Shai Hope

COSTLY MISS: The bails fly past West Indies wicketkeeper Shai Hope, left, as India’s KL Rahul is bowled attempting to sweep a delivery from Roston Chase (not in picture) on day three of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards cricket ground in Antigua yesterday. Rahul went for 38. 

WEST INDIES lacked penetration in the final session and Ajinkya Rahane and captain Virat Kohli capitalised to stroke half-centuries, as India strengthened their hold on the opening Test after dominating the exchanges on day three yesterday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Rahane, the first innings top-scorer, finished unbeaten on 53 while Kohli carved out a polished 51, efforts which propelled the visitors to 185 for three at the close—an overall lead of 260 runs heading into today’s penultimate day.

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The pair have so far added 104 for the fourth wicket, a stand that pulled India out of trouble at 81 for three before tea and kept West Indies wicketless in the last session.

Opener KL Rahul struck 38 and Cheteshwar Pujara got 25 but both fell prior to tea, as part-time off-spinner Roston Chase (2-69) struck twice to keep West Indies in the contest initially.


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Pro League clubs have sent counter-proposals to the governing Trinidad and Tobago Football Association after recently rejecting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which would have seen the governing body directly involved in league operations and the payment of salaries.

It was a derby of sorts but only one team made an impact. La Horquetta Rangers returned to winning ways with a 7-0 home victory over FC Santa Rosa, last season’s Trinidad and Tobago Super League champions, when they met in the Ascension Invitational Football Tournament on Wednesday.

Red-hot Guyana Amazon Warriors extended their unbeaten start to the Caribbean Premier League season while inflicting yet another blow to Jamaica Tallawahs’ playoff hopes, with a commanding 81-run victory Wednesday night.

Team TTO’s cyclists have boosted their chances of securing a place at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, having made significant progress in the latest World rankings. T&T leaped six places to fifth in the Track Men’s team sprint Olympic ranking when the world governing body for the sport, UCI (International Cycling Union) updated their rankings Tuesday.

The West Indies women predictably suffered their second straight series whitewash at the hands of powerhouses Australia when they went down by nine wickets in the final Twenty20 International of the three-match series in Barbados Wednesday night. But captain Stafanie Taylor still saw signs of hope for her team.