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

Splattered stumps, and Ojha's perfect riposte

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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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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully 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!

  • POSTED BY ashes267 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

  • POSTED BY Madhav_Karajagikar 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!!!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY g.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 .

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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 ?

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 22:50 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully 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!

  • POSTED BY ashes267 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

  • POSTED BY Madhav_Karajagikar 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!!!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY g.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 .

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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 ?

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 22:50 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Tlotoxl on | November 16, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Is 143kph meant to be fast?!?!? there must be dozens of international pacemen going at 143kph (89mph) !

  • POSTED BY mclaren_rules on | November 16, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @ SRT_GENIUS. Yes Yadav plays for India.

    He does not play for any COUNTY yet, that I know of at least.

  • POSTED BY on_the_level on | November 16, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    India needs to make two changes for the third test - Kohli for Yuvraj, based on performance, and Varun Aaron for Ishant, based on the need to give him a run before Australia.

  • POSTED BY pitch_it_up on | November 16, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    You hike up the ticket price to insane levels and wonder why the crowd is not showing up when we also have the cheaper option of following the game online (which, of course, is not a near equal substitute). Bring down the prices considerably, and tell me if you don't see the crowd turning up. When you are making enough money via TV rights and other means, why try to make huge profits with gate tickets??!! In any case when the crowd is not turning up, you end up making none. So, I don't exactly understand this logic!! I am not arguing that one should not be greedy, but I don't understand the logic of letting that greediness overtake commonsense (and business logic as such).

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | November 16, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Yadav has been impressive. Does he play for any country yet ? His length might become fuller once he gets a stint there.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | November 16, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Doesn't matter what Aaron and Yadav do in this series. Our pace trinity for Oz tour will be unfit Zaheer with a huge belly, Ishant with his 136 kmph deliveries 3 feet outside off stump and 122 kmph munaf patel.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | November 16, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    The way things work in India, even though Ishant has been rubbish for a long time, he will go on to play 120 test matches and get 400 test wickets. Even if Yadav outbowls him, he will be left out and we will be left with rubbish of Ishant on the Oz tour. We can just hope that Aaron is given a chance, but we know he won't.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | November 16, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    If WI can score 500+ runs, that will be so awesome. Bravo and Shiv are batting perfectly. Some exciting WI batters to come. Yadav and Sharma are bowling at lively speeds. Pitch seems quite good, actually. This test match is sure to come alive. Go cricket.

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | November 16, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Good to see young Indian bowlers like Yadav and Aaron bowling over 140 k consistently. Hope they maintain their pace throughout their career. Always thought any bowler who bowls at that pace in the subcontinental slow and low pitches happens to be an effective bowler abroad where there is much assistance from the pitch. Ishant and Pathan both when new to test cricket showed that. Good luck to them both.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Yadav looks like he is the real deal.

  • POSTED BY pitch_it_up on | November 16, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    zico123: Why not rest Sachin for Rahane, instead of Dravid/Laxman???

  • POSTED BY Swingit on | November 16, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    How is it that Dravid_Gravitas ALWAYS has the most insightful comments the most astute observations and says what he says with brutal honesty yet respectfully? Oh I get it... its the stuff fans of THE ONE TRUE active Indian LEGEND Dravid seem to be made of. I hope Windies do put up a massive score with the help of that other legend Shiv, and Bravo the clone of the most attractive batsman to ever grace a cricket ground, so pressure can be put on India and this can go to 5 days. As someone mentioned good to see the series is being played in great spirit so far (after the mean-spiritness of Eng vs Ind), lets keep it that way and prove there can be great series without sledging, abuse, whiniing or posturing make Frank Worrel proud (anyone ever heard of Worrel led Windies tour of Australia that ended in a ticker tape send of for the Windies team?)

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Isn't this the same team that could not even score 300 runs in an innings in England.This team was walloped by the brits and now back on slow tracks they score tons.In australia this team will be demolished by pace and fast wickets .

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 16, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    I think Zhaeer Khan has just been replaced by Yadav. Zaheer need not return to test cricket. Happy retirement!

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 16, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Yuvraj and Raina should play 1 county session to develop as test batsman, at the moment their technique is simply not good enough

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Next match sure Aaron need include in place of Isant and also in Australia we need one allrounder spinner in place Yuvaraj. So we can include three fast bowlers and one spinner like Aswin or Ojha. Sure that is balance team then.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | November 16, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Yadav has bowled well in both tests, better than Ishant. After Mumbai test, Yadav vs. Ishant should be evaluated. So far, it looks like after Zaheer comes back, Yadav should be preferred over Ishant as the second seamer.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 16, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    bring in Aaron Varun for Ishant in the last game, to see how he does in audition for Australia trip, and play Ajinkya Rahane by resting Dravid or laxman and Kohli in place of Yuvraj.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    After the Indian team, I always been a fan of the windies. Hope they can come back as one of the strong nations with Australia, SA and England to keep test cricket going for some time

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | November 16, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    After the ugly series against Eng, where each player was at others' throat, it is very refreshing to see these two teams play. You can see both teams playing in great spirits. There is no mouthing to each other etc. I guess, India, WI series were always played like this, save for one or two where Lloyd lost his cool. This series is a throw back in terms of the amiability with which both teams conducted themselves. Kudos to Sammy and Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | November 16, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Bring Aaron in for Ishant for the next game. Zaheer + two pacy fast bowlers would be a treat for all of us to watch in Australia. They should give occassional chances to Abu Nechim as well to groom him for the future.

