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Bravo with Powell consolidate Windies position
| Updated at: 1723 PST, Wednesday, November 23, 2011|
MUMBAI: Darren Bravo hit a third century in four Tests as the West Indies posted a mammoth 494-4 in their first innings at tea on the second day of the third and final Test against India on Wednesday.
Bravo, cousin of former West Indies batting great Brian Lara, dominated the Indian attack with a superb 156 not out and Kieran Powell scored a solid 81 to help their team add 227 to their overnight total of 267-2.
The left-handed pair never looked in trouble against the Indian attack on an easy-paced track at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, adding 160 runs for the fourth wicket to strengthen their team's position.
Powell, replaced injured batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, hit nine fours in his 149-ball knock before being caught behind off left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.
Marlon Samuels was unbeaten on 18 at the break.
Bravo's impressive run began in Bangladesh where he scored 195 in Dhaka for his maiden Test hundred in his team's series-clinching victory early this month.
The 22-year-old then hammered a sparkling 136 against India in the last innings of the previous Test in Kolkata before completing a second successive hundred on Wednesday.
Bravo, 57 overnight, reached his century in the morning session with an aggressive shot when he square-drove off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for a boundary. He has so far hit 16 fours in his 265-ball knock.
He hit two fours off the first two deliveries of the day, fluently driving debutant seamer Varun Aaron first past mid-off and then straight.
India struggled for success on a pitch offering no help to bowlers, bagging just two wickets in two sessions, with paceman Ishant Sharma and Ojha taking one each.
Sharma was rewarded for his perseverance in the morning when he had Kirk Edwards (86) caught behind with a delivery that moved away for his first wicket of the match.
Edwards, 65 overnight, looked set for his third century in six Tests as he began on an impressive note, flicking and pulling Aaron for two fours in the opening hour.
He cracked 13 fours in his 165-ball knock and added 164 for the third wicket with Bravo to put his team in a strong position.
India lead 2-0 in the series after winning the opening Test in New Delhi by five wickets and the second match in Kolkata by an innings and 15 runs. (AFP)