India v West Indies, 1st Test, New Delhi, 4th day
India 209 (Sehwag 55, Dravid 54, Sammy 3-35) and 276 for 5 (Tendulkar 76, Laxman 58*, Sehwag 55) beat West Indies 304 (Chanderpaul 118, Brathwaite 63, Ojha 6-72) and 180 (Chanderpaul 47, Sammy 42, Ashwin 6-47) by five wickets
India raced through the longish home stretch of 124 runs to register their first win in seven Tests. Anchoring the innings was Sachin Tendulkar, who overtook Rahul Dravid as the leading run-getter in chases, and rushing through it was VVS Laxman, who calmed any nerves there might have been after Dravid’s wicket early in the day. Along the way Laxman passed 1000 runs in chases, including an eighth score of fifty or more. It was also the third time since last summer that Laxman was in the middle at the successful completion of a 200-plus chase.
From the moment Darren Sammy slipped down leg twice in the first over of the day, going for eight runs, West Indies began losing whatever little grip they had on the match. Fidel Edwards rejuvenated them momentarily with a reversing inswinger to send Dravid back, but Laxman announced his arrival with two leg-glanced boundaries. Forewarned of the reverse, Laxman played late, without much back lift, and kept the accurate ones from Edwards out.
Helping India was the fact that Edwards, and West Indies as a bowling unit, didn’t have the control to exercise the perfect mix of offence and defence required in defending mid-range totals. Laxman continued to ease India through the chase, and when he punched and flicked Edwards for two boundaries in the 56th over, they reached 200 and the contest was all but over. In the first hour of play India smashed 56 runs, including 11 fours. The possibility of Tendulkar’s 100th international hundred – overnight he needed 67 out of the 124 India required – was a little thought in the corner of the mind, and that is where it seemed it would remain.
However, the last three of those 11 boundaries were hit by Tendulkar in successive Ravi Rampaul overs, a flick to square leg, a picture-perfect cover drive and a push – a mere push – through point. Tendulkar now needed 41 out of the remaining 67 runs, and with the game relatively secure Laxman eased up a bit. Tendulkar kept picking the boundaries, and Laxman singles, until the equation came down to 24 out of 43 runs required. Then Tendulkar went to pull a Devendra Bishoo googly, and was deceived by the low bounce. Rod Tucker made another correct lbw call in what has been a good match for him.
Along with Tendulkar went any thoughts of extending the first session to get a result before the lunch break. Laxman and Yuvraj Singh didn’t want to do anything stupid.
Sammy removed Yuvraj with a shooter when the scores were level and he nearly got MS Dhoni with another grubber next ball, but that could only delay India’s third-highest successful chase. West Indies were left with memories of the Jamaica Test earlier this year, when they had caught India cold but failed to convert it into a Test win.
West Indies 304 & 180 India 209 & 276/5 (80.4 ov) India won by 5 wickets
- West Indies in India Test Series – 1st Test
- Test no. 2015 | 2011/12 season
- Played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
- 6,7,8,9 November 2011 (5-day match)
|West Indies 1st innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|KC Brathwaite||st †Dhoni b Ojha||63||261||212||4||0||29.71|
|KOA Powell||lbw b Ojha||14||51||40||3||0||35.00|
|KA Edwards||c & b Ojha||15||37||40||2||0||37.50|
|DM Bravo||b Ashwin||12||32||21||2||0||57.14|
|S Chanderpaul||lbw b Sharma||118||286||196||7||2||60.20|
|MN Samuels||c †Dhoni b Ashwin||15||31||22||3||0||68.18|
|CS Baugh†||lbw b Ojha||27||99||71||3||0||38.02|
|DJG Sammy*||lbw b Ojha||5||8||4||1||0||125.00|
|R Rampaul||lbw b Ashwin||12||31||21||2||0||57.14|
|FH Edwards||c Sehwag b Ojha||10||31||21||2||0||47.61|
|D Bishoo||not out||0||4||3||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 8, nb 1)||13|
|Total||(all out; 108.2 overs; 442 mins)||304||(2.80 runs per over)|
|Fall of wickets1-25 (Powell, 11.6 ov), 2-45 (KA Edwards, 23.3 ov), 3-72 (Bravo, 32.5 ov), 4-180 (Brathwaite, 69.5 ov), 5-200 (Samuels, 77.2 ov), 6-269 (Baugh, 98.6 ov), 7-281 (Sammy, 100.3 ov), 8-281 (Chanderpaul, 101.2 ov), 9-304 (Rampaul, 107.3 ov), 10-304 (FH Edwards, 108.2 ov)|
