West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 4th day July 9, 2011

India on top despite Kirk Edwards' ton

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West Indies 204 and 224 for 6 (K Edwards 110, Chanderpaul 73*, Harbhajan 3-61) lead India 347 (Dhoni 74, F Edwards 5-103) by 81 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

India edged a day of fluctuating fortunes to take complete control of a rain-marred third Test in Dominica and closed in on a 2-0 series victory despite a century on debut from Kirk Edwards. His confidence and composure while approaching his landmark was a contrast to his edginess and uncertainty early in his innings, and he was guided along by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who fought his own battles and survived to take the game into the fifth day. However, the loss of three wickets in the final session, made possible by an improved spell from Harbhajan Singh, meant the game was still India's.

Edwards had big boots to fill when he was picked for this Test ahead of Ramnaresh Sarwan. He was left out of the West Indies squad for the final two ODIs against India and would have been under some pressure coming in to this game. He was dismissed early in his first outing and given the responsibility of rebuilding the innings after the early loss of the openers in the second. The nerves were on show against a testing spell by the Indian seamers on a track offering some assistance early on, and against the turn and bite Harbhajan was able to extract. Munaf Patel roughed him up with a couple of bouncers that he failed to keep down - Edwards had succumbed to the short ball in the first innings - and Harbhajan produced a half-chance towards short leg with his line from round the wicket.

Edwards, however, overcame the tough initiation. He was a beneficiary of a packed off-side field against spin, being able to comfortably work the straighter ones around to rotate the strike, and an overdose of short deliveries from the seamers, who perhaps helped him conquer his weakness. He pulled Munaf twice to the midwicket boundary, inflicted the same treatment on Ishant Sharma, and in the session after tea, having reached his half-century, confidently stepped out to Harbhajan when he'd been playing back to him for much of the day. A pulled six off Abhinav Mukund and a delightful straight drive off Ishant later, he joined an illustrious list of West Indians including George Headley and Lawrence Rowe in freakish fashion, surviving a run-out chance when Harbhajan missed a direct hit and completed the ton on an overthrow.

Harbhajan eventually got Edwards, however. India had expected more from him on a spin-friendly track in Barbados where West Indies managed to save the game, but he stepped up in conditions with lesser, but adequate, assistance today. He bamboozled a set Darren Bravo with a vicious turner that zipped from leg to beat the outside edge, and trapped him next ball with a flighted delivery that Bravo, sensing a release, miscued to mid-off. Edwards seemed to have fought off the threat, but when Harbhajan came round the wicket and got some extra bounce, he edged a tired cut to MS Dhoni to trigger India's fightback.

Marlon Samuels survived a close lbw shout first ball when he played back to a flighted delivery and repeated the folly two balls later against a quicker one. He was given out lbw by umpire Richard Kettleborough but replays showed the ball to be missing off. Watching the slide from the other end was Chanderpaul, who was left to rebuild all over again.

Before the series, Chanderpaul hadn't been dismissed by Harbhajan in more than 500 deliveries but was made to graft when he came in at 40 for 3. He was beaten on more than one occasion, survived two lbw shouts, edged one just past VVS Laxman, was dropped by Rahul Dravid at slip and struck a painful blow by Munaf on his thigh. But he grew in confidence once the part-timers were introduced and took advantage of the vacant leg-side field before tea to get going.

After the break, Chanderpaul looked more assured with a few runs and a fighting stand behind his back. His first boundary came off his 113th delivery, an on-drive off Praveen Kumar, and he followed up by cutting Harbhajan past point. He dispatched a long-hop from Abhinav on his way to a half-century and had begun stitching a useful stand with Carlton Baugh, who deserted him with a loose shot to cover against the new ball off Praveen in the last over of the day. Another long and difficult ordeal lay in store for West Indies' most-capped player.

West Indies' batting has let them down this series and though the returns were better today, it undermined an excellent effort from Fidel Edwards, who limited India's lead to 143 with his second consecutive five-for. His short stuff in a fiery morning spell proved too hot to handle for the Indian batsmen and they were bowled out in quick time. The West Indies openers, though, were quick to intensify the pressure the hosts were under. India's bowlers were persistent with their off-stump line and bowled to their field which, at one point, included four slips. Kieran Powell and Adrian Barath were only too willing to play into India's hands, almost literally, poking at deliveries outside off to gift catches to slip, leaving those who followed with a taller mountain to scale.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ATTACKING_INDIANS on July 10, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW KIRK EDWARDS PERFORMS IN THE FUTURE.THEY HAVE ONE EXCITING TALENT DARREN BRAVO AND NOW KIRK EDWARDS HAS A CENTURY ON HIS DEBUT.DEVENDRA BISHOO IS A WORLD CLASS SPINNER.RAVI RAMPAUL AND FIDEL EDWARDS ARE ALSO DOING WELL. CHRIS GAYLE A DESTRUCTIVE OPENER IS NOT IN THE TEAM.SO IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF TALENT IT IS A QUESTION OF PERFORMING WELL AS A TEAM AND TO DEVELOP KILLER INSTICT. THE ROLE OF ICC HERE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PROMOTE CRICKET AND INDUCT MONEY TO DEVELOP CRICKET AND POPULARIZE CRICKET IN THE ISLANDS OF WESTINDIES

  • on July 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    @ gottalovetheraindance, though what you are saying is right that indian team did not really dominate the series , however we also need to keep it in mind that India was playing almost its A team with the exception of dravid , laxman , dhoni and bhajji no one else would have merited a berth in the current squad . weather permitting , it would have been 2-0 by now and probably 3-0 if this test had not seen the rain interruptions ... what more can you ask for from a second string team ? remember Paki visit to WI a month or so back ? so i think it was overall a good test for second string players to show their worth . The true test would be England later this month .

