West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 3rd day July 8, 2011

India take charge on rainless day

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India 308 for 6 (Dhoni 65*, Mukund 62, Laxman 56, Raina 50) lead West Indies 204 by 104 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica staged its first full day of Test cricket on which India consolidated their position of strength, though after going through a couple of worrying phases against a depleted West Indies attack missing the services of Ravi Rampaul due to a viral infection. Abhinav Mukund and VVS Laxman overcame the pressure inflicted by a fiery opening spell from Fidel Edwards and Darren Sammy to build a platform for a substantial lead, and Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni ensured India stayed on track after a couple of freak dismissals that included some slick wicketkeeping from Carlton Baugh threatened to undermine the hard work.

The weakened hosts would have known they were in for a long ordeal, but they made it difficult for India with an early double-strike. Edwards was dangerous with late swing, nearly yorking M Vijay in his first over of the day and dislodging him off his first ball of the second. He should have had Rahul Dravid, having deceived him twice with his late away movement, but Darren Sammy surprised Dravid with one that nipped back in to bowl him through the gate. Lots of patience and solidity was the need of the hour and Mukund and Laxman showed that to prop up India.

It took some resolve to recover from 18 for 2. Abhinav showed excellent concentration and grafted his way to a maiden half-century that justified his selection for the tour of England. He used his feet well against the variations in length and when Edwards tried to ruffle him with some short balls, he was adept at handling them, moving back and tapping them down with soft hands. Opportunities weren't wasted either, as he dispatched Devendra Bishoo's full toss and cracked Edwards behind square leg and past point for successive boundaries. Hopes of a century were cut short when he offered a bat-pad chance off Bishoo, playing a shot that fetched him a fair number of runs today - the whip through square leg.

Laxman took 16 deliveries to get off the mark as the early part of his innings was spent seeing off the fast bowlers. On a big ground and a slow outfield, he rotated the strike well, picking up the pace when Bishoo was introduced into the attack. Boundaries were long, so he picked off singles and twos, playing the ball late, preferring the areas past point and down the ground as the field spread out. Bishoo didn't give too much air but when he did, Laxman caressed him through extra cover. When Bishoo dragged it short, Laxman brought up his half-century pulling him over midwicket. He looked good to build on with Virat Kohli, who had progressed to 30, and Sammy sticking to a leg-stump line on a track robbed of its early assistance.

At 168 for 3, West Indies were beginning to look deflated but an opening wasn't far away. They struck against the run of play when Kohli was caught expertly down the leg side by Baugh. What's more, even though the appeal was for a catch, his foot was found to be in the air when Baugh instinctively took off the bails. But nothing could better what followed.

Bowlers can't get more innocuous than Shivnarine Chanderpaul and that was evident when he - handed the ball after Sammy was short of options - lobbed some amiable deliveries so far outside off that Laxman didn't bother chasing them. However, they proved deceptively threatening, even though Chanderpaul - who was bowling for the first time since 2007 - would not have planned them to be. In one of the more bizarre dismissals in Tests, Laxman, having left another of those shockers alone, casually lifted his back leg a touch; Baugh took off the bails at that instant. Laxman is known for his shell-shocked expressions when dismissed - Chennai 2001, Rawalpindi 2004, spring to mind - and this one was right alongside them as he was sent back looking dumbfounded against the unlikeliest of wicket-takers.

West Indies had clawed back to make it 172 for 5. With scores of 0, 15, 2 and 5 in this series, Dhoni was under pressure but against spin, in the company of a fluent Raina and the field spread out, he stepped up to revive India. Boundaries weren't necessary as the pair ran well, working the gaps, nudging and dabbing away with Bishoo and Chanderpaul bowling extended spells.

The West Indies seamers were not at their optimum fitness: Sammy was frequently seen holding his calf muscle while Edwards got some work done on his thigh. That made it easier for India, and Dhoni and Raina took full toll of the opportunities they got. Singles were converted to twos, Raina pulled and drove Bishoo for boundaries to break a long drought while Dhoni cashed in against Edwards towards the end of the day, smacking him through square leg before launching him over mid-off. In the interim, Edwards managed to trap Raina in front off the second new ball but only after the pair had put on a century stand and Raina had notched up his third fifty of the series, helping set up a potentially decisive lead, weather permitting.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 9, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    So now Indian Blues on high....

