Sachin Tendulkar missed out on a century, but India assumed total control of the second Test between India and the West Indies in Mumbai.
Centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma ensured that the home side had a first-innings lead of 313 runs when they were finally all out for 495.
In reply, the West Indies limped to stumps on 43-3 and now have an almost impossible job in order to avoid a second straight defeat with three days of cricket still to be played.
The day began with Tendulkar unbeaten on 38, and as he moved past his half-century it looked like he might score his first Test ton in almost three years in a fairytale finale.
But it was not to be, with Narsingh Deonarine drawing an edge held well by Darren Sammy at slip—one of five catches he bagged in the innings.
The wickets eventually fell as India tried to up the run rate, but just as it seemed that they had broken the back of the innings at 415-9, Sharma and Mohammed Shami combined to add 80 runs for the final wicket.
It allowed Sharma to score a second successive century, boosting his fledgling Test average to remarkable heights.
Rohit Sharma follows Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Sourav Ganguly and Yasir Hameed as the batsmen to hit 100s in their 1st 2 Test inns.— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 15, 2013
The West Indies had an awkward spell of play to negotiate before stumps, and lost the wicket of Kieran Powell to a brainless shot, charging down the wicket and getting caught off the bowling of Ravi Ashwin.
It meant Tino Best was sent in as a nightwatchman, but he was beaten by a Pragyan Ojha delivery and trapped in front of the wickets. For good measure, Darren Bravo, arriving after the nightwatchman, was dismissed for a 10-ball knock for 11.
Here is the scorecard from the day's play:
|India 1st Innings 495 (108 overs)|
|M Vijay||c Sammy b Shillingford||43||55|
|S Dhawan||c Chanderpaul b Shillingford||33||28|
|CA Pujara||c & b Shillingford||113||167|
|SR Tendulkar||c Sammy b Deonarine||74||118|
|V Kohli||c Sammy b Shillingford||57||78|
|MS Dhoni*†||c Sammy b Best||4||10|
|R Ashwin||c & b Gabriel||30||32|
|B Kumar||c Sammy b Shillingford||4||6|
|PP Ojha||run out (Powell)||0||1|
|Mohammed Shami||c Best b Deonarine||11||29|
|Extras||(b 8, lb 2, w 2, nb 3)||15|
|West Indies 2nd Innings 43-3 (12.2 overs)|
|CH Gayle||not out||6||31|
|KOA Powell||c Mohammed Shami b Ashwin||9||16|
|TL Best||lbw b Ojha||9||17|
|DM Bravo||c Vijay b Ashwin||11||10|
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