India cave into Willoughby onslaught

Published: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 8:43 [IST]
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India cave into Willoughby onslaught

Taunton, July 17: Somerset have India on the ropes in their tour-opening three-day warm-up match. The visitors followed up their dismal showing with the ball on Day 1 with a disastrous display with the bat, completing Day 2 at 138/8. Several Indian batsmen failed to convert promising starts as Somerset's premier paceman Charl Willoughby emerged hero for his side with 5 scalps for 50 runs in 16 overs. The South African left-armer ran through the Indian top-order by deftly employing seam-movement and bounce.

The day began with Somerset resuming their innings at a mammoth 329/2. The home-side's Arul Suppiah picked up his innings on its overnight score of 145, with Chris Jones, unbeaten on 1, for company. Indian seamers Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel continued their struggle for impact, while the efforts of the spinners in Amit Mishra, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, were equally fruitless. However, Sreesanth did pick up the wicket of Suppiah, but not before the Malaysian-born batsman had notched up 156 off 259 balls.

Somerset's middle-order bats in Jones and James Hildreth continued to keep the Indian attack at bay, putting on an unbeaten stand of 60 runs before their side declared for 425/3. The Indian reply was given a speedy start with Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund making 32 runs in 4.5 overs. But then Willoughby struck, trapping Gambhir in front for 21 and sending back Mukund for 18 and Rahul Dravid for 17. Then, the same bowler dismissed Yuvraj Singh for a duck as India slid to 76/4 in 81.3 overs.

India's woes only worsened when seamer Craig Meschede had Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar caught behind for 26 and to-be Test rookie Wriddiman Saha was dismissed in similar fashion by Peter Trego, for no-score. India were in shambles at 90/6 at that juncture. Then Suresh Raina and Zaheer Khan ensured India's score move past 100, but their 33-run stand was truncated by Alfonso Thomas. Willoughby then returned to remove Amit Mishra for 6, before the close of play.

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