  • on July 10, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    It is sad that fans across the globe are calling the West Indies a 2nd Tier team and calling for players like Gayle and Sarwan. Please note 1. West Indies have never cried down other teams when we were great. 2. When Australia were on top the arrogance caused the rest of the world to go out and beat them. 3. Father time caught up with West Indies and Australian players. He will get India too. 4. To those cruel indian fans putting down the West Indies I hope you realise that being No 1. means everyone is going to try to beat you. So the last three years were great for Indian cricket. My Challenge to you do it for 10 years home and AWAY. By the way rain and bad decisions are a part of the game. We know because since 1995 West Indies have been on the receiving end of some obvious mistakes. If not for the UDRS we would have lost to Pakistan.

  • SachinLara1 on July 10, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    @gottalovetheraindance:then how abt dhoni's dismissal in 1st two tests, raina's dismissal twice, kohli once...dont say silly excuses

  • Sameer_cricfan on July 10, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Let's have a look at these numbers then.... Taking Ind SA Aus Eng and their last home and away series against we get 6 series and the number says- Ind 3 win 2 draw and 1 loss, SA 2 win 3 draw and 1 loss, Aus 2 win and 4 loss and Eng 2 win 1 draw and 3 loss. Calculate the points and you will get ICC ranking so ranking is a true reflection.

  • anurag4u10 on July 10, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    i believe all d bhajji haters wud hav got answers now. hope he will help us win d test provided rain permits

  • Balb on July 10, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    West Indies still have a chance to at least save this match and play for a draw. Chanderpaul, Sammy, Edwarda and Bishoo can put runs on the board and save this game defying India a 2 - 0 series win. Fidels Edwards can come back and put India's back against the wall. With Bishoo keeping one end tight. West Indies must bat into the middle of tea periodon this final day to make this happen. And for Biradhar, please recheck. India did not send a B team to the Wes Indies. They have Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan and Dhoni. they them selves are rebuilding so show some respect to your own team. Did not realise Dravid, Laxman, Bhajji and Dhoni are rated B players. Hope Chanderpaul, the West Indies 'Stone Wall' can make history here.

  • rajatgupta_indianfan on July 10, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @Valavan...dude I wd suggest you to read my comment first before commenting on it...I understand your jealousy but dont be blinded by it ;)

  • whatishappening on July 10, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    @gottalovetheraindance! Tell me from which country you are and I will tell you how many times your country won by luck or beat weak opponent. India is also not playing with full team and that too in a foreign soil. There were many wrong umpiring against India also. Try to appreciate others instead of brooding over the defeat of the team you support.

  • iccf on July 10, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    i hope sammy and chanderpaul fight out today and deny india a victory

  • ATTACKING_INDIANS on July 10, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW KIRK EDWARDS PERFORMS IN THE FUTURE.THEY HAVE ONE EXCITING TALENT DARREN BRAVO AND NOW KIRK EDWARDS HAS A CENTURY ON HIS DEBUT.DEVENDRA BISHOO IS A WORLD CLASS SPINNER.RAVI RAMPAUL AND FIDEL EDWARDS ARE ALSO DOING WELL. CHRIS GAYLE A DESTRUCTIVE OPENER IS NOT IN THE TEAM.SO IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF TALENT IT IS A QUESTION OF PERFORMING WELL AS A TEAM AND TO DEVELOP KILLER INSTICT. THE ROLE OF ICC HERE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PROMOTE CRICKET AND INDUCT MONEY TO DEVELOP CRICKET AND POPULARIZE CRICKET IN THE ISLANDS OF WESTINDIES

  • on July 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    @ gottalovetheraindance, though what you are saying is right that indian team did not really dominate the series , however we also need to keep it in mind that India was playing almost its A team with the exception of dravid , laxman , dhoni and bhajji no one else would have merited a berth in the current squad . weather permitting , it would have been 2-0 by now and probably 3-0 if this test had not seen the rain interruptions ... what more can you ask for from a second string team ? remember Paki visit to WI a month or so back ? so i think it was overall a good test for second string players to show their worth . The true test would be England later this month .

  • on July 10, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    It is sad that fans across the globe are calling the West Indies a 2nd Tier team and calling for players like Gayle and Sarwan. Please note 1. West Indies have never cried down other teams when we were great. 2. When Australia were on top the arrogance caused the rest of the world to go out and beat them. 3. Father time caught up with West Indies and Australian players. He will get India too. 4. To those cruel indian fans putting down the West Indies I hope you realise that being No 1. means everyone is going to try to beat you. So the last three years were great for Indian cricket. My Challenge to you do it for 10 years home and AWAY. By the way rain and bad decisions are a part of the game. We know because since 1995 West Indies have been on the receiving end of some obvious mistakes. If not for the UDRS we would have lost to Pakistan.

  • SachinLara1 on July 10, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    @gottalovetheraindance:then how abt dhoni's dismissal in 1st two tests, raina's dismissal twice, kohli once...dont say silly excuses

  • Sameer_cricfan on July 10, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Let's have a look at these numbers then.... Taking Ind SA Aus Eng and their last home and away series against we get 6 series and the number says- Ind 3 win 2 draw and 1 loss, SA 2 win 3 draw and 1 loss, Aus 2 win and 4 loss and Eng 2 win 1 draw and 3 loss. Calculate the points and you will get ICC ranking so ranking is a true reflection.

