West Indies fail to make most of Indian collapse
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.