India peg back Windies with quick wickets

Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 23:12 [IST]
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India peg back WI with quick wicket

Kingston, June 21: The Windies suffered a few blows on the morning of Day 2 of the first Test against the touring Indians, going into lunch at a precarious 119/5 in 46 overs. The hosts were still trailing by 127 runs at that stage. Indian seamer Praveen Kumar bowled brilliantly in the morning to pick up three wickets - Darren Bravo (18), Adfrian Barath (64) and Brendon Nash (1), while Ishant Sharma pitched in with his second wicket, that being Ramnaresh Sarwan, for 3.

Resuming on 34/1 in 20 overs, the West Indies were in for an early setback when Ishant Sharma trapped Ramnaresh Sarwan in front for 3 of 30 balls. The Windies were 35/2 in 21.1 overs. With new batsman Darren Bravo for company, surviving opener Adrian Barath, smacked a four off Ishant in the 25th over and another boundary off Harbhajan Singh in the 26th. Then Bravo got into act, also carting Bhajji for a four as the score moved onto 48/2.

In a dramatic 29th over, Bravo hammered Ishant for a four to bring up the Windies' 50, before he was dropped by Suresh Raina at third slip. After Bravo survived a couple more close calls, Barath upped the ante in the 36th over, clobbering leg-break Amit Mishra for a four and six. Thus, the batsman had brought up his 50 and taken the score to 84/2. But in the next over, Barath got Praveenh Kumar away for a boundary only to get caught behind off the next ball. Barath was out for 64 off 122 balls and the hosts were 91/3 in 37 overs.

However, the Windies continued to wobble when two overs later, Praveen got Bravo caught behind for 18 off 56 balls as the score now read 95/4 in 38.3 overs. No sooner had the new batsman Brendon Nash helped his side cross 100, than Praveen struck again to remove him for 1. The Windies were in trouble at 103/5 in 42.1 overs. The new batsman Carlton Baugh and Chanderpaul played out the last few overs till lunch as the former wrapped up the session with a six off Bhajji.

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