|India 1st innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|G Gambhir||run out (Sammy)||41||64||41||7||0||100.00|
|V Sehwag||st †Baugh b Bishoo||55||81||46||9||0||119.56|
|R Dravid||c Sammy b Rampaul||54||179||111||3||0||48.64|
|SR Tendulkar||lbw b FH Edwards||7||25||18||1||0||38.88|
|VVS Laxman||c †Baugh b Bishoo||1||9||5||0||0||20.00|
|Yuvraj Singh||c KA Edwards b Sammy||23||35||39||2||2||58.97|
|MS Dhoni*†||b Sammy||0||3||4||0||0||0.00|
|R Ashwin||c †Baugh b Sammy||0||9||6||0||0||0.00|
|I Sharma||c †Baugh b Samuels||17||62||41||2||0||41.46|
|PP Ojha||not out||3||16||7||0||0||42.85|
|U Yadav||b Rampaul||0||2||1||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(b 5, w 1, nb 2)||8|
|Total||(all out; 52.5 overs; 247 mins)||209||(3.95 runs per over)|
|Fall of wickets1-89 (Gambhir, 12.3 ov), 2-100 (Sehwag, 15.4 ov), 3-113 (Tendulkar, 20.6 ov), 4-120 (Laxman, 23.2 ov), 5-152 (Yuvraj Singh, 32.2 ov), 6-152 (Dhoni, 32.6 ov), 7-154 (Ashwin, 34.6 ov), 8-203 (Sharma, 49.2 ov), 9-209 (Dravid, 52.4 ov), 10-209 (Yadav, 52.5 ov)|
|FH Edwards||11||1||57||1||5.18||(1nb, 1w)|
|West Indies 2nd innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|KC Brathwaite||lbw b Ojha||2||38||41||0||0||4.87|
|KOA Powell||c Gambhir b Ashwin||0||5||4||0||0||0.00|
|KA Edwards||b Yadav||33||92||80||4||0||41.25|
|FH Edwards||c †Dhoni b Sharma||1||13||8||0||0||12.50|
|DM Bravo||lbw b Ashwin||12||55||39||1||0||30.76|
|S Chanderpaul||lbw b Ashwin||47||79||58||7||0||81.03|
|MN Samuels||b Ashwin||0||2||4||0||0||0.00|
|CS Baugh†||c †Dhoni b Yadav||7||35||26||0||0||26.92|
|DJG Sammy*||b Ashwin||42||57||37||5||1||113.51|
|R Rampaul||c Ojha b Ashwin||18||53||31||2||1||58.06|
|D Bishoo||not out||9||28||17||1||0||52.94|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 8)||9|
|Total||(all out; 57.3 overs; 235 mins)||180||(3.13 runs per over)|
|Fall of wickets1-0 (Powell, 1.4 ov), 2-17 (Brathwaite, 13.1 ov), 3-26 (FH Edwards, 16.1 ov), 4-53 (KA Edwards, 26.6 ov), 5-63 (Bravo, 29.2 ov), 6-63 (Samuels, 29.6 ov), 7-84 (Baugh, 38.1 ov), 8-124 (Chanderpaul, 45.6 ov), 9-157 (Sammy, 51.5 ov), 10-180 (Rampaul, 57.3 ov)|
|India 2nd innings (target: 276 runs)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|G Gambhir||lbw b Samuels||22||47||32||3||0||68.75|
|V Sehwag||b Sammy||55||79||55||5||2||100.00|
|R Dravid||b FH Edwards||31||154||101||3||0||30.69|
|SR Tendulkar||lbw b Bishoo||76||200||148||10||0||51.35|
|VVS Laxman||not out||58||137||105||6||0||55.23|
|Yuvraj Singh||b Sammy||18||62||40||2||0||45.00|
|MS Dhoni*†||not out||0||5||4||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 14, nb 1)||16|
|Total||(5 wickets; 80.4 overs; 339 mins)||276||(3.42 runs per over)|
|Did not bat R Ashwin, I Sharma, PP Ojha, U Yadav|
|Fall of wickets1-51 (Gambhir, 9.5 ov), 2-95 (Sehwag, 18.1 ov), 3-162 (Dravid, 47.1 ov), 4-233 (Tendulkar, 63.5 ov), 5-275 (Yuvraj Singh, 79.2 ov)|
|Toss West Indies, who chose to bat
Series India led the 3-match series 1-0
|Test debuts R Ashwin and U Yadav (India)
Player of the match R Ashwin (India)
|Umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire S Asnani
Match referee JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire S Ravi
|Close of play
6 Nov day 1 – West Indies 1st innings 256/5 (S Chanderpaul 111*, CS Baugh 19*, 91 ov)
7 Nov day 2 – West Indies 2nd innings 21/2 (KA Edwards 15*, FH Edwards 0*, 14 ov)
8 Nov day 3 – India 2nd innings 152/2 (R Dravid 30*, SR Tendulkar 33*, 44 ov)
9 Nov day 4 – India 2nd innings 276/5 (80.4 ov) – end of match
Their batsmen tied themselves in knots, the edges their bowlers produced kept falling short, they took a wicket off a no-ball too, they saw the Indian openers plunder 89 runs in 12.3 overs, but even with what seemed a below-par total of 304 to defend, West Indies didn’t give up. Carlton Baugh did sensational work behind the stumps; Darren Sammy, the captain who has to keep justifying his place in the side every time he walks out, took three wickets and had a hand in two others; and the other bowlers chipped in with timely breakthroughs to bowl India out for their lowest total at home in three-and-a-half years.
