West Indies v India, 4th Test, Jamaica, 1st day July 1, 2006

The pitch nobody could figure

Cricinfo staff



It wasn't pretty but there is little doubt about the value of Rahul Dravid's 81 © AFP

Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara discuss the state of affairs at the end of day one of the Jamaica Test Download MP3 (right click and select "save target as"; 1.6 mb)
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A strange pitch made for a strange day's cricket which ended with the West Indies on top. Rahul Dravid, fresh from a cussed 81, found the pitch difficult enough and the bowling good enough to term the innings "one of the most challenging" that he has played; India's eventual score of 200, he said, was a fighting one. His West Indian counterpart, Brian Lara, however, said only a "Herculean effort" from his bowlers on such a pitch has set the game up. Intrigued? Listen on.

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