Kolkata - Pragyan Ojha dismissed Darren Bravo
after lunch to trigger a West Indies collapse as India claimed an
innings and 15-run victory in the second Test on Thursday to take a
decisive 2-0 lead in the three game series.
India dismissed the
West Indies for 463 in its second innings eight minutes before tea on
the fourth day after the visitors resumed the day at 195-3.
which had a massive 478-run first innings lead, faced stiff resistance
from Bravo (136) and Marlon Samuels (84), before spinners Ojha and
Ravichandran Ashwin took two crucial wickets each to regain control.
It was then left to pace bowler Umesh Yadav to help remove the tail and finish with figures of 4-80.
West Indies batting lineup showed a new strength in its second innings
as its free stroke play changed the tempo of the game even though it was
always doomed to lose after being dismissed for only 153 in the first
The West Indies was cruising at 401-4 at one stage before
Ojha, Ashwin and Yadav claimed a pair of wickets each to pick up the
last six for just 62 runs.
Bravo was the pick of the batsman and
his aggression seemed to rub on to others.After making 195 against
Bangladesh at Mirpur last month, Bravo brought up his second test
century in 12 matches.
The 22-year-old left-hander dominated the
bowling and reached his century with a four, celebrating by taking off
his helmet, pumping his fist in the air and waving his bat toward the
Bravo earlier survived a chance on 54 when Gautam
Gambhir's throw from mid-off went wide of wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh
Dhoni with the batsman almost at the other end.
Then on 119, he
was given not out when replays showed a clear bat-pad catch taken by
Gambhir at short-leg off left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.
fifth-wicket partnership with Samuels made the Indian bowling look
pedestrian as they plundered 132 runs off 158 deliveries before Bravo
was out caught to a low catch by Rahul Dravid at slip off left-arm
Dravid also took a fine one-handed catch to his
right off Ojha to dismiss Carlton Baugh for 3, before offspinner
Ravichandran Ashwin trapped Samuels lbw in the next over to end West
Indies' hopes of prolonging proceedings.
Captain Darren Sammy made a dashing 32 off 37 balls with one four and three sixes, but the end always inevitable.
Chanderpaul, seen as the visiting side's best hope of putting up a
resistance, was dismissed when he seemed to be settled in for another
Chanderpaul hit six fours off 94 balls before he was
dismissed by Yadav with the second new ball. Chanderpaul, resuming on
21, played-on a delivery around the off stump much to the joy of the few
thousand spectators at the stadium.
The final Test will be held in Mumbai from Tuesday.