The 95-run lead they secured in the first innings could prove to be match-winning on a slow and low track where scoring runs remains a struggle. West Indies learned that when they lost five wickets for 48 runs in the morning session, and two for 21 in the evening. They would have wondered what the fuss over the pitch was all about when Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir all but blew them away. Then came two freak dismissals, an opening that their bowlers burst through.
There was no bursting through by the Indian bowlers in the morning. They tried honestly with stump-to-stump lines and restrictive fields. That five of the seven wickets they took today fell lbw spoke of India’s accuracy, and that none of the 11 wickets to spin came through exploding deliveries and bat-pad catches pointed at the hard work required.
Sensational as 5 for 48 in the morning might sound, nothing happened for the first seven overs. They had to turn to the spin of Pragyan Ojha, who bowled straight, and trapped Baugh and Sammy in his first two overs of the day. That brought Ojha his first Test five-for.
Overnight centurion Shivnarine Chanderpaul could add only seven before an Ishant Sharma delivery stayed low and he was given lbw. Chanderpaul could be unhappy with two men at the other end: Ravi Rampaul, who had declined an easy single last ball, and the umpire Kumar Dharmasena, because the wide angle from round the stumps could have carried the ball down leg.
The rest fell soon enough, in stark contrast to how much West Indies had to struggle for their first wicket. Fidel Edwards must have walked under a ladder when coming to the ground: in his first three overs he produced two edges that didn’t carry, one that was dropped, and bowled Sehwag off a no-ball. The Indian openers never thought of caution despite all that, and kept hitting boundaries, 10 between them.
While the batsmen’s skill at livening up the game on a dull track shone through, it was also possible because West Indies were prepared to attack much more than India did. Perhaps the build-up of their attack didn’t allow them the line-and-length business. Often Edwards and Ravi Rampaul bowled without either mid-off or mid-on, they pitched it up regularly, and the openers kept attacking.
The reward came unexpectedly, though, when a Sehwag straight drive ran Gambhir out. You could say luck had evened out, you could also say Gambhir held the bat in the wrong hand, which cost him some distance as he tried to make it back after having backed up. Three overs later Baugh made a good collection down the leg side. Sehwag had tried a vertical-sweep, and even though his back foot never left the crease, Baugh knew Sehwag would have to move it to resist backward momentum. He waited, he saw Sehwag lift it momentarily, and stumped him. The thought-processing happened in about two seconds.
Just as fast, it seemed, Sammy called back Edwards, who had gone for 49 in his five overs. Edwards responded by trapping Sachin Tendulkar with a skidder that moved in, a typical mode of dismissal on this track. Soon Baugh took a low catch off Devendra Bishoo to send VVS Laxman back.
Yuvraj Singh counterattacked, added 32 with Dravid, but immediately after tea drove Sammy straight to short cover. With half the side gone, and half of West Indies’ total achieved, in walked India’s captain. Four balls later, he walked back, having missed a straight delivery. Two runs later, Baugh was into the game again, catching a healthy leg-side edge when standing up to Sammy, sending back Ashwin.
Dravid and Ishant Sharma added 49 for the eighth wicket, Dravid reaching his sixth fifty-plus score past his 38th birthday. But West Indies’ success lay in how, unlike four of those six efforts, Dravid couldn’t convert this into three figures. Before Dravid was hurried into a pull off Rampaul, though, it was Marlon Samuels who broke through with Ishant’s wicket. Rampaul followed up Dravid’s wicket with a golden duck for Umesh Yadav.
