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Talking of Shiv, it's only fair that we all sing his song in preparation for the match. Sample the lyrics: "We must play Carl and Shiv/that's how we have to live/for us to win this game/Guyana must combine/Hooper and Shivnarine". Throw in a a lot of Guyanese references to curry, rum, yellow plantain, and you have a beauty. Here, ladies and gentleman, is Hooper and Chanderpaul. Singing along here is Sidharth Monga. Siddhartha Talya will be doing Bulletins, Sriram Veera has been let loose on Dominica.

I have heard some good cricket songs from outside too - Roy Harper, Paul Kelly, Duckworth-Lewis Method, TISM - but West Indies really do proper musical justice to cricket. It's bright and sunny in Dominica

Toss MS Dhoni has won the toss, and in agreement with JD he has chosen to bowl first. Munaf Patel is back from his elbow injury, and is replacing Abhimanyu Mithun. One of the things he mentions is the need to bowl as many overs in the first session when the pitch will be moist. It will also help his side's over-rate, because if his side is found slow there this year, he will be banned from the next match.

Darren Sammy wishes Shiv Chanderpaul on becoming the most capped West Indian player. He also introduces a debutant, Kieran Powell. Another change in the side, Kirk Edwards replaces Ramnaresh Sarwan. That means opener Lendl Simmons misses out

9.30am Jeff Dujon, the man with the highest humour-to-monotone ratio of any man, is serious during the pitch report, and sees too much moisture on the pitch to be batting first. However, he also sees the pitch turning quite a bit later on. So interesting decision at the toss, which is just around the corner

9.20am Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica is all set to become the 106th Test venue. Ten minutes to the toss. A warm welcome to all.

MS Dhoni's undefeated series record as captain stays with the 1-0 lead coming into the match, but he and India will strive to win two matches in a series outside the subcontinent only for the fifth time.

Darren Sammy and his team will want to deny India, and level the series. Hopefully the pitch will be as good as the ones in Jamaica and Barbados

0.1

Kumar to Barath, no run, that one wobbled, swung in quite a bit, bowled on a length well outside off and it was left alone

0.2

Kumar to Barath, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets back and defends it from the back foot

0.3

Kumar to Barath, no run, slides it down the leg side, misdirected from Praveen there

0.4

Kumar to Barath, no run, nicely defended, rocks back and solidly defends it towards cover

Three slips in place, a short leg as well

0.5

Kumar to Barath, no run, short of a good length and moving away, lets it be, doesn;t bother

0.6

Kumar to Barath, no run, pushes it a little fuller, on a good length this time but a fair distance outside off and Barath opts to leave it be

End of over 1 (maiden) West Indies 0/0
AB Barath    0* (6b)      P Kumar    1-1-0-0
KOA Powell    0* (0b)     

Kieran Powell to take strike, Ishant runs in. Nervous moments these for Powell

1.1

Sharma to Powell, no run, Ishant slides it on a length outside off and it holds its line, Powell carefully watches it through to the keeper

1.2

Sharma to Powell, no run, pushing it full outside off, watches it through to the keeper

1.3

Sharma to Powell, no run, tempting length there, full outside off, there to drive but Powell doesn't fall for it, leaves it be

1.4

Sharma to Powell, no run, a little closer to the stumps this time, shoulders arms and lets it go through

1.5

Sharma to Powell, no run, good length a fraction outside off, gets to the pitch and judges it well, shouldering arms at just the right time to let it through

1.6

Sharma to Powell, no run, back of a length on the off and Powell plays at it this time, gets back and jabs at it, falls just in front of gully

End of over 2 (maiden) West Indies 0/0
KOA Powell    0* (6b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0
AB Barath    0* (6b)      P Kumar    1-1-0-0

2.1

Kumar to Barath, 4 byes, a lot of swing there for Praveen, swung way down the leg side and Barath tried to glance it down fine but it was too much even for Dhoni, four byes and West Indies are off the mark

2.2

Kumar to Barath, no run, pushes it wide, a touch too wide and Barath leaves it alone

2.3

Kumar to Barath, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it in front of cover

2.4

Kumar to Barath, no run

2.5

Kumar to Barath, 2 runs, bowled it full outside off and Barath just pushed at it gently, punching it wide of cover for a brace

2.6

Kumar to Barath, no run, in that channel outside off this time, just a fraction outside off and he leaves it alone

End of over 3 (6 runs) West Indies 6/0
AB Barath    2* (12b)      P Kumar    2-1-2-0
KOA Powell    0* (6b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0

3.1

Sharma to Powell, no run, short ball, gets big, but nicely defended in front of his face

3.2

Sharma to Powell, no run, angled across him, left alone

3.3

Sharma to Powell, 3 runs, overpitched, driven past cover, solid start for Powell

3.4

Sharma to Barath, no run, moves across, defends this in front of off

3.5

Sharma to Barath, 2 runs, sliced off the outer half of the bat, past gully, they will get a couple here, but not in control of the shot

3.6

Sharma to Barath, no run, moves across to cover the line outside off, plays with an open face towards point

End of over 4 (5 runs) West Indies 11/0
AB Barath    4* (15b)      I Sharma    2-1-5-0
KOA Powell    3* (9b)      P Kumar    2-1-2-0

4.1

Kumar to Powell, no run, tries the inswinger, starts outside leg, played on the bounce to short leg where Abhinav is quick in going for a hit. Powell has overstepped but is back in time

4.2

Kumar to Powell, no run, another inswinger, starts around leg, defended in front of off

4.3

Kumar to Powell, no run, again an inswinger, PK focusing on taking the ball away from the left-hand Powell, who is solid in defending this to cover

4.4

Kumar to Powell, no run, this starts wide outside off, left alone

4.5

Kumar to Powell, no run, now the change-up with the outswinger, Powell is equal to the task of keeping it out

4.6

Kumar to Powell, no run, another outswinger, Powell is tall in defence

Early reading into the pitch: not nearly as much seam movement as in the first two Tests

End of over 5 (maiden) West Indies 11/0
KOA Powell    3* (15b)      P Kumar    3-2-2-0
AB Barath    4* (15b)      I Sharma    2-1-5-0

5.1

Sharma to Barath, 2 runs, overpitched, covers the line, then drives it with an open face, in full control of the shot

5.2

Sharma to Barath, 1 leg bye, gets inside the line, there is some extra bounce here, but he will get the leg-bye

5.3

Sharma to Powell, no run, angled across him, left alone

5.4

Sharma to Powell, no run, played in front of his body - did the ball stop at him? - goes uppishly but well short of cover

5.5

Sharma to Powell, no run, good leave... starts just outside off, knows it is not coming back, and shoulders arms