  • anurag4u10 on July 10, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    i believe all d bhajji haters wud hav got answers now. hope he will help us win d test provided rain permits

  • Balb on July 10, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    West Indies still have a chance to at least save this match and play for a draw. Chanderpaul, Sammy, Edwarda and Bishoo can put runs on the board and save this game defying India a 2 - 0 series win. Fidels Edwards can come back and put India's back against the wall. With Bishoo keeping one end tight. West Indies must bat into the middle of tea periodon this final day to make this happen. And for Biradhar, please recheck. India did not send a B team to the Wes Indies. They have Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan and Dhoni. they them selves are rebuilding so show some respect to your own team. Did not realise Dravid, Laxman, Bhajji and Dhoni are rated B players. Hope Chanderpaul, the West Indies 'Stone Wall' can make history here.

  • rajatgupta_indianfan on July 10, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @Valavan...dude I wd suggest you to read my comment first before commenting on it...I understand your jealousy but dont be blinded by it ;)

  • whatishappening on July 10, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    @gottalovetheraindance! Tell me from which country you are and I will tell you how many times your country won by luck or beat weak opponent. India is also not playing with full team and that too in a foreign soil. There were many wrong umpiring against India also. Try to appreciate others instead of brooding over the defeat of the team you support.

  • iccf on July 10, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    i hope sammy and chanderpaul fight out today and deny india a victory

  • gottalovetheraindance on July 10, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    India has not dominated this series. they have just managed to beat an inexperienced top order, win key moments & make use of their fair share of luck. was 86 for 6 a dominant position @ Sabina Park? when just in Harbhajan barely hit a ball back over Bishoo's head for a boundary & he & Raina were off for a rapid 100+ partnership that should never have happened. Dravid was dropped by Sammy on 6. the other106 runs he added ensured India won the match by 60 odd runs, no other batsman crossed 30!! even @ Kensington Oval, India bowled out for 201 but for Laxman's 85 how much would they have made? then in 2nd innings umpires give Dravid not out on 9 after being caught by Bharat Laxman dropped on 31 by Bravo & on 69 by Sammy (these 2 again!!) they both make 102 more runs than they should have! Then Shiv given out lbw when the ball was clearly missing the stumps. Then In Dominica Edwards given out off the helmet Marlon given out lbw when the ball is missing the stumps by a mile

  • APositron on July 10, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Congratulations to Kirk Edwards on his maiden century. It is years since I have enjoyed a West Indies innings. Thank you.

  • JustIPL on July 10, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Please note that bote Tendulkar, and Dravid are 38 and Laxman is 36 and are now veterans at the age of 38 while Sehwag is already 32. India should think beyond them if they want to retain number 1 spot. Even with number 11 team dravid, laxman, bhajji came to rescue too often.

  • gottalovetheraindance on July 10, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    if this or if that? @ times we need 2 forget the word if cause u never know where an 'if' will take u!! all we can say for sure is that there would have been fewer umpiring errors if DRS was in place. & also more fans would have turned out if the weather was better & both teams had more key players Sehwag Gayle Taylor Tendulkar Roach Zaheer some of the decisions especially against west indies have been atrocious but we hope that tomorrow the last day of the season will produce sum exciting cricket

  • on July 10, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    to all those who say india doesnt deserve to be no 1 as they draw series in sa and sri then who should be no a team which cant beat india at home india hasnt lost a series in test since 11 aug 2008 the day sri lanka beat india to win series and today its 10 july 2008 and india arent going to lose seires and those who say india will lose to eng in eng meet u on 22 aug 2011 lets see we are comming

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

    @rajatgupta, first win a test series in OZ this winter. dont self trumpet too much, you will be bumped thoroughly this winter

  • JustIPL on July 10, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I give this to India. No way windies are saving this. More of Paraveen and that was over even on the fourth day. This win is coming with great labour while a team from the bottom of the table is playing a team at the top of the table. I know the excuse that they are not the full strength on the batting side but bowling side is almost full strength.

  • on July 10, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    I am grt believer of this current Indian team. They are playing very good cricket. But the people like Mahesh Naik does not understand to accept the grtness of this team. This team does not have likes of Tendulkar, Gambhir, Sehwag and Zaheer but still dominated the entire series. Also India will beat England 2-0 or 3-0. England are in bother to prepare the flat pitches or bowler friendly wickets as India have Ishant, Sreeshanth and Zaheer who can really bowl well and restrict England players. Also Indian batting is no doubt will be better when the old pros come back into the team. So India is number and better than Australian team of late clearly.

  • naumianas on July 10, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    @donda.,. hmm did;t agree dis is nt old indian team who depend 1-2 batsman (mostly sachin) dis is new TEAM INDIA whenever dey r in trouble sum1 take challenge same dey did in first test when bhajji n raina take the responsibilty :)

  • naumianas on July 10, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    if viru, gauti, lil master is der dis match ll be finish in max 4 days.........

  • Scar132450 on July 10, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    what about all the wickets west indies would not have had i.e. Dhoni, if DRS was there

  • on July 10, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    real TEST for us will be in England......

  • on July 10, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    hello friends frm werever you are...im too a diehard India team friend..but please dnt think dat this indian team is GREAT yet....may be No.1...but its not in the same respect as WI team of 1980-1994...which never lost a series during dat period...also dnt compare with Aus team of few years backk...India has to win a series in Aus & SA still...ok....so we can carry on wins by 3-0 margin here with DOCTORED pitches to suit of spinners...dats alll..

  • donda on July 10, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    I still think that a lead of about 120 will make this test match interesting. 5th day wicket and if WI gets Dravid and Laxman then who knows. Cricket in WI is crazy some times and especially on 5th day.

  • Turbo_lover on July 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    As per India being #1 , I don't know what series you are watching but in this one, India clearly dominated in both batting and bowling dept. At no point of any of the five days in any of the three tests, did WI look like they are pushing for a win. They were always trying to survive and hope for runs later. You can't just keep defending, u will eventually make the mistake. You have to keep rotating the strike and frustrate the bowlers. On the other hand they are walking right into the bowler's plans to set them up. India's bowlers clearly dominated. When it comes to batting, India's top order did fail consistently, which means M Vijay, Bharath and V Kholi have not performed upto the expectations, they are quite talented, but they are still nervous, just like the WI debutants. But the seniors, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni have risen upto the occassion and still led India to lead WI by margins that place WI innings at discomfort. So as I see, Domination everywhere. WI has lot of homework to do.

  • Turbo_lover on July 10, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    This series brought to front that WI has talent in their youngsters. But they still have not achieved the right temperament which is crucial in a test match. I think it is due to the selectors making panicky changes in the team thus crushing their youngsters confidence by dropping them after just one or two matches of failed performance. I think WI should have a stable senior team say 3 batsmen (Chanderpaul, Gayle &Sarwan) and have other three places for experimenting with youngsters who should be given a chance of a minimum of an entire series. It is a long and slow process, but the results are long lasting and they will find strong minded, mature, skilled and confident new generation batsmen. Their bowling dept. is fine right now, just need to be given more time and they will become mature too. As a cricket romantic, I sincerely wish for the emergence of a strong and intimidating WI team. They have a unique grace about cricket, an essential flavor in international cricket.

  • on July 10, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Indians r doing well in west Indies even with absence of top 5 team members against bouncy pitch and youngsters .we could have been 2-0 up in series if their was no rain . i can always remember Aussies yet to win a test in India after 2003.

  • on July 10, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    @Sameer_cricfan ; In fact no team have as much under-23 exciting prospects as WI. India seems to struggle in this regard.Friend, Let WI come to India,We will have a side like this Mukund,Rahane,Badri,Rohit,Manish Pandey,Raydu,Irfan Pathan,Dinesh Karthik,RP sing,Rahul SHarma,Varun Aaron.It will be tough for the WI team to beat this Indian team in India....!

  • avani on July 10, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Hi, WI are 81 runs ahead now. May be Sammy comes into some form and scores a 50 with Chnders scoring a century, they may wel get into a lead of 180 or so. It is really heartening to see WI team faught back really in this match. People were upset about the fact that WI batsmen did not support their bowlers who performed speldidly. Here they are. Hope from here onwards they will often do well. India take care. This game may go out of your hands on 5th day. As an Indian fan I would like to see you win while appreciating WI's fighting spirit.

  • rajatgupta_indianfan on July 10, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Weird to see people pointing at India's bad track record away from India. They almost won in SA, have beaten England last time in England, have won tests in Australia. Most importantly, rankings are relative. If you say England should be number 1, my counter argument would be that India and england would have a 50-50 winning chance when the series is held in England. But England has absolutely no chance in India against India on turning pitches. If at all, there is a team which is a real challenger, it should be SA which has done well against India even in India. Even Australia doesnt come close in that regard. Their record against india in india is as bad as India's record against Australia in australia

  • BULTY on July 10, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Indians did right in going for quick runs, never mind sacrificing few wickets (being 7 down for 308 at one stage to 347 all out). They could get some solid 83 overs to bowl on a partially rain hit day and what a day it turned out to be; fortunes turning one way or other in the 3 phases that we could describe the 2nd innings of WI in this Test. First, India removed 3 top order batsmen in quick succession; then a grand revival by Shiv & Edwards that took the game almost away from India which included a century on debut by Edwards & a half century(unbeaten) by Shiv. WI looked like ending the 4th day with these two unconquered. But then came the strike back by Indians in the form of, again, quick wickets in the final hour of the day's play. Alas there were too few spectators to watch this day's game. Useless to talk about big guns missing in Indian team.They are No.1 and any team would like to beat them & WI are no exception. Absorbing day's game ahead; enough spectators to watch?

  • getsetgopk on July 10, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    had the DRS been in place team india would lost this test already and be on its way to england for some spanking

  • on July 10, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    MSD and Vajji got no point to prove to anyone rather to prove to themselves.....And like true champions they made their bat and ball talking for them. Where all da critics has gone??!!??!??! Dats Y it is said and sud b believed dat 'Form is temporary bt class is permanent' :) :) :)

  • Sanjeev_Talwani on July 10, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    @Sellier: Sour grapes. You're just jealous of India's success. India has completely dominated over the West Indies in spite of missing six of its senior players. Wait till a full-strength India thrashes England and Australia in their own backyard later this year.