The duck-hunt didn’t end. The West Indies top order repeated the mistake from the first innings, allowing the spinners, who opened the innings, to bowl wherever they wanted to bowl. Kieran Powell fell for a duck, and Kraigg Brathwaite pushed down the wrong line just before stumps, making it 17 wickets for the day, setting up a delicious finish to the match.
Two old nemeses turned up against India on the first day of the series. A typical slow and low Kotla track broke the bowlers’ backs, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued his torture of Indian bowlers with his seventh century against his favourite opposition, making it two in the last two Tests. Attrition remained the order for the day, as is evident from West Indies’ run-rate of 2.81, but Chanderpaul scored at close to four per over. India, though, kept chipping away at the others with accurate spin bowling to make sure the honours were shared on the first day.
Chanderpaul drew support from a man who was two years old when he began using the bail to mark his guard in Tests. Kraigg Brathwaite, who became only the second West Indian to score two fifties before his 19th birthday, has similar reserves of patience, idolises Chanderpaul, and uses the bail to mark his guard. For 37 overs and 108 runs today, the youngest and the oldest members of the side did all that together. Except that the youngster played the old-fashioned watchful innings and Chanderpaul turned the momentum with quick runs.
You couldn’t quite blame the teams for the slow cricket, though. When the third ball of the match doesn’t carry through to the wicketkeeper, and when it happens four more times in the next seven overs, it’s best not to expect attractive cricket. Effort balls went through waist high, and strokes found little value. On this pitch, Syed Abid Ali and Eknath Solkar would have been as effective as Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. When India bowl 91 overs in a day’s play, it has to be either during a push for a win on the final day or when the pitch has nothing in it for the quicks. While the latter was true, the way the West Indies top order went into a shell the former didn’t seem incorrect either.
Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards, who scored 29 off 80 balls between them, allowed Pragyan Ojha and debutant R Ashwin to bowl wherever they liked to. What started as one slip and one short leg soon became a spinner’s umbrella field. The result was a period of 14.3 overs that went for 20 runs and consumed both the batsmen. Both fell to Ojha, whose figures then read 7.3-4-8-2. Darren Bravo tried to disturb that state of affairs, but gave Ashwin his first Test wicket when he went manufacturing a cut off a length ball.
When Chanderpaul walked in, at 72 for 3, the man at the other end was going at the strike-rate he himself often does. He would have known if two men did that, sooner or later one might pop up to one of the many catching men. Thus began his shuffle, nurdles, deflections, late-cuts, chips, stolen singles, and two sixes down the ground. Mid-on and mid-off had been deep earlier too, sweeper-cover had been in place too, but the field looked much more porous now.
There were three shots that very Chanderpaul. The second ball of spin he played he dragged it from outside off for a single through midwicket. Later on in the piece, he moved well across into a wide delivery from Umesh Yadav, and it was like just the momentum of the shuffle and the wrists forced the ball between mid-off and extra cover. That four took him to 62, level then with Brathwaite, who was 30 when Chanderpaul walked in. In the next over, he danced down to Ojha, was beaten in the flight, but nonchalantly flicked him for his second six over long-on. He was working the singles, he was forcing the fours, and even when he was beaten in the flight it was not proving good enough.
Brathwaite might not have taken similar liberties, but was good at running the ball to third man or helping it around the corner on the leg side. Behind square on the off side he scored 26 runs, including four boundaries, all of them intentional. Ojha, though, continued his toil and finally got one to dip, which made Brathwaite drag his back foot as he tried to play the forward-defensive. It wasn’t a big drag, nor did it take him long to get back, and he might have possibly survived with other keepers, but MS Dhoni’s no reverse-follow-through stumping left him no chance.
That was one fine way to reach 199 dismissals, beating Syed Kirmani’s Indian record in 26 fewer Tests. No. 200 came soon when Marlon Samuels, always one to camp back against spin, edged a length ball from Ashwin. With two wickets for 20 runs, India now looked to build more pressure. Chanderpaul took 11 runs in the next over. Four overthrows followed in the next over, and Chanderpaul was in his nineties. With a gentle paddle sweep he matched Viv Richards’ 24 centuries, and there hardly seemed any pressure.
Even as Carlton Baugh remained circumspect with stumps approaching, Chanderpaul made sure the sixth-wicket partnership of 56 runs chugged along at 4.1 per over. Chanderpaul walked back with Indian players rushing to shake his hand, and no one to nag him, telling him how to bat.