The West Indian Energizer Bunny
On a day full of events - Wasim Jaffer scored his maiden double-century, Mahendra Singh Dhoni treated the crowds to spectacular hitting, and a controversial catch led to utter confusion - Ian Bradshaw put on an astonishing display of stamina and perseverence.
Bradshaw bowled 25 overs on the trot on the fourth day, beginning before lunch and ending after tea. With Fidel Edwards injured and the Indian batsmen in no mood to relent, Lara turned to Bradshaw to fill in the overs. In the first innings Bradshaw had struggled with his line - often spraying it down leg side - but with Dwayne Bravo having an ordinary day and Corey Collymore bowling only nine overs, Bradshaw had to raise his game, and he did. The following graphic shows Bradshaw's line in the first and second innings.
Leading by 85 with eight wickets in hand, India began the fourth day with the intent of scoring quick runs. Jaffer and Rahul Dravid scored 65 runs in the first hour and Bradshaw was given the new ball immediately after drinks. In the next 13 overs before the lunch break, India managed only 28 runs. Bradshaw bowled without rest through the afternoon session, conceding just 20 runs off 11 overs. His only reward was Jaffer's wicket - bowled by one that threaded the bat-pad gap.
Bradshaw's nagging line and length came at a crucial time, when India were thinking about accelerating to set a suitable target for the West Indies. Though Jaffer scored 212, Bradshaw had managed to beat him regularly by angling the ball away from over the wicket. Yuvraj Singh also struggled, often getting beaten on the front foot by the suprising lift Bradshaw was able to extract from a placid pitch. India scored just nine runs in the first seven overs after tea. Bradshaw carried on after the break, bowling another seven overs for 15 runs before Lara finally gave him a much-deserved break.
George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo