India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 1st day November 22, 2011

West Indies youngsters make India toil

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West Indies 267 for 2 (Brathwaite 68, Edwards 65*, Barath 62, Bravo 57*) v India
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies' top four made half-centuries for only the third time in Tests, to quell fears over how the young batting line-up would fare in the absence of the injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul, their most experienced and reliable batsman.

Adrian Barath and Kraigg Brathwaite gave West Indies their best start in five years, before R Ashwin briefly buoyed India's spirits by sending back both openers bat-pad in the course of a testing spell before tea. Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo, though, added a century stand of their own to emphatically make it West Indies' day at the Wankhede Stadium. It was a pancake flat track but India made it even harder for their bowlers by shelling a couple of catches.

After losing the toss, MS Dhoni had hoped moisture in the pitch would help his quick bowlers early on, but both Ishant Sharma and debutant Varun Aaron - taking the place of the rested Umesh Yadav - got little sideways movement. Both bowlers consistently hit the 140kph mark, and though there were a couple of plays-and-misses, West Indies' young openers had few serious alarms.

Spin was introduced as early as the ninth over of the match, with Pragyan Ojha trying to exploit the West Indies' well-documented trouble against the turning ball. He got some extra bounce, and a few deliveries to spin, though not enough to impede West Indies' serene progress.

Both Barath and Brathwaite showcased a tight defence, and there were few flamboyant strokes, with the pair preferring to score mainly by guiding the loose deliveries on offer. The first caution-to-the-wind shot came from the usually stoic Brathwaite, who charged out and swatted Ashwin's second delivery over midwicket for four in the 19th over. Barath also caned Ashwin for a couple of boundaries a few overs before lunch, but he had been mostly measured in the rest of the session.

India's bowlers were tight early on in the second session, without managing a breakthrough. Ashwin induced an inside-edge from Brathwaite towards VVS Laxman at backward short leg, but the ball flew just wide of the fielder. Ishant steamed in and beat the bat without finding the edge, while Aaron followed up a sharp bouncer with an inviting fuller ball that Barath wafted at and nearly nicked. Barath chided himself for attempting that footwork-free drive, and on the other occasions when there was a momentary lapse of concentration, he and Brathwaite had a mid-pitch conference to egg each other on.

The runs weren't exactly coming in a torrent, but as the partnership stretched past 100, and past midway through the day, West Indies were completely in control. It was in the 51st over that India started clambering back into the game as Ashwin conjured some spin and bounce on the track. Brathwaite was put down by Laxman at backward short leg, and survived a big shout for lbw off the next ball, not offering a stroke to a ball turning in. In his next over, Ashwin struck, getting the ball to jump from a length, forcing an inside-edge from Barath on to the thigh pad that ended up as a simple catch for Dhoni. Soon after, Brathwaite followed, though his dismissal wasn't as clear cut - there might have been some glove as the ball spun past the bat and popped off the pad to short leg.

If there were worries in the West Indian camp that those two quick wickets were the harbinger of another familiar collapse, Edwards and Bravo eased the concerns. They provided a sample of their forceful strokeplay in the short period they were in the middle before tea, and continued their cavalier scoring after the interval as well. It's still early days in their career but their performances so far point towards an exciting long-term middle-order pairing for West Indies.

Ashwin continued to harry the batsmen with his variations, getting the odd delivery to jump sharply, but it was the other two spinners who produced India's chances in the final session. Virender Sehwag got an edge down the leg side off Edwards but Dhoni couldn't hang on to a tough chance, while Ojha was denied a wicket as Rahul Dravid put down a Bravo catch at first slip.

With the quicks not finding any reverse-swing, they were easy to handle with the old ball. Edwards' driving down the ground was exceptional, while Bravo relentlessly pinged the cover boundary as they went on to complete brisk half-centuries. On Wednesday, both will look to hurt India even more by kicking on to their hundreds.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 23, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    No wonder England are top of the world: In the space of a few months they've thrashed India and reduced that team to a bunch of disorientated has-beens. England reign undisputed and supreme at the top of the world.

  • todobless on November 23, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Baugh Sucks....Why havent they dropped Baugh yet, He has failed, failed and failed again, atleast Sammy has an excuse that he is mainly a bowler, Ramdin should have played this last test, Baugh Sucks...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 23, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    on a flat track, someone complaining about inability of inexperienced Indian bowlers!!! LOL

  • on November 23, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    see these indian fast bowlers who could not pick a single wiecket of WI youngsters without Zahir and Irfan they need experience only zaheer

  • anver777 on November 23, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    After a long time its nice to see a solid & sound opening partnership from WI pair... pitch looks like a batmen paradise & i guess this test is surely heading for tame draw. anyway good batting by WI youngsters without their senior Chanderpaul !!!!

