West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica, 2nd day June 21, 2011

India move ahead on wicket-filled day

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India 246 and 91 for 3 (Dravid 45*) lead West Indies 173 (Barath 64, Praveen 3-38, Ishant 3-29) by 164 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

On another bowlers' day in Kingston, India swooped into a strong position after yet another West Indian batting failure, and finished 164 ahead in what is shaping up as a low-scoring Test. On a Sabina Park track that had so much turn that the spinners were wondering how to keep the ball on the stumps, the Indian fast bowlers - debutant Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma - knocked West Indies over for 173. Adrian Barath played his shots in a battling half-century but there was little from the rest of the top order.

Praveen was India's star in the morning session, though it was Ishant who made the first breakthrough, removing Ramnaresh Sarwan with his first ball of the day. With Harbhajan Singh getting the ball to spin and bounce, more early wickets looked likely but two of West Indies' emerging batting stars - Barath and Darren Bravo - defied the bowling for over an hour.

Initially the runs weren't easily available as Ishant cranked up the pace, but Barath broke free with a bunch of boundaries. Bravo too seemed to settle in, with an impressive on-the-up cover drive off Ishant, but followed it up with two nervy moments in the same over: Suresh Raina dropped a dying edge at third slip, and the next delivery reared up and nearly took the the edge.

The pair survived some more close calls, and with the first hour of the day negotiated, Barath decided to open out. Amit Mishra, the most impressive Indian bowler in the one-dayers, was greeted with a loft over long-on to bring up Barath's fifty, and the next delivery was launched into the stands in the same direction.

A change of ends for Praveen, though, transformed the session. In his first over from the Michael Holding End, he produced the ball of the morning - slanting in towards off before bouncing and jagging away, forcing Barath to play, and nick to the keeper. For a bowler who has had a long wait to make the Test grade, it was a maiden wicket to savour.

That was only the start of a spell in which he bagged three wickets in 14 deliveries. The other settled batsman, Bravo, was the next to go, with the off-stump line and the movement again resulting in a catch behind. West Indies still had two of their most adhesive batsmen at the crease, but Praveen separated them with a straight delivery to Brendan Nash, that took the leading edge to slips.

Praveen's day was blotted a touch as he was suspended from bowling soon after lunch, on getting his third warning for running on the danger area. India had started the second session poorly, sending down too many leg-side deliveries. Praveen's exit and Shivnarine Chanderpaul's presence at the crease gave West Indies fresh hope.

The three Indian specialist bowlers, however, stepped up in Praveen's absence. Ishant harried the batsmen with his accuracy, and the variable bounce and generous turn kept the batsmen wary against the spinners. Still, Carlton Baugh and Chanderpaul put on 45 before Harbhajan had Baugh tentatively poking to silly point. He removed Chanderpaul for the first time in Tests soon after, getting him to inside-edge onto the pads for an easy catch at short leg. There was some resistance from the tail-enders, though their efforts weren't enough to prevent West Indies from conceding a hefty lead.

India's batsmen then set about stretching that lead, and led the side to a comfortable position despite ducks for two of their top four. M Vijay was lbw to a short Ravi Rampaul delivery that was unplayable, rising little above knee-high. VVS Laxman had a rare double failure as his attempt to get off the mark by punching Darren Sammy down the ground ended up as a return catch.

Sammy latched on to that one, but put down one he will regret. He fluffed a simple chance at second slip - nice height, close to his body - to give Rahul Dravid a life on 6. Dravid went on to play his second important innings of the match. While these may not be in the league of 2006 Jamaican masterclasses that secured the series for India, Dravid again showcased his patience, judgment and tenacity, to finish unbeaten on 45.

In difficult conditions, he and Abhinav Mukund added 56 for the second wicket. Mukund played a cautious hand, rarely trying anything extravagant as he looked to make an impact on debut. It was slow progress, but having negotiated the bowling for nearly two hours, he lost his concentration soon after a drinks break in the final session, feathering Bishoo behind.

The other Indian debutant Virat Kohli had flopped in the first innings, and didn't have the most comfortable of times in the hour he had till stumps. With a barrage of bouncers coming his way, he was involved in a tussle with Fidel Edwards. Kohli blew a mock kiss whenever Edwards stared him down after sending down a short ball.

With Dravid at his unyielding best and the pitch remaining a brute, India will be thrilled at the quick turnaround in the fortunes after the top-order collapse on the first morning.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BULTY on June 23, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    There was a comment by a person that since Srikkanth is the selection committee chairman, he selected all "Tamil" players. This comment is bad enough both for its use of word and the sense behind it. Remember there was a time when the BCCI was dominated (it continues even today in some measure) and the whole 15 players were selected either from Bombay or from West Zone. I would like that person to refrain from sparking regionalism even in the sports field. We have had enough of regionalism and the bad effects of it in other fields.

  • cricinme on June 22, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Laxman will flop in the second test also. But during the third test he will play a very valuable test saving/winning innings which will assure his place for the England tour. This is our VVS Laxman.

