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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