2nd Test Live Score: India 201 all out, WI ...

2nd Test Live Score: India 201 all out, WI 30-3 at Stumps Day 1

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Published on: Jun 29, 2011

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India were tested to some real seamy and bouncy deliveries at the Kensington Oval wicket by the West Indies bowlers as the visitors lost early wickets with not so many runs of the on the board in the first morning of their second Test on Tuesday.

After bowling India out for a below-par 201, West Indies' first innings got off to a disastrous note too. The home side lost three wickets for 30 runs when the stumps were drawn on the opening day of the second Test at the Kensington Oval on Tuesday.

The home side lost their openers – Adrian Barath and Lendl Simmons – inside five overs with just five runs in their kitty.

Ishant Sharma got Barath (3) caught by Virat Kohli at gully, while Simmons (2) had no answer to the devious swing of Praveen Kumar. He gave an equally simple catch to MS Dhoni behind the wickets.

At the close of play, Ramnaresh Sarwan was batting on 10, while night-watchman Devendra Bishoo joined him to face the last delivery of Abhimanyu Mithun, who dismissed Darren Bravo (9) on the previous delivery.

Earlier, Indian wickets fell like ninepins after tea and their first innings was wrapped up for 201 by some consistent bowling by Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo during the last session of the opening day.

VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina shared an invaluable 117-run stand for the fifth-wicket and revived the visitors’ innings, which was once tottering at 38/4 in the day’s first session.

Laxman, though, couldn't reach his three-figure mark, but the classy right-hander, in his 85-run knock, ensured that the Indian innings didn't fold up for a low score.

He was ably supported by Raina, who played some exquisite strokes for his well-compiled 53.

For the home side, Ravi Rampaul was by far the best bowler on the park as he destroyed India's top order with his pace and bounce. He finished with three wickets, while Edwards and Bishoo, too, contributed with the same number of wickets.

India lost quick wickets late in the afternoon after tea. Raina once again fell to a poor umpiring decision as he was given out by Asad Rauf when the ball seemed to have touched the left-hander's thigh pad and no part of his bat.

India were tested to some real seamy and bouncy deliveries at the Kensington Oval wicket by the West Indies bowlers as the visitors lost early wickets with not so many runs of the on the board in the first morning of their second Test.

India suffered an early setback, losing Abhinav Mukund in just the second over of the day.

Fending off a nasty bouncer by Ravi Rampaul, Mukund (1) gloved a simple catch to Marlon Samuels standing at gully.

And the visitors' score didn't even reach the double-figure mark when the opposition skipper Darren Sammy got the wicket of India's 'wall' Rahul Dravid.

Earlier, India's endeavour to create history in the West Indies started on a slightly disadvantageous note in the, with West Indies skipper Darren Sammy winning the toss and electing to bowl.

India has never won a Test match at this venue ever since playing the first Test way back in 1953. And if they go on to rewrite history, they will also achieve a never-before double of ODI as well as Test series victory in the Caribbean.

But asked to bat first, the visitors have their task cut out on a juicy, bouncy pitch in a Test that is forecast to be played in overcast conditions. That effectively means the West Indies will try to bounce out the Indian batting lineup, which relies heavily on Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina in the absence of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar.

Despite a problem at the top, Dhoni decided to persist with Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund. However, in bowling India chose to go in with an extra seamer in the form of Abhimanyu Mithun at the cost of leg-spinner Amit Mishra. Munaf Patel must be disappointed to lose out, largely due to better batting skills Mithun has shown in his short career.

West Indies, whose bowling was better than batting in the first Test, will want their batsmen to show maturity and stick to their task of scoring big runs. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Darren Bravo share the bulk of that responsibility.

Add to that Marlon Samuels, who has been drafted into the XI in place of out-of-favour Brendan Nash.

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