  • on June 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Rahul Dravid proves once again that form is temporary and class permanent. Tendulkar can pick and choose when he plays but the stepson of Indian Cricket, Dravid, has to take every opportunity to play. Reality is that Dravid is all that stands between India and defeat. He is the best Test batsman we have at the moment bar none! Hopefully he will get a century this time. I am hopeful about young Virat as well. India is not short of talent but is low on the 'stickitiveness' needed for Tests.

  • jim20 on June 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    West Indies has simply not adjusted to the modern game especially in the batting department. We are getting it right in the bowling area with the regular inclusion of a specialist spinner. However modern cricket requires a faster scoring rate than 2.5 runs per over. We batted for more overs than india and scored 80 less runs. Playing for draws is no longer an option we need to get our scoring rates up. The current successful test sides all target 3.5 rpo nowadays. I dont even watch when WI is batting because they have become very boring to watch. No wonder nobody is at the ground. While Gayle and Samuels would help in the scoring department the players surely the players chosen can use more initiative to work the ball around and not just block 5 balls and then look for one big shot. Runs can be scored off defensive shots as well.

  • AlvaMan on June 22, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    West Indies cricket will recover .there is a vibrant crop of young players across the region who are brimming with talent.Its only a matter of time before they get their opportunity to take to the field.At the same time , the Caribbean people must rally to remove those who sit on the WICD who have their own agendas,bringing down cricket as we know it in the WI and leaving out talented sportsmen such as Gayle in the cold.Go Windies.

  • on June 22, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    @Joelrondel, I beg to differ on comparison of Chanderpaul with Dravid. Dravid is a much more accomplished batsman than Chanderpaul and his stats both in tests and One dayers justify the same. The only current comparison could be of stubborn patient stay at the crease and thats where it ends. Dravid at his peak was a treat to watch as opposed to Chanderpaul who, with his rediculous stance, and not so great stroke making, was not a great sight for cricket lovers, and the fact that his achievements are no where near that of Dravid's.

  • on June 22, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    I dont understannd why people are crying about pujara. it is true that he has been playing brilliantly in domestic cricket bu this doesnt mean that he can translate his domestic performance on the international scene. prime example of this is badrinath and wasim jaffer. on the other hand raina has been playing international cricket for the past five years and performing brilliantly. so it would be wise to help him overcome the short ball woes so that he can a world class test player

  • joelrondel on June 22, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    YOW PEOPLE just picture CHABDERPAUL and RAUL DRAVID batting on de same team whole day 90 overs to score about 50 runs ...hahaha..lol but i would like to see these to batting together there have almost same batting skills and look alike !!!!!!!

  • WTEH on June 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Oh West Indies, feel really sorry for you guys. Everyone agrees that this is not the full Indian team and still WI look like a club team. You guys need to do something fast if you need to keep the test status!! Some helpful suggestions would be; Find a new board, selection committee, coach and may be new team!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 22, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Listening to the West Indies game on the radio yesterday 21st and a stupid commentator sounded like barbadian said that there are now five indian players on the West indian team. So what are they not West Indians? As if insularity was not bad enough. No wonder we are doing so badly.

  • BULTY on June 23, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    There was a comment by a person that since Srikkanth is the selection committee chairman, he selected all "Tamil" players. This comment is bad enough both for its use of word and the sense behind it. Remember there was a time when the BCCI was dominated (it continues even today in some measure) and the whole 15 players were selected either from Bombay or from West Zone. I would like that person to refrain from sparking regionalism even in the sports field. We have had enough of regionalism and the bad effects of it in other fields.

  • cricinme on June 22, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Laxman will flop in the second test also. But during the third test he will play a very valuable test saving/winning innings which will assure his place for the England tour. This is our VVS Laxman.

  • on June 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Rahul Dravid proves once again that form is temporary and class permanent. Tendulkar can pick and choose when he plays but the stepson of Indian Cricket, Dravid, has to take every opportunity to play. Reality is that Dravid is all that stands between India and defeat. He is the best Test batsman we have at the moment bar none! Hopefully he will get a century this time. I am hopeful about young Virat as well. India is not short of talent but is low on the 'stickitiveness' needed for Tests.

  • jim20 on June 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    West Indies has simply not adjusted to the modern game especially in the batting department. We are getting it right in the bowling area with the regular inclusion of a specialist spinner. However modern cricket requires a faster scoring rate than 2.5 runs per over. We batted for more overs than india and scored 80 less runs. Playing for draws is no longer an option we need to get our scoring rates up. The current successful test sides all target 3.5 rpo nowadays. I dont even watch when WI is batting because they have become very boring to watch. No wonder nobody is at the ground. While Gayle and Samuels would help in the scoring department the players surely the players chosen can use more initiative to work the ball around and not just block 5 balls and then look for one big shot. Runs can be scored off defensive shots as well.

  • AlvaMan on June 22, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    West Indies cricket will recover .there is a vibrant crop of young players across the region who are brimming with talent.Its only a matter of time before they get their opportunity to take to the field.At the same time , the Caribbean people must rally to remove those who sit on the WICD who have their own agendas,bringing down cricket as we know it in the WI and leaving out talented sportsmen such as Gayle in the cold.Go Windies.