  • on July 9, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Brilliant, brilliant Fidel Edwards ! That's now 18 wickets in the series so far . This guy is going to be Windies spearhead for a few years as long as he keeps fit. It is so good to see such a good comeback to test cricket for him. Now the batsmen must show the kind of grit that the whole team showed yesterday when they were a bowler short. And come on Shiv, show them that you are not nearly finished with test cricket yet. Remember Boycott. He played his last test when he was 40 ! So Shiv you're just a kid in comparison.

  • on July 9, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    ICC should consult meteorological dept. before scheduling any series. It's just a waste of money and time for everybody involved.

  • samya1980 on July 9, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    i used to be always no 1 in my school race not because i was usaine bolt of my school but others were like bolt's 90 years old grandpa. india's no 1 title is justified in todays scenario but can this indian team beat the MAN of 70s consisting lloyed, richards, hall etc or the MATES of late 90s.(wagha bros,warn, mcgrath etc). were those west indian or australian teams no1 because they didnt have any competitors(like i hadnt any in my school days.. haha) or they were the superior???i used to be always no 1 in my school race not because i was usaine bolt of my school but others were like bolt's 90 years old grandpa. india's no 1 title is justified in todays scenario but can this indian team beat the MAN of 70s consisting lloyed, richards, hall etc or the MATES of late 90s.(wagha bros,warn, mcgrath etc). were those west indian or australian teams no1 because they didnt have any competitors(like i hadnt any in my school days.. haha) or they were the superior???

  • on July 9, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    As a WI fan I can't help admiring MS. Some will call him intelligent, others opportunist. I like intelligent. With meagre returns thru out the series the guy decides to come good against a very weaken WI attack. Our strike bowler is ill, and Shiv is bowling.I love that. Its called taking yr chances when they come, and why not.

  • on July 9, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Does any1 know why rampaul codunt bowl?

  • CricketChat on July 9, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Vijay seems to have completely lost his confidence the way he played. Mukund certainly has better temperament for tests. Overall, a good batting display by Ind. If they can make another 50 today, WI will be under pressure even though I expect they will play positively to win this test and draw series. 1-0 or 2-0 means the same, no point in trying to draw this test for WI.

  • on July 9, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Why wasnt Marlon Samuels bowling there? He have quite a decent first class record and has bowled well in ODIs when he last played few years ago.

  • Tamil_SL on July 9, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Those Complaing about India being no.1 should understand that it means that other teams are worse than India and that's why India is no. 1 or India is better than the other test teams. It's relative ranking and not absolute. SA failed to beat Pak in test series (played on neutral ground) and Eng won 1-0 against SL at home without Malinga and unfit Dilshan. I am looking forward to SL vs AU (our home series).

  • gopakumar85 on July 9, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    well today will be a deciding day of the match Dhoni will have to up the anti and accelerate the scoring rate today get the score past 500 by the tea time and ask the west indies to bat the last 1hr that could effect a result in indias favour or else it will be again a tame draw.only way india can win the match now is win it by an innings so i hope dhoni should push for that. in the above comments i read someone reffering to the england series. honestly i recently read and article in times of india were former english bowler now a comentator darren gough saying that "england can beat india 7 days a week". quite honelty the way ishant sharma and praveen kumar is swing the ball in dead pitches in west indies the matches in windy english conditions will barely last 2weeks with all the 4 test matches which is going to take place. i wont be surprised if ishant praveen and zaheer wreks havoc in the english line up with there pace in swing.it would realy be hardwork for them for sure.

  • on July 9, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    So now Indian Blues on high....

  • on July 9, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Brilliant, brilliant Fidel Edwards ! That's now 18 wickets in the series so far . This guy is going to be Windies spearhead for a few years as long as he keeps fit. It is so good to see such a good comeback to test cricket for him. Now the batsmen must show the kind of grit that the whole team showed yesterday when they were a bowler short. And come on Shiv, show them that you are not nearly finished with test cricket yet. Remember Boycott. He played his last test when he was 40 ! So Shiv you're just a kid in comparison.

  • on July 9, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    ICC should consult meteorological dept. before scheduling any series. It's just a waste of money and time for everybody involved.

  • samya1980 on July 9, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    i used to be always no 1 in my school race not because i was usaine bolt of my school but others were like bolt's 90 years old grandpa. india's no 1 title is justified in todays scenario but can this indian team beat the MAN of 70s consisting lloyed, richards, hall etc or the MATES of late 90s.(wagha bros,warn, mcgrath etc). were those west indian or australian teams no1 because they didnt have any competitors(like i hadnt any in my school days.. haha) or they were the superior???i used to be always no 1 in my school race not because i was usaine bolt of my school but others were like bolt's 90 years old grandpa. india's no 1 title is justified in todays scenario but can this indian team beat the MAN of 70s consisting lloyed, richards, hall etc or the MATES of late 90s.(wagha bros,warn, mcgrath etc). were those west indian or australian teams no1 because they didnt have any competitors(like i hadnt any in my school days.. haha) or they were the superior???

  • on July 9, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    As a WI fan I can't help admiring MS. Some will call him intelligent, others opportunist. I like intelligent. With meagre returns thru out the series the guy decides to come good against a very weaken WI attack. Our strike bowler is ill, and Shiv is bowling.I love that. Its called taking yr chances when they come, and why not.

  • on July 9, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Does any1 know why rampaul codunt bowl?

  • CricketChat on July 9, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Vijay seems to have completely lost his confidence the way he played. Mukund certainly has better temperament for tests. Overall, a good batting display by Ind. If they can make another 50 today, WI will be under pressure even though I expect they will play positively to win this test and draw series. 1-0 or 2-0 means the same, no point in trying to draw this test for WI.

  • on July 9, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Why wasnt Marlon Samuels bowling there? He have quite a decent first class record and has bowled well in ODIs when he last played few years ago.

  • Tamil_SL on July 9, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Those Complaing about India being no.1 should understand that it means that other teams are worse than India and that's why India is no. 1 or India is better than the other test teams. It's relative ranking and not absolute. SA failed to beat Pak in test series (played on neutral ground) and Eng won 1-0 against SL at home without Malinga and unfit Dilshan. I am looking forward to SL vs AU (our home series).

  • gopakumar85 on July 9, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    well today will be a deciding day of the match Dhoni will have to up the anti and accelerate the scoring rate today get the score past 500 by the tea time and ask the west indies to bat the last 1hr that could effect a result in indias favour or else it will be again a tame draw.only way india can win the match now is win it by an innings so i hope dhoni should push for that. in the above comments i read someone reffering to the england series. honestly i recently read and article in times of india were former english bowler now a comentator darren gough saying that "england can beat india 7 days a week". quite honelty the way ishant sharma and praveen kumar is swing the ball in dead pitches in west indies the matches in windy english conditions will barely last 2weeks with all the 4 test matches which is going to take place. i wont be surprised if ishant praveen and zaheer wreks havoc in the english line up with there pace in swing.it would realy be hardwork for them for sure.

  • deepu1469 on July 9, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    @kairava .. i dont think sachin will retire in near future.. sewag to get that pot he need to play 10 more years..

  • HBK656 on July 9, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    india have definitely been excellent over the past 2 years... they almost pulled off a historic series triumph in SA earlier this year but for amla and kallis... they almost won a literal 3 day game at barbados... if ishant can bowl like this in england, i fear he might be more than a handful for the so called prolific top 3 of eng... and remember we have a full strength side playing england... with viru set to come into the team for the 3rd test..... its advantage India!!!

  • vaks on July 9, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    happy to see u lot of people criticizing Indian team...because they r jealous...n one more thing whenever India are being criticized(challenged), they usually come with excellent performances...looking fwd to a GREAT INDIAN WIN in ENG...

  • anurag4u10 on July 9, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @maddy 20 india beat wi in al 3 formats? i used to believe that t20 was won by india and odi margin was also 3 - 2. however in test mtchs i agree dat india outplayed wi despie faulty umpiring

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 9, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    as usual jealous people criticizing india, has become routine now.. but to them, if we are not no 1, then who else?? poms?? whose bowlers can only bowl in swinging conditions ( where ironically any local bowler too can get wicket), but on other surfaces, they are equal to zero. srilanka?? they cant win a test match outside subcontinent, lol.. australia?? they have to find international level playing 11 here onwards..hahaha.. SA?? they have lifetime membership on no. 2 spot, and rest other teams are not even worth mentioning.. so it leaves INDIA, as best current side...having won matches in all conditions, across all surfaces, all over the world... poms and oz will see how good this indian line up is in coming months!!! BEWARE!!!

