West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 1st day July 6, 2011

Indian seamers make inroads on rain-marred day


West Indies 75 for 3 (Bravo 22*, Chanderpaul 17*, Ishant 2-23) v India
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Steady rain blighted a promising start under clear skies and bright sunshine in the first ever Test in Dominica - the 106th Test venue - to reduce the opening day to just 31.1 overs. In that time, India made good use of their only opportunity to bowl first this series, removing three top-order batsmen on a good batting track. India's decision to bowl was prompted by the moisture in the pitch, but it didn't play a significant role; instead the seamers were persistent against the inexperienced batting that included two debutants. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo then added 40 runs in a rebuilding effort before the rain swooped in.

This is a landmark Test in several ways other than the ground's debut: Chanderpaul became the most-capped West Indies Test cricketer, overtaking Courtney Walsh, and he fittingly handed out the maroon caps to his two debutant team-mates, Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards.

There was wobbly swing for Praveen Kumar early on and, barring a couple of misdirected balls down the leg side, he set about working at the openers outside off stump. Powell left the ball well, and solidly kept out the odd ones that nipped back in. A tall opener from Leeward Islands with a sound defence, Powell went along patiently but couldn't resist stabbing at Praveen, who teased him into edging an inducker to second slip.

Barath had negotiated the deliveries bowled in the channel but offered hope to the bowlers with his constant shuffles towards off stump. Ishant had bowled a couple of shortish deliveries at Barath and, following a change of ends in the 13th over continued hitting that length. Barath hooked a bouncer, played at the next one down the leg side and saw it clip his thigh pad, and then opted to attack again when Ishant delivered a third consecutive short ball. He walked across to swivel and pull one behind square, only to drag it off his glove and on to the stumps.

Ishant hit the deck and the bat hard, aiming at Bravo's ribs and then inducing him to cut uppishly past an absent gully. But he had some support from the other end in dismissing Kirk Edwards. Munaf Patel, playing his first Test since April 2009, had put Edwards in some discomfort with a series of short balls. When Edwards faced up to Ishant in the 17th over, he attempted to hook a bouncer that didn't quite deserve it and was adjudged caught-behind, though replays indicated the ball had deflected off the helmet. Edwards indicated to the umpire he'd been struck on the helmet, potentially warranting some attention from the match referee, before leaving the field.

That brought in Chanderpaul to big cheers from the small crowd and he settled in, for the umpteenth time, to the assignment of stabilising a wobbling innings in his 133rd Test.

India - who bowled at a much improved over-rate, with their captain facing a one-Test ban if it slipped again - turned to spin before lunch and Harbhajan Singh, just two wickets away from 400 in Tests, extracted decent bounce in his very first over. But barring a top-edged sweep that fell safe, Chanderpaul, along with Bravo, defended well and rotated the strike. The pair picked a boundary each with delicious drives off Praveen after lunch and looked to be setting a platform for recovery when the skies opened up as they had long threatened.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • aravamuthan on July 9, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    @cricketadmirer - I can never be against Kohli. There can be no doubt that he is a star for the future and has to be nurtured. He is just 23 & it's not going to be the end of road for him. But it is not so in the case of Badri who is 31. He did not take any shortcuts and has toiled for years in the field. He was never given the comforts which players like Raina/Kohli/Vijay were extended. His performance in 3 ODIs were held against him whereas his performance in the longer format has never been recognised. As far as Vijay is concerned, he is awfully out of form and he has to sort out his foot work. As far as chances are concerned, you should not carry some people on your shoulders and trample others under your foot. You should not pick and chose.

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2011, 16:23 GMT


  • CRICKET on July 7, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    @aravabalaji - why u behind kohli, atleast he has performed in odi, why are you not behind VIJAY... axing a tn player for tn player is not good right ......

  • kumar on July 7, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    How about introducing "Rain Cricket"? This rain is spoiling the complete game. Better we introduce cricket playing in rain also so that no one will be disappointed.

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Badrinath should have been included in place of Murali Vijay whose batting style will not suit for Test Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Forget cricket until the rainy season ends.

  • Amit on July 7, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    The fact that the wicket does not appear to offer as much assistance to the bowlers as the ones in previous two Tests, could make the life little easy for M. Vijay. That, however, proves the point that he is not good enough to open on pitches that offer swing and bounce. Had he been selected on England tour, he would be a sitting duck against the English attack. The only problem with his inclusion in the playing eleven for the test is that he could score some runs on the pitch that does not offer much assistance to bowlers and that could be an excuse to include him in the England touring party at the first opportunity.

  • Althea on July 7, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Another thing we all know that West Indies at home season always ends June month end, or should end June month end, mainly because the rainy and hurricane season start. So why do we have a test match going on all now,No wonder mother nature decided to step in.... ohhh yea I forget, IPL, WELL THE IPL TAKE PRECEDENT TO ALL OTHER FIXTURES AND SCHEDULE...

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Lets take the positives from these Series.

    - Win/Tie Series in West Indies without players like Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer - Ishant coming back to his best - pace and bounce - Raina coming good with few good knocks - Good Performance by Praveen - Good test of reality for Virat and Mukund - future prospects - Good practice before the England Series

    I believe this has been good Series for India.

    Wish the team very best for England.


  • Anup on July 7, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    I find it amazing, really. Apparently, except for the selectors every one else knows which player should play in which position! Badrinath is quite young and so is Partheev Patel. They will get more opportunities particularly with the busy schedule ahead. I therefore see no reason why we are talking about their non selection. Instead let us give all support and encouragement to the playing eleven.

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