  • screamingeagle on July 10, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Last few years, India has never been nice to other teams, India has never lost a series, India has had superb batting, India has had adequate bowling, India won a WC in 50overs, a WC in 20 overs, etc etc. Who the hell made them no.1? The rankings are so skewed. Make India no.6, they deserve to be there. After all, SA, PAK, ENG, AUS and SL have been yards ahead of these pathetic India team in the last few years? That is the argument I see here. <sigh>

  • on July 10, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    I hope Bajji rise to the occassion and take the rest of the wickets in quick time. Then India is with a fair chance of winning this test unless rain play spoil sport. this series is an eye opener to Indian selcectors. It is high time that they kick Vijay out of the team and give Badri a chacne. Mukund proved his mettle. Bajji shouldn't take things for granted. There are good spinners waiting for chances (I mean Amit Misra, Rahul Misra and Pragyan Ojha and lot of other talents like Abdulla)

  • everfaithful77 on July 10, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    GREAT BATTING KIRK EDWARDS! I WAS IMPRESSED BY YOUR CONFIDENT AND POSITIVE APPROACH. ALSO WONDERFUL AGRESSIVE BOWLING FIDEL. YOU BOTH MADE YOUR COUNTRY AND WEST INDIES PROUD. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GUYS. YOU GAVE US A GLIMPSE OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS. Again the SELECTORS need 3 or more TRIES to get a selection right. After the last ODI against Pakistan in Guyana in which Kirk and Simmons batted emphatically to chase down 120 odd without loss, it was a reasonable expectation that the two would be chosen to open batting in the 1st test on the same ground. Instead the selectors recalled DEVON SMITH despite knowing his problems with HAFEEZ & BRATHWAITE to open with Simmons. As they say the rest is HISTORY. The SELECTORS ARE ALSO FAILING TO RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF A 5th BOWLER AND THAT HIT THEM RIGHT IN THE FACE WITH THE ILLNESS OF RAMPAUL. As I said before the final test it was unwise to play young POWELL now and instead THE SELECTORS should recall RUSSELL or play ROACH to boost the bowling.

  • on July 10, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Fantastic job @Sellier!! u got the most responses!!

  • on July 10, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    for all India cringers, check the stats ...we havent lost a series since SL in 2008...not bad for a team which supposedly cant play swing, doesnt know how to cope with bounce and doesnt have bowlers which can strike fear in the opposition camp

  • on July 10, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    pitch is flat..lost a day due to rain..still india is in a position to win this..if there was no loss due to rain, then they would not have hurried to score the runs...and windies know they have their task cut out

  • kavir on July 10, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Well nothing much to say... because every time i try to post a comment Cricinfo turns me down... I hope they post this one up... maybe i am been too direct... Cricinfo reminds me to the WI cricket.... LOL if you know what I mean... anyways good innings by Edwards... and for all the so called people that write about cricket and about Shiv... here is one in your face... the only thing that was wrong with Shiv...is that he did not have any match pratice coming into this series and needed some time in the middle... 100 for him tomorrow... WI bat a long period and the match will draw... face it we don't have the bowling to get India out in last than one day...

  • maddy20 on July 10, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @Samya1980 Do you have to write everything twice and copy paste the same thing on every article?Do you have to write everything twice and copy paste the same thing on every article?

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 10, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    well done Edwards................specially after he was given out wrongly in 1st inngs......

    India still in ascendency......should wrap it up today.

  • on July 10, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    I am flattered with the comments saying the revival of West Indies. In the past, whenever windies team played well, there occurred some dispute bw board and players. Let any player become star, and then dispute bw board and player and all this talk of windies revival will come to end. West Indies always had talent, its just their board, thats the problem. Without revival of Windies board, its hard to think that windies team will become a world class team. In a setup where Chris Gayle has to be out of team, a very avarage player is captain(yes replace sammy with Roach and even this team could be a g8 team),outbursts from most senior player(Shiv Chandrapaul).......there must be something wrong. I dont think sammy is going to become a key player ever. Atmost he can be something like Razzak. No team will ever make plans to counter Sammy. Its quite a pain to watch a medium pacer playing ahead of world class fast bowler like Roach. So conclusion is Windies board must be overhauled first.

  • on July 10, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    It's my appeal to all my Indian friends that we shouldn't bother at the comments of the people which say that Team India doesn't deserve to be no.1 by saiyng that they are not performing that well against Weak WI team.

    they are just talking about the WI team as weak but Nobody talks about Indian team which is still performing well despite of the absence of SACHIN, SEHWAG, GAMBHIR & ZaK. The reason behind their comments is not other than jealousy.

  • Sameer_cricfan on July 10, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    In spite of losses I can see WIndies performing well in coming years..... In fact no team have as much under-23 exciting prospects as WI. India seems to struggle in this regard. Bravo, Barath, Bisho, Roach, Russel and now Edwards. With revival of Rampaul, Fidel and to some extent Samules makes me feel that this is a good side in makingIn spite of losses I can see WIndies performing well in coming years..... In fact no team have as much under-23 exciting prospects as WI. India seems to struggle in this regard. Bravo, Barath, Bisho, Roach, Russel and now Edwards. With revival of Rampaul, Fidel and to some extent Samules makes me feel that this is a good side in making

  • saichander on July 10, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    What a fighting century by Edwards. Both the Edwards have proved what they are. If Chandrapaul is an old horse why not others. Samy should prove his class. But if the Indians are going rout the Indies with in an hour tomorrow I think the victory is India's in no time. We can expect a marvellous performance from Indians in winning the series both in one day and test cricket abroad.

  • CricketFreud on July 10, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    @Sellier... india won the first test.. made a bold declaration of 280 and almost got a victory except for the rain interventions... and in this test with the first two days almost being washed out, india can still sense victory ? lack of dominance ?

