India needs 124 more runs to win first Test vs WI

New Delhi: India had their nose ahead after they safely negotiated the West Indies bowlers on a tricky pitch to move to 152 for two and inch closer to the victory target of 276 in the first cricket Test here today.

Tamil Nadu off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin had vindicated his selection into the Test side with a five-for on debut, before Virender Sehwag (55 off 55 balls) provided the impetus to India`s innings with a typically aggressive knock, to leave the hosts within 124 runs from a victory on the third day. At stumps, a resolute Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were batting on 30 and 33 respectively. The duo`s unbroken third-wicket partnership has yielded 57 runs so far.

Seeking to score a record 100th international ton, Tendulkar today completed 15,000 runs in this form of the game when he pushed Devendra Bishoo towards extra cover, and along with Dravid, would look to ensure that Ashwin`s superlative effort of six for 47 doesn`t go in vain when India resume their innings tomorrow.

After Aswhin helped the hosts bowl out the visitors for a paltry 180 in their second innings, Sehwag along with Gautam Gambhir (22 off 32) started the chase in right earnest, putting on 51 runs in less than 10 overs. During his 80-minute stay at the crease, Sehwag delighted a turnout of 14,422 as well as he can with his pyrotechnics.

After Gambhir flicked Fidel Edwards to deep square-leg boundary to start India`s run chase, Sehwag launched into a booming straight drive off the same bowler. He followed that by whipping Edwards to the deep square-leg area.