  • on November 23, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    Great to see WI boys performing to their potential with the bat. Not surprised as the potential has been there for the past 2-3 years. The problem is that to win a test match, you need bowlers to take 20 wkts and WI simply has not assembled a team of bowlers to do that yet. I believe in the next year, a combination of Roach, Edwards, Ramphal, Bishoo and the young Sunil Narine will emerge to do that. If Sammy is not retained as test captain, we'll have the option of two spinners and two quicks. So: Barath, Brathwaite, Edwards, Bravo, Chanders, Samuels, Baugh, Bishoo, Narine, Roach/Ramphal/Edwards. Reserves are Simmons are Pollard. ODI team: Gayle, Barath, Simmons, Edwards, Bravo, Chanders, Samuels, Sammy, Baugh, Narine and Edwards/Roach. We need batsmen to make runs not bowlers to take 10 wkts.

  • Romenevans on November 23, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    I Published a comment after england series and before the start of this WI series about how costly these two (Laxman & Dravid) are going to be in Australia tour. They will at least drop 2-3 catches per match and that will be a huge difference. Its not their fault, because they are aging but at the same time they should also think about saying goodbye to the game and let the younger generation groom for future. Sadly, they will drop important catches and then they will score some 40-50's to stay in the team...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 23, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    @Sreedharan Mundanat, why pray God for Sachin's century? Sachin himself is god as per his 'knowledgeable' fanatics.

  • Recordkar on November 23, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    For people commenting on dropped catches. Since they are the best catchers they are in that position. Its easy to field in the boundary line or Mid of and Mid On. Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni have fans because of what they given to Indian cricket. Hope you seen Laxman wearing a helment and standing at silli point? Have you ever stood there like that and have you ever thought of how difficult it is. And many so called stars and super stars never willing to do that. It is usually a punishment and usually done by new comers to the team.

  • on November 23, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Of course right. wI too order has given them tremendous advantage over India & might either pave way for a win or a drawn match at Wankhede.Agreed. But what difference it makes to India? India already won the series & placed at world#2 rankings .thanks tobAustralia who had beaten SA in a historical match where real will power & caution prevailed. Steyn shoo gets wickets in SA soil alone& reigning over top Spot had to cutva sorry figure in the last innings ofvAussies in which Ponting,hadin,Hussey,Cummins& Johnson excelled. the youngest Cummins had a haul of 5 wickets haul in an innings. Now India is at the verge of regaining #1position if theybbeat Aus in the testvseries.Thwarted attraction for Mumbaites in this test is just the 100th 100 from the Little Master.All cricket lovers are eagerly awaiting only for this & not the resultvatvWankhede.Sachin should get it. we wish him every success & pray God for Sachin's historical feat. SreedharanMundanat(TCR-4

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 23, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    No wonder England are top of the world: In the space of a few months they've thrashed India and reduced that team to a bunch of disorientated has-beens. England reign undisputed and supreme at the top of the world.

  • todobless on November 23, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Baugh Sucks....Why havent they dropped Baugh yet, He has failed, failed and failed again, atleast Sammy has an excuse that he is mainly a bowler, Ramdin should have played this last test, Baugh Sucks...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 23, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    on a flat track, someone complaining about inability of inexperienced Indian bowlers!!! LOL

  • on November 23, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    see these indian fast bowlers who could not pick a single wiecket of WI youngsters without Zahir and Irfan they need experience only zaheer

  • anver777 on November 23, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    After a long time its nice to see a solid & sound opening partnership from WI pair... pitch looks like a batmen paradise & i guess this test is surely heading for tame draw. anyway good batting by WI youngsters without their senior Chanderpaul !!!!

  • on November 23, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    Great to see WI boys performing to their potential with the bat. Not surprised as the potential has been there for the past 2-3 years. The problem is that to win a test match, you need bowlers to take 20 wkts and WI simply has not assembled a team of bowlers to do that yet. I believe in the next year, a combination of Roach, Edwards, Ramphal, Bishoo and the young Sunil Narine will emerge to do that. If Sammy is not retained as test captain, we'll have the option of two spinners and two quicks. So: Barath, Brathwaite, Edwards, Bravo, Chanders, Samuels, Baugh, Bishoo, Narine, Roach/Ramphal/Edwards. Reserves are Simmons are Pollard. ODI team: Gayle, Barath, Simmons, Edwards, Bravo, Chanders, Samuels, Sammy, Baugh, Narine and Edwards/Roach. We need batsmen to make runs not bowlers to take 10 wkts.

