Brian Lara did not enforce the follow-on when India was dismissed for 362 on the fourth day of the third Test at St Kitts today and by stumps the West Indies had extended their lead to 362 runs.
The match appears certain to end in a draw with 98 overs to be bowled on the last day. The West Indies ended the day on 4-113.
India was dismissed 19 runs short of the follow-on mark for 362.
But Lara was hamstrung through the loss of Pedro Collins which left him without the required bowling strength to put the Indians under second innings pressure.
India started the day on 2-150 but Jerome Taylor proved the ace in the West Indies pack. He rocked the tourists with an early spell that accounted for Rahul Dravid (22), Yuvraj Singh (0) and Mohammad Kaif (0). That left India in trouble at 5-159.
VVS Laxman was left to try and recover the situation in tandem with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. However, Dhoni scored only 22 before being trapped leg before wicket when attempting to work a ball from Corey Collymore through the leg-side.
Laxman was joined by Anil Kumble and they added 77 runs during which time Laxman was rewarded for his efforts with a century but no sooner had he achieved it than he edged an outswinger to provide Denesh Ramdin with a chance which he held with a diving catch.
India was still 85 runs short and while Anil Kumble battled on but on 43 he top-edged an attempted pull shot and was held at fine leg to be out for 43.
Sreesanth was out almost immediately afterwards for a duck. Some hope was provided as Munaf Patel and Harbhajan Singh battled their way to 362 but at that point Patel was caught in the slips from Dwayne Bravo's bowling for 13 runs.
Harbhajan was 38 not out. Collymore emerged the pick of the West Indies bowlers with 3-63 from his 25 overs. Taylor had 3-118 from 26.
When Collins was forced out of the attack he had 2-117 from 29.3 overs.
Sreesanth was quickly into action for India when claiming Chris Gayle in only the second over for 3 while he also claimed Ramnaresh Sarwan for 23.
Anil Kumble then claimed Lara's wicket for 19 runs when having him stumped and then he caught and bowled Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 11. Darin Ganga was unbeaten on 41.
Sreesanth ended with 2-19 from six overs and Kumble had 2-36 from eight overs.