  • aus_sore_losers on July 9, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    @screamingeagle: best comments mate, hats off.. lol i m laughing, what an answer you have given to our sore losing critics..

  • rohanblue on July 9, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    KAIRAVA yes mukund's batting style is quite like ramesh, bt he has a better footwork.....

  • on July 9, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Whoever says this team can not win against England when it can barely manage to beat West Indies; those people should check the stats and than speak. 2nd Test the game was played over 5 days bt actual ovrs completed were as good as 3.5days of play. So apparently India almost won d game dan. And coming to England, may I ask who are they banking on.. Besides top 3 strauss,cook n trott der middle order aint in form and dier bowlers r vulnerable. And with Sehwag India will trash Englishmen but without him also they shal beat them.. Indian team is no longer team banking on couple of stars.. So all ya so called critics; wait n watch when India proves ya wrong and make ya eat ur words back. Go India Go..

  • on July 9, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    india can probably win dis match....

  • on July 9, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    golden days are just beginning my friends... not being numbered... we are playing without zaheer, mishra, yuvraj, sehwag and gambhir and we are playing like this... not to mention players like rohit sharma, and a few more who are waiting in the sidelines...

  • on July 9, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    lucky to see dravid get out so early .. its better to see an indian score 308/6 .. other than 220/3... now there is great chance of having lead over 180+ and bowl out the windies.. and come victorios

  • india.cricket_lover on July 9, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    i really don't understand why whole of cricketing world is after BCCI , IPL and Indian cricket team..All their players want to play in IPL,earn money and then go back and make wrong statements about Indian Cricket..No one has the courage to accept that at present India is the best side in the world..And they are leading 1-0 in the series,almost won the 2nd test and will win the 3rd test also..n that too w/o six of their regular players.Everyone is hell bent that dravid,tendulkar and laxman are on the verge of retirement.Same things were said about tendulkar a few years back and everyone knows how he slammed his critics by his bat..All these great players have atleast 2 more years to play..So all other cricket nations,just care about the standard of your cricket teams rather than worrying about our Indian Cricket Team...And one final thing , India will beat England in england,and Australia in australia later this year...MARK MY WORDS...

  • BabaKR on July 9, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    It's an absurd dismissal. The ball was dead.VVS is on the back foot; he has left the ball and is preparing to face the next ball. In that process he slightly lifted his back foot. It is ridiculous for the wicket keeper to stump him even as he is preparing to face the next ball. Unfortunate since Laxman was clearly focused and would have definitely scored many more runs. Even after a technical debate if opinions are expressed that the ball was in play, it's unfair for the wicket keeper to have stumped and appealed. The glee and celebration by the West Indians team after getting a positive decision was totally uncalled for.

  • screamingeagle on July 9, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Usual negative comments by small minded people and some who cannot accept India winning regularly. First it was India does not win abroad, then it was India does not win convincingly, now it is India is not a patch on the old WI or Aus side. Well, the point is, if Inaia as the No.1 side is not a patch on those old teams, then where does the Aus/Eng/WI etc teams stand now? :P On par with the club teams of the 70s perhaps? Quit moaning and appreciate what you see.

  • sweetspot on July 9, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    I remember a Pakistani fan's card when Misbah was playing against India, after the first World T20. By then, Misbah had racked up some unusual ways of getting out and the card said, "Misbah, please show us new style of out"! In all fairness, I think it was right of Baugh to take the opportunity to get Laxman out, freakish or not. I don't hold it against the spirit of the game at all. These things keep the game interesting. Now, the man I am beginning to notice more and more is Raina. Quietly he has racked up 3 fifties and all of them crucial ones. This is a little champion in the making, by the look of it. Dhoni and Raina together is a known combination now. They run like hares even if boundaries do not come.

  • shabbir on July 9, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Mukund gained where Murali losses, Murali had very great temperament for test but he lost it after that impressive century in IPL. Since then his style of batting has changed and is now not fit for test. He should correct it, stop playing across the line and specially towards mid wicket.

  • devagupta on July 9, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    match drawn india won series 1-0...

    another series win in MSD pocket..he is unstoppable now

  • jo_cricfan on July 9, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    @Rohit Singh Gautam This is just the start of Golden days for Indian cricket... Sachin and Co still have a minimum of 2 years of play left in them... And from there the youngsters will take on...

  • on July 9, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    i hav seen one more f dis freeky dismissal... its pakistan vs australia.. inzamam was very well set.... inzamam pulled the ball and the ball went for a six but after pulling the ball for a six his bat hit the bails and he was ruled out..

  • Blue_Whales_XI on July 9, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Although I admire Baugh's spontanity, When Laxman was not offering a shot, he cannot take a run but can be stumped. Is it not unethical by west indies to appeal for it.

  • KAIRAVA on July 9, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund's batting stance resembles that of fellow TN batsman Sadagoppan Ramesh. But his footwork is more prominent than Ramesh's (he hardly had any footwork) and his tenacity & strokeplay matches that of Gautam Gambhir's. Plus he is also a good runner between the wickets. I guess, India has unearthed a highly talented opener on this tour, who will eventually replace Virender Sehwag in the long run. Sehwag, had told earlier that he always wanted to bat in the middle order & his dream will be fulfilled when Tendulkar retires & Sehwag takes his place in the batting order.

  • on July 9, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    The pace and bounce in West Indian pitches should give India some much needed batting practice on bowler friendly tracks. I think the timing of this tour, and the presence of Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul really helped India get into the right mindset for the English tour. Men in blue, go show them what you are capable of!

  • on July 9, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    dhoni knows really well when to deliver..he saves his best for the last...remember the WC final? :) .. laxman's dismissal was unethical n against the spirit of the game .. but again that added to the drama n made the match more interesting..so no grudges baugh..:P..india will definitely if rain god permits..but WI captain also deserves some applause..so committed so positive..i wish he had a more talented team to lead..

  • Horn.OK.Please on July 9, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Kudos to Baugh for effecting that stumping but to be fair to the batsmen, I think the rules need to be changed so that the rule is only applied if the batsman makes a move outside the crease and then attempts to get in - this should be done for both stumpings and runouts.

    I think it's extremely unfair that batsman who have already made their stride inside or just shuffling the balance of their leg while inside the crease are given out. To give an instance of how the present rule can be abused, we know that there are dozens of such well-left deliveries in a day of cricket. If the wicketkeeper keeps blindly hitting the stumps each one of them, he will ultimatly succeed in coinciding the stumping with the moment the batsman is shifting the weight on his legs at least once and that can be given out. Dont you think that's a little unfair?

  • Manoj1234 on July 9, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    This dismissal just shows the cheapness of the WI wicketkeeper and the WI side , the way they were celebrating. Low quality side this WI is. And it shows. They are getting clobbered by a 2nd string Indian side. even with rain stoppages. Manoj

  • on July 9, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @Rohit Singh Gautam- Dream on dude, THE GOLDEN DAYS OF INDIAN CRICKET TEAM ARE NUMBERED????????????? Its just the start my frnd

  • sreesam on July 9, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Good performance by the Indian team!! Contrary to Windies fans chest beating a few weeks ago as to how their bowlers are going to decimate India, India is the first team to score 300 runs!! And Ishant has proven to be far effective bowler than the over-rated Windies bowlers!!

  • on July 9, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Mukund will go a long way... he's got the right technique

  • Seven on July 9, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    It should have been a dead ball. A stumping makes sense if the bowler succeeds in luring the batsman out or making him lose balance. Laxman had let it go, did not lose balance or fall over, and showed no intention of starting off for a run, since he watched the keeper collect the ball. Yes, Baugh was alert, but it does him and West Indies no credit to get Laxman out on a technicality.

  • AjayVijayan on July 9, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    I dont think M Vijay is a quality player or rather he can excel at Test Level. He scored a 100 in the company of Tendulkar on Indian track. He is really an IPL Product and none of the IPL products baring R Ashwin had failed to perform at the international level.

    A solid First Class track record helps A Mukund to have a place in the team to ENG. We should have a retrospection on whether IPL is helping to discover new players...

  • on July 9, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    I think Indian Team Deserve Much Better Result against this week WI Team. If rain god stays away for the next two days then we can see the 2-0 win for India.