  • Romenevans on November 23, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    I Published a comment after england series and before the start of this WI series about how costly these two (Laxman & Dravid) are going to be in Australia tour. They will at least drop 2-3 catches per match and that will be a huge difference. Its not their fault, because they are aging but at the same time they should also think about saying goodbye to the game and let the younger generation groom for future. Sadly, they will drop important catches and then they will score some 40-50's to stay in the team...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 23, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    @Sreedharan Mundanat, why pray God for Sachin's century? Sachin himself is god as per his 'knowledgeable' fanatics.

  • Recordkar on November 23, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    For people commenting on dropped catches. Since they are the best catchers they are in that position. Its easy to field in the boundary line or Mid of and Mid On. Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni have fans because of what they given to Indian cricket. Hope you seen Laxman wearing a helment and standing at silli point? Have you ever stood there like that and have you ever thought of how difficult it is. And many so called stars and super stars never willing to do that. It is usually a punishment and usually done by new comers to the team.

  • on November 23, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Of course right. wI too order has given them tremendous advantage over India & might either pave way for a win or a drawn match at Wankhede.Agreed. But what difference it makes to India? India already won the series & placed at world#2 rankings .thanks tobAustralia who had beaten SA in a historical match where real will power & caution prevailed. Steyn shoo gets wickets in SA soil alone& reigning over top Spot had to cutva sorry figure in the last innings ofvAussies in which Ponting,hadin,Hussey,Cummins& Johnson excelled. the youngest Cummins had a haul of 5 wickets haul in an innings. Now India is at the verge of regaining #1position if theybbeat Aus in the testvseries.Thwarted attraction for Mumbaites in this test is just the 100th 100 from the Little Master.All cricket lovers are eagerly awaiting only for this & not the resultvatvWankhede.Sachin should get it. we wish him every success & pray God for Sachin's historical feat. SreedharanMundanat(TCR-4

  • ZsZs on November 23, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi, and I admire what this young WI team is doing. I don't usually watch games when BD is not playing, but seeing the way WI batted and bowled (especially Fidel) in BD I wanted to follow WI. I have already seen how quickly the WI batsmen have learned from past mistakes. Please become all that you can be to show us how with devotion and care a young team can become great. Please do send us learnings that will help us grow.

  • on November 23, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    Mumbai Pitch belongs more to Batsmen I think Sachin has a Big chance to score a century here in Mumbai

  • on November 23, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    I like the current edition of the WI team. They're mostly young, talented and learning fast about the rigors of Test cricket. They're quite pleased too to be representing their country. They're playing hard, but not getting the desired results as yet. But they will eventually come. I don't want to see losers like Sarwan, Gayle, Ramdin and a few others near the Test team ever again. We don't need them in order to be successful in the future. I predict that barring injury and/or the inconsistent selection policies our selectors are known to exhibit from time to time, our first four of Barath, Brathwaite, Edwards & Bravo will all average in the 40 to 50 range in Tests. Edwards & Roach could form a formidable new ball pair,complemented by Rampaul plus a rejuvenated Bravo & Taylor. I think DJ Bravo should be made captain with Sammy relegated to the shorter versions of the game where he would be more effective. If Benn could get his act together, his presence would lend variety to the attack

  • on November 23, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    Those who feel that this is a pitch where you can keep on batting for ever-- watch out. You are ignoring two things. 1. The young boys from WI put their head down and got cranking out the runs; waiting for the chances to hit -- their superior learning from the limited experiences and sincere application. 2. Poor catching efforts by some Indian stars, including the over worked WK, and general lethargy in the field by almost every Indian fielders, including hard working guys like the two spinners showing less inclination to dive and stop the balls when they are bowling (compare the alacrity they showed in the earlier matches in stopping the balls which comes even several yards away from where they land after bowling, despite their somewhat clumsy chasing styles)

  • on November 23, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    A lot of contradictions here. We have been saying that we want an improved WI Team. When they make the effort and get their act together, we find it hard to just out and out commend them. They are getting their act together. Not for Sammy and Otis, but for the sake of the other players, give the TEAM its due and wish them well.

  • on November 22, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Well done West Indies. Keep up the fight for the rest of the test and continue to beleive we can WIN.

