Windies show fight after early collapse

November 16, 2011

by Ashlar

The West Indies showed some fight in the latter stage on day three at Eden Gardens despite looking like going down to another defeat at the hands of India.

It was all India throughout the first part of the day, as they rolled over the tourists for just 153 in their first innings. Yet again left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was chief tormenter as he picked up 4/64 from 22 overs. No West Indian batsman recorded a half century in what was an embarrassing effort on a pitch that had been conducive to heavy scoring on day one and two.

With a fist innings lead of 478, India’s captain MS Dhoni had no hesitation in asking West Indies to bat again. He may have even felt that in the 62 overs available to him before the close that a result was possible today.

However, the West Indies batsmen showed some fight and at the close had amassed 195 runs for the loss of just 3 wickets.

Arian Barath (62), and Kirk Edwards (60) spent valuable time at the crease before they were both dismissed by Ishant Sharma. Darren Bravo (38 not out), and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (21 not out) will resume tomorrow morning knowing that there is still a long way to go if they are to get anything out of this Test match.

With two days remaining and India leading by 283 runs it is likely that India will wrap up the contest on day four in Kolkata.

Chris Murtagh 16/11/2011

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