Bravo's magic can't save Windies

Kolkata, India -- Darren Bravo’s stylish 136 failed to save West Indies from defeat as India completed a series-clinching victory eight minutes before tea on the fourth day of the second Test at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Pacer Umesh Yadav took four wickets while Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin added two apiece to help the hosts dismiss West Indies for 463 to win the match by an innings and 15 runs and claim an unassailable 2-0 series lead. The second innings total was the highest in history by a West Indies team following-on.

The second innings was a stark contrast to the surrender in the first when the tourists were skittled out for 153 in response to India’s 631 for seven declared and had to follow-on.

Left-hander Bravo made his second Test hundred, following the 195 against Bangladesh in Dhaka two games ago, and added 132 for the fifth wicket with Marlon Samuels (84).

The 22-year-old centurion had earlier put on 108 for the fourth wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (47) who chopped Yadav on to his stumps four overs after the new ball was taken in the morning.

“I’d like to commend the guys in the second innings and if we put two innings together we can pose a challenge to other teams. It was a good fight in the second innings. India showed us how to bat on this track and it called for application,” said West Indies skipper Darren Sammy

Bravo hit 16 fours and four sixes and reached three figures with two boundaries in one Yadav over, the first an elegant cover dr.ive and the second a late steer to third man.

Bravo, who also scored a hundred against Bangladesh last month, ran down the pitch with his bat and helmet raised to celebrate the milestone as the crowd at Eden Gardens applauded. It was the 100th century for West Indies against India.

Bravo has now made 941 runs in 12 Test matches at an average of 47.05. At the same stage in his career, Bravo’s mentor and cousin Brian Lara had made 941 runs at the same average.

His dismissal sparked a collapse that saw the final six wickets falling for 62 runs. The spinners claimed four of the victims while Yadav dismissed the last two in consecutive balls.

Sammy briefly raised hopes of making India bat again with a 32-run cameo, during which he hit one four and three huge sixes, but was cleaned up by Yadav while attempting another extravagant drive.

Samuels, who started with three streaky boundaries, grew in confidence and collected 13 fours and a six before he was out leg-before to off-spinner Ashwin.

India started the day with their spinners on but found no help from a low and slow track, prompting Dhoni to take the second new ball as soon as it became available.

Yadav responded by removing Chanderpaul to earn India’s only success in the morning session.

The third and final Test will be at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 02:58