West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, 3rd day June 22, 2011

Barath falls for the trap

Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between India and West Indies at Sabina Park

The conversation of the day
Rahul Dravid was on 95. Fifteen years ago, to the date, he was out on the same score on debut. Amit Mishra, who had given him admirable support, suddenly went for a big slog against Ravi Rampaul and failed to connect. Dravid rushed down the track for a chat. A couple of overs later, Dravid, on 97, went for a hook and the ball climbed over the blade. This time Mishra came down the track for a chat. Wonder what he said.

Frenetic action of the day
Ishant Sharma troubled Adrian Barath in the first innings with the bounce he extracted from short of a length. Barath decided to counterattack in the second innings. He pulled a bouncer over long-leg, square drove over gully and top-edged a hook over the fine-leg boundary.

Adrenaline rush of the day
Barath had just edged a delivery from Praveen Kumar through the unmanned third slip region. A ball later, MS Dhoni moved a man in there. Surely, Barath was not going to fall for it? Wrong. He did. He chased a slightly wider delivery and flashed it to third slip where Suresh Raina held a good catch.

Deja-vu feeling of the day
Praveen was warned thrice for running on the danger area and couldn't bowl any more in the first innings. "It's good that it happened in the first innings of my first Test," Praveen said at the end of the second day. He did it again on the third day. Again, it was the same umpire Ian Gould who caught his transgression and gave him the first warning. Two strikes to go.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on June 23, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Adrian Bharat has striking resemblance in size, style, demenour , body language and the ilk to strike as Paul Valthaty of Rajasthan Royals. Both are daring to strikeat any bowler to disorient and confuse Adrain is good candiate for IPL.

    Andre, Darren, Ravi , Adrian, Bishoo,Edwards are all potential candiates for IPL. We must have more of WIs in IPL. Bravo, Pollard are past shelf life. Of course Chris Gayle reigns supreme. There can be no IPL and WI withouthim.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on June 23, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Barath reminded everyone of the missing Tendulkar. His sixes of Ishant gave the message that as soon as formidable batsmen are around he is going to have some tough time. Bishoo will also miss tendulkar looking at his high profile scalps in both the innings. Harbhajan smothered his charge otherwise this was a 10-for for him. It is quiet contrast to Kohli who left lot to be desired in both the innings.

  • K.A.K on June 23, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    It will be very interesting 4th day today. A few good partnerships will make the match more interesting.

  • dummy4fb on June 23, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Imagine how much easier it would have been but for Sammy dropping Dravid...

  • CricketChat on June 23, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    With Shiv and Nash holding up one end and Bravo moving the scorecard at good clip, WI are in with a realistic chance here. Just hope they can retain the focus and intensity they showed yesterday afternoon. It would set up for an interesting Test series if WI win today and Gayle joins them from 2nd Test onwards.

  • Sarlana on June 23, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    I am an indian FAN but expecting today match to be WI win. It should be an warning to indian selectors to select Final Xl to be best from india.

    And also by watching the currnt form in tests, why india is continuing MS dhoni I dont understand.

  • dummy4fb on June 23, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Bharath is good batsman. however, what is required at the higjest level of the game in addition to skill is an intellect that is stong. The kind of intellect that allows you to make good judgements based on levelheadedness. Only then will he make the transition.

  • dummy4fb on June 23, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Yocasi - The Windies can only dream of winning.. They've been in such situations many many times in the past and gone on to lose (with the exception of certain matches where Lara turned the game single handedly).

  • dummy4fb on June 23, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    At one pt I though Barath was trying to impress some IPL manager. However his knock can prove important to WI cause. He and Simmons gave us the right start. OUR RR is now 3.89. It will be hard to maintain that. BUT at 3.25 we can win by lunch. Bravo has to stay. If we go into a shell they will kill us. It is about batting for 60 overs.Shiv knows how to do that well. SAMMY has to give us some runs(30-40) or he is dead meat.

  • yocasi on June 23, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    So good to see Windies fight, despite occasional slip-ups. Biggest problem is that the batsmen who are supposed to put the most bread on the table, rarely get more than 30- 40 runs. Sarwan and Chanders need to lead the batting with more runs, more consistently. If we don't lose more than 2 wickets before lunch, we'll win the match.

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