  • on June 22, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    @Joelrondel, I beg to differ on comparison of Chanderpaul with Dravid. Dravid is a much more accomplished batsman than Chanderpaul and his stats both in tests and One dayers justify the same. The only current comparison could be of stubborn patient stay at the crease and thats where it ends. Dravid at his peak was a treat to watch as opposed to Chanderpaul who, with his rediculous stance, and not so great stroke making, was not a great sight for cricket lovers, and the fact that his achievements are no where near that of Dravid's.

  • on June 22, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    I dont understannd why people are crying about pujara. it is true that he has been playing brilliantly in domestic cricket bu this doesnt mean that he can translate his domestic performance on the international scene. prime example of this is badrinath and wasim jaffer. on the other hand raina has been playing international cricket for the past five years and performing brilliantly. so it would be wise to help him overcome the short ball woes so that he can a world class test player

  • joelrondel on June 22, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    YOW PEOPLE just picture CHABDERPAUL and RAUL DRAVID batting on de same team whole day 90 overs to score about 50 runs ...hahaha..lol but i would like to see these to batting together there have almost same batting skills and look alike !!!!!!!

  • WTEH on June 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Oh West Indies, feel really sorry for you guys. Everyone agrees that this is not the full Indian team and still WI look like a club team. You guys need to do something fast if you need to keep the test status!! Some helpful suggestions would be; Find a new board, selection committee, coach and may be new team!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 22, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Listening to the West Indies game on the radio yesterday 21st and a stupid commentator sounded like barbadian said that there are now five indian players on the West indian team. So what are they not West Indians? As if insularity was not bad enough. No wonder we are doing so badly.

  • couchpundit on June 22, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    @D.d.Sharma-- are you by any chance Rohit sharma's cricket illeterate relative? FYI..Rohit cannot replace M.vijay because Rohit is not a specialist opener...also Rohit has to prove better than Chateshwar Pujara to get into Test Side...I wonder Why Pujara is not in the team..hopefully he comes in for England tour...Raina's hang in there idea wont work there.

    For some reason i am growing to like Kohli eerytime i see him play. Hopefully he wont dissapoint us. Indian Selectors have to Groom, Kohli,Pujara,Mukund for future.

  • on June 22, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I wonder how people call this substandard pitch as "sporting" and "spicy". Had they run into a similar pitch on subcontinent, it would have been called mediocre for the variable bounce and square turning on day one

  • concerned_cricketer on June 22, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @NomDePlume, Praveen was running onto the centre of the pitch many times actually, not just those 3 times. In an ODI where the pitch only needs to last only for 100 overs it's probably less relevant although i have seen umpires warning bowlers in ODIs. When it has to last for 450 overs and there is no limit on the number of overs the erring bowler can bowl, it makes sense to send him off and preserve the pitch. Release position has nothing to do with this. He should take more care going forward - watching India win from the dressing room will be much less exciting.

  • on June 22, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Dravid is truly a masterclass.This is not the typical Jamaica pitch. He showed the world what a classact he is!

  • on June 22, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    The selection of Murli Vijay as a opener is not justified because he is not technically sound batsman for opening slot. If his selection has been made only on the record of T-20 than Rohit Sharma is much better choice because the record of Rohit is outstanding in T-20, one day and other formats of Cricket. As far as temprament is concerned, Rahul Dravid is the best and there is no substitute for him. Cheteswar Pujara could have been much better choice for Test Cricket.

  • on June 22, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    vijay does have a weakness against pace as does most indian batsmen because the domestic "fast" bowlers bowl at 115-125 km.but with hard work improvement is possible,as proved by raina in this innings.but he needs to work on his temperament because in the 1st innings he threw his wicket away.yes,in the second innings the ball was unplayable.but that is precisely the reason why he should have utilized his 1st innings because you need to "make hay while the sun shines".after all,a fortnight later,people are going to remember vijay scored 8&0 in the 1st test.nobody will remember that the ball he got in the 2nd one was unplayable.

  • Jama on June 22, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    hats of to India.... But really sad to see a talented player like Darren Bravo failing to make an impact. He is such a stylish batsman when in full flow seems like a near end to a potentially sound career.

  • on June 22, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    there can be no substitute for technique and tempement in test match cricket and that's what rahul dravid showed in both innings.. on a difficult pitch where even vvs laxman and shiv chanderpaul failed it was the wall again who stood tall.. yes raina did make a crucial 82 but it was dravid's innings yesterday night which im sure would have given the entire team tremendous confidence and boost.. he's 38 and is definitely in the twilight of his career but his dogged determination and his rock solid defence cannot be substituted by anybody of the present generation.. hats off to this legened who has always been under the shadows of tendulkar and sehwag..

  • JAANANGEL on June 22, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    The Difference between the two teams is the quality and depth in batting. When Indian team was in trouble Harbhajan and Raina batted sensibly and in West Indian team no one really batted sensibly to guide west indies total past India. Praveen Kumar and Ishant bowled to their strength and got the wickets on regular base. West indies should sort the issue between WICB and WIPA so that quality players can play in Test matches. Gayle, Jerome Taylor would have been easily made a big difference in the TEST. Else there wont be time the WI team goes down as Zimbabwe are now.

