutant Alick Athanaze was the lone bright spot for the hosts, scoring a composed 47.