Chanderpaul, Brathwaite's knock help WI score 256

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Published: Sunday, November 6, 2011, 9:38 [IST]
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First test: Day 1, WI score 256/5

New Delhi, Nov 6: Chanderpaul's ton and Brathwaite's half century puts Windies back into the game as the team piles up 256 runs for the loss of 5 wickets at the end of Day one of the first test at Ferozshah Kotla stadium in Delhi.


Windies' veteran batsman Chanderpaul's terrific unbeaten knock of 111 came off 167 balls consisted of seven boundaries and two sixers. Chanderpaul leading the young brigade, played defensively and it seemed like the bowlers were struggling to get past this talented cricketer.

Chanderpaul made use of his experience and played extremely well against the spinners. He also  exploited the conditions very well. His 7th test century against India came while batting under pressure.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kraigg Brathwaite's partnership was the key for West Indies' to post a score of 256/5 at the end of Day one. They rebuilt the Windies innings after a shaky start losing two wickets for 45 runs. Batting under pressure, they put together a valuable partnership of 108 runs for the fourth wicket.

West Indies opener Brathwaite's half century came at the right time. He showed grit and confidence though stroke-making was difficult. The West Indies' team lost two wickets in the first session while only Brathwaite showed a lot of confidence while facing the spinners.

The first session on day one belonged entirely to the Indian bowlers as they made the right moves by bringing in the spinners during the initial phase. Pragyan Ojha, had taken two wickets in the first session and managed to add one more during the second session (post lunch).

Another talented spinner, R Ashwin, though seemed to struggle a bit in the beginning, bowled extremely well to claim 2 wickets on Day one of his debut Test. The Tamil Nadu rookie, Ashwin claimed his first Test wicket by dismissing Darren Bravo and rattling his stumps in the first over after lunch.

If the first session belonged to Indians for their extraordinary bowling, the next two sessions would definitely go to the Windies for their valiant effort.

After winning the toss and elected to bat, West Indies managed to score 69 runs for the loss of two wickets at the end of the first session. Windies playing this test without Kemar Roach, Adrian Barath, Shane Shillingford and Ramdin struggled to score runs in the beginning and soon after losing the first two wickets played defensive. Rookies have given India a great start though capitalization would fetch good results. Chances of stroke play becoming difficult are more as the day progresses.

India playing two debutant in the first test has gained an upper hand already in the first Test against West Indies. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautham Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh return to the squad as the onus is on the batting line-up. Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin both making their Test debut have been very impressive. Bowling attack spearheaded by Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha, India is riding high on youngsters' confidence and impressive performances.


India: MS Dhoni (captain), G Gambhir, V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, R Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, PP Ojha, I Sharma, R Ashwin, U Yadav.

West Indies: KOA Powell, KC Brathwaite, KA Edwards, DM Bravo, S Chanderpaul, MN Samuels, CS Baugh (wicket keeper), DJG Sammy (captain), R Rampaul, FH Edwards, D Bishoo


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