First Test: Laxman, Sachin lead India to victory

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Published: Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 10:48 [IST]
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India win by 5 wickets against Windies

New Delhi, Nov 9: VVS Laxman (58*) scored his 55th fifty in Test cricket along with Tendulkar's 76 helping India secure a 1-0 lead in the 3 Test match series against West Indies on Day 4 of the first Test in Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi.

[Scorecard: India Vs West Indies, Nov 2011, Kotla]

Though Yuvraj Singh (18) was bowled out when the scores were equal, it was Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag who scored most of the runs. Just 24 runs short of his 100th ton, Tendulkar was the top scorer with 76 runs reaching another milestone of 15000 runs in Test cricket. Tendulkar tried to pull a googly from Devendra Bishoo which kept low and hit the pads, Umpire rod Tucker made no mistake in giving him out.

Earlier today, Fidel Edwards bowled out Rahul Dravid (31 runs) with a fullish bowl outside off-stump coming in a long way to uproot two stumps. India resumed the run chase on the fourth day requiring 124 more runs to win the Test.

Virender Sehwag made his way back to the pavillion after scoring a glorious half century. Gautam Gambhir with Sehwag, put 51 runs for the opening stand before being dismissed by Samuels for 22.

Ashwin made an impressive debut, picks up his maiden five-wicket haul as India restrict West Indies' to 180 on day three of the first test at Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi. Windies set a target of 276 for India to win the first test.

West Indies' riding high on Chanderpaul's knock, managed to increase the lead to 275. Shivnarine Chanderpaul's classy knock of 47 included seven boundaries. The lone batsman played another valuable innings. After lunch, Ashwin nabbed the man leg before the wicket as the hosts celebrated the fall of Chanderpaul's wicket. A few overs later, he picked up Sammy's wicket while the score read 157/9.

Resuming from 109/7 with a lead 204 at lunch, Chanderpaul and Darren Sammy added 40 runs for the eighth wicket helping them to increase the lead to 236.

Windies lucky early on day three, survived twice. The first one being Kirk Edwards, who got a chance in the very first over of the day as Ishant appealed for a really close one. Dharmasena dismisses the appeal, giving enough time for Kirk Edwards to settle down. After a couple of overs, Fidel Edwards made way for Darren Bravo who was dropped on 1 by Ashwin at extra cover.

As it looked like Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Carlton Baugh would rebuild the innings, Windies keeper succumbed to Yadav's delivery giving him a reason to smile after registering his second wicket in the debut Test.

At the start of the day's play, Kirk Edwards showed a lot of temperament and discipline in batting before being dismissed by Yadav for 33 runs which included four boundaries. Kirk Edwards is definitely the find of the series as he has impressed everyone with his style of batting. Bravo having dropped by Ashwin at extra cover was trapped leg before the wicket by Ashwin as the score read 63/5. Marlon Samuels, also makes his way to the pavillion soon after reaching the crease. Ashwin grabbed another wicket in the same over. The score read 63/6. With this wicket, he registered his sixth wicket in the debut test.

Ashwin the key bowler, picked up Sammy and Rampaul's wicket to register 9 wickets in his debut Test. Having grabbed the opportunity from both hands, Ashwin has made an impressive debut.

Indian bowlers have shown a lot of confidence and energy early on day three as they restricted the visitors to 180. Windies have set a target of 276 which will pose a great challenge India as their top order has struggled to score in the first innings.

Earlier West Indies were rattled for 304 in their first innings as Chanderpaul posted a century while Kraigg Brathwaite scored a half century. India's Pragyan Ojha's maiden five wicket haul and debutant Ashwin's 3/81 performed extremely well and helped the team to restrict the visitors to 304.

Indians started off their campaign pretty well posting 89 runs for the first wicket. Gambhir (41), Sehwag (55), Dravid (54) while the others did not perform to their potential. India did not witness a valuable partnership after the opening stand as wickets tumbled on day two. The most dependable player, Rahul Dravid had to shoulder the responsibility of rebuilding the innings again. This time, Ishant came to his rescue by ensuring a 49 run stand for the eighth wicket helping the team cross the 200 mark.

West Indies had a great time bowling on the Kotla pitch that was slow and low, making merry as every Indian batsman made his way to the pavillion. Riding high on Sammy's 3/35, Bishoo's 2/55 and Rampaul's 2/44 restricted India to 209 as the visitors registered a first innings lead of 95 runs. West Indies had scored 21/2 at stumps on Day two of the first test at Ferozshah Kotla.


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