Monday 7 November 2011 

Wickets Tumble On Dramatic Day In Delhi

Wickets Tumble On Dramatic Day In Delhi
Wickets Tumble On Dramatic Day In Delhi
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Wickets Tumble On Dramatic Day In Delhi
Wickets Tumble On Dramatic Day In Delhi
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West Indies 304 (Chanderpaul 118) & 21-2 v
India 209 (Sehwag 55, Dravid 54)
First Test, Delhi, day two
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17 wickets fell on day two of the opening Test between India and the West Indies in Delhi which closed with the West Indies 116 runs ahead.

They bowled well to secure a 95-run lead on first innings despite half-centuries from Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid but then lost the wickets of their openers as they looked to set India a fourth-innings target.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul could add only seven runs before he was out for 118 and with the pitch aiding turn, India then opened with Ravi Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha and both men grabbed a wicket apiece as India closed strongly.

Chanderpaul fell when he was trapped in front by Ishant Sharma - the only wicket taken by an Indian pace bowler before Ojha and Ashwin ran through the lower order.

Ojha returned figures of six for 72 - his maiden five-wicket haul - while Ashwin took three for 81 as Carlton Baugh (27), Darren Sammy (5), Ravi Rampaul (12) and Fidel Edwards (10) were unable to offer much resistance.

India then made an excellent start in reply with openers Gautam Gambhir (41) and Sehwag (55 in 46 balls) putting on 89 for the first wicket before Gambhir was run out by Sammy.

Sehwag fell soon after when he was stumped by Baugh off Devendra Bishoo and Sachin Tendulkar's latest quest for the so-far elusive 100th international century failed when he was trapped in front by Edwards for seven.

India were struggling at 120 for four when VVS Laxman was caught by Baugh as Bishoo grabbed another breakthrough for one but Yuvraj Singh, who made 23, joined forces with Dravid, whose 54 came from 111 balls, to steady the ship, albeit only temporarily.

Yuvraj was caught by Edwards off Sammy, who then removed both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ashwin without scoring on his way to figures of three for 35.

Marlon Samuels then had Ishant Sharma caught by Baugh for 17 and Dravid was the last man to fall when he was caught by Sammy off Rampaul, leaving Ojha unbeaten on three.

India then opted to hand the new ball to Ojha and Ashwin and were quickly rewarded when Kieran Powell was caught by Gambhir off Ashwin.

And the West Indies were 17 for two when Kraigg Brathwaite, who faced 41 balls for just two runs, was trapped in front by Ashwin.

Kirk Edwards was unbeaten on 15 with namesake Fidel at the other end having not yet scored a run.

© Cricket World 2011