Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha picked up five wickets in the first innigs © PTI

By Shrikant Shankar

Nov 14, 2013

India bowled out West Indies for a paltry 182 as an early tea was taken on Day One of the second Test at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Thursday. The West Indies collapsed in their first innings in Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test. Pragyan Ojha took five wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets.

Immediately after lunch, Ojha was brought into the attack. Ojha had a difficult time with the ball in the first Test at Eden Gardens. Marlon Samuels got off the mark only after facing 17 deliveries. Kieran Powell, who was five short of his half-century, could only add three more in the afternoon session.
 
He got a thin inside edge on the bat as the ball then bounced off the pads and lobbed up for Shikhar Dhawan to take the simplest of catches at forward short-leg. Then came the moment for Shivnarine Chanderpaul as he made his way out in the middle in his 150th Test. He too got a warm round of applause from the crowd.
 
Chanderpaul was in the mood as he hit his second ball for a six over mid-wicket. In the meantime, Samuels was flirting with danger with some aggressive strokes that brought him few runs. The Indian seamers seemed to get a good measure of Samuels and did not allow him to successfully play his shots.

Then Dhoni looked to infuriate Samuels even more by placing five slips at one point for the fast bowlers and three slips while the spinners were in tandem. Although, Samuels got a few fours away, he did not look comfortable out in the middle.

He was finally dismissed for 19 off 59 balls. He edged one from Ojha to Murali Vijay at first slip. This started the collapse. Chanderpaul, who looked quite solid out in the middle, then prodded at one that went away from him off Bhuvnehswar and edged it to Ashwin at first slip.

Narsingh Deonarine played some enterprising shots to up the ante, but the Indian spinners were not to be meddled with in the first innings. Deonarine also edged one from Ashwin to Vijay at first slip. Vijay took a splendid catch diving to his left.

Captain Darren Sammy decided to play some T20 strokes and went after Ashwin and skied one high in the air. Rohit Sharma took the catch to hand Ashwin his 100th Test wicket.

Shane Shillingford then missed a sweep shot to hand Ojha another wicket. Deonarine, Sammy and Shillingford lost their wickets as the score stood exactly at 162. Shillingford’s wicket was the eighth to fall.

Denesh Ramdin added 10 runs with Tino Best before Ojha struck again. This time Best (0) edged a spinning delivery to Dhoni behind the wickets. With that, Dhoni completed his 250th dismissal in Test cricket.

Another 10 runs were added before Shannon Gabriel fell to Ojha to hand him his fifth wicket.

The West Indies lost their last six wickets for 42 runs. There were three batsmen who got out for ducks. Ashwin finished with three wickets. Both Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar took one wicket-a-piece.

Brief scores:
 
West Indies 182 (Kieran Powell 48, Darren Bravo 29; Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 45, Pragyan Ojha 5 for 40) vs India.
 
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