Some exciting batting from stylish West Indies' left-hander Darren Bravo led to a faltering approach from young Indian debutant fast bowler, Varun Aaron on Day Two at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday
Varun Aaron's first ball, also the first of the day, set the tone. It was a half volley caressed through mid-off... the ball raced away to the fence... Darren Bravo completed 1,000 Test runs. The next delivery produced a straight drive from Bravo for the same result. In his next over, Aaron tried to bounce him out but conceded another boundary.
West Indies' Darren Bravo cuts one en route to his 166 against on Day
Two of the third Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.
The debutant came back later in the day to pick up three wickets but was subsequently struck for four more boundaries in his final over. Amidst all this stroke play however, Aaron did manage to dismiss Bravo caught-behind with a wide ball that the southpaw mistimed. The end-of-day television highlights of Day Two of the third and final Test between India and West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday could well be the 'Bravo-Aaron show'.
India pacer Varun Aaron walks back to his bowling mark on Day Two
of the third Test against against West Indies yesterday. Pic/Suresh kk
Earlier, West Indies' overnight batsmen Bravo and Kirk Edwards faced a lively spell from Ishant Sharma, who went past the outside edge a number of times in his first over. Ishant even bowled a surprise leg-cutter that nearly beat Edwards.
The perseverance paid off as Ishant finally had Edwards caught-behind 14 overs into the day. Edwards fell just 14 short of his third century in six Tests. To India's surprise though, Shivnarine Chanderpaul's replacement, Kieran Powell proved a feisty customer. The 21-year-old displayed the audacity to charge R Ashwin for his first scoring shot and continued to attack, hitting six boundaries for his first 28 runs.
Powell and Bravo kept finding the boundary consistently . They added 160 for the fourth-wicket before Powell was caught-behind off Pragyan Ojha while attempting a cut.In the final session, there was an evident lapse in concentration from Bravo. The left-hander just about cleared gully with an uppish shot off Aaron for a boundary. He fell to the debutant quickie two balls later. Few overs later, Carlton Baugh dragged one back to his stumps off Aaron.
The final highlight came when Ashwin had Samuels caught at first slip with the carrom ball. Funny enough, the India off-spinner, on a lighter note, finished off the day with a leg-break that refused to turn away from tailender Fidel Edwards, and instead cruised into Dhoni's gloves. It brought some smiles across a team that had just bowled 181 overs, giving away 575 runs, accounting for nine Windies wickets.
WI's biggest score since 1975...
This is only the third time in the last decade when WI have surpassed 500 runs in an overseas Test. They scored 591 against Pakistan at Multan in November, 2006) and 580-9 against Sri Lanka at Galle in November, 2010. This is also West Indies' highest total on Indian soil since their 604-6 declared at the Wankhede in January, 1975.