  • TRAM on November 22, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Dear fans of Dravid, VVS, Dhoni: I paste below: *** Thanks for bold letters by cricinfo commentary. *** 32.3 Ashwin to Brathwaite, 2 runs, 49.7 mph, Nearly a catch ... takes a thick inside edge, but the the chance goes low and right of Laxman, who is a touch slow in his reaction*** 50.5 Ashwin to Brathwaite, no run, 49.2 mph, Laxman at backward short leg again. Dropped. This isn't even low or too far from him. ....inside edge travels, knee high to Lamxan's right, he gets a hand to it, but it doesn't stick *** 59.3 Sehwag to KA Edwards, 1 run, 44.6 mph, half chance ... wide of Kohli. Very difficult to take those *** 70.4 Sehwag to KA Edwards, no run, 46.0 mph, ..chance down the leg side ... Dhoni failed to catch it. replays show a clear edge. Half chance, but a drop nonetheless. *** 78.3 Ojha to Bravo, 1 run, 55.4 mph, Dravid has dropped one at slip...hasn't been in form over the last two years... Bravo pushes, gets edge, Dravid is late to react, and is hit on the thumb. *

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    @insidehedge, LOL....for the timebeing I'm talking of lobbying and poor cricketing culture that we are seeing here in this test match. Nobody seems to worry about India making it 3-0. Sachin making a century seems to be obviously more important to the authorities than giving a sporting wicket for test match cricket. Who asked you to stop talking about Dravid and VVS's dropped catches? You can go ahead. I'm talking of MCA's bad attitude and you are asking me to talk about Dravid, VVS, dropped catches, weather, blah blah etc etc....Doesn't make sense.

  • zshanto on November 22, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Such an powerful batting showed by west Indies in 3rd test day one . Barath looks in good touch before one day start , bravo are getting better , Edwards are simply best and showed good responsibol confident batting after fall two openers . He could have chosen for one day . Score must cross 400 atlest to put a bit more pressure to Indian batsman , let's hope for the best ....

  • on November 22, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    pls bring back irfan and bhajji .....

  • Precioustar84 on November 22, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    @BravoBravo - don't be too naive and hold double standards for India. Sadly, double standards are the norm around here from non-India supporters wether its regarding players, pitches, schedules, etc.

    @all others - If it were so easy to be bullies in our home grounds then West Indies, England, Aussies, South Africa etc should all be bullies in their own backyard. Fact is they are not. There's no rule that says flat tracks are not FAIR but green top wickets is the ONLY way to go. Accept the fact about home advantage and just praise your team for doing well for once instead of degrading others. Cricinfo please publish!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 22, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Strange times. Nowadays people want 15 wickets to fall everyday.West Indies batted well and people are terming it as flat pitch. Cummon folks, A true test pitch is one which supports both batsman and bowlers and slowly starts turning. If this pitch plays like this for 5 days, I will agree it was a flat pitch. But certainly not now. Just wait and watch how it turns on day 3,4,5.

  • Samdanh on November 22, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    The curator was reported to have said that the pitch is going to aid pace and bounce and so the seamers during the first 3 days and spinners the last 2 days. He was claiming that it was going to be a sporting one. From what we are seeing from first day's play, looks like he was trying to trick WI into playing an all pace attack on this pitch. I recollect Eng curator having successfully tricked Ricky into playing an all pace attack on a wicket that started turning right from day 1, by pre-match projections stating it was going to be a pacy and bounce aiding pitch in the all important-crucial 4th Test in 2009 Ashes series. It is better for visiting captains and teams to make thier own judgements than giving any credence to local reports on pitches being offerred by host nations

  • Precioustar84 on November 22, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    @NRI - what in the world are you referring to? West Indies won the toss and elected to bat and how does that give control to Dhoni in any way?

  • InsideHedge on November 22, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    To those who are making ignorant comments on the flat pitch, wake up! All THREE Tests have seen FLAT pitches, esp. in Kolkatta. However, Windies have batted very poorly in at least one inns in each of the two previous Tests to hand the initiative to India. Historically, the Wankhede pitch spins as the match progresses, let's wait and see how the pitch wears. Meanwhile, congrats to the WI batsmen, esp. the two openers who laid the foundation.

  • InsideHedge on November 22, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Your moniker says it all, why don't you comment on Dravid's poor fielding? Or better still, wait till you see what happens in Australia where he has ONE inns of note in 3 tours. @Jose_Puliampatta: Spot on, the cricinfo comms will censor any negative comments regarding Dravid/Laxman fielding. Rem when these two were dropped from the 1-Day team? We had an avalanche of fools throwing silly stats our way. Truth is that we'd never have won the WC if we hadn't removed them. Laxman in particular is not only a poor fielder but his running between the wickets is amateurish at best and lazy at worst.