  • POSTED BY prashkannam on | November 16, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    windies then australia...then till march india is bizee and then ipl...24/7/365 days of non stop cricket.!!give us a break!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    LOOOL Its not every day an indian fan can say our bowlers were too fast for the opposition :) Yadav will be a good addition for Australia

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    I'm hoping for a huge partnership between a future great and the present day Legend. Hope they take it to the 5th day. Good luck to Bravo and Shiv. I hope our bowlers have to fight tooth and nail to get these two awesome batsmen. The first innings debacle of our tourists in Kolkatta is just an aberration. Big up to them. Well played Barath and Kirk. And good going Shiv and Bravo. I would be mighty pleased if these two can get a double century each and avoid an innings defeat or better still put some serious pressure on our batting on a difficult 5th day pitch. Wonder when people will stop bashing this upcoming Windies Team. I really feel sorry for them that their collective act is not coming together, which will be a very important factor to taste success. Hope they have a little rub of the green going their way. All the best to our visitors. Very well played India also thus far in this test.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    @ankur: wi has batted rashly in first innings and this would be the only reason in case they lose the test match as now they are batting very good..with intent

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Trying to save this match will be an herculean task. Once the script has been written, there is rarely any deviation, so the writing is on the wall. H/ever I am c ing some + signs. This is a very young team, & the 1st inning collapse was psychological; the daunting total & the bad decision(KB). Also we will have to say, the 2 no balls took the match completely out of our hands. They proved very costly. The 2nd innings batting to date is very encouraging. Barath & Braff seem to be the correct ploy. Edwards not flamboyant but efficient. Bravo has the correct approach to the spinners; either me or u. THE + is the RESILIENCE.

  • POSTED BY vikram1705 on | November 16, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Darren bravo is an attractive player to watch. I hope he learns the nuances of a test match the right way. His playing style definitely reminds us of the greatest of them all, Brian lara. A good score in Kolkotta will be a big moral booster for somebody like Darren as he is still in a learning phase.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    As an Indian, I want to see India win, but I am happy to see WI putting up a good fight. Hope to see them reach atleast 350 tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Raj_759 on | November 16, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    umesh bowls regularly 147-148 kmph in the peak of his spell (surely a pace sensation!) also saw ishant bowl 144-145 kmph in tests after a long time!

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    "Marlon Samuels - Not quick enough for 143.3 km/h"---awesome as an Indian, we don't read that a lot! good to c our bowling taking off! no the other hands, good job to WIs they played with the right spirits! they are truly a respectful team!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 16, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Darren has the shots of the master.. But temperament and innings momentum is missing a lot.. Hope he evolves into something special in future.. 30s and 40s would be an injustice to his potential..

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | November 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I WANT BRAVO TO MAKE A CENTURY AT EDEN GARDENS AND I M HOPEFUL OF IT .

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | November 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    We had WI commentators who kept saying that "wicket" is "too flat" when their bowlers were bowling like club bowlers.....

    Wonder what they are saying now after following-on?

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  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | November 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    We had WI commentators who kept saying that "wicket" is "too flat" when their bowlers were bowling like club bowlers.....

    Wonder what they are saying now after following-on?

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | November 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I WANT BRAVO TO MAKE A CENTURY AT EDEN GARDENS AND I M HOPEFUL OF IT .

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 16, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Darren has the shots of the master.. But temperament and innings momentum is missing a lot.. Hope he evolves into something special in future.. 30s and 40s would be an injustice to his potential..

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    "Marlon Samuels - Not quick enough for 143.3 km/h"---awesome as an Indian, we don't read that a lot! good to c our bowling taking off! no the other hands, good job to WIs they played with the right spirits! they are truly a respectful team!

  • POSTED BY Raj_759 on | November 16, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    umesh bowls regularly 147-148 kmph in the peak of his spell (surely a pace sensation!) also saw ishant bowl 144-145 kmph in tests after a long time!

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    As an Indian, I want to see India win, but I am happy to see WI putting up a good fight. Hope to see them reach atleast 350 tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY vikram1705 on | November 16, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Darren bravo is an attractive player to watch. I hope he learns the nuances of a test match the right way. His playing style definitely reminds us of the greatest of them all, Brian lara. A good score in Kolkotta will be a big moral booster for somebody like Darren as he is still in a learning phase.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Trying to save this match will be an herculean task. Once the script has been written, there is rarely any deviation, so the writing is on the wall. H/ever I am c ing some + signs. This is a very young team, & the 1st inning collapse was psychological; the daunting total & the bad decision(KB). Also we will have to say, the 2 no balls took the match completely out of our hands. They proved very costly. The 2nd innings batting to date is very encouraging. Barath & Braff seem to be the correct ploy. Edwards not flamboyant but efficient. Bravo has the correct approach to the spinners; either me or u. THE + is the RESILIENCE.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    @ankur: wi has batted rashly in first innings and this would be the only reason in case they lose the test match as now they are batting very good..with intent

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    I'm hoping for a huge partnership between a future great and the present day Legend. Hope they take it to the 5th day. Good luck to Bravo and Shiv. I hope our bowlers have to fight tooth and nail to get these two awesome batsmen. The first innings debacle of our tourists in Kolkatta is just an aberration. Big up to them. Well played Barath and Kirk. And good going Shiv and Bravo. I would be mighty pleased if these two can get a double century each and avoid an innings defeat or better still put some serious pressure on our batting on a difficult 5th day pitch. Wonder when people will stop bashing this upcoming Windies Team. I really feel sorry for them that their collective act is not coming together, which will be a very important factor to taste success. Hope they have a little rub of the green going their way. All the best to our visitors. Very well played India also thus far in this test.