  • puneet_usa on June 22, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    I would personally like to contact the genleman in west indies team who went in media and said that he is eyeing a score of 400 in first inning for West Indies- Anyhow I think We won't see him commenting on anything in the media anytime soon- People-- Stop pointing fingers at each other- Team India is on a high at the moment- we are The World Champions- We are the No.1 ranked test team- Youngsters are there to prove a point that they can deliver on big stage- Lets back up our team guys- There was a time when a full strength indian team didn't even looked like coming back home capturing anything even when they toured a weak cricket nation like Zimbabwe- Just enjoy the nice patch Indian Cricket is going through and Cherish the spirit of the game- I feel this tour has been great as far as experimentation goes before the the England Tour- I can just imagine the English getting smashed all around by Men in Blue- CHEERS--!!!!

  • on June 22, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    rahul dravid is one of the most reliable batsman the INDIA got n he also deserve to be in ODI team

  • on June 22, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    barath half century goes invain

  • on June 22, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    indians gona rock dravid to hit a century

  • AKS286 on June 22, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    i think Irish & dutch team can play better test cricket than windies pakistan & kiwis.

  • on June 22, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Vatsal20 : Dude, you have no reasoning skills, i guess. Replacement for Dravid, while you are cool with Laxman & Sehwag ?

    Most of the people in India are so assured of the Indian Test Team that they forget where the assurance comes from. Most of the times if not all. When India goes to bat, they forget that the batsmen whom people enjoy to watch, can play their game freely because Rahul Dravid is there, who will take care if anything goes wrong. Can you imagine the pressure on an opponent captain when Dravid comes in to bat ?

    After his latest innings, it is unfortunate and disheartening to read what you wrote Mr. Vatsal.

  • krishn_4m_india on June 22, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Again Rahul has shown why he is the best, he has shown his mettle again. looking forward to a century from the master of class.

  • on June 22, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    i just loved the reaction of crowd when sammy dropped dravid...

  • A.Rahman.Sabir on June 22, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Being a big fan of cricket, I always support true spirit and pure play. But sometimes I get much disappointing when one criticize and judges a player on basis of a few innings. Rahul Dravid is really great batsmen and deserves the place till he likes playing. We have seen him play great knocks on different occasion and has already contributed well enough in this test. I hope everyone realize and respect the importance of class, maturity and contribution of player.

  • on June 22, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Go India Go.... Lets win all the tests and be ready for england challenge.. sachin took a break because he needs fresh mind to kill english overhyped bowling...

    Tremlet will learn something new from the master,,

  • on June 22, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    India look to be in the driving seat for this one, good to see a pitch with a bit of life. Dravid is showing that on a spicy pitch a player with a classy defensive technique is priceless, even if he did get a let off from from Sammy.

  • indianzen on June 22, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    I think its the best merit based team - All the high scorers from Ranji and Duleep have been given a chance... though some would say its Shrikanth so south indians are getting more chances, for them, i would just say - check the domestic score boards and keep mum...

  • indianzen on June 22, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Better Badrinath to replace Vijay and Mukund to open with Dravid can be the best right now.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on June 22, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Posted by Bhatia Punit on (June 22 2011, 04:21 AM GMT) Politics rules.. ///

    All the south players who had been selected by Krish Srikanth & Co had proved them well on the domestic arena or at international stage . Mukund is a run machine in domestic circuit for past 2 seasons. Mithun proved against SL. Vijay was good against Aussies and SL. VVS is an automatic choice for tests. Badri is another run machine in domestic circuit for many seasons. His 50 against SA attack was appreciable innings.

  • BustIPL on June 22, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Thanks for Bhajji for getting India in this situation otherwise windies were all over the place. Also Dhoni again did a good job of understanding the pitch and avoided Bishoo on the fourth innings.

  • on June 22, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Makund seems ok in his 1st test match, he stayed in for a lot of balls. He should play more attacking so he will score more, if he had of played some shots he could have scored twice as many runs as long as he is carefull with shot selection. Vijay was loose in 1st innings and second innings got an unplayable ball so you would say he's unlucky. I'd prefer to see Vijay over parthiv , so lets see how vijay goes next test, makund also. Its a shame badrinath isnt an opener because he will likely be on the bench the whole series now after raina's good 82. I really hope Kohli can make a huge score here and make most of his opportunity, kohli should have been in test team a long time ago. All the bowlers performed well

  • ronson333 on June 22, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Tamil openers flop in this test match, combining their scores gives an average of 11....hope Srikkanth is happy now....he should start putting India first!

  • on June 22, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @Notredam: Agree. I'm not sure Vijay has the technique to play well overseas. Too early to pass judgment on Mukund, but he looks kind of loose as well. People like Dinesh Karthik and Cheteshwar Pujara are probably better suited.

  • on June 22, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Dravid and Kohli should stitch a 150+ partnership.....both are capable of doing that....then Dhoni and Raina along with the tail can strech the lead to 300 and put the pressure on the windies....

  • on June 22, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Go RD go........ This innings will depend a lot on him....

  • Balajipost on June 22, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund showed remarkable fight. I only hope he makes a few big scores in the remaining tests. I think he should replace Vijay as the reserve test opener. Vijay seems to have lost his test batting after playing in T20s.

  • ssenthil on June 22, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I think Dravid dropped Catch is the Final nail in the coffin for WI. Now Dravid will make them Pay and looking at this pitch another 75 runs will be good enough. There is a lot of turn Available.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on June 22, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    The Indian bowling had come good in this match and utilised the swing on the wicket well to give a collapse to WI. Dravid performed well in both the innings and answered those who called for his retirement with his bat. Raina & Bhajji was handy with the bat in 1st innings. Mukund showed good promise in 2nd innings in his knock of 25. He is a promising future Indian Test cricketer. Laxman fails very rarely and he will come up with a good performance in 2nd test. Vijay was reckless in 1st innings, in 2nd, he fell to a 99% wicket taking delivery. Need to wait for Kohli's performance. Praveen answered those who called him unfit for tests. Dhoni needs to contribute with the bat in 2nd innings. Someone will perform when others fails and thats why India is no1 in test cricket. Gaining a good lead without Sehwag,Gauti & Sachin is a good sign of Indian cricket. Windies failed in batting except Bharath who showed some promise... Sammy is unfit for being captain when he is not performing.

  • Pankaj_Thakur on June 22, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    In Fact Rahul dravid is very good batsman, i love to watch his classic shots, he should keep playing test cricket and if india need he can also play in ODI as we have seen he have played well in IPL. But he is the best test batsman, because playing fast & making runs are not only test cricket, who always play as per situation that is the good players and as we have seen Mr. Rahul always use to play as per requirement of team.

  • Notredam on June 22, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Well Murali vijay does not sit up to the TEST level cricket...Specially on overseas pitches...Do not knw why he has got so many chances..I believe,,Pujara,,Parthiv cud have been better choices...than him...

  • vatsal20 on June 22, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Its high time India should develop either Kohli or Pujara as Dravid's replacement at No. 3. While no one can replace the likes of Sehwag, Sachin & Laxman, I am fine with Rohit, Vijay and Badrinath. Its the number 3 spot which is very critical and no matter if its a batsman of Kohli's calibre, it will take time to be settled at that spot.

  • vamshi_teamindia on June 22, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Rahul Dravid once again stands for the team. He played a great habd in tough conditions...........credit to abhinav mukund he is really a class batsmen! vijay has wasted his oppurtunity! now India should bat through the innings and try to get a lead of 350! ishanth and Praveen have utilized the conditionds perfectly! Go India Go

  • on June 22, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    would like to see dravid making the impact tomorrow,.. his stand at the crease will b vital for the Indian victory... Hope to see him scoring hundred with a lovely cover drive.....

  • MeijiMura on June 22, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    I, for one, am not at all surprised to see that after just two days of play the result of the Test Match is already a foregone conclusion - a comfortable victory for India.

    Given the team that the West Indian selectors picked the game was over before the players even walked out onto the ground.

    If the selection of the original squad of 13 wasn't bad enough it was hard to believe that out of the 13 named Samuels and Roach were not in the team. Roach is by far the best bowler in the West Indian squad and he would have proven a handful for the Indian batsmen with his pace, venom, and unnerving line and length. Unlike the other West Indian bowlers he is very accurate and is the only West Indian bowler that has proven himself to be capable of actually maintaining such accuracy over a prolonged period of time, something that is critically important in Test Cricket.

    As for Samuels he would have provided much needed experience and depth to an inexperienced and vulnerable batting order.

  • VishalPathak on June 22, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Day-2 India is ahead by 170 odd with 7 wickets to spare. Worst case scenario even if India gets folded at 225 or so, WI would have to chase over 300 in 4th innings. Uneven bounce, spinners and pacers well in rhythm, India has an edge. But, to be on the safer side, if India bats for the whole day on Day-3 and takes its 2nd Innings score past 300, it would be chasing down the barrel for Indies. Getting 375 on a wicket like this needs a masterpiece, wait and watch!!!

  • BULTY on June 22, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    This is the classical Test match scenario. Low scoring match, match of wits, holding of nerve, display of skill & staying power. Hats off to Dravid, who, yet again showed how important it's to stay there to score runs in a Test match. He is matchless with regard to style & technique. Harbhajan contributed, what might turn out to be, an important 70 runs and he bowled well. Praveen's show was impressive; it was unfortunate that he was warned off. Yes, he clearly was running on to the danger area and he'll learn only too quickly to realise his mistake. Vijay, as was reported, is on the injured list. He'll definitely bounce back once he recovers from injury; don't count him out too soon in Test matches. Cheteswar Pujara is an untested element in away Test matches. Yes, there is a team building effort going on. Good that India has done very well thus far without the resting "big" stars. ALL THE BEST TO THE PRESENT LOT.

  • on June 22, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    That's Dravid For u. Anchoring the Innings yet again. Rahul Was Rock Solid and was unbeaten on 45. I wish he should move on to make a Century. A good player should excel in all kinda pitches. Murali Vijay has been given plenty of chances and he has never utilized it. I can very well remember some people commenting on Rahul that he is a dull head and always plays slow and in turn praising Vijay only for his aggressiveness. Hope they will realize that consistency and temperament do matters most. Its not IPL.I was just irritated by seeing Vijay throwing his wickets away. Kudos to Abinav.

