Dravid steadies Indian ship
Rahul Dravid survived an early chance, and batted doggedly, giving
India the upper hand in the first Test against West Indies on Tuesday.
The former Indian captain was on 45 not out, as India reached 91 for
three in their second innings - an overall lead of 164 - at the close on
the second day of the first Test. Fortune smiled on Dravid on six, when
West Indies captain Darren Sammy dropped him at second slip off Ravi
Dravid kept his nerve, and defied West Indies with resolute batting,
offering little or no chances for the remainder of the day. He added 56
for the second wicket with Abhinav Mukund, fortifying India's position,
after Ishant Sharma collected three for 29 from 17 overs, and fellow
fast bowler Praveen Kumar three for 38 from 18 overs in his test debut,
as West Indies were dismissed for 173 about 25 minutes before tea.
The visitors were short-handed in the later stages of the West Indies
innings, when Kumar was barred from bowling, after running onto the
protected area of the pitch.
But his team-mates adjusted well to the challenge, and outside of
opener Adrian Barath, whose 64 was the top score, no other West Indies
batsman made a substantial contribution. KINGSTON, Jamaica, AFP
INDIA1ST INNINGS 246
WEST INDIES1ST INNINGS
(overnight 34 for one)
A. Barath c Dhoni b Kumar 64
L. Simmons c Vijay b Sharma 03
R. Sarwan lbw b Sharma 03
D. Bravo c Dhoni b Kumar 18
S. Chanderpaul c Mukund b Harbhajan Singh 23
B. Nash c Raina b Kumar 01
C. Baugh c Vijay b Harbhajan Singh 27
D. Sammy b Sharma 01
R. Rampaul not out 14
F. Edwards c Dhoni b Mishra 07
D. Bishoo c Raina b Mishra 04
Extras: (b1, lb3, nb4) 08
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-35, 3-91, 4-95, 5-102, 6-147, 7-148, 8-152, 9-169.
Bowling: Kumar 18-5-38-3; Sharma 17-6-29-3; Mishra 13.5-1-51-2 (nb4); Harbhajan Singh 19-5-51-2.
INDIA 2ND INNINGS
A. Mukund c Baugh b Bishoo 25
M. Vijay lbw b Rampaul 00
R. Dravid not out 45
V. Laxman c and b Sammy 00
V. Kohli not out 14
Extras: (b4, nb3) 07
Total: (3 wkts) 91
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-56, 3-57.
Bowling: Edwards 9-1-27-0 (nb2); Rampaul 8-2-17-1; *Sammy 12-5-16-1; Bishoo 12-2-27-1 (nb1).