Bravo and Collymore run through Indian innings

Published: Saturday, June 3, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St John's:Dwayne Bravo and Corey Collymore ran through the Indian innings as the visitors struggled against a disciplined West Indian bowling attack and were 235 for nine at the draw of stumps on the first day of the first Test here.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, India began on a disastrous note on a pitch that was offering good bounce and carry. Wasim Jaffer (1) and Virender Sehwag (36) were out in the first hour of play and Dwayne Bravo struck just before lunch snaring Laxman and India were reduced to 74 for three at Lunch.

First to depart was Wasim Jaffer who was nicely done in by Fidel Edwards in the third over of the day. Edwards bowled a couple of deliveries on the leg side. He then followed it up with a short one that looked like going down the leg side but instead shaped up and carried a thin nick to wicketkeeper Ramdin.Virender Sehwag looked comfortable on a pitch where ball was coming nicely on to bat. He twice played Collymore to the leg side boundary. But, just when he looked set to play a long innings, Sehwag threw away his wicket, playing at an away-going delivery from Collymore and edged to first slip to Lara for a comfortable catch. Sehwag made 36 runs off 37 balls and India were 51 for two then.

VVS Laxman, who came in to bat at number three, looked his fluent best. He played a couple of wristy boundaries to race to 29. India needed a big partnership at this stage, but Laxman flattered to deceive. Like Sehwag, he too flashed at a delivery outside off stump and was snared gleefully by keeper Ramdin off Bravo. The visitors, however, showed some defiance in the second session and the lone West Indies success post lunch came in the form of Yuvraj Singh's wicket. Yuvraj, who survived a few anxious moments and appeals, was sent back by spinner Dave Mohammad. The Punjab batsman made 23 and raised a 54-run partnership with Dravid, the only fifty plus partnership in the innings. India went to tea at 144 for four.

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