5.6

Sharma to Powell, no run, too wide outside off to bother Powell

End of over 6 (3 runs) West Indies 14/0
KOA Powell    3* (19b)      I Sharma    3-1-7-0
AB Barath    6* (17b)      P Kumar    3-2-2-0

6.1

Kumar to Barath, no run, nice outswinger, around off, Barath moves across to defend

6.2

Kumar to Barath, no run, another outswinger around the same over, Barath could leave it alone, but he usually moves across along the crease and defends, as he has done now

6.3

Kumar to Barath, 1 run, this time his across movement gets him inside the line and gives him an opportunity to turn it away for a single

Round the wicket to the left-hand batsman. Short midwicket and short square leg in place

6.4

Kumar to Powell, no run, angled in, betas the bat, first shout of the day, but clearly headed down the leg side

6.5

Kumar to Powell, no run, comes forward now, and drives this to cover

6.6

Kumar to Powell, no run, forward defensive towards mid-off

End of over 7 (1 run) West Indies 15/0
KOA Powell    3* (22b)      P Kumar    4-2-3-0
AB Barath    7* (20b)      I Sharma    3-1-7-0

Eric Richards: "Looks like this pitch is settling down. Wish Powell well - he should get a fifty to make it a romantic debut! Windies have the best chance to square up the series now. Was a good toss to loose for Sammy! Go Windies, Go!!!"

I agree this wicket is the easiest of the three so far

7.1

Sharma to Barath, no run, good bounce for Ishant, raps Barath on the pad but well above the knee roll. Clearly missing the top of the stumps

Bararth keeps you interested by moving so far across

7.2

Sharma to Barath, 2 runs, and nearly a fatal edge, drives on the up without getting close to the pitch of the ball, gets a thick inside edge towards square leg

7.3

Sharma to Barath, no run, right across his stumps, defends outside off

7.4

Sharma to Barath, no run, moves across, plays with a closed face, towards square leg

7.5

Sharma to Barath, no run, long, persistent shout for a catch down the leg side. Barath moves too far across, and swings with a closed face, there is an obvious sound as the ball passes him on the way to Dhoni, but Asad Rauf rules correctly that it has come off the pad

Back over the wicket

7.6

Sharma to Barath, no run, short ball, gets good bounce, Bararth is already inside its line, and lifts his arms to avoid contact

End of over 8 (2 runs) West Indies 17/0
AB Barath    9* (26b)      I Sharma    4-1-9-0
KOA Powell    3* (22b)      P Kumar    4-2-3-0

8.1

Kumar to Powell, OUT, Edged and taken! Debutant is gone. Eric Richards, one of the feedbackers, has put the goat mouth no him. A very good delivery from PK. Looked like an outsiwnger, pitched around off, making him play, and then leaves him, taking the edge through to Laxman at second slip

KOA Powell c Laxman b Kumar 3 (35m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.04

One debutant replaces the other. Kirk Edwards comes in. Ahead of Bravo and Shiv

8.2

Kumar to KA Edwards, no run, leaves the first delivery alone, it was an outswinger outside off

8.3

Kumar to KA Edwards, no run, full outside off, defended to cover

8.4

Kumar to KA Edwards, no run, outswinger around off, played with soft hands

8.5

Kumar to KA Edwards, 1 run, first Test runs for Edwards, gets a thick inside edge as he defends in front of his body

8.6

Kumar to Barath, no run, outside off, covers the line, defends to cover

End of over 9 (1 run) West Indies 18/1
AB Barath    9* (27b)      P Kumar    5-2-4-1
KA Edwards    1* (4b)      I Sharma    4-1-9-0

Dex: "Tough cookies for Keiron Powell... he fell to the curse of the commenter Eric... Let me do my part as a WI fan... India is going to win this game"

Munaf comes on

9.1

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, starts back of a length, around off, straightening in line, defended to off

9.2

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, fuller, same line, 80mph, pushed to the bowler

9.3

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, away movement outside off, shoulders arms to that

Sunil Gavaskar is having a right go at the Indian team for playing football during warm-ups. Apparently Ishant and Praveen had a solid collision playing football two days ago. "Somebody tell them nobody from Arsenal or Manchester United is here scouting for talent."

9.4

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, defended from the crease, towards cover

9.5

Patel to KA Edwards, 2 leg byes, straying down the leg side, worked around the corner for one

9.6

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, left alone outside off, up to 83mph now

End of over 10 (2 runs, maiden) West Indies 20/1
KA Edwards    1* (10b)      MM Patel    1-1-0-0
AB Barath    9* (27b)      P Kumar    5-2-4-1

10.1

Kumar to Barath, no run, outswinger, starts outside off, left alone

10.2

Kumar to Barath, no run, punched on the up, can't get it past cover

10.3

Kumar to Barath, no run, outswinger again, starts around off, solidly behind its line

10.4

Kumar to Barath, no run, moves across again to defend well outside off

10.5

Kumar to Barath, no run, appeal for leg-before, only PK seems interested, it is back of a length, pitches middle, and seams in towards him, and would have missed the leg stump

10.6

Kumar to Barath, 2 runs, punched uppishly, but evades the fielder at cover

End of over 11 (2 runs) West Indies 22/1
AB Barath    11* (33b)      P Kumar    6-2-6-1
KA Edwards    1* (10b)      MM Patel    1-1-0-0

11.1

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, away movement for Munaf, starts outside off, and left alone... 84.3mph

11.2

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, closer to off, Edwards covers the line, and defends

Sunil Gavaskar is on absolute fire today. Abhimany Mithun brings banana for PK at the boundary edge. he goes: "Of course this is allowed, but no runners."

11.3

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, outside off again, left alone without bother

11.4

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, back of a length, angling in, defended to on

11.5

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, around off, holding its line, pushed to cover

11.6

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, another leave outside off, an over safely negotiated

End of over 12 (maiden) West Indies 22/1
KA Edwards    1* (16b)      MM Patel    2-2-0-0
AB Barath    11* (33b)      P Kumar    6-2-6-1

Ishant comes back from Praveen's end

12.1

Sharma to Barath, no run, defended outside off, short of driving length

12.2

Sharma to Barath, 1 run, driven with an open face, Abhinav gets a hand to it at point, but can't prevent the single

12.3

Sharma to KA Edwards, 1 run, back of a length, tucks Edwards up, who in turn tucks it into the on side for one

12.4

Sharma to Barath, no run, that's a proper bouncer, but too far outside off, and Barath - who shapes up for the hook - lets it go

12.5

Sharma to Barath, no run, another prolonged appeal for a catch down the leg side, short, into the ribs, Barath plays at it - doesn't have to - but replays show it came off the thigh pad

12.6

Sharma to Barath, OUT, Barath won't like seeing the replays for this. He has gone for a pull after having moved across, a touch too far inside the line, now he is pulling this away from his body, and gloves it onto his stumps. This is not a good start for West Indies on a good batting wicket