  • marmao on November 22, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @ Gerard Pereira - show some respect to the man who has been here for over 20 years and proved it beyond doubt.

  • nyc_missile on November 22, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Here we go again,Dravid back to his catch-shelling form,terrible that he does this every series without fail,last match was an aberration after all !

  • on November 22, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Nothing wrong in giving Sachin a helping hand, once he gets this monkey off his back he will have achieved everything he could possibly wish for on a cricket field. I think a relaxed Tendulkar will play more freely in the future and India can only benefit from this. Problem is Sachin looks a nervous wreck at the moment.

  • m_ilind on November 22, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    The wicket seems tailormade for a draw and for Sachin to score his 100th ton, as India have already won the series.

  • rahulcricket007 on November 22, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @DSA .SEHWAG HITS 195 IN MELBOURNE 2004 , 152 IN ADELAIDE 2008, 120 IN SA 2002 , 125 IN HAMLTON 2009 , 108 , 119 IN AUCKLAND , NAPIER IN 2002 106 IN HEADINGLY 2002 . OK SO DON'T BE RUBBISH SAYING THAT SEHWAG ONLYANPLAYS GOOD IN INDIA .

  • svel on November 22, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @ranbir singh - harbajan to be given a chance? if he cant pick up wickets in ranji trophy then how come u supporting him. experience is not everything. just because jayasuriya has loads of runs and rich experince he cannot open for srilanka. same applies to harbajan. harbajan is history. so guys please stop talkin about him making a come back. and about for me ashwin is a far far better bowler than mendis. we can see him rarely use his carrom ball in tests. he gets almost all his wickets with off breaks. so don compare him with mendis.

  • on November 22, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    kumarcoolbuddy : "Pitch tailor made for Sachin" you know exactly what I mean so does everybody else, you dont want me to spell it out and neither do I.

  • kitten on November 22, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    A few comments here have been that this pitch has been 'tailor-made' for Sachin. Let us look at the facts in perspective. Tendulkar, has scored 99 hundreds, yes 99 hundreds, and they have been scored all over the world under different conditions. Their pitches were not 'tailor-made' for him! Let us acknowledge the greatness of the man, and not be critical just because he is not getting there in the time that we think he should. He will indeed make it, let him take his time. It is the press and the fans that are putting pressure on him, and also causing a distraction to the rest of the team. Even tough I too am disappointed that he is failing time and time again to get that elusive 100, I know in my heart, that the fact that he has scored 99 of them, he will certainly cross the line, in his time. In the meantime, let us enjoy the game, and the other batsmen, like Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Kohli etc, not forgetting the WI ones like Bravo, Edwards, Brathwaithe etc.

  • on November 22, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Without a batting pitch, there is no chance for a mere competition. That is precisely the reason no one actually went to watch these test matches. Now when mac provided a batting pitch then all the repurpose haters came out saying this pitch is made for repurpose. As if he needed tailored pitch for 99 100's and other 90's.

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    THANK GOD THAT YOU GUYS ARE NOT SELECTORS...

  • itsthewayuplay on November 22, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Well played WI. But at this run rate they will have bat all day tomorrow and hope the pitch deteriorates from third day onwards. India will have to hope that the pitch has more in it than today and hold onto their catches.

  • Nampally on November 22, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Tough day for India!.Had the fielders supported with taking catches, WI would have been at least 5 wickets down. Ashwin & Ojha deserve a lot of credit in persisting with their steady line & length. I also feel that India were too much after 3-0 win as a result they may not have been as relaxed to drop 3 catches. It would have been so much better if they had let the benched guys play in this dead Rubber match. As it happens this match may be heading for a draw if India bat just as well as WI did today.It looks like it will give some batting practice to both the sides for the next 4 days unless the pitch suddenly breaks down. India missed an ideal chance of letting Rahane & Rahul Sharma play after long benching sessions for them.It would have provided a basis for their selection into the Australian tour squad. Now there is none. I would think Aaron will be definitely in and Kohli may also make it.18 man squad with 2 all rounders - Irfan Pathan & Yuvraj or Jadeja may be essential.

  • ani_cric on November 22, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    The pitch is prepared mainly for sachin .. why is this guy not retiring and maintain the spirit of the game ...

