West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Barbados, 4th day June 28, 2011

Bumper-wars and a long, long wait

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the second Test between West Indies and India in Bridgetown

The wait of the day
Rahul Dravid worked the ball uppishly towards midwicket where Adrian Barath flung himself forward. Barath claimed the catch, Dravid stood his ground and the umpires went upstairs. The television replays were inconclusive. The third umpire deliberated. The clock ticked by. The on-field umpires got into a huddle. The clock ticked by. More replays were shown and finally the decision went in favour of Dravid. According to the scorer, play was held up for seven minutes. It felt like a lifetime.

The bumper-war of the day - II
Fidel Edwards like to use the bouncer. Abhinav Mukund was dismissed by a lifter in the first innings and it was no surprise when Edwards decided to go after him again. One delivery reared up sharply and Mukund took his eyes off the ball and got whacked on the helmet. He negotiated the next delivery and eyeballed the bowler in almost theatrical fashion. Edwards had the last laugh, though, when he eventually got one to climb more and kiss Mukund's right glove.

The near run-out of the day
Every now and then, Rahul Dravid makes a really bad judgement over a run. Today, he patted a delivery to the right of backward point and called VVS Laxman for a single. Halfway down the track, he realised he had made a poor call. Three-quarters down the length of the pitch, he gave up. The ball flew past him and missed the stumps. Dravid may have survived, but he slammed his bat on the turf couple of times in disgust.

The bumper-war of the day - II
It was the inevitable battle between Edwards and Virat Kohli. Edwards bounced, Kohli hopped. Edwards bounced, Kohli fended off edges just clear of short-leg. Edwards bounced and Kohli, perhaps tired of jumping around, lashed a pull that cleared midwicket. Edwards could only bowl three more deliveries at Kohli before he was taken off the attack.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    murali vijay is there becoz of selectors.... ( krish srikanth)... he is good enough for gali cricket.... i assume he wouldnt be able to handle bowlers from haryana......when was the last time he hit 100 or 50... india is playing with 10 players in the team.... n 11th is playing from west indies side

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    sehwag made 8 off 42 balls in capetown and finally got out. People like shiv1011 must realize that there are times when free flowing runs are almost impossible. well how about checking out the fastest strike rate in the match. Will dhoni tell his team mates to not score runs?? anybody will try to score fast but it is not always possible. If people say India did not go for chase against south africa as a reason for dhoni being defensive. I say gramme smith not declaring till all his batsman got out is defensive. the negative line bowling that south african bowlers bowled in the match is defensive.people will always pad you out when you have given up hope of winning and bowl a negative line. If you recall match against new zealand!! even in that match india was half drown and harbhajan had to help them out. they were in no position to be agressive. how many times did aus declare and give the opposition to chase 300??

  • Nish on July 2, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    The way some of our youngsters have struggled in these WI-India Test matches - the same ones who shine in T20 & 50 over cricket - & their battles with the opposing strike bowlers shows how different as well as exciting Test cricket really is! With this tough & torrid baptism these young un's are getting, I am sure they too now really appreciate what the Dravids, VVS, Tendulkars etc have achieved in Test cricket. Puts things into perpective too - long may our stalwarts continue, entertain us with their talents & prolong the team success!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Both Vijay abd Abhinav have some shortcomings, but abhinav doesn't bother to look ugly and shows character when compared to Vijay, Wonder how Dravid and Laxman learnt to deal with these bouncy tracks coming from India where the ball doesn't raise over your knee length.

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Actually Vijay should play county cricket. There was a period when Zaheer was completely forgotten. He played a lot of county cricket, did well. And today he is our Star Bowler...

  • Chandresh on July 2, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    SRT, RD, Viru, Dada, VVS - they all made debut in the most trying conditions abroad and still excelled. They are all True Class while Vijay, Mukund and the rest have ways to go before even considered for the test team. And this WI attack is nothing like Steyn and Morkel. It is also missing Roach.

  • Akhilesh on July 2, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    IPL has ruined Murali vijay who, to me, seemed good batsman for tests. But IPL has brought in him less patience more arrogance and thus technical stability has gone. I hope gets the message now and work on these areas... And yes we need Dravid and Laxman ( and for that reason Tendulkar) until they think its time.

  • North on July 2, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Im so dissapointed with India's innings today. Turned off the TV, turned off cricinfo, turned off everything. Absolutely defensive, so typical of India of 90's where a draw was considered as a win. I think they are so concerned about their ranking that they do not want to take any chance of loosing hence going for a draw instead of a win. Im a big fan of Dhoni but he is too defensive and needs to be more aggressive. Dont want to sound too critical but with this attitude we might be No1 but will never be a dominant team like the Aussies. Hope Dravid reads this and realizes that its ok to play a few shots sometimes.

  • Srinivas on July 2, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    It might sound harsh but Murali Vijay should go back to domestics. IPL didn't help him one bit I guess. He can still continue to muscle his way through in IPL and other easy assignments. Mukund played decent cricket though not so convincing. But he seems to be a quick learner and positive. Thanks to VVS and Dravid, we are still in the match. Wonder who are those youngsters that Dravid and VVS are blocking. Youngsters?? Geez, who is stopping them?

  • Kairavan on July 2, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Bye Bye Murali Vijay & all the best for you IPL & domestic career. Welcome on-board Abhinav Mukund.

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