  • nafzak on July 10, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    @m_ilind: Richards did not make a century on debut for WI. List is: Headley, AG Gabteaume, BH Pairaudeau, OG Smith, CC Hunte, LG Rowe(2centuries), AI Kallicharran, CG Greenidge, L Baichan, AB Williams, DR Smith, AB Barath and KA Edwards. @Vishan_Surana: nonsense about Shewag, Ghambir Zaheer, Sachin et al. First of all, it is a well known fact that India has always struggled against pace and bouncy pitches. This is not the flat pitches like India where they are tailor made for batting and breaking records. Why would Zaheer not allow Shiv to go more than 50 deliveries? Look at Shiv's record against India. Shivs has done well against the fastest and the best plus he does not get much support around him, thus he plays with a lot more pressure. And please don't insult or kick us (WI) when we are down. I remember when India literally surrendered against WI...just ask Bishen Bedi and when WI was dominant..nobody said India should be 2nd tier then. So please have some respect.

  • Isaac_7 on July 10, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    really tough for the windies, losing Ravi for the entore 1st innings, Kirk Edwards wrongfully adjudged out, then Samuels given a poor decision by the umpire, not to mention the absolute howler against Shiv in the last test. Seems like the elements are stacked against the Windies. If only the UDRS were in place....................

  • samya1980 on July 10, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    india still has to clinch a series in aus and sa...india still has to win 18 matches on trot...india still has to be unresistable...india still has to be unbeatable...so india still has to be the real no1...india still has to clinch a series in aus and sa...india still has to win 18 matches on trot...india still has to be unresistable...india still has to be unbeatable...so india still has to be the real no1...

  • rhtdm302 on July 10, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    @Sellier, if the ranking system are bogus why do u care if india gets knocked of the TOP!

  • hellraiser9 on July 10, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Fantastic job by Indian team, Dhoni played a crucial knock of 74 and 143 lead will prove very handy when Indian chase a meager total. Now the test match is slightly tilted towards India bcoz WI still got Chanderpaul at crease who is a thorn in the flesh for Indian team but at the other end sammy just came to the crease so India should knock off wickets at sammy's end quickly. Still 4 wickets left and how soon India will wrap up WI innings will determine the outcome. But Munaf was pretty disappointing, he gave away too many runs. He seems to have picked up pace but line and length suffered. He was better with the second new ball but still Mishra would have been very handy on this wicket. Praveen Kumar was outstanding. He is swinging the new ball at will. Kirk edwards was good but now history. Start the 5th day with Ishanth sharma at one end and PK at the other for first 8 or 9 overs. I think Dhoni is doing excellent job as captain. Only disappointment was the dravid's drop catch. India

  • rhtdm302 on July 10, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    India Are never good under pressure, If the Windies can increase the lead to 150, They will definitely have a Chance!

  • maddy20 on July 10, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    @Sellier. You gotta be kidding dude! India has sent a ODI team without 8 first choice players and a test team without five first choice players(Sreesanth, Sachin, Sehwag, Gautam, Zaheer) and still have toyed with WI and have won T20, ODI and are about to wrap up the test series 2-0. Thats not dominant enough for ya or what? And by the by, India have been No.1 since almost 2-years(Dec 2009) and will be at that spot for a few more years so don't you worry about that!

  • VivGilchrist on July 10, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    This is now set up fir Sammy. He has a chance now to prove his worth at no8 ahead of a regular bowler. As long as WI have players of Samuels calibre (32tests av 29, no-where near good enough) they will need all-rounders at no8 to make some runs. Congratulations to Kirk Edwards and also Fidel who looks like he is finally reaching his potential as a world-class bowler. Also, please no more comments about if Sachin or Sehwag or Zaheer were there. They are not. Teams very really play at 100% full strength. There is always someone out injured or for other reasons - I dont know how many Tests Gillespie missed for Australia, Pak won a WCup without Waqar, Aus without Lee, Warne. That's just sport. Your best team are the players available at the time.

  • Biradhar on July 10, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    @Sellier: Indian B team is defeating WI in their own backyard. Question is not about India being number 1 but it is about Whether WI deserve as a member of test playing nation. I think , most of the Ranji team from India has the ability to beat the West Indies team minus Gale. When Australia was in # 1 position, how many times they travelled to west Indies, India or even Bangladesh without Warne, Macgrath, Ponting, and Haiden?

  • NRI- on July 10, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    WI finally have a respectable batting order if they select their best six, which in batting order are: Gayle, Simmons, K Edwards, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo (as an allrounder) followed by Baugh. If they also take a fit Jerome Taylor and play him alongside F Edwards, Rampaul and Bishoo, then they could beat NZ, Bangladesh or Zimbabwe comfortably and perhaps even Pakistan, especially at home. WI are the sixth best team in world cricket.

  • MeowCat on July 10, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    dont hate on Windies,they are trying,very fighting team and dont plan on giving up no matter what: The board is messed up,their best player aint playing,no home support,the legendary players didnt coach new youngsters,its very difficult for them,stop critizing them and just enjoy once in a while when they provide good fun cricket.

  • noah_raj on July 10, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    Kirk Edwards played very well but seemed like he threw away the wicket, credit to Harbajan to . Chanders proved once again, how many timed he has done it. I cannot figure out what west indies minus chanderpaul would be. for people frowning him for his low scoring rate , what can one do every time he gets in to the crease at 30 for 3. Hope Chanders scores a century and save the face for WI.. only chanders can do it..no one can/will. hope to have a game tomorrow.

