India beat West Indies to take 1-0 lead in series

Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 8:28 [IST]
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Praveen, Ishant set up Ind win

Kingston, Jun 24: Indian bowlers put up a spirited and disciplined performance to restrict the West Indies to 262 - 63 runs short of the target provided by India to win the first tie of the three-match Test series. And once again like in the first innings, the Indian new ball duo of Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma did the maximum damage picking up three wickets each.

As a result of the victory, India have now taken a 1-0 lead over the West Indies in the three match series.

Darren Bravo was the peak of the West Indian batsmen as he top-scored with 41 from 89 balls before being cleaned up by very impressive Praveen Kumar, who was making his debut as a Test cricketer. Starting from an overnight score of 131/3 while chasing the target of 326 set by India, Bravo and Chanderpaul started off positively with a flurry of boundaries.

But that was all over soon as Praveen Kumar first castled Bravo's furniture by bowling him up around the legs and soon got Chanderpaul's number as well when he had him caught by Suresh Raina. With the dismissal of the duo, it was increasingly becoming a foregone conclusion that India will win the match comprehensively before Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul created a minor flutter with some lusty blows to the fence.

Sammy and Rampaul, both of whom came after Mishra had trapped Nash plumb and Harbhajan foxed Baugh for a duck, took the Indian spinners to task. Sammy was particularly harsh on Harbhajan Singh as he clobbered him for three sixes in an over before Mishra had him caught by Laxman for 25.

Rampaul on the other hand, was giving ample demonstration of application, which the West Indian top-order batting has been lacking for quite sometime now. He played the Indian bowlers extremely well as he mixed aggressive stroke-play with some gritty defence.

But in the end Ishant Sharma bowled a nasty short-delivery which took off from a length and cramped Rampaul for room, which forced him to glove a catch that was brilliantly taken by M S Dhoni.

Bishoo and Edwards continued to defy the inevitable for a considerably larger period of time before Suresh Raina struck with the second ball of his seventh over. Bishoo scored 26of 36, while Edwards remained unbeaten on 15 from 54 balls.

Rahul Dravid was adjudged the man of the match for his second-innings century that effectively tilted the match in India's favour.

OneIndia Cricket

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