Mumbai - Darren
Bravo smashed a second successive century to help the West Indies reach
378-3 in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the third
and final Test against India on Wednesday.
The left-hander, who
hit a brilliant 136 in the last Test in Kolkata, was unbeaten on 105 at
the break as the tourists added 111 runs to their overnight total of
267-2 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Bravo, cousin of former
West Indies batting great Brian Lara, reached his third hundred in 13
Tests in style as he square-drove off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for a
four. He has so far hit 12 fours in his 169-ball knock.
He also added 64 for the unfinished fourth-wicket stand with Kieran Powell, who was unbeaten on 38.
57 overnight, began with a pair of attacking shots, fluently driving
debutant seamer Varun Aaron past mid-off and then straight for two fours
off the first two deliveries of the day.
India continued to struggle for success on a good batting pitch, grabbing just one wicket in the two-hour morning session.
bowler Ishant Sharma was rewarded for his perseverance when he had Kirk
Edwards (86) caught behind with a delivery that moved away for his
first wicket of the match.
Edwards, 65 overnight, looked set for
his third century in six Tests as he began on an impressive note,
flicking and pulling Aaron for two fours in the opening hour.
cracked 13 fours in his 165-ball knock and put on 164 runs for the third
wicket with Bravo to strengthen his team's position after Kraigg
Brathwaite (68) and Adrian Barath (62) put together 137 for the opening
wicket on Tuesday.
India lead 2-0 in the series after winning the
opening Test in New Delhi by five wickets and the second match in
Kolkata by an innings and 15 runs.