Dominica: India edged out a day of fluctuating fortunes to take complete control of a rain-marred third Test in Dominica, boosting their chances of a maiden 2-0 series win in the Caribbean by upsetting a determined fightback from the hosts led by Kirk Edwards, who scored a century on debut. Edwards' confidence and composure while approaching his landmark was a contrast to his edginess and uncertainty in the early part of his innings, and he was guided along by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who fought his own battles and survived to take the game into the fifth day. However, the loss of three wickets in the final session, made possible by an improved spell by Harbhajan Singh, meant the game was still India's.
Edwards had big boots to fill when he was picked for this Test ahead of Ramnaresh Sarwan. He was left out of the West Indies squad for the final two ODIs against India and would have been under some pressure coming in to this game, then being dismissed early in his first outing and faced with the responsibility of rebuilding the innings after the early loss of the openers in the second. The nerves were on show against a testing spell by the Indian seamers on a track offering some assistance early on, and against the turn and byte Harbhajan Singh was able to extract. Munaf Patel roughed him up with a couple of bouncers that he failed to keep down - Edwards had succumbed to the short ball in the first innings - and Harbhajan produced a half-chance towards short leg with his line from round the wicket.