  • on June 22, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    now lets not jinx anyone :P but yeah dravid he certainly knows tht when luck's by his side he has to make it large, in adelaide when he was dropped in the 2nd innings he learned from it and won the game for us, even when he made his highest 270 he was dropped once or twice and he took tht luck with him and made it large so hoping today he does the same , kohli and raina and skipper dhoni should provid gud support if dravid plays well on one end , india need atleast a lead of over 350+ to be comfortable anyways hoping for a gud day;'s play

  • venkatesh018 on June 22, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Three things are certain from this test: Parthiv should partner Mukund as openers in the remaining tests in Windies. Praveen Kumar should definitely be in the Test squad to England. And the replacements for Sachin, Laxman, Dravid in the middle order are far from world class, atleast for the present.

  • kingcobra85 on June 22, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Quote from the Article "M Vijay was lbw to a short Ravi Rampaul delivery that was unplayable, rising little above knee-high" ..before commenting i request everyone to see the articles. How are you supposed to play a ball which rose just above his ankles yet it was pitched short ? Give M.Vijay some respect here..just because he is from a state that you guys dont like doesnt mean he hasnt put in the hardwork to reach this level..

  • RajeshMys on June 22, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Well done Team India. Well done Dhoni, well done Praveen, Well done Ishanth, Well done Dravid. Truly, India are on their way towards becoming a World beating side in all formats of the game. The great thing about this Indian team is that nothing shakes them or distracts them. The absence of SRT, Viru & Zak, the last minute pulling out of Munaf, the mind games played by Edwards & Sammy before the test,they were unperturbed by all this & just went about doing their Job quietly & now, the result is there for all to see.This is the hallmark of a Champion side.India will win this Test by a huge margin & clinch the series as well.Dravid showed his class & proved that he is a Master Batsman. Iam also sure he will score a Hundred today. And West Indies, well, with such a mediocre team, & a Captain like Sammy who is a Big Joker,you cant expect anything better from them! Dhoni,on the other hand,proved his captaincy skills again.GOOD LUCK TEAM INDIA,CRUSH THE WINDIES. COME ON!

  • Percy_Fender on June 22, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Mukund will stay. He seems to have a good temperament unlike Vijay who seems only good for the limited over games.I fel that when Abhinav get his first hundred, it will be a big one. It is just as well that he made his debut at Kingston Jamaica, known to be so helpful to pace bowlers. It will add to his self belief.

  • on June 22, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    is not this the early entry for Mukund , a player shold play more matches in Ranji, or should be a part of national team before debut in test matches

  • on June 22, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    Politics rules.. Now that the South Indian gang are ruling BCCI (Srinivasan, Srikkanth & Co) a lot of South Indians get the opportunities.. when Dalmia was Boss, all Bengali, Oriya etc chaps came to fore.. Where is the MERIT-based selection???

  • martineZ on June 22, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    good going India..with the debutant mukund keeping the patience for a while is i guess good start for his carrier. initially ruuns doesnt matter but the temperament he has shown is appreiciable and much needed in this format of the game. the WALL as ever the backbone of the men in blue n he needs to stay on if india has to put up a min of 300runs target . just 1 last thing if wkts in hands n runrate around 3rpo the game is ours ..all the best team india!!!

  • D.Sharma on June 22, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Bhahah, where are the Dravid bashers now? Eating humble pie I guess.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on June 22, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Mukund looks to have a good temrament , he should get more chances after this series also.

  • on June 22, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Sammy has failed with the ball and bat in the first innings. He has put down a sitter off Rahul Dravid who is unbeaten on 45 at stumps on DAY 2. Why is he the Captain of the West Indies Test team? Furthermore, why is he EVEN on the test team?! A Captain supposed to be able to command respect from his opponents either with the bat or ball, and Darren Sammy is capable of neither. Look at SA, they have AB, England has Andrew Strauss, NZ has Ross Taylor, India has MS Dhoni, Australia has M. Clarke. Time for Darren Sammy, Ottis Gibson, Ernest Hilarie, and Desmond Haynes to be removed. Darren Sammy is a WICB puppet, Ottis Gibson was a nothing cricketer and is a "user" and nothing coach, Ernest Hilarie never played international cricket for the WI and is the puppeteer who is effectively overseeing the demise of West Indies cricket, while Desmond Haynes is a batting coach for youngsters who keep making the same mistakes against spin bowling.

  • karthikvlk on June 22, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    //Is his action or release position different//

    @nomdeplume

    in test , they play for 5 days in the pitch. Umpires cant allow the bolwers to land on danger area which will make the pitch break and playing on 5th day will be very tough for batsman

  • on June 22, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    I do not understand what is sammy doing in the team ! kemar roach should have played instead of him .

  • Atindra on June 22, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    In absence of Gambhir and Sehwag Indian opening remained pathetic. I guess Parthiv Patel could be a better opener than M. Vijay. He had played his first series against Australia in Australia and did well. If Pujara has recovered from the injury, he should be called asap.