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 9, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Perfect timing by Dhoni to get a 50 against his name............now people will again overlook his poor batting in tests for some time.....

  • on July 9, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    The West Cricket Selectors really tek we fans for fool, i can understand you leaving out Ramesh Sarwan, but to leave out Symonds too, that never mek any bloody sense, i think its time for us to get a new board because you guys dont have a clue what you doing. We want to try and draw the series and you put in four inexperience batsmen at the top , what are thinking, if you are going drop too players at least bring Bredan Nash or Dwane Bravo or give Kerian Pollard, who has all round ability a change, you guys dont really care about west indies cricket. What hurts me even more is Chris Gayle issue is a real mess, do think india would of declared in last test for 280 odd, if Gayle was playing, i dont think so. Gayle would a beat sharma, kumar, patel so bad that doni would have send back to india.WE need to sort this mess out now .

  • devil_in_details on July 9, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    A good all-round performance by India in the series. A victory in this test would nicely reflect its superiority over the opposition. @insightful- I would disagree n believe there r plenty of positives.For the English tour, the re-emergence of Dravid and Ishant and the strong performance of PK are great news giving us solidity and enough ammo to beat the Poms. for the longer term the performance of Mukund and Raina are great news. but methinks the best thing that could yet come out in the windies second innings with Bhajji getting a chance to bowl into form. I believe Bhajji in good aggressive form would be our decisive edge against the english. @ Amit Agrawal- fully agree with you on the Windies inability to win any test against India

  • maddy20 on July 9, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    @Rohit Singh Gautam In your dreams pal. I do not understand what was the basis for your analysis! A second string test team has managed to beat WI in all three formats. When the pros return for tour of England, Poms are gonna have a hell of a time!

  • Burbon on July 9, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    @yocasi,just a slight correction, it was Alex Stewart that got Brian Lara that way!!!!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 9, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Unfortunate Laxman. WI wicket keeper has Good presence of mind.

  • on July 9, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Vijay is a quality player he had proved against Australians. Any batter would have struggled early on those conditions. Shewaq and Gambhir has to fight for their places for that matter senior players to ohave to fight for their places Raina and Kohli are doing well and why should they sit out when they do well. RAina and Kohli are brilliant fielders. Weak fielders have no chance in the present Indian Team.

  • intcamd on July 8, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    I guess sportsmanship is officially dead, how else can you explain that the Windies team would appeal that, after the keeper brazenly whippednthe bails off THAT ball. I guess anything for a wicket these days.

  • SnowSnake on July 8, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    Very good performance by Indian team. It bodes well for India's future. I think India is ready to handle retirement of major players because few guys like Mukund, Pujara, Rohit, Yuvraj and Raina are slowly getting ready. Top Indian players will still be around for another 2 years or so, thus transition would be much smoother. Indian bowling unit is younger, which will make India a pretty solid team for another five years. I think Indian players are working harder than previous players. Nice to see competition is getting some results.

  • gitapat on July 8, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    It is nice to see Dhoni scoring some runs in Test cricket,albeit against a depleted West Indian bowling.

  • yocasi on July 8, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Laxman's dismissal was similar to what happened to Lara against Australia. I think it was Ian Healey who held the ball for an eternity, waiting for Brian Lara to relax and as soon as the latter lifted his heel, Healey took off the bails. Healey held that ball so long that I could never figure out how come it wasn't signalled dead ball.

  • on July 8, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    The West Indies captain is an eternal optimist - good on him!

  • on July 8, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    THE GOLDEN DAYS OF INDIAN CRICKET TEAM ARE NUMBERED. WITH SACHIN AND CO. ON THEIR TWILIGHT OF THEIR CAREER AND CONTINOUS FAILURE OF IPL FED YOUNGS. THEY ARE JUST NOT A TEST PLAYERS. CANT WAIT TO SEE ENGLAND DEFEAT INDIA. GOOD BYE TO COCKYNESS.THE GOLDEN DAYS OF INDIAN CRICKET TEAM ARE NUMBERED. WITH SACHIN AND CO. ON THEIR TWILIGHT OF THEIR CAREER AND CONTINOUS FAILURE OF IPL FED YOUNGS. THEY ARE JUST NOT A TEST PLAYERS. CANT WAIT TO SEE ENGLAND DEFEAT INDIA. GOOD BYE TO COCKYNESS.

