West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, 2nd day June 29, 2011

'Plenty of work ahead' - Gibson

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, has described the ongoing stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels as "a crucial partnership" during the rain-affected Test in Barbados. Only 25.3 overs were bowled on the second day, but that was enough for the hosts to lost two wickets, and they finished up trailing by 103 runs.

Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 20 and Samuels had 21, and the pair had built an encouraging 41-run partnership when play was abandoned. There should still be plenty of time for a result, after India failed to bat out the opening day and reached 20. Gibson said that with West Indies at 98 for 5, there was a lot of work ahead for Samuels and Chanderpaul.

"We are looking forward to the third day," Gibson said. "The second day was badly rain-interrupted and that is history. The pair at the crease has done a good job for us so far and there is plenty ahead of them. We know what Chanderpaul can do and he has showed a lot of application in his innings so far.

"Marlon is now coming back into the team and he has looked good so far. He is really looking forward to this opportunity in this Test and hopefully he will continue to show the fighting skills he has demonstrated. He came in at a crucial time and has played well so far. We expect him to continue. This is a crucial partnership as there is still a lot of cricket left in the match."

Although West Indies need more from their batsmen, their bowled did well on the first day to keep India's total down after Darren Sammy sent the visitors in. Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo and Fidel Edwards each picked up three wickets, and Gibson said it was pleasing to see the attack working so well.

"The bowlers again did their job very well and they deserve the praise. It is good to see them putting in the hard work and getting the rewards."

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  • Nick on June 30, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    It would be unfortunate for this to end due to rain. Bowling India out for 201 is probably our best chance to get a favourable result. Our biggest problem right now seems to be we lack a player that can score a ton. If any of our players, and not necessarily the same one, could give us a good knock get would be winning this series.

    Rain, rain go away.

  • wilam on June 30, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Then i guess we should just forget about the DRS altogether

  • Steve on June 30, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    For the match to be competitive from this point on, WI must try to get a lead of around 100 by the end of 3rd day, which I think is quite possible. With both top and late middle order not firing, Ind would be under pressure to save the Test.

  • Mike on June 30, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Now Gayle is going to Sri Lanka so I don't think he will be available for third test. Good work WICB !!! Can you now fire yourself? What will you do after India whips us? Need resignation of the board. selection committee and all coaching staff!! And by the way who is responsible for the selection of chairman and board members?

  • S.Selvamurugan on June 30, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Peoples told that its indias third string . what happened to indias front line players like gambhir,zaheer,sachin,yuvraj,sehwag.they are not in squad because they gave priority to IPL than indian team. then how can we say its third string.after succesful WC if they want rest its better to skip IPL than International Series.

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Once the TV replay showing Dhoni's dismissal was shown, it seemed like Edwards' foot wasn't behind the line. This was the initial replay showing the dismissal, not the one which was used to determine the legitimacy of the delivery.

  • Kamal on June 30, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Agreed dragline. Gibson has down well with the team in the bowling aspect. However WI need to improve their batting alot. The bowlers are providing the opportunities for the team to win the matches, but the batsmen ain't delivering. Gayle needs to comeback to open with Barath, good idea for simmons to bat lower down. we need a keeper who can bat and make a good contribution as well. When Chanderpaul retires, who will replace him? I don't see any batsman being able to fill Chanderpaul shoes at present. WI can win this match, and it all depends on Samuels and Chanderpaul. A lead of 75 or more can put pressure on India. If this happens, WI should be chasing not more than 160 for victory in 2nd innings. We need Chanderpaul or Sameuls to score a hundred. GO WI

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Pankaj, I am not sure whether you are saying that this Inidan team will be able to survive the four tests let alone win them. Without Sachin, Zaheer, Sehwag and Gambhir, India will lse 4-0

  • Roopan on June 30, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    This coach:"We know what Chanderpaul can do and he has showed a lot of application in his innings so far." So why the WICB and Otis is telling this guy how to bat ?

  • atul on June 30, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    is it true?

    The controversy over poor umpiring in the ongoing Test series between India and the West Indies has taken a new twist as it has now emerged that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given out off a no ball on the first day of the second match here. In what could erupt into a major controversy, the television replays ordered to check if Fidel Edwards had no-balled didn't show that particular ball, instead some other legitimate delivery was shown to give Dhoni out.

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