New Delhi, Nov 7: India were bundled out for 209 while West Indies posted 21runs for the loss of two wickets at stumps on Day 2 with a 116 run lead in the first test between India and West Indies at ferozshah Kotla in Delhi on Monday. Rahul Dravid's gritty fifty was the only saving grace, another being the valuable partnership of 49 runs with Ishant Sharma for the eighth wicket saw the hosts reach 209. West Indies' Sammy picked three wickets while Bishoo and Rampaul grabbed two wickets each which helped them to restrict India.
[Scorecard: India Vs West Indies, Nov 2011, Kotla]
At tea, India were 151/4 and soon after resuming play lost two wickets of the skipper Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh off Darren Sammy's over. With half the team back in the pavillion, debutant Ashwin came in and soon followed his skipper after scoring a duck. India lost 6 wickets for 65 runs.
After the top order collapse, yet again Rahul Dravid had to shoulder the responsibility and start a rescue mission. With the most famous batting line-up struggling to score runs, it depended on the tail to do the rest. Rahul Dravid fought the battle alone with wickets tumbling at the other end.
Then came the lanky pacer Ishant Sharma, who played his part and supported Dravid in the rescue mission. The duo put in 49 runs for the eighth wicket as India reached 200. Ishant played an important role before being dismissed by Samuels for 17 with 2 boundaries to his credit.
With the passage of time, wickets tumbling at the other end, Rahul Dravid lost patience and was soon dismissed by Rampaul after scoring a valiant 54 off 111 balls which included 3 boundaries.
West Indies celebrated the fall of Dravid and soon they dismissed the other debutant Umesh Yadav also for a duck.
Earlier, Virender Sehwag departed after a glorious half century which included 9 boundaries while Gautam Gambhir fell nine runs short of fifty. The Delhi openers, returning to the national team after recovering from injuries, put up 89 runs for the first wicket before Gambhir ran short of luck, while Sehwag's drive was too straight and Sammy got his finger on to it, and the ball crashed into Gambhir's stumps while he was on 41. His knock included seven boundaries.
In a span of 3 overs, Windies started to celebrate as Bishoo picked an important wicket of Sehwag while he was trying to hit the ball on his backfoot was cleverly stumped by Baugh. A couple of overs into the Indian innings, Master blaster Sachin started making his way towards the pavillion having scored just 7, after being trapped leg before the wicket by Edwards.
Later, the most reliable players were at the crease, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Assuming the two will rebuild the innings after a top order collapse, Laxman too succumbed to another Bishoo delivery leaving behind Dravid to shoulder the responsibility of building the partnership with Yuvraj Singh who has made a come back to the Test team.
Earlier in the day Pragyan Ojha, claimed his maiden five wicket haul in Test cricket by dismissing the West Indies captain Darren Sammy in his second over of the day. Two wickets in consecutive overs made him record his first five-for in Test cricket. Indian bowlers ripped apart the tail to restrict the Windies to 304 in 108.2 overs. West Indies lost 5 wickets for 48 runs since play resumed on Day two of the first test at Ferozshah Kotla on Monday.
Pragyan Ojha gave India the much needed breakthrough by dismissing Carlton Baugh for 27, in his very first over on Day two. subsequently in the second over, he grabbed his first five-for by grabbing the wicket of Darren Sammy.
On the other hand, India heaved a sign of relief as the centurion, Shivnarine Chanderpaul was trapped leg before the wicket by Ishant Sharma. Chanderpaul included just 7 runs to his over-night score of 111 before he was dismissed by Sharma on day two of the first test between India and West Indies at Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi on Monday. His knock of 118 came off 196 balls which included 7 boundaries and 2 sixers.
West Indies struggled as Indian bowlers made merry by clearing the tail. Spinners were very impressive claiming nine wickets. Pragyan Ojha, the pick of the bowlers finished the first innings with magical figures. 34.2-9-72-6 with an economy rate that was just over 2 runs per over. Debutant Ashwin also picked up another wicket this morning, to finish the innings with a three wicket haul.
While Pragyan grabbed the opportunity with both the hands, Ashwin also made a remarkable debut by gaining confidence and also ensured that he is the man India can rely on in future. Both the spinners made merry as West Indies were rattled for 304.
17 wickets fell on the pitch that was slow and low. India and West Indies' bowlers had a great time as wickets tumbled one after the other throughout the day. Poor shot selection and lack of application being the cause for the top order collapse, India need to go back to basics to put up a good show during the second innings against West Indies. Windies have already registered a good lead, restricting them to 150-200 would definitely be a challenge for Indian bowlers.