  • insightfulcricketer on July 8, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Kudos to WI team for putting up a good show inspite of having only 3 bowlers. I am not sure India has gained anything from this tour so far except revival of Ishant and un-earthing of Praveen as a support bowler in tests. Ishant would be put to a much sterner test in England against more experienced batsmen on I suspect more truer wickets. So lets see as this tour winds up and the big one starts whether this team goes with a 2-0 win under its belt .

  • iamgroot on July 8, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Wow what a LONG day for WI team. It is unfortunate for WI with Ravi being sick and vomiting and then Indian team simply dominated by the end of the day. When vijay and dravid fell they did have slight sniff with their limited resources but then Mukund showed patience and composure to bat for long periods and ended up with nice 62. Raina played excellently for his 50 and Dhoni played a superb knock of unbeaten 65 and should look for century 2morrow. When raina and dhoni came to the crease India was still under pressure. But played excellently and the lead of 104 is pretty handy. Now indian team should score another 150 odd runs atleast at a decent pace and declare. A great opportunity to go 2-0 with an innings victory for dhoni outside India. if they bat like today WI will have to bowl another 30 to 40 odd overs tomorrow with an overall lead of 250 or 225. That would be awesome and india can win handsomely. Dhoni played a very important innings today. Advantage India.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 8, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Still recovering from laxman's freakish dismissal. The last such dismissal i remember was misbah's against india in india.

  • on July 8, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Well played Mukund! With Dhoni batting in his usual flamboyant style, I guess he is trying to force a result! Trying to quicken things up so that, he can have a good lead before declaring the innings! west indies in pressure!!

  • AdityaMookerjee on July 8, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    I wouldn't call the dismissal 'freaky'. I would call the incident wonderful presence of mind on the part of the Windies wicket-keeper. It wasn't the fault of VVS Laxman at all. This is the first stumping of this kind in the history of Test Cricket. Like the commentator said, it was "stumped leaving the delivery". However, it would have been frowned upon in the times of W G Grace, even if Grace would have tried his hand on it, if he had been wicket-keeping.

  • on July 8, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Laxman's was out only because windies and the third umpire blindly followed the rules. Windies lost the common sense for appealing that one. May be that is the only way to get him out for them. ha ha ha …

  • Principle on July 8, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I have always had a lot of respect for Indian cricketers and the Indian cricket team on a hold because of their humility. However I have in the past few years lost a lot of that respect because Indians are now getting a little too cocky, infact I believe they are even more cocky than the Australians. Everyone should remember that 1. When the West Indies dominated the world they were still humble and respected their opponents 2. Regardless of what anyone wants to say this Indian team is not that much superior to our team and 3. Sachin and Co. are old now so the future is not as bright as you think. Enough said.

  • umbuly on July 8, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @ inswing: I can understand Vijay's situation. Why should Badri be totally out of the game ? Has he gotten even on chances given to him? I don't think so. But anyway the fate may be just the same as you told. That's life for you.

  • on July 8, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Now, had we selected the extra bowler (Roach) we would be able to continue the pressure. Please tell me that Roach would not have at least scored 3 runs!! I am not putting blame on the debutants, but we are overcompensating on the batting as it has not clicked yet. It will do. We just have t back the fellas we select. In the meantime we have the bowlers, so we need to use them. I still feel this test going to have a 'tight' finish......

  • on July 8, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    I don't think West Indies is ever going to win a test match against India (let alone a test series) unless Indians really gave it away & the Umpires really cheat there way out as they did in the Jamaica & Barbados Test. This not withstanding the fact, that this Team India is devoid of its top 5 test players (4 Batsmen & 1 Bowler). Ten Cricket should have followed the test series with a better commentary team which was the biggest let down of the India's tour of West Indies, far worse than Sarwan's & Chanderpaul's performance. Tony Cosier is just too old to do commentary now, Jeff Dujon is very irritating with high pitched- high octane voice, Faize Mohammed something is ditto boring like TC, the only saving grace was Sunil Gavaskar & Ian Bishop. I am not sure what Tony Grieg, Arun Lal & Mike Haysman are doing in dead studios when the real action happening in Caribbean

  • inswing on July 8, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Mukund is now ahead of Vijay and Badri. These two can basically say goodbuy to Test cricket, don't think they will get a chance again. Unfortunately Mukund will have to sit out when Sehwag and Gambhir return. And Kohli and Raina will also have to sit out for SRT and Yuvraj. There is too much competetion in the middle order, with Yuvraj, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, and Pujara vying for a single spot.

