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

The variant that backfired

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

The let-off
Darren Bravo had made just 54 when he played one down the ground and set off. With Shivnarine Chanderpaul showing no sign of responding, he was three-fourths of the way down the pitch by the time Gautam Gambhir reached the ball. He opted for the flamboyant pick-up-and-throw in one motion. But Ricky Ponting he isn't, and an appalling throw had MS Dhoni moving yards to his left to collect it. Bravo had plenty of time to scuttle back.

The play-on
West Indies' chances of saving the game rested heavily on Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. They had added 108 before Umesh Yadav broke through on a pitch that had become increasingly placid. It wasn't nearly the best ball he bowled but it was just short of a length and close enough to the batsman to induce an attempted push through cover. The ball took the inside edge and disturbed the stumps. It was India's sole success of the morning.

The variant that backfired
At one stage, R Ashwin tried a Stuart MacGill-style round-arm delivery. Bravo was waiting, and he fairly thwacked it back for a straight six. Afterwards, he showed Chanderpaul just what the bowler had tried to do.

The obligatory DRS moment
Bravo was on 119 when Pragyan Ojha got him to inside edge onto the thigh pad. Short leg took the catch, and India's appeal was spontaneous. The umpire Bruce Oxenford was uninterested, though, and with no DRS being used, India had to get on with it.

The Umesh-I-hit moment
Darren Sammy was in no mood to hang around with an innings defeat to be avoided. He had smashed three sixes by the time Yadav jagged one back at 141 kph. This time, the flamboyant swipe connected only with air and the bails went flying.

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