India, West Indies unwilling to slam track

Published: 08 November, 2011 09:01 IST | A Correspondent |

17 wickets fall in a day, but India and Windies camp unwilling to blame track

17 wickets fall in a day, but India and Windies camp unwilling to blame track

Seventeen wickets fell in a day, yet Virender Sehwag and West Indies captain Darren Sammy didn't slam the wicket.

We've got the wall: West Indies captain Darren Sammy celebrates
the wicket of Rahul Dravid at the Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday. Pic/AFP

"The wicket is low and slow, but if you occupy the crease then there are runs in it. We will try and get 300 runs on the board," said Sammy, who took three wickets off 11 balls while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo bagged 2-55 as India were bowled out for 209 off 52.5 overs in reply to the West Indies' 304 on Day Two of the second Test yesterday.

West Indies reached 21-2 in their second dig and enjoyed an overall lead of 116 runs. Sehwag, who scored 55, blamed it on the batsmen, including himself. "There is nothing wrong with the wicket. There were some soft dismissals, including mine. I felt it was my mistake," he said.

Sehwag reached his fifty off just 36 balls. He was consumed by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo via some smart wicketkeeping by Carlton Baugh, who whipped the bails when Sehwag's foot was in the air. "I made a silly mistake. I wanted to convert the 50 into 100," said Sehwag.

India lost seven wickets in the space of 65 runs after Sehwag (55) and Gautam Gambhir (41) added 89 runs for the opening wicket. "It was not a perfect day, but I am happy with the way our bowlers bowled," said Sammy.

West Indies 1st innings:
Overnight score: 256-5
S Chanderpaul lbw
b I Sharma 118
C Baugh lbw b Ojha 27
D Sammy lbw b Ojha 5
R Rampaul lbw b Ashwin 12
F Edwards c Sehwag b Ojha 10
D Bishoo not out 0.
Extras: (B4, Lb8, Nb1) 13.
Total: (all out) 304.
Fow: 1-25, 2-45, 3-72,
4-180, 5-200, 6-269, 7-281,
8-281, 9-304.

I Sharma 25-5-80-1,
U Yadav 19-5-52-0,
P Ojha 34.2-9-72-6,
R Ashwin 27-4-81-3,
V Sehwag 2-0-5-0,
Yuvraj Singh 1-0-2-0

India 1st Innings:
G Gambhir run out 41
V Sehwag st Baugh b Bishoo 55
R Dravid c Sammy b Rampaul 54
S Tendulkar lbw b Edwards 7
VVS Laxman c Baugh
b Bishoo 1
Y Singh c Edwards b Sammy 23
MS Dhoni b Sammy 0
R Ashwin c Baugh b Sammy 0
I Sharma c Baugh b Samuels 17
P Ojha not out 3
U Yadav b Rampaul 0.
Extras: (B5, Wd1, Nb2) 8.
Total: (all out) 209.
Fow: 1-89, 2-100, 3-113, 4-120,
5-152, 6-152, 7-154, 8-203, 9-209.

F Edwards 11-1-57-1,
R Rampaul 14.5-2-44-2,
D Sammy 8-1-35-3,
D Bishoo 14-0-55-2,
M Samuels 5-0-13-1.

West Indies 2nd innings:
K Brathwaite lbw b Ojha 2
K Powell c Gambhir
b Ashwin 0
K Edwards batting 15
F Edwards batting 0.
Extras: (Lb4) 4.
Total: 21-2.
Fow: 1-0, 2-17

P Ojha 7-3-7-1,
R Ashwin 6-3-8-1,
Yuvraj Singh 1-0-2-0.

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