Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

531dThe Verdict by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

Lara too has his learning curve

Brain Lara was basically in uncharted territory and, as he was to himself admit later, learnt a lot about his batting out in the middle.

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

Dravid lauds team effort on slow pitch

Rahul Dravid admitted that the close-in catching had been a problem area but reiterated that to get close to winning what was effectively a four-day contest was "creditable"

Day 4

531dHaydn Gill

Stephenson questions weak arms

An experienced former professional is embarrassed by the weak throwing arms prevailing in the West Indies team.

531dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Rain ruins proceedings

There was no chance play as the rain bucketed down for the best part of the fourth day in St Lucia

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

Gibbs helps Harbhajan iron out a few wrinkles

Lance Gibbs, the legendary West Indian offspinner, has spent some time with Harbhajan Singh, advising him how to bowl the straighter one without changing his action.

Day 3

531dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

West Indies face daunting task ahead

India skittled out the West Indies for just 215, enforced the follow-on and had them on the run at 43 for 1, still 330 behind at stumps on the third day

531dS Rajesh

India's first-innings advantage

The first-innings lead of 373 that India got in St Lucia is their second-highest in an overseas Test, and the fourth-highest in their 398-Test history

531dOn the Ball with S Rajesh

India's other offspinner

Virender Sehwag has ensured that India haven't felt the absence of a second specialist spinner so far in the St Lucia Test

Day 2

531dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Windies wobble as India amass 588

A solid, if not spectacular batting performance followed up by an incisive opening spell from Munaf Patel where he picked up two wickets in two balls saw India take a firm grasp on the second Test

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

'A chance to show some character' - Lara

An expectedly downcast Brian Lara was confident that West Indies could, yet again, defy India in their quest for victory, and urged his batsmen to show some character

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

The replacement man

He might have produced his highest first-class score but Mohammad Kaif better be on his toes. The joke goes that Kaif usually gets dropped after crucial knocks

Day 1

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

Slash and burn

With Virender Sehwag, there is theory and there is practice. The joy of watching him bat lies in the fact that both don't usually overlap.

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

'We expect to come up trumps as well' - Lara

Brian Lara has admitted to have made a judgement error with regard to the pitch in St Lucia and hoped that his team could fight back from the risky position that they found themselves in

Others

531dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Lara helps Windies cling on to a draw

Brian Lara scored his second Test century against India, his fourth slowest innings ever for a score of 20 or more, to help salvage a draw for the West Indies

531dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

India ride on Sehwag and Dravid

His trail-blazing innings ensured India was ahead of the gameat all times, irrespective of what happened at the other end, as Indiatook the first day on points, ending on 361 for 4.

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

Sehwag puts his spin on it

If the last two weeks are anything to go by, Virender Sehwag is a more than valuable fifth bowler

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

A rendezvous with the 'electrified tarantula'

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan chats with Lance Gibbs, one of the greatest spinners the game has seen, as West Indies do battle with India in St Lucia

531dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

Kumble hopes to wrap up win on fourth day

Going past Courtney Walsh in the wicket-takers list is no mean achievement but Anil Kumble is more keen that he help India wrap up the game and complete a memorable triumph

531dOn the Ball with S Rajesh

Sehwag's early blast

The first day of the second Test was mostly about one outstanding individual performance: Virender Sehwag destroyed the West Indian attack with his magnificent 180 which put India on course for a huge first-innings total

531dOn the Ball with S Rajesh

A model of restraint

Brian Lara's 120 was an innings unlike a regular Lara knock - it had few flourishes, and hardly any extravagant strokeplay

531dAnand Vasu

Demolition man

Anand Vasu on how, to Virender Sehwag, caution remains something akin to perdition

531dCricinfo staff

Lara frustrated with selectors

After batting out the final day against India with a superb 120 to earn the West Indies a draw in the second Test, Brian Lara has admitted his frustration with the selectors who, he claims, fail to listen to him

531dBy Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in St Lucia

'We still have a formidable attack' - Lara

Lara hoped his side could come up with a more sustained effort than they'd managed in Antigua, and urged his batsmen to take a cue from Wasim Jaffer.