West Indies fail to make most of In­dian col­lapse

CRICKET

Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS -

VET­ERAN V.V.S. Lax­man struck a com­posed 85 on Tues­day as In­dia was bowled out for 201 on day one of the sec­ond test against West Indies at Kens­ing­ton Oval in Bar­ba­dos.

But the visi­tors hit back late as the hosts wob­bled to 30-3 at the close.

Lax­man an­chored In­dia af­ter it had slid to 44- 4 at lunch. The 36-year-old be­came the fourth In­dian bats­man to pass 8,000 runs along the way but fell short of a 17th test cen­tury.

Lax­man shared an im­por­tant fifth­wicket stand of 117 with left-han­der Suresh Raina, who con­trib­uted 53.

Ravi Ram­paul (3-38) wrecked the In­dian top order while fel­low pacer Fidel Edwards (3-56) and leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo (3- 46) trig­gered a late order slide ei­ther side of the Lax­man-Raina stand. Lax­man was de­lighted that his mile­stone could ar­rive dur­ing such a cru­cial knock.

“It feels great be­cause all your con­tri­bu­tions to the coun­try are re­warded by pass­ing all of these mile­stones,” he said.

“But say­ing that, it was im­por­tant for me to hang in there and have a part­ner­ship be­cause the way we started off. It was a help­ful track for the fast bowlers and it was quite dif­fi­cult for the bats­men.”

Ram­paul struck early once the hosts won the toss and chose to bowl un­der over­cast skies on a help­ful pitch. Left-han­der Ab­hi­nav Mukund (1) fended a lifter off the shoul­der of the bat to gully where Mar­lon Sa­muels held a com­fort­able catch.

West Indies skip­per Dar­ren Sammy (1-52) pro­vided the key scalp of first in­nings cen­tury-maker Rahul Dravid as In­dia slumped to 8-2 in­side the first hour. Dravid (5) sparred at a good length de­liv­ery out­side off stump and edged to wick­et­keeper Carl­ton Baugh.

The West Indies lost three of their top order as Ishant Sharma (1- 8), Praveen Ku­mar (1-15) and Abhimanyu Mithun (1-7) struck de­ci­sively.

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