AB Barath b Sharma 12 (54m 38b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.57

End of over 13 (2 runs) West Indies 24/2
     I Sharma    5-1-11-1
KA Edwards    2* (17b)      MM Patel    2-2-0-0

Bravo is the new man, but not on strike

13.1

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, good bounce for Munaf, into the ribs, defended by Edwards

13.2

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, good bouncer, 86.4mph, rearing from just outside off, Edwards looks to pull but the extra bounce makes him abort the shot

13.3

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, short again, chest-high, fended down by Edwards

13.4

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, short ball, but this is down the leg side, and he doesn't have to play at it

13.5

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, another good bouncer, 84.5mph, about head high, the second bouncer of the over. Edwards plays the hook, and ends up swinging under the ball. Lucky to not make contact, because there are two men on the hook

13.6

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, fuller this time, defended to cover

That's the first water break of the match. India have bowled 14 overs, so they are doing okay with the over-rate

End of over 14 (maiden) West Indies 24/2
KA Edwards    2* (23b)      MM Patel    3-3-0-0
DM Bravo    0* (0b)      I Sharma    5-1-11-1

James: "Barath is a talented batsman, but that's another poor dismissal (to go with the second innings in Jamaica). Maybe Jeff Dujon was right, a beating round the back of the pavillion might help the concentration." More from Dujon: "I don't like to be proven right on these issues, but can't say it was unexpected."

Bravo to face for the first time. Ishant from round the stumps

14.1

Sharma to Bravo, no run, starts outside off, back of a length, so easily left alone

14.2

Sharma to Bravo, no run, this one holds its line outside off, left alone by Bravo

14.3

Sharma to Bravo, FOUR, not in control of this at all, this one gets big at Bravo who goes ahead with the cut anyway. A gully would have swallowed this, but there is none

14.4

Sharma to Bravo, no run, this one angles in, Bravo is tall in defence, gets an inside edge onto the pad

14.5

Sharma to Bravo, no run, good leave, back of a length, outside off, covers the stumps, and then shoulders arms

14.6

Sharma to Bravo, no run, back of a length, on his toes to defend it

End of over 15 (4 runs) West Indies 28/2
DM Bravo    4* (6b 1x4)      I Sharma    6-1-15-1
KA Edwards    2* (23b)      MM Patel    3-3-0-0

15.1

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, tucked away off the hips, to square leg

Anees: "Sisharth - How many MORE times are you going to embarrass me in front of my wife by NOT publishing my comment? Didn't expect PCB kind of behaviour from you." Well, as far as I know, PCB doesn't embarrass you in front of wives. they tried it with Shoaib Akhtar by revealing some ailment. But he has no wife, and even if he had one, she would have known of it before PCB

15.2

Patel to KA Edwards, 2 runs, thick edge past gully, along the ground

15.3

Patel to KA Edwards, no run, doesn't go playing at this one, well wide of off

15.4

Patel to KA Edwards, 1 run, pushes this towards mid-off, and charges for a run straight away. It helps that the fielder placed there is Praveen Kumar, expectedly not the quickest

15.5

Patel to Bravo, no run, angled across him, doesn't need to play at it

15.6

Patel to Bravo, no run, driven on the up, square of the wicket, and Ishant makes a diving save at point

End of over 16 (3 runs) West Indies 31/2
DM Bravo    4* (8b 1x4)      MM Patel    4-3-3-0
KA Edwards    5* (27b)      I Sharma    6-1-15-1

Prosper: "Did anyone noticed Dravid & Edwards during the second test match, both had an intense conversation in the stands before the start of a days play. Edwards now batting at No.3, and the team in bit trouble. Can Edwards put those words from Dravid into action ?"

16.1

Sharma to KA Edwards, 1 run, full, into the pads, flicked wide of mid-on for a single

16.2

Sharma to Bravo, 2 runs, angled into the pads, nicely tucked away past square leg

16.3

Sharma to Bravo, no run, wide outside off, shoulders arms to it

16.4

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, short, into the ribs, fended into the ground, gets a single

16.5

Sharma to KA Edwards, OUT, The bouncer gets Edwards, who hasn't been comfortable with them at all. Although this has come off the helmet, and Edwards pointed to the offending equipment too, which might later earn him a fine. Accurate bouncer, head high, over the middle, in no position to hook it, bot goes for it, and the fielders and the umpire go by the sound created by the helmet

KA Edwards c †Dhoni b Sharma 6 (39m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.68

This is a small crowd in here, but they give the new man a large ovation. Shiv Chanderpaul becomes the most capped player for West Indies

16.6

Sharma to Chanderpaul, 4 byes, Bouncer and posthumous swing fool Dhoni. This seems headed well down the leg side, Dhoni goes to cover it, but after passing the stumps, the ball starts moving away towards Dhoni's original stance. Four byes

End of over 17 (8 runs) West Indies 39/3
S Chanderpaul    0* (1b)      I Sharma    7-1-19-2
DM Bravo    7* (11b 1x4)      MM Patel    4-3-3-0

17.1

Patel to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off, angled across him

17.2

Patel to Bravo, no run, good-looking punch on the up, but can't beat the diving Abhinav at point

17.3

Patel to Bravo, no run, fuller, closer to off, but still easy to leave it alone

17.4

Patel to Bravo, no run, wider outside off, and left alone

17.5

Patel to Bravo, 1 run, soft hands, nudged into the on side for one

17.6

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, plays, in the unique Shiv style, inside the line, giving the impression that he is beaten, but actually he isn't

End of over 18 (1 run) West Indies 40/3
S Chanderpaul    0* (2b)      MM Patel    5-3-4-0
DM Bravo    8* (16b 1x4)      I Sharma    7-1-19-2

Aaron: "KA Edwards c Dhoni b Prosper 6" Oh dear, the goat mouth is working today

18.1

Sharma to Bravo, no run, played with an open face, off the middle of the bat though, but can't beat point

18.2

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, soft hands again, gets a single into the off side

18.3

Sharma to Chanderpaul, 1 run, tucked away off the hips for a single to long leg. Off the mark in his 133rd Test

18.4

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, turns the bat face on this late, and gets a single to long leg... well on second thoughts, it was a thick inside edge

leg slip comes in to stop Shiv from deflecting balls off his hips

18.5

Sharma to Chanderpaul, 1 run, this is fuller, though, and he nudges into the on side for another single

18.6

Sharma to Bravo, no run, angled down the leg side

End of over 19 (4 runs) West Indies 44/3
DM Bravo    10* (20b 1x4)      I Sharma    8-1-23-2
S Chanderpaul    2* (4b)      MM Patel    5-3-4-0

19.1

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed to mid-off

19.2

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length, comes back in, Shiv shoulders arms and is hit in the thigh pad

19.3

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, defended solidly this time

Dav: "Dravid is now telling Edwards '...I told you not to play that shot...'"

