India vs West Indies Day 1 Highlights 2nd Test played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 14 November 2011. Watch Cricket Highlights Day 1 of India vs West Indies 2nd Test. West Indies tour of India Highlights 2nd Test, Day 1 2011. India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 1 Cricket Highlights 2011.
Not often do you get an opportunity to win a Test match against India in India, West Indies had a golden opening at Feroz Shah Kotla last week when they bowled out India in the first innings for just 209 but fluffed it with a mediocre batting display second time around thus allowing the hosts to add one more to their ever increasing tally of home victories. It surely was a case of opportunity missed as West Indies were found wanting against a new-look Indian spin attack on a slow and low surface. Both R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha returned with six-fors to knock stuffing out of the Windies batting. Actually, West Indian batsmen with the exception of Shivnarine Chanderpaul just don’t seem to possess the technique required to combat quality spin on helpful tracks. With venue of the second match i.e. Eden Gardens traditionally being a spinners’ paradise, the visitors will have to do something about their spin-playing abilities or the series would go into India’s kitty sooner than later.
However, a little ray of hope for West Indies is originating from the batting of veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul who played with aggression to have scores of 118 and 47 against his name. While his younger partners faltered in determining a sound strategy to counter Ashwin and Ojha, Chanderpaul had a clear plan. Among their bowlers, Fidel Edwards was the one who created most problems for Indian batsmen by getting the ball to reverse at decent speeds. While Devendra Bishoo and Darren Sammy too bowled well, West Indies will have to bowl in good areas in order to keep the formidable Indian batting in check.
As far as India is concerned, the Delhi Test was a wake up call not to take things lightly even when the opposition doesn’t look threatening. They were caught off-guard after conceding a 95-run lead but the young spin duo saved the situation with a superb bowling effort. Ojha and Ashwin shared 16 wickets to bring the hosts back on track thus forcing the selectors to go with an unchanged squad for the next game. It seems Harbhajan Singh might have to wait a little longer to make a come back.
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