India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 3rd day November 16, 2011

Splattered stumps, and Ojha's perfect riposte

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ESPNcricinfo looks at the Plays of the Day for the third day between West Indies and India

Shuffle shuffle
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the key to West Indies avoiding the follow-on, but he had barely got his eye in after the early-morning start when R Ashwin pushed through a straighter one. Chanderpaul shuffled right across his stumps and tried to work it to leg. As soon as he missed, the Indians knew they had their man.

The joy of pace
Umesh Yadav has improved with every innings in this series, but it won't be often that he bowls a delivery as good as that which sent back Marlon Samuels. Pitching on middle, it shaped away to take out off and middle stumps. The speed gun timed it at 143.3 km/h.

Six and out
When a spinner gets walloped for a straight six, the natural instinct might be to bowl a flatter one. Pragyan Ojha did nothing of the sort. He tossed one up outside off stump that turned and bounced more than expected. Darren Sammy's cut went off the top edge into MS Dhoni's gloves. The perfect riposte.

Putting the boot in
When Carlton Baugh smacked one straight back at him, Ojha was a little slow to respond. He couldn't get his hands to it, but the ball deflected off his boot on to the stumps. Kemar Roach, who had backed up too far, didn't stand a chance.

Unsettled by tea
Adrian Barath had batted superbly for 62 before tea, but four balls after the interval, he went for an expansive drive at an Ishant Sharma delivery that was well outside off stump. The ball flew off the edge, and VVS Laxman took a smart chance to his left. Another batsman undone by a break in play.

Shades of the master
They may be battling to save the game, but Darren Bravo isn't going to withdraw into a shell. When Ojha pitched one well up soon after he had arrived at the crease, a fluid swing and flourish sent the ball soaring over long-on. It was a shot Brian Lara used to play particularly well.

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  • Manesh on November 17, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @Syed Kamran Raza Rizvi . OK you can call him a slow bowler...or a spinner...but at the end of the day what matters is wickets...not ur speed!!! History say that!

  • ashesa on November 17, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    After 1-2 years Yadav will also be a medium pacer bowling at 130+ speeds .. Ishant and Munaf Patel used to bowl at 150+ speeds in their 1st International career year but these days both of them have reduced speeds and even changed their actions ... Munaf is a completely diff bowler these days .. He tries to be India's McGrath but when once he was regarded as India's next Bret Lee bowling well above 152+ speeds

  • Madhav on November 17, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    I saw some comments about Unfit Zak, Ishant and Munaf.. Nobody had any problems when they won India the worldcup!!! Now we have young pacers and they want to drop the experience!!! Zaheer has been instrumental for India's success abroad!! About Ishant, when he started he bowled quicker than now but he has matured and taken more responsibilty.. Give these youngsters responsibilty alone at Australia and you will find them crumble under pressure.. India Need Aaron and Yadav for a longer period but not at the expense of experience!!! Take Ishant, Zak, Aaron, Yadav, sreesanth to Australia and rotate them properly!!! That will take some burden off Zak!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    @Tlotoxl name those dozen? Yadav is more consistent with his pace unlike other bowlers who avg, late 130s.Even steyn is slower now then before.

  • al on November 17, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    @mclaren_rules: Oh.. I thought UK is made of smaller countries like yorkshire, middlesex etc ???? (just kidding man... it was a typo). I meant Yadav would benefit from a county stint.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Exciting to see Umesh Yadav run in and bowl. His run up seems to hurry the batsman. Interesting to note that suddenly Ishant is also clocking 140k consistently. Umesh seems to put it in the right areas more often. Would be interesting to play Varun alongside. I am assuming Umesh probably impressed the seniors more in the nets. In England, I had got the impression that Indian pacers especially Sreesanth were not pushing themselves and were bowling in the low 130s maybe to stay away from injuries.

  • narsimha on November 17, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    RAHULKAU,Is it IND never scored in excess of 300 in ENG OR other places like in AUS,SA nz. The resent ENG tour was aabberation,so many factors contributed in INDs humiliating defeats in ENG .One of the major factor was with out proper preparations IND landed in ENG with No i tag ,enjories to some seniors,nothing gone in IND way in that tour In my opinion the drubbing in ENG is a blessing in disguise for TEAM INDIA aswell to GREEDY BCCI. WE should not forget that this is the team which won matches in AUS,NZ&SA. WHY youforget that in the last 2 decates IND dominated ENG IN HOME & AWAY so relax my friend & enjoy .OUR TEAM defenitely perfom better in AUS .

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    It will be foolish NOt to try out Varun, at least in the next test. Ishant can do well in Australia, and his ankle can get a rest, before he goes there. Varun & yadav bowling in tandem will give the selectors a chance to compare their relative strengths and weaknesses, and the weaknesses can be corrected in the early stages itself

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    This is 143.3 km/h and not 153 km/h.... Several speedsters go more than 145 km/h often than not ..and yet you are calling it a fast ?

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    10 bucks says he wont last 6 months without injury that will force him to drop pace!

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