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    @DSA sehwag got 195 in Melbourne . I dont think that is a flat track is it.

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    wi is doing well on this flat pitch ,but the indian fielders contributed to this. do not be surprised if the old men on this indian team underachieve ,another day in the sun and this group of old stars will start to drop. a good example is the pathetic attempt of the dropped catch by dravid in the slip. lets see what happen,this will be a prediction of what will happen to these old fellas in australia

  • BravoBravo on November 22, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    @D.S.A., I totally agree with your comment, you described very articulately the state of Cricket in IND, their mindset and their pitches. I have nothing further to add to that. Is not IND, in recent times, won its 100th Test Match (after 75 years of playing) while playing against SL in Mumbai?

  • Arshvir on November 22, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    west indies should be applauded for their effort,india should have played yadav instead of ishant

  • on November 22, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Its really sad to read that people balming MCA and Sachin for a flat track.So what u guys expect in India,a perth wicket or centuirion or edgbaston wicket. Its India and it always reamins the same. Even in Eden gardens it was the same for the first two days,then why nobody was saying it was specially made for sachin. A guy who made 99 centuries dont need need any specially made wicket to scoe another one. Wake up guys....dont close ur eyes and say that eveywhere is dark.

  • on November 22, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    the charming Lara junior Bravo is exceptionally spectacular and hoping to continue the same in the second day probably for a reasonable result

  • pr3m on November 22, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Gerard, Tendulkar is gonna get it, if it's the last thing he does on a cricket field. You know that, and so do I. He doesn't need tailor made pitches, the closest he came was in the Oval Test, where the ball swung, and it was the fourth innings of the game.

  • maddy20 on November 22, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @D.S.A Barring this pitch which is absolutely flat the other two pitches have been exceptionally sporty. And don't talk about England. They are just too pathetic in subcontinent be it tests or ODIs. India have performed reasonably well in SA and Aus(a series they should have easily won) and its only this England tour that the batsmen failed miserably regardless of the circumstances. When England tour U.A.E and India it would not be hard to see how pathetic they are! As for South Africans it is real shame that they some how manage to lose matches they should have won hands down!

  • Sasidaran on November 22, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    @Rajbir Singh , wht r u thinking... Bhajji took only 1 wkt in 2 ranji matches and not even threatening domestic players.

  • trinisteve on November 22, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Mssrs. Rad Roa and Rama Krishna I humbly beg to differ. While a turnaround may be some way off , to many West Indians their is light at the end of the tunnel. We are a patient crowd and our dreams for dominance once more is near. Our Spring is soon approaching and while the pitch may be a pancake I remember a dolly at Sabina back in April,76. check your stats. 5 Absent hurt. We will rise again.

  • on November 22, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    no matter its over guys buy tickets for australia

  • Angad11 on November 22, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Two things: 1. Can somebody pls tell me why on earth was Umesh "rested" instead of Ishant. I heard Ravi Shastri saying that they did not want to put too much load on him. Seriously? If anything Ishant should have been dropped and not rested. 2. After playing so many test matches at such a young age why cant Ishant still bowl with an upright seam? Cant the army of coaches etc behind our players cant notice this when all the commentators can.

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Well, WI must score at least 400 runs in Ist innings to lessen the chance of their defeat. Further, they need to be consistent with bat and score runs in 2nd innings too. Their biggest problem is that they have never dominated in both innings of a test and hnece lose the test. In 2nd innings they would need at least 250 runs to win/avoid loss.

  • MrWenger on November 22, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Another flat track and another nail on the coffin of test cricket, dont get too carried away by seeing windies batters scoring, its gonna be a rugged draw or another indian win.

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Dear Ranbir Singh - Give another chance to Harbhajan? you already concede he is weak - 'given last chance against inexperienced batting side of west indies at indian soil' - we need performers and wicket takers... So, what made you think Ashwin is 2nd Mendis?! It seems in your case, talking is far easier than substantiating them with facts!

  • fiery.zach on November 22, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    I firmly believe that this pitch specially prepared for Sachin's 100th ton, that too on his home ground. Its really disheartening to see a placid batting track when the Indian team have reasonably good quick bowlers in Ishant, Umesh and Aaron. Poor Aaron was bowling his heart out and even on this track he was able to achieve something off the wicket. I made an interesting observation a couple of days back.The Feroz Shah Kotla pitch on which the first test of the series was played wore a sporting green tinge for the match between Delhi and Tamilnadu in the Ranji trophy. Even medium pacers were getting good bounce and movement. There is nothing wrong with the pitches at the Kotla. Just the administrators are not gutsy enough to provide a level playing field.

