Tuesday 28 June 2011 

Bowlers Dominate Opening Day In Barbados

Bowlers Dominate Opening Day In Barbados
Bowlers Dominate Opening Day In Barbados
© Action Images / Scott Heavey
 

India 201 (Laxman 85, Raina 53) v
West Indies 30-3
Second Test, Barbados, day one

13 wickets fell on the opening day of the second Test between India and the West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados as in the main batsmen struggled.

VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina scored half-centuries before India were dismissed for 201 only to hit back and reduce the West Indies to 30 for three by stumps.

India's top order struggled to cope with the bounce and pace generated by Ravi Rampaul and Fidel Edwards, Abhinav Mukund (1), Murali Vijay (11), Rahul Dravid (5) and Virat Kohli (2) all caught behind as India slumped to 38 for four.

Their innings was revived, and revived in style by a 117-run stand for the fifth wicket between Laxman (85) and Raina (53). Laxman, so often India's man for a crisis, proved his worth to the side yet again with a vital 146-ball innings.

Raina continued his good form from the opening Test in Jamaica, driving and cutting stylishly before he was caught by Adrian Barath off Devendra Bishoo.

India then collapsed from 155 for four to 201 all out as once the West Indies broke the Laxman-Raina partnership, the rattled through the lower order, which was unable to cope with the reverse swing of Edwards.

He returned three for 56, Rampaul took three for 38, Bishoo three for 46 while it was Darren Sammy who removed Dravid to take the other wicket to fall.

Just as India had started poorly with the bat, so did the West Indies, who lost Barath (3), Lendl Simmons (2) and Darren Bravo (9).

India's pace bowlers picked up a wicket apiece - Praveen Kumar removing Barath, Ishant Sharma dismising Simmons and Abhimanyu Mithun, in the side in place of leg-spinner Amit Mishra, having Bravo caught behind.

Ramnaresh Sarwan was unbeaten on ten with nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo yet to score having faced just one ball.

India lead the series 1-0 following a 63-run win in the opening Test while the West Indies also made one change to their side with Marlon Samuels returning to replace Brendan Nash.

© Cricket World 2011