  • on July 8, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    The determination of this WI team is exactly whats needed to play at the highest level. Everybody is fighting even without the third bowler. Congrats to Captain Sammy ant the rest of the team. However i wonder if Marlon Samuels still bowls his off breaks. I would certainly like to see him turn a few.

  • on July 8, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    wow - do u know shoes have studs! does the umpire know that they were grounded! get a lesson!

  • on July 8, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    seriously u wanted to give laxman out! wow u forgot - a shoe has studs - wasnt tht grounded! do we consider that! so think before u question BCCI

  • on July 8, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Edwards, Sammy on song... Ravi back later for a cameo... nicely written Siddhartha Talya!

  • Percy_Fender on July 8, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Mukund looks like Sadagoppan Ramesh and Woorkeri Raman in his on side play. I think he willdo well now that he has built on his self confidence. I wish though, that Rampaul had been fit to bowl today. For me he is a matchwinner of his own.

  • Abra1ca2dabra on July 8, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    May be they should have sent Harbhajan ahead of Raina to up the rate of scoring. WI are slowing things down now. India is playing into their hands.

  • Sakthiivel on July 8, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Young Mukund doing great job out there in WI. Go man go.,

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  • Sakthiivel on July 8, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Young Mukund doing great job out there in WI. Go man go.,

  • Abra1ca2dabra on July 8, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    May be they should have sent Harbhajan ahead of Raina to up the rate of scoring. WI are slowing things down now. India is playing into their hands.

  • Percy_Fender on July 8, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Mukund looks like Sadagoppan Ramesh and Woorkeri Raman in his on side play. I think he willdo well now that he has built on his self confidence. I wish though, that Rampaul had been fit to bowl today. For me he is a matchwinner of his own.

  • on July 8, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Edwards, Sammy on song... Ravi back later for a cameo... nicely written Siddhartha Talya!

  • on July 8, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    seriously u wanted to give laxman out! wow u forgot - a shoe has studs - wasnt tht grounded! do we consider that! so think before u question BCCI

  • on July 8, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    wow - do u know shoes have studs! does the umpire know that they were grounded! get a lesson!

  • on July 8, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    The determination of this WI team is exactly whats needed to play at the highest level. Everybody is fighting even without the third bowler. Congrats to Captain Sammy ant the rest of the team. However i wonder if Marlon Samuels still bowls his off breaks. I would certainly like to see him turn a few.

  • inswing on July 8, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Mukund is now ahead of Vijay and Badri. These two can basically say goodbuy to Test cricket, don't think they will get a chance again. Unfortunately Mukund will have to sit out when Sehwag and Gambhir return. And Kohli and Raina will also have to sit out for SRT and Yuvraj. There is too much competetion in the middle order, with Yuvraj, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, and Pujara vying for a single spot.

  • on July 8, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    I don't think West Indies is ever going to win a test match against India (let alone a test series) unless Indians really gave it away & the Umpires really cheat there way out as they did in the Jamaica & Barbados Test. This not withstanding the fact, that this Team India is devoid of its top 5 test players (4 Batsmen & 1 Bowler). Ten Cricket should have followed the test series with a better commentary team which was the biggest let down of the India's tour of West Indies, far worse than Sarwan's & Chanderpaul's performance. Tony Cosier is just too old to do commentary now, Jeff Dujon is very irritating with high pitched- high octane voice, Faize Mohammed something is ditto boring like TC, the only saving grace was Sunil Gavaskar & Ian Bishop. I am not sure what Tony Grieg, Arun Lal & Mike Haysman are doing in dead studios when the real action happening in Caribbean

  • on July 8, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Now, had we selected the extra bowler (Roach) we would be able to continue the pressure. Please tell me that Roach would not have at least scored 3 runs!! I am not putting blame on the debutants, but we are overcompensating on the batting as it has not clicked yet. It will do. We just have t back the fellas we select. In the meantime we have the bowlers, so we need to use them. I still feel this test going to have a 'tight' finish......