India gain upper-hand over WI on Day 2

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 9:42 [IST]
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India gain upper-hand over WI on Day 2

Kingston, June 22: In a dramatic second day of the first Test between the visiting Indian side and the West Indies, the bowlers clearly dominated as a total of 12 wickets fell. First India bowled out the hosts for 173, thus securing a lead of 73 runs, with pacemen Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar taking three scalps a piece. Then the Windies struck back, reducing India to 91/3 in their second innings. However, at stumps India held the advantage, leading by 164 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

After a fruitful first session of play for India, wherein the tourists pegged back the Windies to 119/5 in 46 overs, the slide only continued for the hosts. Unfortunately for India though, Praveen Kumar was barred from bowling any more in the innings as he had been warned twice for running on the pitch in his follow through. But the loss to India's attack hardly mattered, as the other bowlers fulfilled thier roles.

In the 57th over, Harbhajan Singh dismissed a well-settled Carlton Baugh for 27 off 35 balls, when he had his caught at silly point. The Windies were in trouble again at 147/6. With the Indian bowlers keeping the pressure on the hosts, Sharma bowled Windies' captain Darren Sammy for 1 off 11 balls. In the very next over, Bhajji sent back Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 23 off 74 balls, having him caught by one of the close-in fieldsmen and suddenly the Windies were 152/8.

The new batsmen Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul, tried to hold out for as long as possible. But soon enough leg-break Amit Mishra came to the party. In the 68th over, he effected a double strike, first having Edwards caught behind for 7 off 28 balls and then a couple of deliveries later, packing off Devendra Bishoo for 4 off 2 balls. The Windies were all out for 173 in 68 overs, handing India a lead of 73.

In it's second innings, India got off to another shaky start. It seems opener Murali Vijay is yet to adapt to seamer-friendly conditions at Sabina Park, as Ravi Rampaul trapped him in front for a duck. At 1/1 , Rahul Dravid walked to the crease. But even he started on a diffident note, fortunate to be dropped by Sammy off Rampaul in the 6th over. However, Dravid soon found his groove and together with Abhinav Mukund, consolidated.

Batting cautiously, Dravid struck a four off Bishoo to take India past 50 in the 23rd over. Then a couple of overs later, Bishoo had Mukund caught behind for 25 off 75 balls. India had thus slipped to 56/2. There was more good news for the hosts when in the 26th over, Sammy had VVS Laxman caught and bowled for a no-score. At 57/3, India were in some distress. But a cool Virat Kolhi weathered the storm with Dravid, taking India to 91/3 in 41 overs when umpires called stumps. Dravid was not out on 45 and Kohli, unbeaten on 14.

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