Exemplary seamer Kemar Roach narrow missed out on a hat-trick but beleaguered West Indies were left needing a virtual miracle during Monday’s penultimate day to escape another heavy defeat to India, in the final Test at Sabina Park.
Set a mammoth 468 for victory, the home side lost both openers Kraigg Brathwaite (3) and John Campbell (16) cheaply to stumble to the close of Sunday’s third day on 45 for two, still requiring a further 423 runs for victory.
West Indies’ highest successful run chase in Tests is 418, achieved 16 years ago in Antigua against Australia.
Much will depend on experienced left-hander Darren Bravo who was unbeaten on 18, while Shamarh Brooks, in only his second Test, was not out on four.
India had earlier declared their second innings on 168 for four, thanks to half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (64 not out) and Hanuma Vihari (53 not out), the pair posting 111 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand to snuff the fight out of West Indies.
Rahane struck eight fours and a six off 109 deliveries while Vihari, who notched his maiden hundred in the first innings, counted eight fours in a 76-ball knock.