WI hit back strong in 2nd innings

Kolkata -- West Indies showed a much improved batting effort in their second innings after a first innings failure, but still have a lot of work to do to earn a draw in the second Test against India on Wednesday.

After falling for 153 in the first innings, West Indies closed the third day on 195-3, still trailing India by 283 runs, with Darren Bravo (38) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (21) at the historic Eden Gardens.

Adrian Barath (62) and Kirk Edwards (60) scored dogged half-centuries in West Indies' second innings after the visitors collapsed in the first half of the day.

West Indies lost opener Kraigg Brathwaite (nine) early, but the flamboyant Barath and determined Edwards added 93 for the second wicket to lead the tourists’ fightback.

Brathwaite edged pacer Umesh Yadav in the fifth over for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to complete a low catch behind the stumps.

Barath, who hit 10 boundaries, played a wild drive against speedster Ishant Sharma, four balls after the tea break, and Vangipurappu Laxman held on to a low chance at slip.

“I think we did not bat as well as we should have in the first innings. Basically we learnt from our mistakes in the first innings and we applied ourselves a bit more,” Barath told reporters after the day’s play.

“It shows that as a team we are capable of playing spin well. I think it was just a matter of application in the first innings.”

The 21-year old Barath was still hopeful that West Indies could avoid the innings defeat by making India bat again.

“It is going to be difficult it will be a big task but we have belief. We know we have the ability to do the job. . Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the key player for us tomorrow,” he said.

“He is the one who can bat through tomorrow and make it difficult for the Indian bowlers and take the game into the fifth day and make them bat again.”

The lanky Sharma also got rid of Edwards when he got him out lbw. Edwards hit six boundaries and a six during his knock.

Earlier, the West Indies batsmen capitulated under the weight of India’s mammoth first innings total of 631-7 declared and were bundled out in the morning session.

Resuming on the overnight score of 34 for two, the tourists, trailing 1-0 in the three-match series, offered little resistance as India's bowlers ran riot to scuttle them in 140 minutes on the third day.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha picked up four wickets while Yadav and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin chipped in with three and two respectively.

The visiting batsmen lasted 48 overs in their first innings with India’s bowlers extracting considerable spin and bounce from the track.

“I think right now we are in the driver’s seat and things are going pretty well. We are hitting the right areas and we are confident that we can get them out tomorrow as soon as possible,” said Ojha

Yadav took the wickets of Bravo (30) and Marlon Samuels (25) -- the only batsmen to offer some resistance -- in the morning, clean-bowling both of them, while Ashwin, who got married a day before the second Test started, picked up the prized wicket of Chanderpaul.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy (18) went on the counter-attack and hit two fours and a straight six during his 14-ball knock. However, he edged Ojha to Dhoni behind the stumps immediately after hitting the six.

Scoreboard at close on the third day of the second Test between India and West Indies at Eden Gardens on Wednesday:
India first innings 631-7 dec
West Indies 1st innings
(overnight 34-2)
Adrian Barath c Sehwag b Yadav 1
Kraigg Brathwaite c Gambhir b Ashwin 17
Kirk Edwards lbw b Ojha 16
Darren Bravo b Yadav 30
Shiv Chanderpaul lbw b Ashwin 4
Marlon Samuels b Yadav 25
Carlton Baugh lbw b Ojha 13
Darren Sammy c Dhoni b Ojha 18
Kemar Roach run out (Ojha) 2
Fidel Edwards lbw b Ojha 16
Devendra Bishoo not out 8
Extras (lb3) 3
Total (all out; 48 overs) 153
Fall of wickets: 1-3 2-30 3-42 4-46 5-92 6-99 7-120 8-129
Bowling: Ojha 22-5-64-4, Yadav 7-1-23-3, Ashwin 14-3-49-2, Sharma 5-2-14-0
West Indies 2nd innings (following on)
Adrian Barath c Laxman b Sharma 62
Kraigg Brathwaite c Dhoni b Yadav 9
Kirk Edwards lbw b Sharma 60
Darren Bravo not out 38
Shiv Chanderpaul not out 21
Extras (b1, lb3, w1) 5
Total (three wickets, 62 overs) 195
Fall of wickets: 1-23 2-116 3-161
Bowling: Yadav 10-1-36-1, Sharma 14-3-41-2, Ojha 11-3-37-0, Ashwin 20-1-51-0, Yuvraj Singh 3-0-14-0, Sehwag 4-0-12-0 (w1)

Wed, 11/16/2011 - 05:31