  • Aniruddha_K on June 22, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Great job India....the hallmark of this Indian team is that they keep bouncing back.... Dravid was brilliant... But as is the case in low scoring games, the contribution from the lower order in the 2nd innings will be vital...

  • sunny312 on June 22, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Well done Dravid. How many times we have seen Dravid anchoring the innings & sttering the team to saftey in the overseas test matches. He is really a great batsman. I wonder who would fill his place after he retires. Could it be Kohli???

  • on June 22, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    I would rate Mukund higher than Vijoy, who was given a LOTs of chances...but failed to impress. He is good in Indian pitch as Raina, who was good in this test but will be a failure in Eng/Aus/SA...I would rank Pujara ahead of Kohli/Badrinath who will be probably a better replacement at no. 6 in Eng. I wish Dhoni becomes successful in test too...few 50's will be nice...then we will be able to play with Jak, Ishant, Sreesanth/Praveen (these guys can move ball, but Munaf can't) and two spinners like Mishra with Vajji....

  • dimni on June 22, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    yes i agree with krishikk that dravid will make century,if he bats whole day and remain unbeaten on third day maybe later a double also

  • Aussasinator on June 22, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Firstly the Indian bowling has done commendably well, though in helpful conditions. Whenever the entire attack picks up 2-3 wickets each, the opposition side gets out for a paltry score as compared to when a single bowler picks 5 wickets. This lead is vital and India should win this match. Secondly, the requirements of the longer version of the game have made themselves obvious to some upcoming Indian batsmen and they can only learn from this experience. I see a genuine team building effort going on here.

  • gestapo on June 22, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    am really happy for dravid,,i hope he makes it big into a hundred,,i feel his 31 centuries do not speak enough of his skill and temperament .For a batsman who has played marathon innings after innings,,i would love to see him finish with 35 hundreds at least.He is just a delight.Probably,the last batsman in the classical mould.When can we again see a batsman shouldering arms to a delivery outside the off stump as stylish and impeccable as RD? What a player!!!!Take a bow.

  • NomDePlume on June 22, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Praveen Kumar bowls the same way in ODIs, but he never got warned (he wasnt running into the danger area). Why in tests? Is his action or release position different?

  • on June 22, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Abhinav, with the master in company you should have played on.. a century on debut outside India would have been an ideal start to international career..

  • on June 22, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Wel done Abinav Mukund...

  • Umamahesh_Srigiriraju on June 22, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    I have to admit that these two innings of Dravid are no match to the all time best innings that he unfurled on the minefield in 2006, but the man is just so tenacious and wow, I'm blown off my feet yet again while watching his technique very closely in this match. I watched his twin 2006 innings and was spell bound at that time. The man's technique is almost the same even now in 2011. Unbelievable. It's a shame that I missed many of Dravid's innings when he was at his prime. I can't help but wonder how impeccable his technique must have been in those days if this is what he is still capable of. Hats off to The Wall barring that indisciplined push and chance that he gave to Sammy. Can India or for that matter any country produce just one player like Dravid in the future so that followers like me can continue to watch cricket, test cricket in particular, once this unbelievable batsman decides to retire? Thank you Dravid for deciding to take batting as your profession.

  • on June 22, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    well done india..dravid rocks again..

  • NCassie on June 22, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Good effort by Barath, well done and that's it really nothing else to talk about good from the Windies. How long again must Sammy have to take up place in this West Indies team, is the standard so LOW in the WI that we have to settle for a Captain that has an average less than 20.00 in all formats of the game, come on man. WI need a new leader for the test team, Sammy is not a wicket taking bowler and he cannot bat, can't bowl & bat well so what kinda allrounder is he really. If this 2 x4 WI board continue to pick this man who has shown that his personal contribution is really starting to affect the team the WI board members should all resign. At the end of the 2nd day I can safely say that the game is over in favour of the Indians, there is no way in trying to deny it WI cannot last a full day on that wicket batting last. 250 lead again is more than enough for India to defend, Sammy again guilty of dropping a sitter in slips of Dravid you better pray eh doesn't score a 100. Game over!

  • TheLight on June 22, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    I cannot understand why a mediocre player and lousy captain such as sammy is on the team when we have roach and russell on the sideline.

    I guess it must be because sammy and hilaire are both from the same island?

  • krishilk on June 22, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Prediction : Dravid to make his 32nd century tomorow

  • div09 on June 22, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Ishant is a great wicket-taker but in one-days need to work on his economy rate. Dravid's career is not over for sure. He still has his skills. India will have a bad time without him. If we really need a draw he is the one. We even have replacements for everyone. After they retire after 2-3 years. Mukund-Dravid. Kohli-Tendulkar. R.Sharma-Laxman. Badri can also replace laxman so if anyone is in bad form badrinath can come in for the out of form person.

