It wasn't easy, there were no seven-wicket sessions, but the bowlers stuck to their plans and ended up bowling the West Indies out for a low total, with nine more wickets now standing between India and victory in the first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Another similar bowling performance on Sunday and Virat Kohli's men will take a 1-0 lead in this four-match Test series.
Mohammed Shami was the standout bowler for India in the first innings, looking menacing with the red ball every time he ran in to bowl. The fact that Shami can move the ball, just enough, with pace makes him a potent weapon for Kohli to use, and while he showed signs of not having played competitive cricket for a long time, as he tired considerably towards the end of Day 3, the India skipper will look to him to get the breakthroughs on Sunday.
Ishant Sharma toiled hard on Day 3, but the pace spearhead's major problem was that he did not make the batsmen play often enough. That changed a little in the second innings, when a beautiful inswinger got Ishant the wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite, and "a bit more of that" is what Kohli and Anil Kumble will be saying to the tall pacer come Sunday.
Umesh Yadav, like Shami, finished with four wickets in the first innings, with the fast bowler swinging the ball around nicely. A bit more accuracy and the ability to keep the pressure on with every over will be key if Umesh is to come out of this Test with a man of the match performance.
While the pacers were the key to breaking the West Indies resistance in the first innings, Amit Mishra and R Ashwin could come into play on Day 4, especially with a rough being created by the fast bowlers' footmarks.
Ashwin, after going wicketless in the first innings, will want to make his mark, and if he finds his mojo come Day 4, the West Indies batsmen will find it difficult to save this Test match.
Darren Bravo and Rajendra Chandrika batted well to ensure West Indies would only lose the one second innings wicket before the close of play, and a lot more of that fight will be needed on day four of this first Test match.
Where to Watch Live
India vs West Indies 1st Test match, Day 4 is set to begin at 10 a.m. local time (3 p.m. BST, 7.30 p.m. IST) start. Live streaming and TV information below.
India: TV: Ten 2, Ten 3 and Ten 1 HD. Live Streaming: Ten Sports Live.
South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa: TV: SuperSport 2. Live Streaming: SuperSport.
Australia: TV: Fox Sports 5. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
USA: TV: Willow TV. Live Streaming: Willow TV online.