  • D.S.A on November 22, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Is it just a coincidence that the West Indies are batting well in the Mumbai Test? Obviously, the track was made to be flat, after which the powers that be hoped India won the toss, and batted first. That would pretty much guarantee someone's next ton at his home ground. Don't be surprised if he gets it here, yet the Test match, which is the most important thing here, ends up being drawn. To think, there are people who prefer these pitches which are heavily in favour of batsmen, than pitches in England, South Africa, etc which provides a FAIR contest. Bowlers get wickets and batsmen score runs when hard work is put in there. It's funny how Raina can play the short ball in India but not in England. It's funny how Sehwag gets a king pair in England, down to his own stupidity, fails to show the strike rate of 100 he gets in India, in England, yet his reputation is restored after a few meaningless scores in India. Typically over inflated batsmen.

  • rama_krish on November 22, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Ok, so the WI youngsters put up a nice score on a pancake wicket. This is neither a turnaround nor a promise of spring.

  • maddy20 on November 22, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Terrible wicket just so that Sachin can get his hundred. Do the people in charge even care about getting on top of the rankings chart again? if the pitch does not turn by day 3 like they say then it is nothing short of disgraceful!

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @ Gerard Pereira....u said it.this pitch is made just for tendulkar to get a century.full credit to the windies batsmen

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Looks like MCA is doing its best to ensure that Sachin scores a century here. Looks like a batting paradise. LOL....poor Sachin needs help from the curator....

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    I love what is happening here. Lots of people give Otis Gibson flack but thats because they want their players in the team, but the man is trying to build a team not superstars. If you become one along they way fine, but they youngsters are playing as a team, not depending on any one player. These guys will learn and they will lose a couple games but they will learn. I for one have no problems with Gayle not being in this team. He is a distraction. Win, lose or draw this is my team.

  • NRI- on November 22, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    MS Dhonkey captain - NO ONE PUTS THE OTHER SIDE IN first in India, even overseas it is very rare. If WI are not great against spin, make them bat day 3, 4 and 5 against Ashwin & Ojha whilst your batters bat the first 2 days. Ojha is not good enough, replace him with Jadeja for the Oz tour.

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    The Batting of The Brave& Kirk paves way to Sachin onece again to celebrate with the grand Public of Aamchi Mumbai. Any way we are #2 now,thanks to OZ. Long Live! Indian Cricket! Sreedharan Mundanat( TCR)

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    How many chances and semi chances were missed by the Indian fielders. The reporter seems to be underplaying it; seems to be overawed by the stars who dropped them -- for a journo, there is no need for it!

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    i can see a west indies collapse tomorrow..though they are playing brilliantly at the moment

  • trinisteve on November 22, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Well done guys. It is important to be patient and continue into the third day. An im posing total can be intimidating to India in spite of the number of Greats they have. What is critical is to continue your strategy of attrition . It is important to come out of every fight with the knowledge that you have fought the good fight. Do not fall into the words of ole Trini palance of giving us ( A Half Picked Duck).Mr.Baugh you are closely being watched, If not by the selectors, at least by stats and History,while Mr. Powell you have a lot of time left in this match.

  • sankar8000 on November 22, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Good Show by W.Indies! Need to make atleast 400+ ....if then we have a good match for us....

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Good batting for WI but I suspect india intentionally create this tailor made wicket to get sure about Tendulkar's hundredth of century. India is not considering any result will make different to them rather they like to have Tendulkar's feat. Wankhede is Tendulkar's home ground and Maharashtra crowd love to see Tendulkar's 100th.s 100 in front of them. I wish a good luck to Tendulkar for achieving the target. But we all know it is Cricket !!!!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on November 22, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira, what do u mean by tailor made for Sachin?

  • delastbastion on November 22, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    I agree with cricchic, this is a problem for messrs Gibson and Haynes, how do they get the guys to put in their best performances early in a series, it's becoming commonplace for the team to be continously playing catch up....and good teams wont ever let u catch up....but good showing guys, it's important for the remaining batters to not let the good work thus far go to waste and make a concerted effort to grind india into the dust and shake their confidence.

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Delighted to see the solid & mature performance from these young batsmen. Future of West Indies cricket seem to be in good hands. As long as they don't beat India, most Indians love to see W I regaining its past glory. Good show. Keep it up.

