Roseau (Dominica): Harbhajan Singh became the 11th bowler in history to capture 400 Test wickets while Ishant Sharma again bowled impressively in the rain-lashed third Test between India and West Indies on Thursday.



India were eight without loss, replying to West Indies' first innings total of 204, when a combination of rain and bad light stopped play early on the second day at Windsor Park, where only 49.2 over were possible.

Out of the statutory 180 overs that should have been bowled over the first two days, only 80.3 have been completed, as typically seasonal weather has ravaged the Dominica capital, hosting a Test for the first time.

Sharma, the most successful of all the bowlers in the series, upstaged Harbhajan, taking 5-77 from 21.3 overs.

His success, followed up his 6-55 in the first innings of the drawn second Test at Bridgetown, taking his tally in the three-Test series to 21 wickets at 14.04 apiece.

Harbhajan, playing his 96th Test for the Indians, bowled Carlton Baugh for the West Indies top score of 60 about an hour and 20 minutes after lunch to achieve the milestone.

Only former captains Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) have taken more wickets for the visitors than Harbhajan.

He is also the fourth spin bowler to take 400 wickets in Tests, following in the footsteps of fellow off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka, whose 800 scalps are the most, Australia's Shane Warne (708), and Kumble.

Harbhajan finished with 2-26 from 15 overs, and Praveen Kumar took 2-22 from 16 overs.

Before lunch, India had continued to exploit the brittle West Indies batting line-up, removing Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels, when play resumed 20 minutes later than regularly scheduled, with the hosts on their overnight 75 for three.

Munaf Patel struck in the fourth over of the day, when Chanderpaul was slightly squared-up by a perfectly-pitched delivery moving away, edged, and was caught behind by India captain and birthday boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 23, following a 49-run stand with Bravo.

Kumar tightened India's grip, when Samuels, struck on the helmet by a short, rising ball from Patel, attempted a lazy drive at a delivery outside the off-stump, and was bowled for nine, dragging the ball into the stumps off the inside edge, leaving West Indies 99 for five.

The Indian bowlers came under a little pressure in the final half-hour before the interval, when Baugh arrived, and inspired some positive play from Bravo.

An imperious drive through extra cover off Sharma brought Bravo his fifth boundary, and Baugh swung Harbhajan over square leg for six before he cut Suresh Raina through square cover for four, as West Indies reached 128 for five at lunch.

After the interval, Sharma made the breakthrough for India, when he cut short the counter-attacking stand of 59 for the sixth wicket between Baugh and Bravo.

The beanpole fast bowler had Bravo caught behind for an even 50, playing defensively forward to a well-pitched delivery. The West Indies left-hander spent a little over three and a quarter hours at the crease, and struck eight fours from 134 balls.

India continued to leak runs, and West Indies inched closer to the 200-run mark, when their captain Darren Sammy joined Baugh, and put on a valuable 41 for the seventh wicket.

Harbhajan however, stemmed the flow of runs, and triggered a batting collapse that saw West Indies lose their last four wickets for five runs from 57 balls.

He had Sammy caught at forward short leg for 20, and then reached his landmark, when Baugh, whose innings contained six fours and one six from 79 balls, made room to cut, played over the top of the delivery, and had his stumps shattered.

Sharma then returned to wrap up the tail, removing Fidel Edwards for three and Devendra Bishoo for a duck in successive overs.

India hold a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, following a 63-run victory inside four days in Jamaica, and a draw in the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.


West Indies: Kieron Powell, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Carlton Baugh, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy (capt) and Devendra Bishoo

India: Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (England) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan).