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    Cricket fans are excitedly waiting for the upcoming Test series between India and the West Indies starting from November 6, 2011 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

    The West Indies cricket team is scheduled to play three Tests and five one-day internationals during their five-week tour. To play a full-fledge tour series, they will arrive in India on November 3.

    The venues of ODIs are Cuttack, Vishakhapatnam, Ahmedabad, Indore and Chennai while Test matches will be played in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

    Only a few days are left for the start of the first Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla, but the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has not announced the squad for the India tour. So, it is yet to know who will play in the West Indies team..




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    India vs West Indies Test Schedule


    Sun Nov 6 – Thu Nov 10

    04:00 GMT | 09:30 local/IST

    1st Test - India v West Indies

    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi



    Mon Nov 14 – Fri Nov 18

    04:00 GMT | 09:30 local/IST

    2nd Test - India v West Indies

    Eden Gardens, Kolkata



    Tue Nov 22 – Sat Nov 26

    04:00 GMT | 09:30 local/IST

    3rd Test - India v West Indies

    Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai



    India vs West Indies ODI Schedule


    Tue Nov 29 D/N

    09:00 GMT | 14:30 local/IST

    1st ODI - India v West Indies

    Barabati Stadium, Cuttack


    Fri Dec 2 D/N

    09:00 GMT | 14:30 local/IST

    2nd ODI - India v West Indies

    Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Stadium, Visakhapatnam


    Mon Dec 5 D/N

    09:00 GMT | 14:30 local/IST

    3rd ODI - India v West Indies

    Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad


    Thu Dec 8 D/N

    09:00 GMT | 14:30 local/IST

    4th ODI - India v West Indies

    Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore


    Sun Dec 11 D/N

    09:00 GMT | 14:30 local/IST

    5tht ODI - India v West Indies

    MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai



    Indian cricket board has been surprised to see their indifference attitude about the Test series. There is a question if the West Indian players can get visas to make it to India in time for the first Test.

    However, according to a WICB spokesman, the squad will be announced soon. They may announce squad after the end of 2nd and final Test match against Bangladesh which is will be end on Wednesday.

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    Default Harbhajan Singh has been dropped from the 1st Test against West Indies





    Cricket fans may have come to know that the Indian selectors have already announced a 15-man squad without naming off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh.

    Harbhajan Singh failed to make his place in the Indian squad that was announced for the first Test against West Indian beginning on November 6 in New Delhi.

    However, Harbhajan was also not picked in the ODI squad against England in home. Instead of him, selectors have picked three spinners- Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rahul Sharma. Among them, only Pragyan Ojha has the experience to play in the Test format of cricket game. So, there will be a tough contest between Ravichandran Ashwin and Rahul Sharma to make Test debut.

    Harbhajan Singh, who had taken 400 Test wickets earlier this year, has been going through a tough time. He has been passing formless career for the last few seasons. He was dropped because of his bad performance. It was his first drop from India’s Test squad since 2007.

    His performance in England was not satisfactory. He took two wickets in the first two Tests. However, he had to return back to India midway through with a strain in his abdomen and was replaced by Amit Mishra for the last two Tests in England. He is now two matches short of 100 Tests.

    It is expected that Harbhajan Singh will be picked for the last two Tests. His experience will help team India to keep dominance over West Indies.
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    Default West Indies will face tough challenge against India




    The West Indies cricket team has successfully finished their Bangladesh tour with a 229-run victory that helped them to seal the two-match Test series 1-0. Now, they will move towards India to play a three-Test series against the host team beginning on November 6, 2011. However, it is said that their tour of India will be much difficult than their recently concluded series.

    Indian cricket team is hot favorite in their home soil and they have the highest possibility to win the series. Betters would like to bet on them.

    Batting is always a strong side for the host team. The return of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh from injury will help to make a strong batting line up. They will be supported by Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. There is no confusion that the West Indian bowlers will have to struggle hard to bowl against them.

    This strong Indian side will be led by MS Dhoni. Selectors thought to send him for rest, but he wants to play. His home record as captain is impressive. If we look at the record of last five years then we can see that India won 11 matches, draw nine and lost just two matches. However, India has a bitter experience against West Indies. They beat West Indies 2-0 at home in 2002.

    The bowling line up will be consisting of young and inexperienced bowlers. Only Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha have played Test format of cricket game.

    Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar have been sidelined due to injury while Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh have been dropped from the side. R Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are expected to make their Test debut with the series.

    West Indies will make some changes in their squad to face the home team. Now, their victory against Bangladesh will boost them to perform well against India and continue their victory.
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    yuvraj Singh, the India batsman, has said this is the right time to focus on his Test career as he is finally injury-free after a three-month break following the broken finger he sustained in England. He has played just two competitive games since he was hit on the left index finger by Tim Bresnan during the Nottingham Test, and returns to the India squad for the home Test series against West Indies. Yuvraj, who has not enjoyed the same success in the longer format as he has in ODIs, said he wanted to rejuvenate his Test career.
    "It's the right time to focus on my Test career," he told PTI. "I want to be remembered as a good batsman in the longer format of the game. I have always tried to give my best shot whenever on the field but unfortunately injury issues were there. In the upcoming series against West Indies and Australia, I want to score big and make a mark in the Test format. I want to restructure my Test career and I'll raise the bar this time."
    The 35 Tests Yuvraj has featured in have been played over eight years. For a large part of his career, he was kept out of the Test side by a strong middle order that included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Once Ganguly retired, he was given an extended run in the side but couldn't cement his place. He fell ill before the second Test in Sri Lanka in 2010, and a century from Suresh Raina on debut in that game meant Yuvraj was once again relegated to the sidelines. His Man-of-the-Series performance in the 2011 World Cup put him back in contention for a Test place, but an injury kept him out of the tour to the West Indies and his series in England was cut short by the finger injury.
    Yuvraj said his Test career had been blighted by the number of injuries he has had but he still had time to change things. "My best years are yet to come. After a long injury layoff, I am fully fit and raring to go. My career has been marred by a lot of injury issues but I think it's on the right path now. After coming back from England, I trained hard. My body has taken a beating in the past year but there are no more injuries now."
    The first Test between India and West Indies starts on November 6 in Delhi, and Yuvraj could be in a contest with Virat Kohli for a place in India's middle order.



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    Default Yuvraj Singh is expecting a crucial Test series against West Indies


    India’s home series against West Indies has caught the attention of cricket lovers. The host is certainly the hot favorite against the visitors. There is less doubt about the victory of Indian cricket team in the coming Test series.



    However, Indian player, Yuvraj Singh, thinks that the Test series between India and West Indies is going to be crucial as the full-fledge home series has been scheduled before their tour of Australia later this year.

    As their tour of Bangladesh has recently been concluded, they will move to India to play three-Test and five One-day Internationals against the home team.

    Yuvraj Singh has taken the West Indies series very seriously. They can take confidence to Australia after performing well in their home soil.

    According to Yuvraj, India has a lot of experienced players and young players should learn from them. He also expects that India rule the visitors.

    Yuvraj Singh is a regular member in ODI format of cricket game. But in his eight years of cricket career he has not played too many Test matches. So, he is happy for his inclusion in the Test squad.

    Playing 35 Tests, he has scored 1709 at an average of 35.60, including three hundreds and 10 half-centuries.

    He injured his left index finger during the second Test against England at Trent Bridge and since then he has not played any match. Now, he has been recovering well and hopes that he will be fully fit before he took to the field against West Indies.

    His performance against West Indies is not good. Let’s see if he can do well and permanent his place as a Test player.
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    Default West Indies Test squad against India


    The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced a 15-man Test squad for their tour of India. Thinking about the condition of Indian venues, selectors have brought some changes in this squad.

    Adrian Barath has been selected in the squad in the place of Lendl Simmons. He has made his return after recovering from a hamstring injury.

    Lendl Simmons did not find a place for him and he will be sent home. He got recall for the Tests in Bangladesh as a replacement of injured Barath.

    Though Simmons was not in good form, selectors picked him in the Test squad after he scored a century and a half-century in the first and second ODIs in Bangladesh. Except him, there are no other changes in the squad.

    Young opener, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Kieran Powell both have been included in the squad against India. Both of these players have scored half-centuries in the first innings of the second Test played in Mirpur Test.

    Denesh Ramdin has been taken as an optional wicketkeeper while Carlton Baugh will continue his duty behind the wicket. Spin attack consists of with Shane Shillingford and Devendra Bishoo. Skipper Darren Sammy can play as a third spinner.

    The three-match Test series between India and West Indies will start on November 6 in Delhi. After the end of Test series, both teams will play 5 ODIs.

    West Indies’ Test Squad against India: Darren Sammy (captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devendra Bishoo, Shane Shillingford.
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    Default Chanderpaul's ton guides visitors to 256/5

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul brought all his experience into play as he notched up an unbeaten 111 to steer West Indies to 256 for five and share the honours with India on day one of the first cricket Test here today.



    At stumps on the first day of the three-match Test series, wicketkeeper-batsman Carlton Baugh was giving Chanderpaul company on 19 off 45 deliveries. The duo have so far added 56 runs for the sixth wicket in 13.4 overs.

    Opting to bat, West Indies' innings revolved around Chanderpaul's unbeaten knock, for which he faced 167 deliveries and spent 236 minutes on a Ferozshah Kotla track where Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and debutant Ravichandran Aswhin threatened to run through the visiting side's top-order. India's new spin-twins shared the five wickets between them.

    Ojha finished with creditable figures of three for 58 in 29 overs while Ashwin had two for 79 in 25.

    It was Chanderpaul's seventh Test century against India and 24th overall. Only Garfield Sobers and Vivian Richards (both 8 centuries each) have scored more centuries against India.

    In West Indies' last tour of this country way back in 2002, Chanderpaul, one of the only two members from the current squad along with Marlon Samuels to feature in that series, had smashed a staggering three centuries in four Test matches.

    That the 38-year-old left-hander's special liking for the Indian attack could be gauged from the fact that he has scored nearly 2000 runs with seven centuries and 10 fifties. And, at a staggering average of over 70.

    Chanderpaul got to the century when he swept Ojha behind square for a single in the 83rd over. He had faced 144 balls and spent 195 minutes to reach the landmark.

    Chanderpaul found an able ally in opener Kraigg Brathwaite, with whom he added 108 runs for the fourth wicket to frustrate the Indian bowlers, especially in the session before tea.

    Brathwaite struck 63 off 212 balls before India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulled off a smart stumping off Ojha to bring an end to his hard-fought innings.

    The 18-year-old Brathwaite's dogged resistance, during which he found the fence four times, was very crucial from the West Indies' point of view as Ojha and Ashwin were beginning to pose problems for the batsmen.

    After Ojha's double blow in the first session, which saw him remove opener Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards, Ashwin bowled Darren Bravo right after the lunch break to put the visitors under pressure.

    But Brathwaite, along with Chanderpaul, stitched together a handy 87-partnership for the fourth wicket to steady the West Indian ship.

    Even as Brathwaite got his runs with nudges and steers through the third-man region, Chanderpaul looked intent on attacking the bowlers, especially the spinners, against whom he was not afraid to go down the wicket.

    While milking the Indian bowlers, he used the soft hands, the canny deflections too were often seen, and he also played the typical horizontal bat shots pulling the bowlers with utter disdain.

    After dispatching Umesh Yadav, the second debutant in the Indian team, for two sweetly-timed boundaries, Chanderpaul took Ashwin to the task, cutting him through point for another four.

    Moments later, the veteran of 135 Tests with more than 9500 runs, used his feet against Ashwin to loft the offie over his head for the maximum.

    After the tea break, he meted out a similar treatment to Ojha who was hoicked over the long-on boundary. Brathwaite, meanwhile, got to his fifty, his second in this form of the game, with a push to mid-on. Chanderpaul followed suit soon after, to bring up his 57th half-century in Tests.

    The tide, however, seemed to have tide in India's favour in the post-lunch session when Ojha and Ashwin both got a wicket apiece, of Brathwaite and Samuels respectively, who was done in by the Dhoni-Ashwin combo, which gave the skipper his 200th dismissal, the first Indian glovesman to achieve such a feat.

    Baugh along with Chanderpaul then kept the Indians at bay till stumps were drawn for the day. While the morning session proved to be fruitful for the spinners, especially Ojha, the scenario changed after lunch. But two wickets in the final session meant India didn't allow West Indies to run away with a huge total.
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    Default Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s century leads West Indies towards a big chasing score against India


    The first Test match of the three-match Test series between India and West Indies starts on November 6 (Sunday) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.



    Today was the opening day of the five-day Test match. Winning the toss, the West Indian captain, Darren Sammy, chose to bat first on a slow pitch.

    At the end of the opening day, the visitors scored 256 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 111 and Carlton Baugh remained not out on 19.

    It was Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 24th Test century and 7th against India. It helped his team to come out of trouble after losing 3 wickets for 72.

    He made partnership with the young opener Kraigg Brathwaite and added 108 runs for the fourth wicket stand. After the departure of Brathwaite, who scored 63 in his 4th Test match, he made pair with Samuels but it did not stay for long time. With Carlton Baugh, he contributed 56 runs in the sixth-wicket stand.

    Pragyan Ojha claimed the first 3 wickets for giving 58 runs off 29 overs. Debutant spinner R Ashwin finished the day with 2-79 off 25 overs.

    Indian pacers had to struggle a lot to get a wicket on a slow pitch. Both Ishant Sharma and another debutant bowler Umesh Yadav could not make any impact against the opponent team.

    However, West Indies still have 5 wickets at hand and they are looking to make a big chasing score
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    Default West Indies wrap up Indian innings for 209




    India's famed batting line-up suffered a stunning collapse as an inspired West Indies gained the upperhand by taking a vital 95-run first-innings lead in the first cricket Test here today.

    After restricting West Indies to 304 all out, riding on Pragyan Ojha's career-best six for 72, the hosts' batting collpased like a house of cards to be bundled out for a paltry 209 on an unpredictable Feroz Shah Kotla track on a day, which saw as many as 17 wickets fall.

    It was a combination of poor shot selection and some spirited bowling by the West Indies that saw India's high-profile batting-order crumble, though, many of them got the starts.

    Virender Sehwag (55), Rahul Dravid (54) and Gautam Gambhir (41) were the notable scorers for the hosts who found it difficult to negotiate the Kotla track, which offered variable bounce.

    Skipper Darren Sammy led the way with three for 35, while Ravi Rampaul and Devendra Bishoo chipped in with two wickets apiece. The visitors were 21 for two at close of an eventful second day's play, extending their overall lead to 116.

    Kirk Edwards was batting on 15 while night-watchman Fidel Edwards was yet to open his account as they managed to negotiate Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin after India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni started with spin from both ends.

    Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell were the two batsmen to be dismissed. With three full days left, India will seek to dismiss West Indies as quickly as possible to try and come back into the match.

    Earlier, Ojha's maiden five-for haul hastened the West Indies' slide from an overnight 256 for six. But India undid much of Ojha's good work in the first session.

    India's start was solid as openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on 89 runs in 12.3 overs. Both negotiated an eventful 25 minutes as India went to lunch at 39 for no loss in five overs.

    Gambhir survived a close lbw shout off Rampaul before Kirk Edwards dropped the left-hander at third slip off Fidel Edwards. And then, Sehwag escaped due to a no-ball by Edwards after the pacer breached through the opener's defence.
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    Default Sachin Tendulkar completes 15,000 runs in Test cricket



    Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday achieved another milestone as he became the first cricketer in the history of the game to cross 15,000-run mark in Test cricket.

    Playing in his 182nd match, Tendulkar reached the mark on the third day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies when he scored his 28th run in India's second innings with a single off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

    After crossing the coveted milestone, the batting maestro looked up at the heavens and acknowledged the standing ovation given by his teammates from the dressing room as his partner Rahul Dravid congratulated him.

    The West Indian players also came up after the completion of the over to congratulate the iconic batsman.

    Tendulkar was 35 runs short of 15,000 before this match and he scored seven in the first innings before being adjidged leg-before off Fidel Edwards.

    With 14,422 crowd cheering him, Tendulkar, who came in at the fall of Virender Sehwag's wicket when the team total was 95 for two, played cautiously with India needing 276 runs to win the match.

    He hit just two fours after facing 76 balls to reach 28. The 38-year-old Tendulkar, the world's most prolific batsman, now needs just one hundred to complete a historic 100 international tons. He has scored 51 Test tons and 48 ODI hundreds.

    Rahul Dravid, who was batting at the other end with Tendulkar, is the second highest run-getter in Tests with 12,775 runs before this match while Australian Ricky Ponting is third on the list with 12487 runs.
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    The west indies have to struggle more and more versus india.Because now indian team is world champion and also 2nd number on icc test rankings.And also there is a home ground of this series.The West Indies cricket team has successfully finished their Bangladesh tour with a 229-run victory that helped them to seal the two-match Test series 1-0. Now, they will move towards India to play a three-Test series against the host team beginning on November 6, 2011. However, it is said that their tour of India will be much difficult than their recently concluded series.

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    Default India win by 5 wickets; Tendulkar misses 100th ton



    Sachin Tendulkar's quest for a record 100th international ton continued, but India rode on his fluent 76 to script an admirable come-from-behind five-wicket victory over the West Indies with more than four sessions to spare here today.

    Chasing 276 for victory, VVS Laxman (58 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (0) were at the crease when India successfully completed the chase to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, on the fourth day of the match.

    Off-spinner R Ashwin, who took match haul of nine for 128, including six in the second innings, also played a big role in India's triumph as he became only the third player to win the man-of-the-match award on debut.

    Starting from his overnight score of 33, Tendulkar looked set to achieve the incredible feat of scoring his 100th international century till Devendra Bishoo spoilt his plan with a well-disguised googly, leaving over 10,000 spectators at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium stunned.

    The champion batsman faced 148 deliveries and spent 201 minutes, 93 of them today, during his stay at the crease. His knock was studded with 10 sweetly-timed hits to the fence.

    Resuming at 152 for two and needing another 124 runs to win with eight wickets in hand, India lost Rahul Dravid (31) early on the fourth day.

    But Tendulkar along with Laxman guided the hosts to 233 with a 71-run partnership before disaster struck some time before the lunch break.

    India were just 43 runs away from achieving a hard-fought come-from-behind victory and take a 1-0 lead, when Tendulkar made his way back to the dressing room, much to the disappointment of the crowd.

    But Laxman stood firm to guide the Indians with yet another half-century in the fourth innings of a match. He struck six boundaries and faced 105 balls.

    Tendulkar, who had completed 15,000 runs in this form of the game yesterday, kickstarted the day on a positive not as he tucked Darren Sammy to the fine-leg boundary in the first over.

    Fidel Edwards, who had dismissed the iconic batsman in the first innings, was not spared this time as Tendulkar drove and cut him with elan.

    Teams:
    West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo.

    India: Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (c) (wk).
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    India have made no changes to their 15-man squad for the second Test against West Indies which starts on November 14. That means offspinner Harbhajan Singh remains on the sidelines while legspinner Rahul Sharma, who was a controversial selection for the first Test squad, retains his place.

    Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron

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    Delhi was a perfect summation of why West Indies weren't expected to add to India's tally of two home losses in six years. It was the third instance this year of West Indies losing a Test despite keeping the opposition to under 300 in their first innings. To put it in perspective, India have taken nine years to lose three Tests after dismissing sides for under 300. West Indies aren't a team incapable of surprising India, but Test matches aren't won on surprise alone.
    In the first Tests of both series between these sides, West Indies have managed to shock India, reducing them to 85 for 6 on the first morning at Sabina Park, and then bowling them out for 209 on a benign Kotla track. West Indies lost both games. It is a credit to Darren Sammy and his men that despite all the constraints they face, they have reached positions from where they can win matches, but they need to find a way to convert these opportunities.

    There's already a feeling that West Indies' chance in this series might have come and gone. In Delhi half the Indian side was just coming back to high-level cricket. India hadn't won any of their last six Tests. It was the best time to strike, but West Indies couldn't land the knock-out blow. It is hard to see India slipping up again.

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    The turnout at Eden. This has been a strange home season. For the first time in what seems like forever, ODIs involving India in India were watched by half-empty stands. Then came the similar lukewarm response to the Kotla Test, which wasn't surprising, because you don't need research analysts to know that there are five venues in India that draw crowds for Tests: Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kanpur and Kolkata. Brace yourself for the shock now: two days before the Test, Kolkata's Telegraph reported that only 324 tickets had been sold at ticket counters until then. Here's hoping that the legendary Eden Gardens lives up to its reputation, and doesn't reject this Test like it did the ODI against England.
    West Indies against spin. Sammy was honest with his appraisal of his side in the first Test. "As long as I've known, spin has been our problem," he said. "Losing 15 wickets for 220 odd runs ... As soon as the spinners settled, we went into a shell. Maybe we could bat a bit more positively, like Shiv[narine Chanderpaul] showed us … We need to find a way to score against spin and not let them get us out … Most of the time, we have been out lbw, playing with our pad instead of the bat."

    At Kotla, Indian spinners bowled 101 overs for 240 runs and 16 wickets, seven of which were lbw and none a bat-pad catch. West Indies know where they have been wrong. Now might be a good time to correct it. A start could be to split the inexperienced top three by promoting Marlon Samuels, who could do with a change of scenery, a start against the hard ball and fast bowling.

    Pitch and conditions
    Like Kotla, Eden Gardens has been a sluggish pitch of late. In fact MS Dhoni criticised the track after the Twenty20I against England. An ugly wicket, he called it. The curator now promises even bounce, some lateral movement, and a track which isn't a rank turner.
    Light fades fast in eastern parts of India, and accordingly the Test will start at 9am as opposed to 9.30am in other centres. Still it has been observed in the past that half an hour is not correction enough, and we could have trouble squeezing in the extra half hours to make up for poor over-rates. No rain is forecast over the next five days.

    Team news
    India are likely to retain the XI from Kotla unless the pitch is a raging turner or if there is any injury in the nets on the eve of the game.
    India (probable) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav

    Adrian Barath should replace Kieran Powell as the opener. Samuels should get another chance despite twin failures, although it will be interesting to see where he bats. The choice between Ravi Rampaul and Kemar Roach remains an interesting one.

    West Indies (probable) 1 Adrian Barath, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Kirk Edwards, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Marlon Samuels, 7 Darren Sammy (capt.), 8 Carlton Baugh (wk), 9 Ravi Rampaul/Kemar Roach, 10 Fidel Edwards, 11 Devendra Bishoo

    Stats and trivia
    The anxiety among the nation is palpable, but Sachin Tendulkar has gone only five Tests and four ODIs without a hundred.
    If West Indies don't win one of the next two Tests, they will have spent a decade since they last beat India, in Jamaica in May 2002. They have won at least one Test against all other teams bar New Zealand since 2002.
    This will be Fidel Edwards' 50th Test. No West Indies fast bowler since Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh has reached 50 Tests. Eleven West Indies bowlers have taken more wickets than Edwards' 151.

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    Default We will bounce back in second Test: Sammy



    One down in the three-Test series, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy today said they would look to capitalise on the positives from the opening match and bounce back in the second game beginning here tomorrow.

    West Indies troubled the famed Indian batting in the first innings to take a 95-run first innings lead but a spineless display by the batsmen in the second essay meant India fought back for a five-wicket win and lead the three-match series 1-0.

    Sammy said they let the Indians dictate too much in the Delhi Test, something they need to overcome for the Eden Test beginning tomorrow.

    “Before the start of the series we had said we will play fearless cricket. Despite the result, we did, basically control the first two days of the first Test, it took a lot of experience from that Indian batting line up to bounce back,” Sammy said.

    “Maybe had we batted better in the second innings it would have been a different ball game. The camp is not down, we still have the belief that once again we could win the key moments of the game,” he added.

    Citing example of the recently-concluded Australia and South Africa Test where the former were bowled out for 47 in the second innings to lose the match, Sammy said: “We saw in Test how one session can affect the entire match. It is about capitalising the key moments.
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    Default After Dravid's ton India ends day one at 346/5



    Riding on a Rahul Dravid century and an unbeaten 73 by VVS Laxman India ended day one of the Second Test against West Indies on a strong note.

    Sachin Tendulkar continued to remain in waiting for his elusive 100th international century even as India looked strong on 212 for three at tea on the first day of the second Test against the West Indies here today.

    On a batting beauty, Tendulkar looked fluent, milking the inexperienced West Indian bowlers at ease as he hit five boundaries in his 38-run knock that came off 71 balls.

    The crowd also started filling up the Eden Gardens with Tendulkar looking in fine touch for the landmark milestone.

    But it was West Indian leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who once again took the prized scalp just when he and Dravid were looking to make it big in their 56-run partnership.

    Tendulkar could only manage to pull directly to Marlon Samuels at midwicket from a short Bishoo delivery in what appeared a very easy dismissal in the 52nd over.

    With Ravi Rampaul indisposed, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy took the new ball along with Fidel Edwards, a move that did not work out quite well on the slow strip.

    Edwards got a bit of bounce from the Eden strip which seemed to have been shaved last evening but Sammy was unimpressive and looked ordinary.

    The risk backfired for Sammy as Sehwag took the attack to the West Indies medium-pacer after being hit by a rising Fidel Edwards delivery in the third over.

    After being hit for 17 runs from his first two overs, Sammy brought in Kemar Roach who was picked in the XI in place of Rampaul who is down with an upset stomach.
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    Default Laxman, Dhoni tons give India complete control of Test



    VVS Laxman continued his love affair with the Eden Gardens with an unbeaten 176 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed a century as India buried a hapless West Indies under a mountain of runs to take complete control of the second cricket Test here today.

    Laxman produced yet another classy knock at his favorite ground where he averages an astounding 110, while Dhoni struck a belligerent 144 (175b, 10x4, 5x6) to record his first century in 21 months as India declared their first innings at a colossal 631 for seven in the post-tea session.

    The hosts then dismissed both the West Indies openers to reduce the visitors to a shaky 34 for two before the second day's play was called 50 minutes early because of bad light. West Indies are trailing by 597 runs.

    Laxman and Dhoni stiched 224 runs together for the seventh wicket in an alliance that put India in complete command on what looked to be a good batting track.

    Such was the batting domination by India that the hosts had one two-hundred plus, one-hundred plus and four half-century partnerships with Laxman in the middle in three of them.

    Indian bowlers did well to claim the early wickets with Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin taking one wicket each.

    Yadav gave the breakthrough when he had the wicket of comeback-man Adrian Barath (1) who was caught at the second slip by Virender Sehwag in the second over with West Indies 3/1.

    Newly-married R Ashwin took the other opener in Kraigg Brathwaite (17) in the 12th over of the day which became the last over as the play was called off because of bad light. Play will start half an hour early tomorrow.
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    Default Dhoni & Co seal series with innings win at Edens



    India on Thursday clinched the three-match Test series against the West Indies after crushing the hapless visitors by an innings and 15 runs in the second match to take an unassailable 2-0.

    The West Indies put up a strong fightback in their second innings with Darren Bravo (136) slamming a superb century but that turned out to be not enough as Indian bowlers grabbed six wickets in the post-lunch session to wrap up the match on the fourth day at the Eden Gardens.

    The match ended with more than four sessions to spare, just like in the first Test in New Delhi where India beat the visitors by five wickets.

    The two sides now travel to Mumbai for the third Test which begins on November 22.

    In contrast to their first innings collapse, West Indies, after being asked to follow on, put up a valiant fight before being bundled out for 463 in 126.3 overs eight minutes before the scheduled tea break.

    At one stage, the West Indies were staring at their biggest ever loss against India (an innings and 112 runs, Mumbai 2002) but Bravo weaved two century partnerships -- with Chanderpaul (108 runs) and Marlon Samuels (132) -- to save his side from the dubious record.

    Resuming at his overnight score of 38, Bravo put up a superb batting display to notch up his second Test century in less than a month with both coming in second innings. He hit 16 boundaries and four sixes in his innings from 230 balls.

    For India, pacer Umesh Yadav was the most successful bowler with three wickets today to return with innings figure of four for 80, while the spin duo of Pragyan Ojha (2/104) and R Ashwin (2/137) claimed the remaining wickets. Pacer Ishant Sharma (2/95) had claimed two wickets yesterday. .
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