India look to dominate Windies with spin attack

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Published: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 13:32 [IST]
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India rely on spin attack

Kolkata, Nov 12: After a comfortable victory over West Indies in the first Test at Kotla, India look to over power Windies with spin in the second Test starting on Monday, November 14th at the Eden Gardens.

Man of the Match R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha took 16 wickets together to help India to a five-wicket victory in the first Test in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Windies batsmen couldn't cope up with the spin attack on a low, slow turning track. Left-arm spinner Ojha claimed six wickets in the first innings and off-spinner R Ashwin also claimed six in the second innings.

India had been looking for match winning spinners after the retirement of Anil Kumble in 2008 and Harbhajan Singh's poor form in recent times.

Selectors retained the same squad for the second Test as Harbhajan Singh was ignored again after fine performances from the spin-duo. R Ashwin claims this to be his "Dream Debut" with figures of 9-128.

Legendary Indian off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna was impressed by Ashwin for his match winning performance which earned him the Man of the Match award.

"I am impressed with the way Ashwin bowled in the first Test," said Prasanna. "His line and length was impeccable, his basics were right and he used his height well to generate spin."

Windies have a tough task ahead to bounce back in the series as the Eden Gardens wicket suits spin attack. India also batted well in the second innings in New Delhi comfortably chasing a target of 276-runs.

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who is aiming to score his 100th ton, helped India to victory with a fine knock of 76 before VVS Laxman completed the win with an unbeaten half-century.

Opener Virender Sehwag along with Gautam Gambhir provided with a quick start with a pair of half-centuries, While Rahul Dravid scored 54 in the first innings.

India were bowled out for 209 after Windies posted a score of 304 in the first innings. Despite a lead Windies failed to capitalise in the second innings crashing to a total of 180 runs.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored the only century with 118 and a 47 in the match. Windies Skipper Darren Sammy said his batsmen have to find a way to score against Indian spinners for the team to have any chance of doing well in the ongoing three-Test series.

"We need to find a way to score against spin. Attacking against the spinners could be an option like Chanderpaul showed in both the innings," he said.

"We could have been more positive without being reckless. That is something we can look at for the second Test. We will work hard at the nets to get it right.

"We were ahead for a portion of the match and we should have maintained that advantage. In many ways we see this as an opportunity missed as we let India back into the match and they took it away from us," said Sammy.

West Indies seamers Darren Sammy and Fidel Edwards, and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo impressed in the first Test but have to maintain their pressure on the formidable and experienced Indian batting line-up.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Rahul Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron.

West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wicketkeeper), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford.


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