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Ojha wrecks Windies

2011-11-07 08:43

New Delhi - Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed six wickets as India bowled out West Indies for 304 runs and then raced to 39 for no loss at lunch on the second day of the first Test on Monday.

Ojha (6-72) added three more wickets to his overnight collection, while Ravichandran Ashwin (3-81) and Ishant Sharma (1-80) also struck as West Indies added only 48 runs to their tally before losing the bottom half of their batting order in 17.1 overs.

Gautam Gambhir (22) and Virender Sehwag (15) gave India a breezy start and could not be separated at the lunch break.

With not much in the Feroz Shah Kotla track for the pace bowlers, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again opted for early spin, bringing Ojha into attack after seven overs.

Ojha did not disappoint and struck in his first over of the day.

Resuming on 256 for five, West Indies lost Carlton Baugh (29) when the overnight batsman went for a slog-sweep but completely missed the line and was trapped leg before.

Ojha dismissed Darren Sammy (5) leg before in his next over to complete his maiden five-wicket haul.

West Indies got the biggest jolt when Ishant hit Shivnarine Chanderpaul's (118) pad and umpire Kumar Dharmasena upheld the leg before appeal.

Chanderpaul's 196-ball knock included seven fours and a couple of sixes.

Ashwin removed Ravi Rampaul (12) in what was the fourth successive leg before decisions of the morning and West Indies folded when Ojha had Fidel Edwards (10) caught by Sehwag.


Reuters