Except Dravid is in the slips

19.4

Patel to Chanderpaul, 1 run, fuller this time, Shiv pushes it back, it is timed well and beats a very short mid-off. They look for the second, but Harbhajan is very quick, and Bravo rightly sends Shiv back

19.5

Patel to Bravo, no run, Munaf stays in the corridor, just outside off, looking for a nibble either way, Bravo is right behind it to defend

19.6

Patel to Bravo, no run, this is loose down the leg side, but Bravo fails to make contact

End of over 20 (1 run) West Indies 45/3
DM Bravo    10* (22b 1x4)      MM Patel    6-3-5-0
S Chanderpaul    3* (8b)      I Sharma    8-1-23-2

Praveen Kumar comes back. Starts round the stump for the left-hand batsmen

20.1

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, around off, not much movement, defended to the bowler

20.2

Kumar to Chanderpaul, 1 run, fuller, nice push-drive, wide of mid-off for one

20.3

Kumar to Bravo, no run, this one seems to have come slower onto him, 74mph, Bravo is playing it in front of his body, but manages to keep it down

Back over the stumps

20.4

Kumar to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off, angled across him

20.5

Kumar to Bravo, no run, another leave outside off

20.6

Kumar to Bravo, no run, inswinger, starts around leg, moving away towards off, pushed to PK

End of over 21 (1 run) West Indies 46/3
DM Bravo    10* (26b 1x4)      P Kumar    7-2-7-1
S Chanderpaul    4* (10b)      MM Patel    6-3-5-0

First spin of the match. Harbhajan, two wickets from 400 but under pressure, comes on. One slip and an FSL

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, good bounce for him, turns away after pitching off, bouncing well over the stumps, left alone

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, defended to cover

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, pitched outside leg, Shiv doesn't have to play at it

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, offbreak, starts outside leg again, this time Shiv defends

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, encouraging turn for him, starts outside leg, turns towards off again, defended with soft hands

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, another defensive shot, but he is being made to play

Good sign for Harbhajan is that he flighted every delivery of that over

End of over 22 (maiden) West Indies 46/3
S Chanderpaul    4* (16b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-1-0-0
DM Bravo    10* (26b 1x4)      P Kumar    7-2-7-1

22.1

Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, driven on the up, to the left of mid-off, and gets the single

Round the wicket to Shiv

22.2

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, full outside off, driven with an open face, towards point

22.3

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, slower ball, 71mph, played towards midwicket, along the ground

Goes back over the stumps

22.4

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, angled across Shiv, left alone

22.5

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, left alone outside off, bounces twice before reaching Dhoni

Goes round the stumps again

22.6

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, angled into the pads, defended towards midwicket

End of over 23 (1 run) West Indies 47/3
S Chanderpaul    4* (21b)      P Kumar    8-2-8-1
DM Bravo    11* (27b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-1-0-0

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, no run, flighted just outside leg, defended towards short leg

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, 1 run, quicker ball, worked into the on side for a sharp single, beating Kohli's throw

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted around off, driven uppishly towards extra cover

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, sharp turn, and he leaves it alone after it pitches around off

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, this starts outside off, so easier to leave it be

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, shorter, cut away, Vijay dives to his wrong side at point and saves four

End of over 24 (1 run) West Indies 48/3
S Chanderpaul    4* (25b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-1-1-0
DM Bravo    12* (29b 1x4)      P Kumar    8-2-8-1

Dhoni likes the turn Harbhajan is getting? Brings Raina on. Or is he worried about the over-rate? Twelve minutes to the two-hour mark, and India have bowled 24 overs

24.1

Raina to Bravo, no run, full, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

Slip and silly point

24.2

Raina to Bravo, no run, tossed up around off, defended back to Raina

24.3

Raina to Bravo, 2 leg byes, angling down the pads, goes fine after brushing the pad

24.4

Raina to Bravo, no run, off-stump line now, played towards cover

24.5

Raina to Bravo, no run, slightly shorter in length, pushes it back to the bowler

24.6

Raina to Bravo, no run, back of a length, angling in, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 25 (2 runs, maiden) West Indies 50/3
DM Bravo    12* (35b 1x4)      SK Raina    1-1-0-0
S Chanderpaul    4* (25b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-1-1-0

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, stays with the middle-and-leg line, defended towards cover

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, slight change in flight, slightly quicker, beats him, but it is pitched outside leg

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted high again, defended off the front foot

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, defended into the leg side

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, 3 runs, slightly shot, and he waits on it before back-cutting it past Vijay at point. Vijay gives chase and makes a diving save

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, FOUR, short again, and Bravo waits for the turn and smashes this in front of square. Only the second boundary of the innings, both hit by Bravo. Poor delivery, severely dealt with

End of over 26 (7 runs) West Indies 57/3
DM Bravo    16* (36b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-1-8-0
S Chanderpaul    7* (30b)      SK Raina    1-1-0-0

26.1

Raina to Chanderpaul, no run, Shiv moves across (redundance I know), and pushes this back to the bowler

26.2

Raina to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, top edge, trying the paddle sweep, but this is too short for the shot, and he is not in control at all, but it falls well behind the slip cordon

26.3

Raina to Chanderpaul, 1 run, quicker, into the pads, helped into the on side for one

26.4

Raina to Bravo, no run, shortish, flat, defended back to Raina

26.5

Raina to Bravo, no run, full, middle and off, easily defended

26.6

Raina to Bravo, no run, angled into the pads again, pushed back to Raina

End of over 27 (3 runs) West Indies 60/3
DM Bravo    16* (39b 2x4)      SK Raina    2-1-3-0
S Chanderpaul    10* (33b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-1-8-0

Less than four minutes to go to lunch. Can we get two overs in?

