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After smashing his second century in the ongoing Test series against the West Indies, star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said his hundred in the third match might well be a series-defining knock.

India are 1-0 up in the four-match Test series with a comprehensive victory in the first match by an innings and 92 runs, followed by a superb fight-back by the hosts in the second Test which saw the rain-interrupted match end in a draw.

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Containing India to 353 in the first innings after Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhaman Saha hit centuries in the post-lunch session, West Indies fought back to score 107-1 on the second day of the third Test match at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia on Wednesday.

At stumps, Kraigg Brathwaite at 53 not out off 143 balls and Darren Bravo 18 off 66 balls were at the crease in 47 overs, still trailing India by 247 runs.

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West Indies skittled India out for 353 in their first innings, just after lunch on day two of the third Test match at the Darren Sammy National Cricket stadium in St. Lucia on Wednesday. Riding on valiant centuries from all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin (118) and stumper Wriddhiman Saha (104), India recovered from the early jolts they received on the opening day, however, 4 wickets for 2 runs at the end of the innings meant that it was the Windies and not India who went into the change of innings feeling like a million bucks.

Continuing their spirited form, Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhaman Saha took India to 316-5 at lunch, defying the West Indies bowling attack on the second day of the third Test at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia on Wednesday.

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India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar has heaped praise on star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his valuable contribution with the bat at No.6 at a crucial time in the ongoing Test series against the West Indies.

After a century in the first Test, Ashwin struck an unbeaten 75 alongside wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha's 46 not out to help India overcome an early batting collapse and post 234/5 at stumps on Day 1 in the first innings of the third Test match here on Tuesday.

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An unbeaten 108-run sixth wicket partnership between Ravichandran Ashwin and wicket-keeper Wriddhaman Saha brought India back into the game to post 234-5 against a dominant West Indies side on the first day of the third Test at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia on Tuesday.

Making the most out of the second new ball to notch up 46 runs 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 bowlers had tamed their top order to 126 for 5 in the first 52 overs.

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James Anderson has reclaimed the number-one ranking from India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, which were released on Monday following the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test which England won by 141 runs to take a 2-1 lead over Pakistan.

Anderson had entered the Edgbaston Test trailing Ashwin by one point, but he has now opened up a 12-point gap over the India spinner. This is following Anderson’s four wickets against third-ranked Pakistan, which has earned him six points, as compared to Ashwin who has dropped six points despite taking six wickets against eighth-ranked West Indies in the Jamaica Test.

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On a high here after claiming his 18th five-wicket haul in Tests, India's star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has expressed delight on achieving the feat saying that he is happy to accomplish what nobody else had managed till now.

India took control of the second Test match against the West Indies by bowling out the hosts for 196 runs in their first innings before reaching 126/1 at the end of the first day's play here on Saturday. Ashwin picked up five wickets for 52 runs as India dismissed the West Indies in their first innings before tea.

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