MUMBAI, India – Another spineless batting collapse condemned West Indies on the opening day of the second and final Test against India, and not even two wickets for off-spinner Shane Shillingford could ease the pressure as the hosts strolled to within sight of a crucial first innings lead here today.
Sent in, the tourists experienced one of their now infamous capitulations, crashing from 86 for one, to 182 all out before tea, and losing their last nine wickets for 96 runs. More incredibly, the Windies lost their last seven wickets for 42 runs in the space of 89 deliveries between lunch
At the close at the Wankhede Stadium, India were 157 for two with Sachin Tendulkar, in his record 200th and farewell Test, unbeaten on 38 and accompanied by rookie Cheteshwar Pujara not out on 34.
Shillingford, who took six wickets in India’s only innings in the first Test last week, removed both openers Murali Vijay for 43 and Shikhar Dhawan for 33, after the pair had posted 77 for the first wicket.
Calls for an improved batting performance from captain Darren Sammy and coach Ottis Gibson seemed to have fallen on deaf ears as West Indies were undermined by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha who finished with five for 40. He was supported by off-spinner Ravi Ashwin who picked up three for 43.
Left-handed opener Kieran Powell hit the top score of 48 and all of the West Indies’ top seven batsmen reached double figures, but none of them carried on.
Before a crowd that included legendary former Windies captain Clive Lloyd and President of the West Indies Cricket Board Dave Cameron, West Indies hopes for a strong start took a dent, when they lost opener Chris Gayle cheaply to seamer Mohammed Shami, caught at gully for 11
in his 99th Test.
Bravo joined fellow left-hander Powell and they eased the pain of the early loss, when they put on 61 for the second wicket. The two young left-handers batted with confidence and appeared to be going to the interval together, when Bravo was caught behind for 29 off Ashwin, playing defensively forward to a delivery that spun and bounced.
After lunch, West Indies suffered an early set-back, when Powell essayed a whip and was caught at short leg off Ojha, bringing Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the crease. Playing his 150th Test under the maroon cap, he and Marlon Samuels stitched a stand of 43 for the third wicket to stem the fall of wickets.
But Samuels was caught at slip off Ojha for 19, when he played defensively forward to a delivery that spun sharply. Chanderpaul was unable to mark his momentous appearance with a milestone innings, falling three overs later caught at first slip for 25 off seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Narsingh Deonarine, one of two changes to the Windies line-up, was fortunate on 12, when Pujara dropped him at slip off Ojha, but he was soon caught at gully for 21, playing defensively forward to Ashwin.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy emerged with his side 162 for six and lasted just two balls before he was caught at short mid wicket off Ashwin for a duck, essaying an ill-advised slog/sweep.
After this, there was little or no resistance from the tail-enders, as Ojha brought the innings to a close, when he had Shannon Gabriel caught behind for one to claim
five wickets in an innings in a Test for the sixth time.
West Indies then spent the evening session chasing leather, as India’s batsmen made use of the easing conditions.
They were put under early pressure by Dhawan and Vijay before Shillingford (2-46) snared them in the space of three deliveries. He had Dhawan caught at deep mid-wicket by Chanderpaul and Vijay caught at leg-slip by Sammy.
The Windies formed a guard of honour to welcome Tendulkar to the crease with accompaniment of a loud roar from a crowd that nearly packed out the stadium that is reminiscent of a cauldron.
Shillingford caused him a few nervous moments but the little master gradually found his feet and started to bat with the fluency that has been the hallmark of his
24 years at the top, as he and Pujara put on 80 for the third wicket.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
C. Gayle c Sharma b Mohammad Shami 11
K. Powell c Dhawan b Ojha 48
D.M. Bravo c wkpr Dhoni b Ashwin 29
M. Samuels c Vijay b Ojha 19
S. Chanderpaul c Ashwin b Kumar 25
N. Deonarine c Vijay b Ashwin 21
+D. Ramdin not out 12
*D. Sammy c Sharma b Ashwin 0
S. Shillingford lbw b Ojha 0
T. Best c wkpr Dhoni b Ojha 0
S. Gabriel c wkpr Dhoni b Ojha 1
Extras (b8, lb8) 16
TOTAL (all out, 55.2 overs) 182
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-86, 3-97, 4-140, 5-148, 6-162, 7-162, 8-162, 9-172, 10-182.
Bowling: Kumar 17-2-45-1; Mohammad Shami 12-2-36-1; Ashwin 15-2-45-3; Ojha 11.2-2-40-5
INDIA 1st Innings
M. Vijay c Sammy b Shillingford 43
S. Dhawan c Chanderpaul b Shillingford 33
C. Pujara not out 34
S. Tendulkar not out 38
Extras (b8, nb1) 9
TOTAL (2 wkts, 34 overs) 157
To bat: V. Kohli, S. Tendulkar, R. Sharma, *+M. Dhoni, R. Ashwin, B. Kumar, P. Ojha, Mohammad Shami.
Fall of wickets: 1-77, 2-77.
Bowling: Sammy 6-0-27-0; Gabriel 6-0-32-0 (nb1); Shillingford 12-1-46-2; Best 5-0-27-0; Samuels 5-0-17-0
Position: India trail by 25 runs with eight first innings wickets standing
Umpires: R. Kettleborough, N. Llong; TV – V. Kulkarni. (WICB/KP)