MUMBAI – West Indies were facing the prospect of another innings defeat inside three days after centuries by Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara put India
in command of the second Test today.
Playing on the second day at the Wankhede Stadium, India piled up a mammoth 495 all out in reply to the Windies’ 182, a lead of 313 runs
on first innings.
Rohit, who stroked a century on Test debut last week, finished 111 not out while Pujara carved out 113. Sachin Tendulkar, in what is likely to be his last innings in international cricket, slammed an attractive 74 and Virat Kohli got 57.
Off-spinner Shane Shillingford was once again the toast of the Windies bowlers with another five-wicket haul but got no meaningful support from the
Left to navigate 14 overs before the close, West Indies finished the day tottering on 43 for three, with Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo and night-watchman Tino Best all dismissed in quick succession, to leave defeat as a real possibility on Saturday’s third day.
The left-handed Powell was caught at long-off for nine off off-spinner Ravi Ashwin, essaying an ill-advisedly lofted off drive, Best was adjudged lbw to an arm-ball from left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha for the same score, while Bravo was caught at slip off Ashwin from a cut for 11.
Chris Gayle battled through the chaos and was not out on six with his compatriot Marlon Samuels set to follow when
Before lunch, part-time off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine and West Indies captain Darren Sammy etched their names in history, when they linked up to dismiss Tendulkar, as India reached 282 for three at the interval.
To the disappointment of the thousands of fans of the little Indian master batsman, Deonarine, whose off-spin has proven valuable in his 14 previous Tests, had Tendulkar caught at slip by Sammy for 74, trying to guide a delivery to third man.
Deonarine, who picked up two for 45, raced towards cover in jubilation and Sammy sank to his knees, as Tendulkar trudged away disappointed with his hopes of a hundred and a fairy-tale departure from international cricket in his 200th Test having disappeared.
The legendary right-hander, who resumed on 38, added 144 for the third wicket
Fast bowler Tino Best had engaged in a fierce battle with Tendulkar, whose silky off-drive past the bowler for his ninth four brought him his 50 from 92 balls, and consecutive fours off Shillingford in his 13th over also had the Tendulkar touch of class about them.
After he departed, West Indies continued to fight for wickets, but India’s batsmen simply dug in. In the post-lunch session, West Indies found more success as Kohli, who had raced to 50 from 53 balls and put on 94 for the fourth wicket with Pujara, was caught at slip off Shillingford.
Pujara, 34 not out overnight, faced 167 balls and counted 12 fours, and reached his hundred from 145 balls, when he swept Deonarine for a single behind square.
Shillingford struck again, however, when Pujara offered a tame return catch from a leading edge, and Best had India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni caught at second slip for four, leaving the home team 365 for six.
West Indies again met resistance from Ashwin when he joined Rohit and coolly got 30 in a stand of 44 for the seventh wicket before speedster Shannon Gabriel ended his plans of another back-breaking innings, taking a return catch from a top-edged hook, as India reached 409 for seven at tea.
After the break, West Indies had early success, when Shillingford (5-179) claimed five wickets for the sixth time in his 12 Tests, when he had Bhuvneshwar Kumar caught at slip for four before Kieran Powell’s direct hit from deep mid-wicket at the striker’s end ran Pragyan Ojha out for a duck, leaving India 415 for nine.
Things however, fell apart for West Indies as fortune favoured Rohit. He farmed the bowling, batting with last man Mohammad Shami, to inch his way to his second hundred of the series from 117 balls while posting a stand of 80 for the last wicket.
Shillingford thought he had six wickets for the second straight Test, when Rohit swung him to cow corner and Deonarine held the catch, only for the delivery to be no-balled.
A six off Marlon Samuels’ uncomplicated off-spin carried Rohit over the threshold before Deonarine wrapped the innings up when he had Shami caught at deep backward square leg for 11.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
INDIA 1st Innings
(overnight 157 for two)
M. Vijay c Sammy b Shillingford 43
S. Dhawan c Chanderpaul b Shillingford 33
C. Pujara c and b Shillingford 113
S. Tendulkar c Sammy b Deonarine 74
V. Kohli c Sammy b Shillingford 57
R. Sharma not out 111
*+M.S. Dhoni c Sammy b Best 4
R. Ashwin c and b Gabriel 30
B. Kumar c Sammy b Shillingford 4
P. Ojha run out 0
Mohammed Shami c Best b Deonarine 11
Extras (b8, lb2, w2, nb3) 15
TOTAL (all out, 108 overs) 495
Fall of wickets: 1-77, 2-77, 3-221, 4-315, 5-354, 6-365, 7-409, 8-414, 9-415, 10-495
Bowling: Sammy 9-1-41-0; Gabriel 16-0-85-1 (nb1); Shillingford 43-6-179-5 (nb2); Best 18-0-93-1 (w2); Samuels 11-0-42-0; Deonarine 11-0-45-2.
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
C. Gayle not out 6
K. Powell c Mohammed Shami b Ashwin 9
T. Best lbw b Ojha 9
D Bravo lbw b Ashwin 11
Extras (b4, lb4) 8
TOTAL (3 wkts, 12.2 overs) 43
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-28, 3-43.
Bowling: Kumar 3-0-4-0; Mohammed Shami 2-0-7-0; Ashwin 4.2-2-12-2; Ojha 3-1-12-1
Position: West Indies trail by 270 runs with seven second innings wickets standing
Umpires: R. Kettleborough, N. Llong; TV – V. Kulkarni.
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