  • on July 10, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Some players who make their debut in the West Indies have to perform very good in their first test and if they at least failed in just one innings they will get drop.Kirk Edwards is one of those guys.He had to have a special resilient mind to put all the negativity of being drop behind him to emerge mind over matter like the bird of phoenix I 'too' like to see young people defy the odds to score a hundred.Well done Kirk; well done Chanderpaul and well done West Indies

  • on July 10, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    I am indeed happy for young Edwards. I enjoyed his knock. His hooking & pulling brought back memories. Shiv was his usual self. If WI can bat until lunch & post anything above 150,this test can be anybody's test. It will not be easy,since Shiv is not an overnight batter & the new ball is just 3ovs old, on a 5th day wicket.It is vital that WI bat at least until lunch. Any score that requires India to score at a RR of 2+/ov will C fireworks. With a fit Ravi & Fidel,& a containing Sammy & Bishoo. STRANGE things have happened in the game of cricket.

  • NCassie on July 10, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Well done Chanders, you continue to bat the way we know you can which is right through and anchor role. I am very disappointed in Baugh this evening his effort and application still needs alot of work, he has to take his time, yes he is attacking but so was Lara, ie. bat for the team and the situation of the innings, DON'T BAT to please the croud or become over confident because you score 50 odd in the first innings.

  • mahabesh on July 10, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Its good to see some glimmer in a young WI player. I guees that is the only positive for them since India will win anyway

  • RVP85 on July 10, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    @Sellier: Suddenly,when India, of all countries is rnkd #1, you are questioning the points system!? I agree with you,that Ind have not actually dominated the series!!! But,that does nt mean tht the ranking system is faulty. Remembr,Ind were nt dominant in the group stages of the CWC 2011 either. If countries like SA and Aus can claim that Ind have not beaten them in a series at their homes, they haven't reciprocated that either in the recent past, and by that I mean 6-7 yrs.Can't you be at peace with the fact, that in the past 2-3 years,no othr side has hd a bettr record in Tests than India,and tht may be the reason,India is #1? India bt Eng in the last series betwn the 2 teams in Eng. If Ind repeat that, I hope they would cleared the doubts about their ranking, as accor. to me, Eng are the best challengers at the moment. If Eng win, then they may eventually get a higher ranking and I guess,u wn't be questioning the rankings then!So, pls don't hurt the sentiments of Indian fans!

  • gitapat on July 9, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Let us hope that the four failures of this series-Harbhajan,Vijay,Virat and Dhoni contribute on the last day and justify their inclusion into the Test team.

  • S.N.Singh on July 9, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    THIS IS WHAT I AM SAWING ALL ALONG CHANDERPAUL IS ONE OF THE HARDEST BATSMAN TO GET OUT. WHEN YOU GET HIM YOU GET HIM, HIS MATTO IS TO THEIR AND THE RUNS WILL COME. HE TREATS ALL BOWLERS ALIKE AND GET HIS RUNS WHE HE GET HIS CHANCE. TO GET HIM OUT IS A LUCK HE SEES THE BALL VERY LATE. ALTHOUGH THE WEST INDIES ASKED HIM TO RESIGN , THEY WILL HAVE TO WAIT A LONG TIME TO GET SOME ONE LIKE HIM. ALL BOWLERS FOUND IT HARD TO GET PASS HIM. WEST INDIES ADMINISTRATION WILL HAVE PROBLEMS WITHOUT HIM. INDIA SELECTORS MADE A MISTAKE IN NOT PLAYING MISHRA IN THIS GAME OR ELSE THIS GAME WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER TODAY ? THEY FOLLOW THE WEST INDIES AND PLAY THREE MEDIUM/FAST. ALL OF PAKINTAN WICKETS WERE TAKEN BY SPINNERS. S . SINGH USA

  • m_ilind on July 9, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    By scoring a century on debut against India, Edwards joins other illustrious players like Greenidge and Richards. Could he be the next star in the making for WI?

  • on July 9, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Once again Chandrapaul has shown his class. For the upteenth time he has taken the brunt of the opposition, when all around him were failing. It is high time that the "Poobahs" of the West Indian Board fuuly show their appreciation, which has been sorely lacking. The disrespect shown in the past few months was callous and uncalled for. Maybe they wanted him not to be the most capped, and surely thet hoped that he would fail so they can say that it is time for him to go. Imagine the disgrace of this. They shoul step down, after aploigising publicly to him, but of course that is not going to happen. Shame on them.

  • NP_NY on July 9, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    @Sellier: India is not "supposed to be" the number one side, they are the number one side and have been for nearly two years now, continuously proving doubters like you wrong. India would have won this test series 3-0 if not for the rain. Their biggest problem has been at the top of the order with wickets falling early. But remember that Vijay, Mukund and Kohli (all playing their first series) are standing by for Sehwag, Gambhir and Tendulkar. And they're without Zaheer the bowling spearhead. If both teams had played full strenght, each of these test matches would have been over in three days or less.

  • Deepkar on July 9, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Why question indias no. 1 ranking think if gambhir, sehwagh, sachin and zahir r not playing and india is in control to take series 2-0 if not for rain in 2nd match it would have been 3-0 Now if it is not domination then what will u call domination wining 3 match series by margin of 6-0 may be called domination by u ppl. i know u ppl r jelous of our teams succes.

