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India vs West Indies: West Indies follow-on after first innings collapse

Indian captain MS Dhoni enforced the follow-on after Pragyan Ojha took four wickets to bundle out the West Indies for 153 runs in their first innings on the third day of the second Test at the Eden Gardens...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

 
 

Indian captain MS Dhoni enforced the follow-on after Pragyan Ojha took four wickets to bundle out the West Indies for 153 runs in their first innings on the third day of the second Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Apart from Ojha, Umesh Yadav chipped took three wickets as India took a first innings lead of 478 runs.

Yadav dismissed Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels in successive overs as the West Indies lost six wickets with less than 100 runs on the board.

Yadav took his second wicket when Bravo edged a delivery onto his stumps and in his next over the young pacer clean bowled Samuels (25) with a beauty that straightened after pitching.

Bravo hit 6 fours in his 30-run knock.

The West Indies lost their seventh wicket when Pragyan Ojha had their captain Darren Sammy (18) caught behind by MS Dhoni.

Ojha and R Ashwin struck in alternate overs to give India early breakthroughs.

Ojha took his 50th Test wicket when he trapped Kirk Edwards plumb in front of the wicket but Indian captain MS Dhoni replaced Ojha with Ashwin and the off-spinner responded with dismissing Shivnarine Chanderpaul leg before wicket.

Playing only his 13th Test, Ojha achieved the milestone with an arm ball that thudded into the pads of Edwards.

The day's play started with Edwards and Darren Bravo resuming the West Indies first innings at 34/2.

On Day 2, VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni lit up the Eden Gardens with big hundreds as India achieved their first goal of putting up a mountain of runs.

By stumps on the second day, drawn 50 minutes prematurely because of insufficient light, Dhoni's bowlers pushed the West Indies further down disaster lane, reducing them to 34/2 in pursuit of an imposing 631/7 declared.

The declaration could have come earlier, to give the West Indies a few more overs ahead of the inevitable early closure. Once it did, 10 minutes into the final session, Umesh Yadav squared up Adrian Barath with his second ball to have the opener snapped up by Virender Sehwag at slip. The newly-married Ravichandran Ashwin then induced an inside edge from Kraigg Brathwaite, which was comfortably pouched by Gautam Gambhir at short leg.

Laxman and Dhoni batting in tandem is a formula guaranteed to entertain. Their styles are as different as chalk is from cheese, but the runs flow from both ends all the same. If Laxman's blemishless unbeaten 176 (280b, 12x4) was steeped in purity and elegance, the skipper's 144 (175b, 10x4, 5x6) was built around doses of good fortune (twice 'out' caught-behind off no-balls) and unorthodoxy which is a Dhoni patent.

By the time Roach was third-time lucky vis-a-vis a 'genuine' caught-behind of Dhoni, the Indian captain and Laxman had put on 224 for the seventh wicket. And all but sealed the Caribbean fate in this series.

 

Indian Captain MS Dhoni, Pragyan Ojha, West Indies, Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Umesh Yadav, India, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Captain Darren Sammy, R Ashwin, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, VVS Laxman, Adrian Barath, Virender Sehwag, Kraigg Brathwaite, Gautam Gambhir