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, 2 leg byes, pitched outside leg, and too full for it to turn big, and he concedes byes. It's come off the pads, and Rauf changes his signal

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, stays back to push this back to Raina

Goes round the stumps now. Shiv takes fresh guard

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted around middle and off, turning away, defended

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, flatter, pushed back to Harbhajan, a git of an overspinner

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, 1 run, full, and flicked away to the right of a deepish mid-on for one

Bravo does his shoe laces. Then gloves. Gavaskar is impressed. This should make sure this is the last over before lunch

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to deep point for one, and Bravo makes this the last delivery before lunch. Kohli has an arm around his shoulder, and they have a conversation going back

India invited West Indies to bat first, hoping for a similar score line. What is bad for West Indies is that the pitch has hardly been assisting bowlers as much as it was expected to. So India's session for sure. We are expecting rain. Good timing by the rain to show up during lunch and not cricket. See you at 12.40pm

End of over 28 (4 runs) West Indies 64/3
DM Bravo    17* (40b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-1-10-0
S Chanderpaul    11* (38b)      SK Raina    2-1-3-0

Back. Hope y'all had a good meal - whether it is lunch or dinner or breakfast in your time zone. Bravo and Shiv have been difficult to dislodge for India. West Indies will hope for more of the same in this session. This wicket is pretty flat, and doesn't merit 64 for 3. Out come Shiv and Bravo. Bob Marley on my itunes will have to pause now. Praveen Kumar to take up proceedings under overcast skies. Short extra cover, besides the two slips and a gully

28.1

Kumar to Bravo, no run, angled across, good sighter for Bravo who leaves it be

28.2

Kumar to Bravo, no run, length ball, around off, pushed to the bowler

28.3

Kumar to Bravo, no run, good inswinger, pitching leg, moving towards off, pushed back to the bowler

28.4

Kumar to Bravo, FOUR, Shot! That sure does remind one of BCL. Half-volley all right, but what a drive, high elbow for the photographers too. Extra cover has no chance

28.5

Kumar to Bravo, no run, high back lift again, but this is not full enough to drive, and he pushes it to mid-off

Goes round the stumps

28.6

Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, back of a length, punched wide of extra cover for a single

End of over 29 (5 runs) West Indies 69/3
DM Bravo    22* (46b 3x4)      P Kumar    9-2-13-1
S Chanderpaul    11* (38b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-1-10-0

Munaf gets another spell. Over the stumps

29.1

Patel to Bravo, no run, length ball, on the pads, pushed down to mid-on

29.2

Patel to Bravo, no run, back of a length, pushed square on the off side

29.3

Patel to Bravo, no run, slightly wide of off, shapes up for another punch, but leaves it alone

29.4

Patel to Bravo, no run, back of a length, around off, staple delivery from Munaf, pushed to cover

29.5

Patel to Bravo, no run, similar line, similar length, teasing Bravo, who leaves this alone

29.6

Patel to Bravo, no run, slightly wider, left alone, another maiden for Munaf. His figures: 7-4-5-0

End of over 30 (maiden) West Indies 69/3
DM Bravo    22* (52b 3x4)      MM Patel    7-4-5-0
S Chanderpaul    11* (38b)      P Kumar    9-2-13-1

Round the stumps to Shiv

30.1

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, left alone outside off, starts too wide for the angle to concern Chanderpaul

30.2

Kumar to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, angled into the pads, there is no mid-on, and Shiv gently pushes it there for two runs

30.3

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball, around off, pushed back to PK

30.4

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed down the ground again, but this time there is a mid-on in place

30.5

Kumar to Chanderpaul, FOUR, wide half-volley, and Shiv drives this with an open face, piercing the gap between cover and cover-point. ten minutes into the session, and they have doubled their boundary count

Perhaps Shiv is not happy with the boundary. He is remarking his guard. oh wait, PK is changing his angle again. Coming from over the stumps

30.6

Kumar to Chanderpaul, no run, angled across, driven with an open face, not past cover

End of over 31 (6 runs) West Indies 75/3
S Chanderpaul    17* (44b 1x4)      P Kumar    10-2-19-1
DM Bravo    22* (52b 3x4)      MM Patel    7-4-5-0

31.1

Patel to Bravo, no run, Short extra cover almost in the game... punches this in front of his body, it goes uppishly, but straighter of the man. Had the Indians excited for a bit

4.30pm It's official. We won't have any more cricket today. Stumps on day one, and we have had only 31.1 overs. And it is not even an over-rate offence against MS Dhoni, who turns 30 tomorrow. Unlikely he is facing any mid-life crisis... On that note, this is Sidharth Monga, saying goodbye. Hope you enjoyed the rain. And as it is with all rain-affected matches, there will be early starts - 9.30am - on the next four days.

4pm More bad news. Rain has got heavier. This could be it for the day. Waiting for the official confirmation, though. Sriram Veera, who I might add is not the official confirmation, says it is raining heavily now

3.45pm Things look bleak. It is drizzling still. Difficult to take the covers off. There is water on the covers too, so even when it stops raining, it will be a while before we have cricket

3.30pm Please switch to the other tab. Cook needs seven for a century out of nine. Kieswetter has just hit a four and a six! What would have Suraj Randiv done in this situation? Sorry Suraj, some things, like bad nicknames, just stick

3.20pm It seems to have stopped raining, and they have started working on the ground. Yes, Atit and Andy, I have closed the bold tags properly now

2.53 While we wait for the rain to stop, I have done a bit of youtubing for the faithfuls who are still there. First up, this lovely discussion on flair. Watch out for Michael Holding on BCL, and the Sanga anecdote in the end. Priceless. Staying with Michael Holding, listen to this too. Cuts through the rhetoric from either side, including the interviewer, and talks perfect sense. Can't disagree with one word. And staying some more with Michael Holding, this is I-Roy's Tribute to Michael Holding. Wicked it is

2.23pm Since it is raining, tea will be taken at its usual time of 2.40pm. Don't expect any play before 3pm. Vaibhav: "Munaf Patel has same number of fours (7) and same number of sixes (1) in Tests and ODIs, moreover his highest score (15) is also same in both the formats." This just proves that cricket is truly a thinker's game. What all we think and observe only because of rain

2.18pm The groundstaff are having to run for cover. More rain in Dominica

2.05pm the rain seems to have stopped, and the umpires are out in the middle, just checking how wet the ground is. Don't think this is an official inspection. Covers yet to come off

2pm The covers are still on, and I won't be surprised if we have no play before tea. Rahul writes in, "Test matches at this time of the year in the WI are a glutton's delight. Just done with lunch, and lo, here we go for tea again!"

And Anshuman says: "Nerukku Ner is a brilliant movie and a social statement.. Creative Licence has been a common part of the Indian system. Much like BCCI claiming they came up with IPL individually.." Well squashing the ICL was an original idea...

1.30pm The rain has resumed

1.22pm Venkatesh, who is at work and thus cannot access youtube (I can!), nudges me to this. All I can say is, RIP Nesta Robert Marley. Meanwhile, covers are still on

1.15pm Rain seems to have stopped, but the covers are yet to come off. The groundstaff are working. Meanwhile I am back to Marley, and Buffalo Solider reminds me of this. Those folks in India who have taste for bad films and music will surely know of this, but since I have international audience, I thought may as well display this creativity, or lack thereof

1.06pm Meanwhile, it seems to have stopped raining. Ground staff come out to inspect the covers and all

1.03pm Whoa. Feedbackers ripping into the choice of Dominica if it rains there everyday. Well, I was talking about the cool, passing showers. Let me quote dominica-info.com: "Cool rain showers occur almost every day, especially in Dominica's heavily forested areas, but the dry season usually runs from January to May. The rainiest months are July through October, which are also the months that make up hurricane season." Surely it is not the venue, it is the timing. And why we had to choose this time, I will let one of the feedbacks from Carl do the talking: "When is the ICC going to learn that you cannot schedule matches in the WI after May 31. It is thr "rainny season". This tour should have been played earlier. Oops, I forgot that would have conflicted with the IPL which has precedence over all cricket."

