India crawl in final session of play at Bridgetown

Updated: 02 July 2011 14:29 IST

India finished the fourth day of play in the second Test against the West Indies with a lead of 240 runs. While the score in itself is reflective of a position of dominance in the Test, the frustratingly slow pace of play in the final hour from the visitors undermined the formidable aura that MS Dhoni's top-ranked side has managed to create for itself in recent times.

New Delhi:

India finished the fourth day of play in the second Test against the West Indies with a lead of 240 runs. While the score in itself is reflective of a position of dominance in the Test, the frustratingly slow pace of play in the final hour from the visitors undermined the formidable aura that MS Dhoni's top-ranked side has managed to create for itself in recent times.

The final session of play on the fourth day had some commendable highlights with VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid slamming their individual fifties. With a lead of 200 for the loss of 3 wickets, Bridgetown seemed ready for the kiss of death courtesy an aggressive batting. It never came. What unfolded however was the exact opposite. 206 runs in as many as 83.2 overs with just 28 runs in the last hour of play and Virat Kohli fending off as many as 98 balls for his 26 reflected a slow and a cautious approach. India looked more like a dull and a nervous side, terrified of losing.

With just a day left in the final Test match, a draw is in the offing but for a win, Indian bowling will need to fire on all cylinders once the match begins on Saturday.

Topics : Cricket India in West Indies, 2011 Ravi Rampaul MS Dhoni Rahul Dravid VVS Laxman Gary Kirsten Bangladesh India
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