1st Test, Day 2: India vs West Indies
West Indies secured a 95-run lead against India in the first innings which could prove to be match-winning on a slow and low track where scoring runs remains a struggle. The visitors extended the lead to 116 by the end of the day but at the cost of the openers.
West Indies secured a 95-run lead against India in the first innings which could prove to be match-winning on a slow and low track where scoring runs remains a struggle. The visitors extended the lead to 116 by the end of the day but at the cost of the openers. (All AFP and AP Images)
Kraigg Brathwaite fell lbw to Pragyan Ojha in the last over of the day, making it 17 wickets for the day and setting up a delicious finish to the match.
R Ashwin gave India the first breathrough in the second over of the second innings. He sent back Kieran Powell for a duck.
Skipper Darren Sammy was overjoyed after snapping Rahul Dravid's catch off Ravi Rampaul's bowling. Rampual followed up Dravid's wicket with a golden duck for Umesh Yadav, wrapping up the Indian innings for 209.
Rahul Dravid carried on his good form from the England tour and hit another half-century.
Rahul Dravid and Ishant Sharma added 49 for the eighth wicket, taking India's score past 200.
Skipper MS Dhoni, who has of late been India's saviour time and again, didn't quite hit his stride here and fell for a duck after being bowled by Darren Sammy.
Yuvraj Singh counterattacked and added 32 runs with Rahul Dravid, but immediately after tea drove Darren Sammy straight to short cover.
Fidel Edwards, who had gone for 49 in his five overs, came back to trap Sachin Tendulkar on 7, ensuring the wait for the master's 100th ton continues.
India got off to a fabulous start with openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir hitting boundaries freely. Sehwag slammed a quick fifty before being stumped out.
Gautam Gambhir hit a run-a-ball 41 but was run out after Darren Sammy got a faint touch to a straight drive from Virender Sehwag.
Earlier, Captain Darren Sammy failed to add much to the total after falling lbw to Prgyan Ojha, who took his first Test five-for. Overnight centurion Shivnarine Chanderpaul also departed soon after, Ishant Sharma taking the wicket.
Starting the day on 256/5, West Indies lost Carlton Baugh early, as Pragyan Ojha trapped him lbw. Ojha didn't let the West Indies tail hang on for too long, finishing with 6 wickets.