Match report: India v WI – 2nd Test, Day 4
Kolkata, Nov 17: India have won the Kolkata Test match against the West Indies by an innings and 15 runs taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.
Having been reduced to 195 for three on Day 3, West Indies continued to put up a fight in the morning session of Day 4. Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul frustrated the Indian attack in the first ninety minutes of the day’s play during which Bravo reached his first half-century of the tour.
Umesh Yadav ended Chanderpaul’s (47) resistance shortly after the drinks break as the veteran batsman inside edged a delivery onto his stumps. The West Indies were 269 for four at the fall of Chanderpaul’s wicket.
Bravo then struck another fruitful partnership, this time with Marlon Samuels, which saw West Indies continue their stoic defiance. The talented batsman even brought up his first Test century, off 181 deliveries, against India in the course of that partnership. West Indies, consequently, went in to lunch at 339 for the loss of four wickets.
The Bravo-Samuels pair continued to frustrate the Indian attack for almost an hour after lunch. Pragyan Ojha then produced a delivery that took the outside edge of Bravo’s bat and found Rahul Dravid at first slip; Bravo’s heroic stand ended on 136.
West Indies collapsed soon after Bravo’s departure at 401 for five. Carlton Baugh (3) fell to a superb catch by Dravid off Ojha’s bowling while R Ashwin ended Samuels’ fighting innings (84) when he had him trapped lbw with a quicker delivery that kept a bit low. Ashwin followed that effort by knocking over Kemar Roach’s (1) stumps. Darren Sammy (32 off 28) and Fidel Edwards (15* off 15) once again threw their bats around as the visitors tried desperately to put India in to bat again. Yadav got rid off Sammy and Devendra Bishoo (0) to bring the match to an early end. The visitors were bowled out for 463 with Yadav leading the bowling pack with figures of four for 80.
On Day 4: India 1st innings 631/7 decl. in 151.2 overs (VVS Laxman 176*, Kemar Roach 2/106) beat West Indies 1st innings 153 all out in 48.0 overs (Darren Bravo 30, Pragyan Ojha 4/64) and West Indies 2nd innings 463 all out in 126.3 overs (Darren Bravo 136, Umesh Yadav 4/80) by an innings and 15 runs
At end of Day 3: India 1st innings 631/7 decl. in 151.2 overs (VVS Laxman 176*, Kemar Roach 2/106); West Indies 1st innings 153 all out in 48.0 overs (Darren Bravo 30, Pragyan Ojha 4/64) and West Indies 2nd innings 195/3 in 62.0 overs (Adrian Barath 62, Ishant Sharma 2/41)
At end of Day 2: India 1st innings 631/7 decl. in 151.2 overs (VVS Laxman 176*, MS Dhoni 144, Rahul Dravid 119, Kemar Roach 2/106); West Indies 1st innings 34/2 in 12.0 overs (Kirk Edwards 12*, Darren Bravo 4*, R Ashwin 1/21)
At end of Day 1: India 1st innings 346/5 in 87.3 overs (Rahul Dravid 119, VVS Laxman 73*, Gautam Gambhir 65, Fidel Edwards 1/45)
Man-of-the-Match: VVS Laxman for his unbeaten 176 that set India up for a mammoth first innings score of 631.