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

A fire-and-ice moment, and a clanger

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the first Test between West Indies and India
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The misfortune of the day

After waiting for long to get a chance to play Test cricket, Praveen Kumar nearly hit the jackpot in his first game. He grabbed three wickets to go through the West Indian middle order and a five-for on debut beckoned when his feet crushed his dream. He ran three times onto the danger area and that was it. No more bowling in the first innings. He stood there, almost dazed by the events. MS Dhoni who walked across to keep from the other end had to wave him away to his fielding spot. It wasn't long before Praveen disappeared into the dressing room.

The fire-and-ice moment of the day

Ishant Sharma was stirred by the sight of Fidel Edwards coming out with the bat. He glared hard, Edwards looked back and at one point Ishant fired across a bouncer. Edwards ducked and by the time he looked up Ishant was staring down at him. The next ball was a full delivery and though it was the oldest set up in the world, Edwards couldn't hold himself back. He had a wild swing and the ball rushed past the stumps. Ishant held his head in agony.

The clanger of the day

Sammy leads West Indies in Jamaica while the island's biggest draw, Chris Gayle, remains out of the team. Under normal circumstances Sammy would probably not get too many dinner offers at Kingston, and things turned dire when he dropped Rahul Dravid. It came straight at him at second slip but he grassed a sitter. The sparse crowd stomped their feet in anger.

The soft dismissal of the day

VVS Laxman failed in the first innings, but today he failed to even open his account. He leaned forward to a seemingly harmless length delivery and hit it straight back to the bowler Sammy, who couldn't stop smiling. As ever, Laxman stood there for a while before he broke out of his reverie and walked back.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • gottalovetheraindance on June 22, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @ gudolerhum Respect goes where respect comes from. & it is not gifted Respect is earned .

  • Harshtmm on June 22, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    @Lala_Amernath , you are kidding right. I can understand and agree Dhoni has no technique. But you must be joking when you said Lakshman has no technique, or probably don't know what technique is.

  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Virat Kohli is a really talented batsman but see how does the test deputant plays it .the maturity sachin shown in and off the field, kohli need to learn all this from sachin then u will also perform like the master blaster. for me you look like next raising star in Indian team long time to go. please understand kholi perform consistently.

  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    For sometime, I did not even know who was Darren Sammy. Compared to Chanderpaul/Sarwan/Gayle....I dont remember any noteworthy performance by this guy. Looks like selectors exhausted every one else and just wanted to try some one for name sake as captain.

  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Been watching this game with great interest so far. India looked in trouble on the first day but I always had the feeling that Windies would be unable to follow up their great start and that has proved to be the case. I think people should lay off Sammy's case; I agree he might not be up to standard with his abilities on the field but as a captain I think he's been doing just fine. West Indies have been bowling and fielding well during the last few series, it's their batting that is letting them down big time. As a club captain in the past I know that sometimes it can be hard to control how ur own batsmen play; no matter how hard you try to tell them to dig in they will sometimes still play silly shots. I can imagine this becomes even harder when, like Sammy, you are not a batsman and can't take matter into ur own hands so easily. I think Windies need to reconcile with Gayle, and get Dwayne Bravo and Taylor back involved. If they can get their batting sorted then they've got potential.

  • KALPANA. on June 22, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    I LIKE THIS TYPE OF TEST CRICKET. THE PITCH SHOULD BE REALLY TOUGH SO THAT ONLY ''REAL'' BATSMEN CAN SCORE AND THE NEW GUYS CAN LEARN TO BAT FROM THOSE PITCHES. I WISH BEST OF LUCK TO WEST INDIES FOR THE SERIES. AND I MISS SEHWAG AND GAYLE HERE. BOTH WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE RUN RATE AND THE MATCH'S OUTCOME COMPLETELY. DARREN SAMMY IS A GOOD GUY, HE NEEDS TO ADD ZAHEER KHAN TYPE VARIATIONS TO HIS BOWLING, ONLY THEN HE WOULD DESERVE A PLACE IN THE TEAM.

  • Lala_Amarnath on June 22, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    A stern reminder for the likes of Dhoni, VVSL: There is no substitute for technique and just plain old solid practice. Can't just stroll by and expect the ball to come onto the bat. And Raina : Absolutely no cross bat.

  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    vijay has got many chances...but he failed..he need patience to play test cricket..so parthiv patel shld be opening for next test match, becoz he played one day series and knows better to play the bowlers..and first test is evenly poised...

  • chandau on June 22, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    I said it before as a Sri Lankan Fan of WI: Sammy will never play for SL if he was here. Just like Dimitri M who played for England (and he is Sri Lankan) Sammy is not a world class player. Being committed and wanting to play is one thing; having the talent to mix with the best is another. Just to think this is an India A+ team (becoz at least 5 regulars are missing - Shewag, Ghambir, Sachin, Zaherr, Srishant) and WI cant score over 200!!! my team barring injuries. Gayle, Barath, Bravo/Symmons, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Bravo/Samuels, Baugh, Russell, Taylor/Rampaul, Edwards/Roach, Bishoo. depending on the conditions i will vary my bowling combination going with out n out pace or pace + swing and slow balls :) Chanders is my skippy and Bishoo his deputy :) Even if he has no experience spinners have a plenty to tell and do believe me peeps. Gayle, Barath, Bravo, Sars, Chanders, Samuels, Baugh, Russel, Edwards, Roach, Bishoo the playing XI.

  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    yeah i would like to say this to straighthit who commented earlier tht this one was a dissapointment , tht one should bat at 7 or 8 , tht one lacked confidence, pls bro stop making comments after one match , i know we as cricket fans love to get totally emotional with the game but give them a chnce, vijay got out to an unplayable delivery it was unfortunate, and dravid didn't exude confidence but he survived didn't he ?? tht's important now if he adds more valuable runs today tht would set india up very well, and did u see the wi bowling attack , yes they ain't tht lethal but the pitch's assisting some gud bounce and if u bowl in the right areas it does trouble the batsmen, which is exactly wht some of the wi pacers r doin, it's not an easy pitch neither a very tough pitch to bat on but it's challenging....

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