1st Test: WI amass healthy lead
After Gayle's onslaught, Sarwan and Bravo pitched in to guide Windies to a dominating position on Day 2. ScorecardUpdated: Jun 04, 2006 03:32 IST
After a superb show in the field to restrict India to 241, flashy opener Chris Gayle set off at a scorching pace to built on the advantage that the bowlers had provided them on the opening day.
The hosts finished the day at 318/6 at stumps with a healthy lead of 77 runs propelled by some brilliant batting display.
Gayle and Sarwan hammered the Indian pacers to all parts of the ground after the early loss of Daren Ganga to bolster the Windies to a commanding position.
Earlier, Munaf struck early for India to trap Ganga leg before for nine runs. The Windies were then 18 for one.
After the loss of Ganga's wicket, Sarwan joined Gayle at the crease. The latter looked in ominous touch till veteran leg spinner Anil Kumble, who was greeted by Gayle with two boundaries in his first over, had the last laugh.
The leggie had the left-hander caught at slips by Rahul Dravid for a smashing 72 off 91 balls.
Gayle's knock was studded with 13 boundaries and one hit over the fence. He was involved in a 119-run second-wicket partnership with Ramnaresh Sarwan.
Lara, who joined Sarwan after Gayle's departure, seemed to start from where he had left in the One Dayers. The southpaw raced to 18 off 21 in a glorious fashion before he was caught by Yuvraj at point off Munaf.
Sarwan hit his 25th Test fifty before Anil Kumble struck on the first ball after tea to dismiss him for a well-compiled 58. The Windies were then 182 for four.
This brought Chanderpaul and Bravo together at the crease and the two tormented the Indian bowlers with a 73-run partnership.
But the duo were sent back to the pavilion in quick succession by some very disciplined bowling effort by Sehwag (32/2).
Earlier, Resuming on the overnight score of 235 for nine, the last wicket pair of Sreesanth and Munaf added just 6 runs to the overnight score.
With one wicket remaining, it took West Indies just 4.5 overs to wrap up the Indian innings for 241 on the second day.
Fidel Edwards completed the formalities as he bowled Munaf Patel, who made zero after facing 28 deliveries. S Sreesanth remained unbeaten on 29.
India made a disappointing start to the Test series as they suffered yet another top order collapse on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies in Antigua on Friday.
After skipper Rahul Dravid elected to bat, Windies pacers bowled an impeccable line to reduce India to 235/9 at stumps on Day One. Bravo (37/4) and Collymore (27/3) were the top bowlers for the hosts who carried on the form of the ODIs into the Test.
Dravid (49), playing his 100th Test, fought a lone battle even as wickets kept tumbling regularly at the other end.
Earlier, India left out Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan while giving the maiden Test cap to Punjab seamer Vikram Rajvir Singh in a three-pronged pace attack.
West Indies saw the return of Shivnarine Chanderpaul who did not play the final two one-dayers because of a hamstring injury.
India: Rahul Dravid (captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohd Kaif, M S Dhoni, Anil Kumble, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and VRV Singh.
West Indies: Brian Lara (captain), Christopher Gayle, Daren Ganga, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ian Bradshaw, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards and Dave Mohammed.
Umpires: Simon Taufel (Aus) and Asad Rauf (Pak).
First Published: Jun 04, 2006 02:59 IST