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India in commanding position on day four

Written by: Staff

St John's, Antigua, June 6 (UNI) India finished the fourth day's play of the first test in commanding position here.

Led by wonderful double hundred by Wasim Jaffer and quickfire half century by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India declared at 521 for six, giving West Indies a winning target of 392 runs. Before Dhoni, it was a delightful maiden double hundred from Wasim Jaffer that held the Indian innings together.

Jaffer played some beautiful shots on his way to 150. But his start in the day was not as glorious. He made tentative begining to the day's play. In second over of the day, Jaffer edged a Bravo delivery that just missed the reach of diving Gayle. He drove a beautiful cover drive for four in the same over to add to his overnight score. Jaffer looked in imperious touch and some of his shots out were a straight drive past the bowler for four and a sweetly timed on drive for four that also raised his 150.

Jaffer drove and cut with aplomb as the West Indies players' shoulders drooped against his onslaught. Runs came quickly, but there was no sign of rash stroke-play, instead Jaffer played with straight bat and regularly found the gaps with his orthodox batting.

Collymore coming from far end tested Jaffer a bit with some movement outside off stump just before Lunch.

Rahul Dravid proved an excellent foil to Jaffer as he kept rotating the strike with singles.

Dravid also completed his 1000 Test runs against the West Indies.

Jaffer and Dravid added 93 runs in the first session without getting separated.

West Indies sorely missed the services of Fidel Edwards who could not play due to the hamstring pull he incurred on Sunday.

Jaffer's knock took India to commanding position by tea. Two wickets fell in the session between lunch and tea, but India added 70 more runs to take the total to 378 for four. Slight shower at lunch delayed the start of second session's play by 20 minutes.


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