Okay I did a bit of a research, and will be fair to the IPL here. The FTP, drawn much before the IPL was in place, clearly says India were supposed to tour West Indies from late May to early July. That's because Pakistan would be down there before them. So the IPL hasn't pushed things by much this time

12.53pm It has begun to rain, and we are going off. Covers coming on too. Dominica of course is the land where it is said it rains everyday

10.20am Good news again. We are ready to start. Munaf is ready with the ball. Bravo on strike

10.14am Digicel brings you bad news now: "Ok further delay at Windsor Park, Dominica as rain is expected. Bah humbug!"

9.56am Good news from Digicel Twitter. Play to start at 10.15am. 95.5 overs to be bowled. Lunch at noon. Tea at 3.10pm. Scheduled close of play 5.30pm

9.55am I should be reading feedback better. Nirav had just pronounced him dead. Thanks Tim, although I am of the belief that people who are alive should also rest in peace

9.45am Still no sign of play starting. We shall keep you updated. Nirav writes in meanwhile, "Looks like everyone has forgot Ringo - Happy Birthday!" Of course I haven't. I was just listening to With A Little Help From My Friends

9.15am on Day 2 He was born today. He went onto become the toast of the nation. The whole nation loves him. He frustrates them some times, but they can't stop watching him. So Happy Birthday... Mohammad Ashraful, who turns 27 today. On that note, a warm welcome to the live coverage of the second day of the Dominica Test. Sriram Veera doesn't have good news for you, by the way. It is drizzling in Roseau, which is set to delay the early start that we had planned. It rained till midnight last night too

31.2

Patel to Bravo, no run, accurate strike, just outside off, left alone by Bravo

It is bright and sunny right now

31.3

Patel to Bravo, no run, wider outside of, left alone, and collected by Dhoni who is sans 'tache today

31.4

Patel to Bravo, no run, straighter now, back of a length, Bravo defends solidly

31.5

Patel to Bravo, no run, full, nearly a half-volley, driven powerfully, but straight to mid-off

Two slips and a gully in place

31.6

Patel to Bravo, 1 run, worked away off the pads, gets a single

End of over 32 (1 run) West Indies 76/3
DM Bravo    23* (58b 3x4)      MM Patel    8-4-6-0
S Chanderpaul    17* (44b 1x4)      P Kumar    10-2-19-1

Ishant Sharma will begin at the other end. Round the stumps

32.1

Sharma to Bravo, no run, back of a length, angling in, Bravo is tall in defence

32.2

Sharma to Bravo, no run, wide outside off, left alone

32.3

Sharma to Bravo, no run, fuller, closer to off, Bravo defends it back to Sharma

32.4

Sharma to Bravo, no run, shoulders arms to one outside off - hasn't quite hit his rhythm so far, has Sharma

32.5

Sharma to Bravo, no run, another delivery that makes Dhoni earn his match fee

32.6

Sharma to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off again

End of over 33 (maiden) West Indies 76/3
DM Bravo    23* (64b 3x4)      I Sharma    9-2-23-2
S Chanderpaul    17* (44b 1x4)      MM Patel    8-4-6-0

Patel to continue

33.1

Patel to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Shiv shuffles across first ball today, gets inside the line, and deflects it away for one

33.2

Patel to Bravo, no run, on his front foot to defend this length ball outside off

33.3

Patel to Bravo, no run, presses forward to defend one around off

33.4

Patel to Bravo, no run, extra bounce with this one, Bravo stands tall and defends it right under his eye

33.5

Patel to Bravo, no run, angled across now, left alone

33.6

Patel to Bravo, 1 run, push-drive, open face, past cover for another single

End of over 34 (2 runs) West Indies 78/3
DM Bravo    24* (69b 3x4)      MM Patel    9-4-8-0
S Chanderpaul    18* (45b 1x4)      I Sharma    9-2-23-2

Sharma continues round the stumps

34.1

Sharma to Bravo, no run, the first loose shot of the morning, Bravo drives half-heartedly at one well outside off, gets an inside edge into the ground, then onto his arm

34.2

Sharma to Bravo, no run, tries the bouncer, but misdirects it down the leg side

34.3

Sharma to Bravo, no run, lovely short ball, gets about chest high, on top of off, Bravo plays at it, dropping wrists late, but it goes off the sleeve of the shirt. Umpire Kettleborough, though, would have given Bravo nervous moments: he nodded twice before calling it not-out

34.4

Sharma to Bravo, no run, another short ball, just outside off, another bottom edge into the ground

34.5

Sharma to Bravo, no run, this is fuller and wider, and left alone well

Kamal: "I will eat one thousand red chillies, if Bajji gets his 400th wicket by today."

34.6

Sharma to Bravo, no run, short again, into the body, Bravo fends it down

End of over 35 (maiden) West Indies 78/3
DM Bravo    24* (75b 3x4)      I Sharma    10-3-23-2
S Chanderpaul    18* (45b 1x4)      MM Patel    9-4-8-0

Leg gully now

35.1

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, and now Munnabhai gets into bouncer mode, it is accurate, but Shiv sways out of it beautifully

35.2

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, fuller, but still short, just outside off, this time he shoulders arms

35.3

Patel to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, a length ball, slightly wide of off, he covers the line, and then opens the face on it, past gully

35.4

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, defends this just outside off, pushing it to cover

35.5

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, too far wide of off to involve Shiv in this

Abhijeet: "@Kamal : I think 400 chillies would be more sensible"

35.6

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, closer to stumps now, and Chanderpaul is resolute in defence

End of over 36 (2 runs) West Indies 80/3
S Chanderpaul    20* (51b 1x4)      MM Patel    10-4-10-0
DM Bravo    24* (75b 3x4)      I Sharma    10-3-23-2

James: "Sorry Bhajji, but I hope you get no more than 1 wicket today. The health of a fellow feedbacker is at stake!"

36.1

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, What is happening here? Bravo rides the bounce, defends this straight to gully, and starts strolling for a single as if he has hit it to long-off. Even Shiv starts strolling for one, and he would have been gone by a mile had Abhinav hit the stumps

36.2

Sharma to Chanderpaul, no run, gets across, and pushes inside the line of this

36.3

Sharma to Chanderpaul, no run, left alone outside off now

36.4

Sharma to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, fuller, straighter, making Shiv play, and play Shiv does, nudging it past square leg for a couple

36.5

Sharma to Chanderpaul, no run, full outside off, left alone

Hugh: "@James, don't say that - I'm looking forward to hearing the scream in Ireland."

