India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 4th day November 17, 2011

India win by innings despite Bravo ton


India 631 for 7 decl. (Laxman 176*, Dhoni 144, Dravid 119) beat West Indies 153 (Ojha 4-64, Yadav 3-23) and (f/o) 463 (Bravo 136, Samuels 84, Yadav 4-80) by an innings and 15 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Darren Bravo's resolute century, which left him with statistics identical to Brian Lara's at the end of 12 Tests, wasn't enough to deny India an innings win. Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul made India work hard on the fourth day, and took West Indies to their highest score following on. India preferred to wait for mistakes, which said a lot about the huge lead they had and the state of the pitch: a slow turner. When West Indies did make the mistake, Rahul Dravid was superb at slip to kickstart a collapse of four for 20.

Given their recent form, not many were expecting a big fightback from West Indies, and according to unconfirmed reports Kolkata's Jadhavpur University Complex, where Sourav Ganguly is playing a Ranji Trophy match, attracted a bigger crowd than Eden Gardens. They missed an attractive century from Bravo. Resuming on 38 he kept batting like he did yesterday. With the fields spread he kept picking the singles, and whenever MS Dhoni looked to attack he sent the fields back with calculated risks. He added 15 fours and a six to his boundary count on the fourth day.

India began the day trying to keep things quiet until the new ball became due. The pitch had become slow, and allowed the batsmen enough time to recover even if they were beaten in the flight. There was only one hiccup, potentially a big one, in the 18 overs before the new ball was taken. Bravo pushed towards mid-off and set off immediately, Chanderpaul never moved. With the batsmen now capable of whispering to each other at the non-striker's end, Gambhir threw on the run. A weak and wide throw ensued, allowing Bravo to get back.

The new ball immediately produced more excitement. Bravo hit the first over for two fours, but also edged one. Soft hands and the slowness of the pitch, though, made sure it didn't carry to slip. In the fourth over with the new ball, against the run of play, Chanderpaul got a bottom edge when he looked to push Umesh Yadav. A sterner examination followed for Marlon Samuels. Ishant Sharma hit him on the forearm with a short one, and was nearly played on soon.

At the other end Bravo went strong. With the new ball likely to travel faster, his strike-rate improved too. Against the new ball, he went from 67 to 100 in 35 balls. For the rare few who might not have noticed the resemblance, upon reaching the century he leapt in the air just like Lara used to. By now Samuels had become surer, and despite India's defensive fields, the two kept scoring swiftly.

With the deficit in two figures, and once again against the run of play, Bravo opened the face to one from Ojha. The ball didn't turn as much as expected, and went low to Dravid's right at first slip. Pouched. Bravo and Lara after 12 Tests: 941 runs at 47.05. India were back now. Six overs later Ojha produced an edge from Carlton Baugh. Dravid dived full length to his right and completed the low catch. Perhaps his batting has rubbed off onto his catching form in the slips, which hasn't quite been up to his usual standards over the last two years.

Next it was Samuels' turn to make the fatal mistake. He stayed back to a quick offbreak from R Ashwin, and was hit in front, deep in the crease, 16 short of what would have been another attractive century. An unorthodox offspinner, Ashwin proceeded to produce the classical offie's dismissal, when he got one to drift away from Kemar Roach, and then sneak through the gap produced.

Darren Sammy swung a few hits, but he only delayed the inevitable. Minutes before tea, Umesh Yadav finished the game and gave India the series by rattling the stumps with successive balls.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Not 2 late to get it right. As I watched the AUS/SA test, I asked myself why aren't WI playing their 3 pacers if they r fit? Aus have Siddle, Cummins,Johnson,Lyon(spin). R those bowlers any better than Ravi, Fidel, Roach & Bishoo? So I checked their records, & from the records the answer is NO. India r all excited about Umesh, he is not in the class of any of the above mentioned, let us do the commonsense thing & play our 3 pacers. I repeat, Indian batters r very uncomfortable agst pace,have always been & will always be. Of course with the exception of the great GAVASKAR, & maybe 3 others( retired). We r at #7 because of our batting not bowling.

  • SRINIVASIAH on November 19, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Team India, prepare grassy tracks, arrange for home series as pacy new ball bowlers have arrived; arrange for home series against Aus, SA eng or even NZ.

  • SRINIVASIAH on November 19, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Pile more runs, u wont get chance in aus and sa. the aussies themselves strugglling in sa WI better concentrate on athletics, football. u have lost international level cricketing abilities after viv barring a few, lara and shiv. bowling to no plan, batting by come-what-may. being a long time and future fan of WI is humiliating !!

  • Srinivas on November 18, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    @ssridhar, good conspiracy theory. You can try your hand at FBI ;)

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    @Balb- We r always open to ideas. Not a bad 1. Rest Sammy in preparation for the i dayers( more his format), ask Shiv to capt, play yr 3 pacers(all handy with the bat) + Bishoo. We have nothing to lose & ev/thing to gain. A meal for though! Not bad my friend. What do u think folks?

  • Mike on November 18, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Home heroes away zeroes lol

  • Randolph on November 18, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    The connection with Lara is scary, good luck Bravo.

  • SRINIVASIAH on November 18, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Very good gimmick from Indian Team ! Indian bowlers could have routed the clueless, substandard WI in the 2nd innings under 150 once again !! but keeping an eye on the crowd turn out in the final test match and also give some entertainment to the TV audience, if any, the WI were allowed to score above 400 !!! The movements on the field by the indian fielders, the line and length by the spinners all proof of my conclusion !!!! The WI batters could not get anymore chance to be in the middle for such a long time

  • Srinivas on November 18, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    @3liteindia, boss you surely didn't watch the match. Bravo already scored his century and was on 119 when he got that reprieve from the umpire. Windies put up a brave fight. Give credit where it is due. Above all, get your facts about the match before posting.

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    brian lara was a match winner... he won many matches for ther team during his career ... though windies was never on top during his career .... but the proplem here wid this young guy ie. darren bravo is that he is scoring runs but is unable to win games for his team ...thus we can say he not yet a match winner .. but its too early to say anything .. he may turn into a match winner for windies .. and match winner is what windies is looking for... so hope for the best

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