India crush West Indies

2011-06-23 20:56
Praveen Kumar (AP)

Kingston - India secured a 63-run victory over the West Indies on day four of the first Test at Sabina Park with swing bowler Praveen Kumar claiming the key wickets of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo on Thursday.

The hosts, 131-3 overnight, were bowled out 35 minutes after lunch for 262.

India scored 246 and 252, while the West Indies was on the back foot after posting 173 in their first innings.

Kumar, on his debut and sporting a fresh crewcut, claimed 3-42 in the second innings while his new-ball partner Ishant Sharma took 3-81.

Legspinner Amit Mishra grabbed 2-62 while offspinners Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina grabbed one wicket apiece.

Bravo top-scored with 41 while left-hander Ravi Rampaul provided some resistance in the lower order with a run-a-ball 34.

Bravo and Chanderpaul stretched their overnight partnership to 68 before Kumar struck in successive overs to undermine the chase.

Bravo, after hitting seven fours off 89 balls, came too far across his stumps and had his leg stump hit by Kumar from around the wicket.

One run later, Chanderpaul drove straight to extra cover where Suresh Raina hauled in an easy catch.

The veteran left-hander hit four fours in 30 off 73 balls.

West Indies slipped to 150-6 when Carlton Baugh fell for a duck as India claimed a third wicket in the space of two runs.

Baugh, on his 29th birthday, turned a catch to leg slip off Harbhajan.

Captain Darren Sammy countered the crisis with an aggressive approach, launching Harbhajan for three sixes off consecutive balls into the North Stand on the leg side.

He compiled 25 off 11 balls before he stroked the first delivery from Mishra straight to VVS Laxman at extra cover.

Brendan Nash continued his struggles in 2011 when Mishra claimed him lbw soon afterwards at 188-8 with one that crept low.

Rampaul and Fidel Edwards showed some fight in a ninth-wicket stand of 35 in half an hour.

Rampaul dominated the association, playing some handsome strokes that earned him six fours and a six over extra cover off Harbhajan.

But just before lunch, he received a brute of a delivery from Sharma, and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the India skipper, leapt high to pouch a one-handed catch.

Edwards (15 not out) and Devendra Bishoo extended the match to 35 minutes after lunch with a composed last-wicket stand of 39.

Part-timer Raina produced the winning wicket once he was brought on for his first over of the day.

Bishoo, after hitting two fours and a six off 33 balls, was eventually bowled as the ball trickled back onto off stump from his defensive stroke.

Edwards struck one four off 54 balls.

The second Test begins in Bridgetown, Barbados next Tuesday.



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