36.6

Sharma to Chanderpaul, 1 run, another deflection off the stumps after making bowl Sharma at the stumps, gets a single into the on side

End of over 37 (4 runs) West Indies 84/3
S Chanderpaul    23* (56b 1x4)      I Sharma    11-3-27-2
DM Bravo    25* (76b 3x4)      MM Patel    10-4-10-0

A disappointed Pruthviraj writes in, "Is Kamal like that lady Poonam Pandey? we all know what she did after India won the world cup" Pandey over Kamal any day

37.1

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, angled across, left alone

37.2

Patel to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed down to mid-off

37.3

Patel to Chanderpaul, OUT, Munaf keeps nibbling away around off, and he gets the fatal nibble from Shiv. What a big wicket. That same short-of-a-length delivery, around off, bowled from close to the stumps, the ever clear Shiv is indecisive this time, and has a poke at it. Munna's first wicket in Tests since March 2009. Welcome back

S Chanderpaul c †Dhoni b Patel 23 (77m 59b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.98

Well, one thing is sure. If Kamal eats those chillies after Harbhajan gets 400 wickets, Kamal will have a lot of runs under his belt...

Marlon Samuels to bat now

37.4

Patel to Samuels, no run, away movement straight away, starts close to off, but Samuels doesn't play at it

37.5

Patel to Samuels, no run, closer to off, Samuels plays at this, solid in defence

37.6

Patel to Samuels, no run, left alone outside off, another maiden for Munaf, bringing his economy rate back to a respectable one per over

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) West Indies 84/4
MN Samuels    0* (3b)      MM Patel    11-5-10-1
DM Bravo    25* (76b 3x4)      I Sharma    11-3-27-2

Ayush: "Kamal will have to run to the bathroom like a tracer bullet"

38.1

Sharma to Bravo, no run, Sharma continues round the stumps, bowls a length ball around off, defended to cover

38.2

Sharma to Bravo, no run, nice drive on the up, with an open face, but can't beat the cover field

38.3

Sharma to Bravo, no run, some indecision with running, hit to cover, Bravo calls for one, then goes back, and apologises to Samuels

38.4

Sharma to Bravo, no run, this is wide outside off, and left alone

38.5

Sharma to Bravo, 2 runs, third extra-cover drive of the over, and finds the gap this time, will get only two - the outfield is heavy

38.6

Sharma to Bravo, no run, the short one now, but starts outside off, and Bravo stays away from it

End of over 39 (2 runs) West Indies 86/4
DM Bravo    27* (82b 3x4)      I Sharma    12-3-29-2
MN Samuels    0* (3b)      MM Patel    11-5-10-1

39.1

Patel to Samuels, no run, length ball, just outside off, pushed to cover

39.2

Patel to Samuels, no run, good bouncer, Samuels is looking to move across, but has to get out of the way in a hurry

39.3

Patel to Samuels, no run, back of a length, around off, Samuels defends to cover

39.4

Patel to Samuels, no run, another bouncer, he doesn't quite duck, just bends under it... hmm

39.5

Patel to Samuels, no run, Good morning, Marlon. He has been a touch lazy in getting out of the way of these short ones, and Munaf hits him flush in the helmet. Eyes off, head looking it another direction

39.6

Patel to Samuels, no run, lovely follow-up delivery, fuller, a rattled Samuels drives at it, gets a thick edge but it reaches gully on a half-volley

End of over 40 (maiden) West Indies 86/4
MN Samuels    0* (9b)      MM Patel    12-6-10-1
DM Bravo    27* (82b 3x4)      I Sharma    12-3-29-2

PK to replace Ishant now

40.1

Kumar to Bravo, no run, starts well outside off, left alone

40.2

Kumar to Bravo, no run, outside off again, no shape in, left alone

40.3

Kumar to Bravo, no run, again well outside off, Bravo leaves it be

40.4

Kumar to Bravo, no run, well wide of off again, and left alone again - is he asking Bravo to drive?

40.5

Kumar to Bravo, no run, shorter, closer to off, pushed to gully this time

40.6

Kumar to Bravo, no run, full, driving length, close to off, driven to mid-off

End of over 41 (maiden) West Indies 86/4
DM Bravo    27* (88b 3x4)      P Kumar    11-3-19-1
MN Samuels    0* (9b)      MM Patel    12-6-10-1

41.1

Patel to Samuels, FOUR, too full, and Samuels drives it beautifully, between mid-off and the bowler. Stays on the crease, moves across, and times it superbly

41.2

Patel to Samuels, no run, short of a length now, around off, defended back to Munaf

41.3

Patel to Samuels, no run, short, into the body, Samuels gets inside the line and lifts his arms

41.4

Patel to Samuels, FOUR, flashy, and productive... wide length ball and he drives on the up, past point... even on this outfield he didn't need to run for that

41.5

Patel to Samuels, no run, Bouncer. Stare. Words. Samuels is slightly lazy in bending under it again, and Munaf lets him have a work or two

41.6

Patel to Samuels, no run, covers the line of this shorter delivery, defending it to cover

End of over 42 (8 runs) West Indies 94/4
MN Samuels    8* (15b 2x4)      MM Patel    13-6-18-1
DM Bravo    27* (88b 3x4)      P Kumar    11-3-19-1

42.1

Kumar to Bravo, no run, Praveen still too wide, doesn't bother Bravo

Munaf conceded eight in that previous over - only two fewer than his 12previous overs

42.2

Kumar to Bravo, no run, starts leg, shapes away, defended in front of off

The 8-1 off-side field explains PK's line well outside off a bit

42.3

Kumar to Bravo, no run, another wide delivery, left alone again

42.4

Kumar to Bravo, no run, starts closer to stumps, Bravo is not being tempted by the on-side vacancies, defends this to cover

42.5

Kumar to Bravo, no run, another leave well outside off

42.6

Kumar to Bravo, no run, back of a length, starts middle, shaping away to off, defended solidly

Water break now

End of over 43 (maiden) West Indies 94/4
DM Bravo    27* (94b 3x4)      P Kumar    12-4-19-1
MN Samuels    8* (15b 2x4)      MM Patel    13-6-18-1

Sharma replaces Patel

43.1

Sharma to Samuels, 1 run, angling in, worked around the corner for a single

Over the wicket to Bravo

43.2

Sharma to Bravo, no run, wide outside off, angling further away, left alone

43.3

Sharma to Bravo, no run, closer to off now, pushed to cover

7-2 off-side field

43.4

Sharma to Bravo, no run, driven on the up, straight to mid-off

43.5

Sharma to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off again... clearly they are testing Bravo's patience outside off

