3rd Test: Windies score 575/9 at stumps on Day 2

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Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 10:27 [IST]
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Aaron claims 3 wickets on Test debut

Mumbai, Nov 23: Debutant Varun Aaron claims three wickets as Windies lose wickets at quick succession after Bravo's dismissal. Windies score 575/9 as India manage to taper the tail after dismissing the centurion.

[Scorecard: 3rd Test; India Vs West Indies, Mumbai]

Varun Aaron dismissed Darren Bravo, Carlton Baugh and Sammy to claim three wickets in his debut Test. He claimed his maiden Test wicket by dismissing the centurion Darren Bravo, a pricey one indeed which was worth its wait.

Bravo's dismissal was the key as Windies lost wickets in quick succession. Marlon Samuels played another fine innings, as he scored 61, adding another feather to Windies' cap to its existing tally of good performances in their first innings of the third test at Wankhede Stadium.

While Aaron impressed everyone bagging three wickets on day two, Ishant, Ojha and Ashwin shared a wicket each in the previous sessions of the day.

Indian bowlers were rewarded with 7 wickets, as Kirk Edwards made a fine knock of 86 and Powell made 81 before being dismissed by Ishant Sharma and Ojha respectively while Aaron dismissed Bravo, Baugh and Sammy. Ashwin gets two wickets towards the end of the day's play.

The centre of attraction was definitely Darren Bravo who has been compared to the legend Brian Lara for his batting style, was a delight to watch as he elegantly drove the deliveries that were either full or short as he scored his third hundred in four test matches pointing out that he has more to offer to West Indies cricket.

The centurion, Darren Bravo (166) was out caught behind by MS Dhoni while trying to drive a wide ball from Varun Aaron.

Darren Bravo, captured all the attention as he proved yet again that he is the man to count on as Windies registered the highest partnership of 164 runs for the third wicket as it was laid the foundation for the visitors.

Kirk Edwards played magnificently as he scored 86 which included 13 boundaries. The talented youngster is definitely the find of the season as he has played extremely well to give Windies an upper hand in the third and the final test.

Yet another batsman joined the 50 club helping Windies to put up a great show against Indians in the third test. Kieron Powell, scored his second fifty before being dismissed by ace spinner Pragyan Ojha for 81 falling short of 19 runs to miss an opportunity to get his maiden hundred. He played a valuable innings supporting Bravo to register his highest score in Tests.

Powell's knock was more meticulate, as he reached 81 off 149 balls which included 9 boundaries. Powell supported Bravo and focussed on the run-flow.

This is the second time in the history of West Indies cricket that a WI team has scored 400 in two consecutive innings since their 749 and 544 against England in 2009.

After a long wait, Ojha managed to dismiss Powell for 81 while Ishant Sharma managed to dismiss Kirk Edwards (86) early on Day 2.

With one wicket in hand, a total of 575 seems to be huge as Windies have not thought about declaration even after a successful outing. Looks like Windies are on a mission to finish the test series on a high as batsmen are posting half centuries before departing.

The start of the test saw Chanderpaul missing and now with 575 runs on the board with a wicket remaining, Chanderpaul's absence is not felt. Credit goes to the youngsters who have played an extraordinary innings to help Windies post a mammoth total.

With bowlers not finding reverse-swing, only pace does not fetch them wickets. Something extraordinary from the bowlers is expected as Indians plan to restrict the Windies. On a good bouncy track, Indian pace attack failed to extract any result.

Infact this is the 20th time in the history of Test Cricket that 5 batsmen have posted half centuries in an innings registering records one after the other as the match is going to witness many more in the days to come.

Windies played the first session well as they lost only one wicket early on Day 2. Indian bowlers continue to toil as Windies youngsters aim to strengthen the score by playing defensively. It will be interesting to see how Indian bowlers extract bounce and use reverse swing, so that things might change. Else, as it is evident, Windies batsmen are facing the Indian attack with ease.

Earlier on Day 1, Windies elected to bat and piled up 267 runs for the loss of 2 wickets as top four batsmen scored half centuries to give strength to their batting. Openers Kraigg Brathwaite (68) and Adrian Barath (62) played extremely well to add 137 runs for the first wicket.

Windies made the Indian bowlers toil on day 1 as they tore apart the attack with ease. Though there were moments of good excitement as R Ashwin dismissed the openers and a few occasions wherein the bowlers outbeat the batsmen.

To say the least, the first day belonged to the Windies as they marched ahead with confidence. With a lot of progress on Day 2, Windies are definitely eyeing on a big total as all eyes are on Darren Bravo, the centurion who is leading the Windies Innings in the third test at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

With Windies batsmen blossoming every passing session, it remains to be seen if a declaration is on cardsearly on Day three or India will have to pick the wicket soon to start their campaign as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir would show their class of batting soon on Day 3.


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