  • Silloh on November 22, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Good going men ! That's what we fans want , put everything into your game and play hard. There is lots of time to party at the end of any series. If ever we do not win, every single player would have done his best. Now, I hope we dont start comparing the openers with Grennidge and Haynes of the great era. These current guys are learning and Bravo with great potential aint no Lara.

  • N.Sundararajan on November 22, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Full credit to West Indies batsmen---all of them so far--let us hope this match is a good contest---with the bowlers also performing better in the coming days. Also, India should admit that they bowled poorly and fielded quite badly also ! And we are thinking of playing against Australia in Australia in a month's time !

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    You mean that all these records were not dealt with when the souper-starz with bling in their eyes Gay-le et al were being paid to not perform for the Windies. Wow. I am happy for this team Go Sammy! Go! Good job n'man!

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Tomorrow's first session will be crucial Hope for the best

  • NairUSA on November 22, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Good batting show by WI. It seems as if they have done their homework before getting into the third test. Let us hope Team India brings out another rabbit out of the hat to make this match interesting.

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    hey guys i am sure ashwin will become second mendis,guile of bhajji will be misses surely in the near future.Experience is something which comes with playing and age and a spinner is at his best after 30's.So instead of dropping bhajji he should have given last chance against inexperienced batting side of west indies at indian soil.

  • windiesyouth.12 on November 22, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    very good batting by WI youngsters. the future looks bright. however, they need to go on to make big hundreds and not just settle for 50s. very good batting fellas, keep it up

  • ramps_wi on November 22, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    some good knocks, but it hard to be up at thise hours to see these batters. Well lets see if powell, samuel can continue caus we cannot expect anything after that

  • WICric101 on November 22, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Only if WI can build on the start they have and make a decent 2nd innings score, do they have a chance of winning or at least drawing..they havent been able to put 2 good scores together in the first 2 matches,if they had, they could have won1st match & at least drawn 2nd.There bowlers need to take 20 wkts which is possible on this track,recent history suggest results at this ground.

  • sharkwolf on November 22, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Good show indies... keep up the ggod work

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Well give praise where it is due. 4- 50+ scores, the 1st 4 batters? Can't recall the last time. A very solid start, just run along in the same vein. Occupation of the crease is what is important at this stage. To bat until tea should be the objective. Carry on smartly guys.

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    A Pitch tailor made for Tendulkar . If he cant get it here he never will.

  • cricchic on November 22, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    With the absence of Chanderpaul the youngsters in the W.I team have proven that they can perform at the highest level. Need for at least one of the openers to go on and make a big score..However what I dislike about the W.I they somehow take along time to warm up..After series defeat them they perform..Where was that display of batting in the first 2 games...They have to be on top of things from the initial game..

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  • cricchic on November 22, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    With the absence of Chanderpaul the youngsters in the W.I team have proven that they can perform at the highest level. Need for at least one of the openers to go on and make a big score..However what I dislike about the W.I they somehow take along time to warm up..After series defeat them they perform..Where was that display of batting in the first 2 games...They have to be on top of things from the initial game..

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    A Pitch tailor made for Tendulkar . If he cant get it here he never will.

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Well give praise where it is due. 4- 50+ scores, the 1st 4 batters? Can't recall the last time. A very solid start, just run along in the same vein. Occupation of the crease is what is important at this stage. To bat until tea should be the objective. Carry on smartly guys.

  • sharkwolf on November 22, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Good show indies... keep up the ggod work

  • WICric101 on November 22, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Only if WI can build on the start they have and make a decent 2nd innings score, do they have a chance of winning or at least drawing..they havent been able to put 2 good scores together in the first 2 matches,if they had, they could have won1st match & at least drawn 2nd.There bowlers need to take 20 wkts which is possible on this track,recent history suggest results at this ground.

  • ramps_wi on November 22, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    some good knocks, but it hard to be up at thise hours to see these batters. Well lets see if powell, samuel can continue caus we cannot expect anything after that

  • windiesyouth.12 on November 22, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    very good batting by WI youngsters. the future looks bright. however, they need to go on to make big hundreds and not just settle for 50s. very good batting fellas, keep it up

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    hey guys i am sure ashwin will become second mendis,guile of bhajji will be misses surely in the near future.Experience is something which comes with playing and age and a spinner is at his best after 30's.So instead of dropping bhajji he should have given last chance against inexperienced batting side of west indies at indian soil.

  • NairUSA on November 22, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Good batting show by WI. It seems as if they have done their homework before getting into the third test. Let us hope Team India brings out another rabbit out of the hat to make this match interesting.

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Tomorrow's first session will be crucial Hope for the best