  • buntyj on June 22, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    laxman has a poor record in his few test innings at no 4; it may be better for him to come in at no 5 where he has a good record

  • kitten on June 22, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Dravid has once again in this match proved what a class act he is. VVS, for once failed, but hopefully will succeed in the next two. As they say, 'you can't keep a good man down for long'. These two stalwarts, and Tendi, are still the backbone of India's middle order. But fingers crossed, Kohli and Raina will in due course fill in beautifully. Also Mukund, even though he did not score too many runs, looks one for the future. This match is a lot in India's favour at the moment, and if the remaining batsmen can post a score(with the addition of the lead of 73) of approximately 400 runs, then WI can kiss the test goodbye. Also if Kohli posts a good score tomorrow, he can blow a few more kisses to Fidel! But whatever happens, we have all seen that this match has been played in good spirits, and even after the day's game, Fidel patted Kohli on the shoulder and the two exchanged a few laughs. That is how the game should be played, enemies on the field of play, and friends afterwards.

  • on June 21, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    Patience backed up by sound technique is the mantra on this devil of a pitch that can only be assessed as poor for a Test match. VVS 's double failure is cause for concern. He must show his class in temperament as well as technique as India places a lot of apples in that basket, and perhaps will again.

    Praveen's swing bowling art coming to fruition is a very good positive when India's fast bowling is on rickety legs in absence of Zaheer. Mishra needs to be much more successful on a pitch custom made for his kind of expertise.

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  • on June 21, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    Patience backed up by sound technique is the mantra on this devil of a pitch that can only be assessed as poor for a Test match. VVS 's double failure is cause for concern. He must show his class in temperament as well as technique as India places a lot of apples in that basket, and perhaps will again.

    Praveen's swing bowling art coming to fruition is a very good positive when India's fast bowling is on rickety legs in absence of Zaheer. Mishra needs to be much more successful on a pitch custom made for his kind of expertise.

  • kitten on June 22, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Dravid has once again in this match proved what a class act he is. VVS, for once failed, but hopefully will succeed in the next two. As they say, 'you can't keep a good man down for long'. These two stalwarts, and Tendi, are still the backbone of India's middle order. But fingers crossed, Kohli and Raina will in due course fill in beautifully. Also Mukund, even though he did not score too many runs, looks one for the future. This match is a lot in India's favour at the moment, and if the remaining batsmen can post a score(with the addition of the lead of 73) of approximately 400 runs, then WI can kiss the test goodbye. Also if Kohli posts a good score tomorrow, he can blow a few more kisses to Fidel! But whatever happens, we have all seen that this match has been played in good spirits, and even after the day's game, Fidel patted Kohli on the shoulder and the two exchanged a few laughs. That is how the game should be played, enemies on the field of play, and friends afterwards.

  • buntyj on June 22, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    laxman has a poor record in his few test innings at no 4; it may be better for him to come in at no 5 where he has a good record

  • div09 on June 22, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Ishant is a great wicket-taker but in one-days need to work on his economy rate. Dravid's career is not over for sure. He still has his skills. India will have a bad time without him. If we really need a draw he is the one. We even have replacements for everyone. After they retire after 2-3 years. Mukund-Dravid. Kohli-Tendulkar. R.Sharma-Laxman. Badri can also replace laxman so if anyone is in bad form badrinath can come in for the out of form person.

  • krishilk on June 22, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Prediction : Dravid to make his 32nd century tomorow

  • TheLight on June 22, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    I cannot understand why a mediocre player and lousy captain such as sammy is on the team when we have roach and russell on the sideline.

    I guess it must be because sammy and hilaire are both from the same island?

  • NCassie on June 22, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Good effort by Barath, well done and that's it really nothing else to talk about good from the Windies. How long again must Sammy have to take up place in this West Indies team, is the standard so LOW in the WI that we have to settle for a Captain that has an average less than 20.00 in all formats of the game, come on man. WI need a new leader for the test team, Sammy is not a wicket taking bowler and he cannot bat, can't bowl & bat well so what kinda allrounder is he really. If this 2 x4 WI board continue to pick this man who has shown that his personal contribution is really starting to affect the team the WI board members should all resign. At the end of the 2nd day I can safely say that the game is over in favour of the Indians, there is no way in trying to deny it WI cannot last a full day on that wicket batting last. 250 lead again is more than enough for India to defend, Sammy again guilty of dropping a sitter in slips of Dravid you better pray eh doesn't score a 100. Game over!

  • on June 22, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    well done india..dravid rocks again..

  • Umamahesh_Srigiriraju on June 22, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    I have to admit that these two innings of Dravid are no match to the all time best innings that he unfurled on the minefield in 2006, but the man is just so tenacious and wow, I'm blown off my feet yet again while watching his technique very closely in this match. I watched his twin 2006 innings and was spell bound at that time. The man's technique is almost the same even now in 2011. Unbelievable. It's a shame that I missed many of Dravid's innings when he was at his prime. I can't help but wonder how impeccable his technique must have been in those days if this is what he is still capable of. Hats off to The Wall barring that indisciplined push and chance that he gave to Sammy. Can India or for that matter any country produce just one player like Dravid in the future so that followers like me can continue to watch cricket, test cricket in particular, once this unbelievable batsman decides to retire? Thank you Dravid for deciding to take batting as your profession.

  • on June 22, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Wel done Abinav Mukund...