India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 2nd day November 15, 2011

Redemption after two expensive no-balls

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the second Test between India and West Indies in Kolkata

The product placement
With a small traffic jam for the No. 6 spot in the Test line-up, Yuvraj Singh knows that time isn't on his side. Having failed to make a dent on the scoreboard in Delhi, he arrived at the crease here knowing that a platform was already in place for a huge total. En route to 25, he miscued a pull and got hit. It was the slowest of the West Indies pace trio that dismissed him though, with Darren Sammy getting one through his defences to win a close leg-before shout. Yuvraj's slow walk back included plenty of glances at the giant screen. But instead of a replay, it just kept showing an advertisement.

The delayed redemption
MS Dhoni was on 13 when he threw the kitchen plumbing at a Kemar Roach delivery. Carlton Baugh caught the edge, but the celebrations were cut short by a no-ball call. Dhoni had added just three more to his total when the routine repeated itself, only this time Roach's foot was even further in front of the line. By the time he finally got his man, Dhoni had pummelled the small matter of 144 runs.

The swat
Soon after the two no-ball reprieves, Fidel Edwards decided to test Dhoni with a short ball. The response was smashed straight past him with the velocity of a Roger Federer forehand. It set the tone for a buccaneering innings.

The trademark wristwork
Years from now, when we think of VVS Laxman, we'll think of those clips through midwicket, often picking up the ball from well outside off stump. One such stroke, essayed with typically wondrous timing got him to his fifth century at Eden Gardens.

The payback
It was like watching a replay of countless dismissals from the 1980s and 90s. Only, this time, it was a West Indian at the receiving end. Short of a length at lively pace from Umesh Yadav, a bit of extra bounce and a tentative fend from the batsman that flew off the edge to the slip cordon. Times have changed.

The where is DRS moment
With 432 needed just to stave off the follow-on, what West Indies didn't need was to lose a second wicket before the gloom descended. But R Ashwin was getting appreciable bounce, and most of the close-in fielders went up in appeal as the ball looped up to short leg off Kraigg Brathwaite's forward prod. The umpire's decision didn't take much time, but replays appeared to suggest only pad and no bat. With no Decision Review System in place for this series, Brathwaite could only grimace and walk off.

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  • al on November 16, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    @ms_cricketer: Agreed its not a greentop... but there were overcast conditions to be exploited with swing... WI bowlers should've bowled a bit fuller. But its not a totally flat pitch - there is some bounce (and now even turn). In england they prepare greentops to aid their swing bowlers... in India they have flatter wickets to aid their batsmen. In SA/Aus they have bounce to aid their pacemen. As long as there is a result in the end, its not an unsporting wicket. A good team should play on all conditions. If WI says this was a flat wicket probably Indian bowlers knew how to bowl on it, eh ? (I am not claiming that India can play on all surfaces.. but it should expect pitches that suit them at home - like everywhere else).

  • Earl on November 16, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    I am tired of hearing about the great Indian players.It was only a few months back that the Indians were playing worse than the young West Indians are playing.The commentators are so one sided.They are always trying to make their players better than they are.Laxman and Dravid seems to be always saving them.The West Indian batsmen gave so many soft dismisals.If West Indies get a good start we will see how good the Indians are.WIBC has proved that teams with good management will play good cricket.No wonder England did so well against India.England also gave WI Gibson.No way to go but down with this management.They will get laughted at by commentators who think thhey know so much about cricket.

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    All who are commenting on Dhoni's declaration while laxman was on 176 are probably those who were not watching the matches. Light at the time of declaration was too bleak for a new batsman. And the new batsman i.e. R. Ashwin was given lots of short ball by fiedel edwards. So there was every possible chance of game being called due to light factor and more over just a over before Laxman has pulled his back while hitting aboundary. He didn't appeared in field in WI's first innings so he was obviously in pain. And there was no need to increase that pain.

  • Animesh on November 16, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    bro , there would have been no difference if dhoni got out on 13, and braithwaite had been given not out. Technically you'd still assume India would make around 450, and west windies would have lost two or maybe even three wickets for 100 runs, because of their problem with spin. The only problem I have with these type of games, is with the pitches. Its like playing on a cement road, where bowlers have no motivation whatsoever. BCCI needs to put effort in creating more lively pitches. Its better overseas practice, the batsmen will become better and technical, and india may actually find some decent motivated pacers.

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @Allahbakesh and i remember the big fuss made back then... But no talk about Laxman missing 200 this time around..

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Looks like Yuvraj would struggle in fast pitches. India should try out Mukund & Raina for next test since they were successful in difficult conditions in WI. Also, should try Jadeja as left-arm spinner.

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    @Oskar..Dravid declared the innings when sachin was on 194 against is that

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    What really would have happened today in the Media if Dhoni had declared and Sachin was in 176* instead of VVS ?... hmmmm, oh well. Luck favours Dhoni hence Laxman..

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    What really would have happened today in the Media if Dhoni had declared today and Sachin was in 176* instead of Sachin ?... hmmmm, oh well. Luck favours Dhoni hence Laxman..

  • Brij on November 15, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Its strange that none of the other teams that are currently using the DRS arent complaining.

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