West Indies Hungry For Success, India Hop To Safety With Late Wickets




Feroz Shah Kotla: With 17 wickets falling in the day, the first test between 3rd ranked India and 7th ranked West Indies is poised for an exciting competition to the joy of the enthusiastic Delhi audience.

West Indies hungry for success, India hop to safety with late wickets

West Indies hungry for success, India hop to safety with late wickets

West Indies added only 40 odd runs and Chanderpaul, India’s nemesis for over a decade now, was dismissed for 118 by Ishant who got one to straighten just a bit to trap Chanders lbw, courtesy his trademark shuffle and WI just could not resist Ojha’s nagging line and wickets fell like a heap of cards and WI ended their 1st innings at 304 with Ojha picking up 6/72 off 34.2 overs.

Indian spinners relished the uneven bounce and scalped the WI wickets for a seemingly par-score and now the onus was on Viru, on a comeback after a hiatus and buoy; he didn’t disappoint his home audience. The Delhi opening pair re-kindled their charisma and entertained their home crowd to some delightful batting display. Fidel Edwards was on the anvil and Sehwag just relished his 145kmph firings as he went on to score 55 off 46 balls with 9 fours and Gambhir played his role aptly rotating strike and playing second fiddle to Viru. The pair added 89 for the first wicket when Sammy just managed to get some fingers off a Sehwag straight drive that went on to hit the stumps and with Gauti found short of crease. India were 89 for 1.

Rahul Dravid provided resistance for most part of the Indian innings but wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other side and only Yuvraj and Ishant managed double figure scores and Dravid eventually was the second last man to be out. Sammy picked up 3 wickets while Bishoo and Rampaul pitched in with 2 wickets each. Sammy led from the front with his bowling and was aggressive in his captaincy by persisting with improbable field setting which only meant that he had done his homework for the Indian stalwarts. Laxman was a wicket well deserved by the West Indians. After a fiery over from Fidel, Bishoo came in and lured Laxman with a popper on the off stump and laxman eventually nicked it to Baugh, who had the day of his life on a cricket ground. His stumpings and performance behind the stumps would definitely get him applause from Ottis Gibson.

With a lead of 95 runs WI were left with 21 overs to play for the day and Dhoni without any hesitation started the proceedings with Ojha and Ashwin. Ashwin scalped for Powell when Gambhir caught him on his 3rd attempt in the second over for a duck, the fourth of the day. Braithwaite faced 41 balls of attacking spin and obnoxious field placing for his score of 2 (guess he got inspiration from 2 legends in the ground, Chanders and Dravid) after being eventually being caught plumb in front of the stumps off Ojha.

At stumps, West Indies were 21 for 2 after 21 overs and India have hopped in the driver’s seat and it would be an exciting 3rd day’s play tomorrow unless Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo decide to show some Caribbean flavour of gritty and flamboyant southpaw batting display.

By: G. K. SUBHASH

Tags: , , , , , ,

Author:

Aspiring Media Enthusiast, Cricket Tragic, Football Fanatic, Avid Reader, Amateur Photographer & Wannabe Sports Writer.

Cricket

CEAT Cricket Rating felicitates R Ashwin as International Cricketer of the Year

CEAT Cricket Rating felicitates R Ashwin as International Cricketer of the Year

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on May 25th, 2017

Leading tyre manufacturer CEAT Limited celebrated the success and glory of International cricket with ‘CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017’ ..

Football

Bank of Baroda powers online ticket booking for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

Bank of Baroda powers online ticket booking for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on May 17th, 2017

Bank of Baroda in association with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the FIFA U-17 World Cup will launch the e-ticketing platform for the upcoming FIFA U ..

Tennis

Top International Players to Compete at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017

Top International Players to Compete at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on May 25th, 2017

HCL, a leading global conglomerate, is set to host the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for ..

F1

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on September 26th, 2016

Held on Sept 1st, The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) Twinterview consisted of sports panelists such as Mark Gallagher (Public Speaker on F1 race), Shayam ..

Boxing

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 24th, 2017

Rohtak, February 24, 2016: In continuation to produce the AIBA certified Coaches, Referees and Judges; Boxing Federation of India successfully organised the AIB ..

Other Sports

Pro Kabaddi becomes India’s biggest sports league; announces owners for the 4 new teams

Pro Kabaddi becomes India’s biggest sports league; announces owners for the 4 new teams

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on May 12th, 2017

VIVO Pro Kabaddi has become India’s biggest sports league with the inclusion of four new teams that will participate in the league from Season 5 onwards due t ..

One stop guide to all the latest sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world.

Copyright © 2017 | The Sports Mirror