Ashwin, Saha defy Windies, guide India to 234/5 in third Test

St. Lucia: With an unbeaten 108-run sixth wicket partnership, Ravichandran Ashwin and wicket-keeper Wriddhaman Saha brought India back into the game to post 234 for 5 wickets against a domineering West Indies on the first day of the third Test at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. Making best out of the second new ball to notch up 46 in nine overs, the unbeaten duo rescued India from collapsing in the first innings and accelerated the run-rate to score 104 in 38 overs during the last session after Windies pacers tamed their top order to 126 for 5 in the first 52 overs. Sharing the day's honours evenly, Windies dominated the first two sessions while India did in the third and last session, with top scorer Ashwin remaining unbeaten 75 from 190 balls (4 boundaries) and Saha 46 not out from 122 balls (4 boundaries). All efforts by the Caribbean captain Janson Holder to break the partnership did not succeed despite using six bowlers, including spinner Roston Chase, who bagged two wickets along with Test debutant Alzarri Joseph. Chase was, however, not brought again into the attack as the pitch was not conducive to his off-spin bowling. Earlier, India was struggling till tea session with only 130 for 5 wickets on board.