43.6

Sharma to Bravo, no run, another cover-drive, finds the fielder again

End of over 44 (1 run) West Indies 95/4
DM Bravo    27* (99b 3x4)      I Sharma    13-3-30-2
MN Samuels    9* (16b 2x4)      P Kumar    12-4-19-1

Two slips and a gully for PK to Samuels. Now he will not be bowling wide outside off

44.1

Kumar to Samuels, no run, length ball, stumps to stumps, no movement this time, defended back to him

44.2

Kumar to Samuels, no run, slight movement away this time, Samuels defends this to cover

44.3

Kumar to Samuels, no run, slight shape in this time, Samuels is solid in defence

44.4

Kumar to Samuels, no run, length ball, on the pads, flicked to midwicket

44.5

Kumar to Samuels, no run, leg-cutter type of movement, from back of a length, Samuels pushes this to cover

44.6

Kumar to Samuels, no run, slower ball, defended to cover, third maiden in a row for Kumar

End of over 45 (maiden) West Indies 95/4
MN Samuels    9* (22b 2x4)      P Kumar    13-5-19-1
DM Bravo    27* (99b 3x4)      I Sharma    13-3-30-2

45.1

Sharma to Bravo, no run, short of a good length outside off, lets it through

45.2

Sharma to Bravo, FOUR, Bravo Bravo, dropped it short did Ishant outside off and he got into position early, standing tall and pulling it past midwicket for a boundary

45.3

Sharma to Bravo, no run, short of a length outside off, leaves it be

45.4

Sharma to Bravo, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and taps it back onto the pitch

45.5

Sharma to Bravo, no run, bowled it full outside off, driven towards cover, it's a packed off-side field

45.6

Sharma to Bravo, no run, short of a good length on middle and leg, gets back and drops it down towards point

End of over 46 (4 runs) West Indies 99/4
DM Bravo    31* (105b 4x4)      I Sharma    14-3-34-2
MN Samuels    9* (22b 2x4)      P Kumar    13-5-19-1

46.1

Kumar to Samuels, OUT, Praveen strikes! Lazy shot from Samuels there, or was there a shot at all? It didn't bounce as much, was short of a good length outside off and he just hung his bat out at that one, no intent whatsoever, got an inside edge and saw his off stump pegged back

MN Samuels b Kumar 9 (37m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 39.13

India were disciplined yesterday, the yare today as well. This is a good enough batting track still, and West Indies have done poorly to get where they have. Baugh comes in, played well in Barbados

46.2

Kumar to Baugh, no run, short of a good length outside off, appears to hold its line, leaves it alone to the keeper

46.3

Kumar to Baugh, no run, slightly short on middle and leg, gets on the back foot to turn it away into the leg side

46.4

Kumar to Baugh, no run, edged and just short of Dravid at a widish slip, just a hint of away movement there and he pushed at it but was wise enough to take his bottom-hand off, landed just short

46.5

Kumar to Baugh, no run, knocked it into the off side off the back foot

46.6

Kumar to Baugh, no run, swinging in, Baugh shuffled across to keep the fielders tempted, landed on middle and he pushed it across to midwicket

End of over 47 (wicket maiden) West Indies 99/5
CS Baugh    0* (5b)      P Kumar    14-6-19-2
DM Bravo    31* (105b 4x4)      I Sharma    14-3-34-2

47.1

Sharma to Bravo, FOUR, Imperious from Bravo, it's no longer an 8-1 field and he took full toll of that good length delivery, drove it hard on the up through extra cover

Two slips and a gully, a fielder has been pushed to sweeper cover. Round the wicket now

47.2

Sharma to Bravo, no run, slower one from Ishant, bowled it full on middle, defended into the leg side

47.3

Sharma to Bravo, no run, another slower one, landed it just outside leg and it cut back in, Bravo had shuffled across to turn it behind square, got struck on pocket

47.4

Sharma to Bravo, no run, banged it short this time on middle, gets back and knocks it down in front of midwicket

47.5

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, swinging in slightly, Bravo gets back to turn it away past midwicket, an easy single on offer and he took it

47.6

Sharma to Baugh, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, walks across to play it down in the direction of fine leg for a single

End of over 48 (6 runs) West Indies 105/5
CS Baugh    1* (6b)      I Sharma    15-3-40-2
DM Bravo    36* (110b 5x4)      P Kumar    14-6-19-2

One slip, one short midwicket, one short extra cover

48.1

Kumar to Baugh, no run, lovely outswinger, squares him up, catches him on the crease, hits him over the knee roll, but you have got to remember he is a short man. Missing off I reckon. Umpire Kettleborough again nods before ruling not-out. Batsmen must hate him for that

48.2

Kumar to Baugh, no run, driven towards cover, from wide outside off

48.3

Kumar to Baugh, no run, back of a length, closer to off, pushed to cover

48.4

Kumar to Baugh, no run, this one comes in, headed towards off, Baugh is equal to it

48.5

Kumar to Baugh, 3 runs, a touch too short, a touch too wide, and Baugh back-cuts it past gully. Abhinav gives chase and saves run with a diving save

48.6

Kumar to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off, Pk reverts to bowling wide of off to Bravo

End of over 49 (3 runs) West Indies 108/5
DM Bravo    36* (111b 5x4)      P Kumar    15-6-22-2
CS Baugh    4* (11b)      I Sharma    15-3-40-2

It has got fairly dark at the Windsor Park. Harbhajan to bowl now. Kamal, hold your breath. Round the wicket to Baugh. One slip, one FSL, one short midwicket

49.1

Harbhajan Singh to Baugh, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, looks like a toppie, defended back to Bhajan

Goes back over the stumps

49.2

Harbhajan Singh to Baugh, no run, offbreak, slight turn in, but short of a length, and he stays back to defend

49.3

Harbhajan Singh to Baugh, SIX, that's a whiplash slog-sweep! He has given it some humpty, and nearly hits the groundstaff at square leg, who are preparing themselves for some rain, it looks like

49.4

Harbhajan Singh to Baugh, 1 run, Bhaj has taken Baugh all the three times he has got out, but he is bowling with a long-on... single taken

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, no run, that's better, tossed up nicely, around middle and off, breaking away, Bravo's soft hands make short it doesn't carry to slip

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, 1 run, sharp turn again, from middle and off again, and then going against the angle, thick edge travels wide of slip

End of over 50 (8 runs) West Indies 116/5
DM Bravo    37* (113b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-1-18-0
CS Baugh    11* (15b 1x6)      P Kumar    15-6-22-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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MS Dhoni collects yet another series trophy, West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 5th day, July 10, 2011

MS Dhoni collects yet another series trophy

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Ishant Sharma was Man of the Series for his 22 wickets, West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 5th day, July 10, 2011

Ishant Sharma was Man of the Series for his 22 wickets

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