  • on July 9, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    @Sellier: First up, that's the beauty of Test cricket. It's not about dominating every session, but winning the key moments. Secondly, India are playing a second-string team.

  • Champ2000 on July 9, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    @Sellier: nobody commented like this when Australia was no1.. Remember this is second string India. 4 batsmen and 2 main stream ballers are bot even in squad. India won frist test on d4 inspite of 3 bad descisions, rain washed out second test.

    India will win this as well.

    Rating actully wears india points for draw in second test inspite of being on top for most times.

  • cris89 on July 9, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    @ Sellier: India are without Sehwag, Gambhir and Tendulkar-all of whom average more than 50 in test cricket. Their other three regular batsmen are the top scorers in this series..They are also without their opening pair in SA- Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth..If India did dominate the series after all this, then WI wouldn't deserve to play test cricket..But as for your final point, I guess that Eng will be the No 1 team once India's middle order leaves and India will probably slip down to No 4 behind Eng,SA and Aus..

  • Vishal_Surana on July 9, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    @ Sellier : Put Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhi, Zaheer, Sreesanth you will see WI would have lost all three by innings. Sehwag & Sachin score with pace & ease at any pitch. Zaheer would have never allowed Chanderpaul more than 50 with such ill stance.

  • VivGilchrist on July 9, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    samya1980, what on earth are you talking about?

  • ranpath on July 9, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    WI always plays well on home soil despite whether the oppspition is the no. 1 side or one of lower ranking. Had this series been played in india i have nio doubt that the much heralded wi rseistance would have surfaced only in the person of Chanderpaul. I resreve judgement on how well this team has resisted and fought until they have played some full series on foreign soil.

  • on July 9, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    the umpiring in these as been real rideculous.

  • Metman on July 9, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Well done Kirk Edwards ! Show Darren Bravo how to score centuries !People said yu can't bat !Don't mind those people ,they are known as cricket dunces,all of whom should be confined to a cricket jail whenever cricket is playing.Yr knock has put 2 well known commentators in sure misery,one of whom said that he didn't expect yu to get that far,but expected Bravo in his early 40's to go on to reach a century.

  • Sellier on July 9, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    In looking at this series it is striking that India is supposed to be the number 1 ranked team and west indies number 8 or 9. India have been far from dominant against a WI team that has had its well documented problems. Those rankings are bogus and I suspect that India will be knocked off that Number 1 status quite soon.

  • on July 9, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    India should have played Mishra instead of Munaf.

  • cricexpt on July 9, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    I think that has done wonderfull job with just 3 bowlers to limit India. It is a shame for India to get knocked off so cheaply against a weakened attack that included just 2 genuine bowlers in Edwards and Bishoo, Sammy lacks the sting to be called a fast bowler, BUT Sammy is bowling really well. HATS OFF TO WINDIES.

  • on July 9, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    I think that the pitch report that predicted this pitch as a good batting track was not upto the mark. The most perfect word to describe this pitch should have been 'a good test match wicket'.

  • samya1980 on July 9, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    dhoni would never declair untill he got a lead of say 250, and the rest of the time would have been eaten by rain...we must thank edwards in helping west indise loosing another game...sakshi's husband has more time now to spend for his wife...and west indise is a better place than england to roam around

  • samya1980 on July 9, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    if shammy can be compared with walsh then i can be compared with sir francis einstein...if shammy can be compared with walsh then i can be compared with sir francis einstein...

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  • samya1980 on July 9, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    if shammy can be compared with walsh then i can be compared with sir francis einstein...if shammy can be compared with walsh then i can be compared with sir francis einstein...

  • samya1980 on July 9, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    dhoni would never declair untill he got a lead of say 250, and the rest of the time would have been eaten by rain...we must thank edwards in helping west indise loosing another game...sakshi's husband has more time now to spend for his wife...and west indise is a better place than england to roam around

  • on July 9, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    I think that the pitch report that predicted this pitch as a good batting track was not upto the mark. The most perfect word to describe this pitch should have been 'a good test match wicket'.

  • cricexpt on July 9, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    I think that has done wonderfull job with just 3 bowlers to limit India. It is a shame for India to get knocked off so cheaply against a weakened attack that included just 2 genuine bowlers in Edwards and Bishoo, Sammy lacks the sting to be called a fast bowler, BUT Sammy is bowling really well. HATS OFF TO WINDIES.

  • on July 9, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    India should have played Mishra instead of Munaf.

  • Sellier on July 9, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    In looking at this series it is striking that India is supposed to be the number 1 ranked team and west indies number 8 or 9. India have been far from dominant against a WI team that has had its well documented problems. Those rankings are bogus and I suspect that India will be knocked off that Number 1 status quite soon.

  • Metman on July 9, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Well done Kirk Edwards ! Show Darren Bravo how to score centuries !People said yu can't bat !Don't mind those people ,they are known as cricket dunces,all of whom should be confined to a cricket jail whenever cricket is playing.Yr knock has put 2 well known commentators in sure misery,one of whom said that he didn't expect yu to get that far,but expected Bravo in his early 40's to go on to reach a century.

  • on July 9, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    the umpiring in these as been real rideculous.

  • ranpath on July 9, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    WI always plays well on home soil despite whether the oppspition is the no. 1 side or one of lower ranking. Had this series been played in india i have nio doubt that the much heralded wi rseistance would have surfaced only in the person of Chanderpaul. I resreve judgement on how well this team has resisted and fought until they have played some full series on foreign soil.

  • VivGilchrist on July 9, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    samya1980, what on earth are you talking about?