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India Eye Big First Innings Lead

Middle-order batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant scored fine half-centuries as India reached 308/4 to trail by 3 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the second Test against the Windies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Rahane (75 not out) and Pant (85 not out) were at the crease when umpires called it a day. The duo forged an unbeaten 146-run stand for the fifth-wicket. For the Windies, who failed to pick a single wicket in the final session, Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers, returning with figures of 2/45. (LIVE SCORECARD)

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Both Pant and Rahane will aim to score their second and 10th Test centuries respectively, helping India take a big first innings lead against the tourists. The Windies bowlers will have a go again and will look to break the Rahane-Pant partnership and get their team back in the game. Trailing 0-1 in the two-match Test series, the third day will be vital for the visitors. However, it will not be an easy task as India still have Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who can chip in with some runs.

Live updates between India vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 3, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

08:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the Day 3 of the second Test between India and Windies.

The second session of the second day belonged to the Windies as India reached 173/4 at tea. Prithvi Shaw (70), who carried on his impressive start in international cricket, scored his maiden Test half-century but was the first wicket to fall for the home side in the second session after his breezy knock was brought to an end by Jomel Warrican. Cheteshwar Pujara (10), on the other hand, failed to perform with the bat. Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli (45) looked in solid touch before he being caught plumb in front of the stumps by Jason Holder. Kohli was also involved in a 60-run fourth wicket stand with Rahane.