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* West Indies stretch lead to 116 runs with 8 wickets in
* Sehwag confident of chasing down target
By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, Nov 7 Seventeen wickets fell during a
riveting second day's play but neither West Indies nor India
could claim the upper hand in the see-saw first test at the
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Monday.
Pragyan Ojha (6-72), who claimed the first and the last
wickets of the day, and his spin team mate Ravichandran Ashwin
(3-81) mowed down the West Indies bottom half for 48 runs in
17.2 overs to restrict their first innings to 304.
In reply, openers Virender Sehwag (55) and Gautam Gambhir
(41) batted as if they were in a limited-overs game, adding 89
runs in 12.3 overs before the Indian line-up, with the glorious
exception of Rahul Dravid (54), folded for 209.
West Indies came out to bat for the second time with a
95-run first-innings lead but lost both their openers Kieran
Powell (0) and Kraigg Brathwaite (2) to finish the second day at
21-2, having lost much of their advantage.
Kirk Edwards (15) was batting with Fidel Edwards (0) when
stumps were drawn with West Indies having stretched their
overall lead to 116 runs.
"Looking at the wicket, we won't take anything for granted
just because we bowled them out for less than 250. The plan is
to score as many runs as possible," West Indies captain Darren
Sammy said. "We would like to put 350-plus on the board."
Ojha's double strikes in the morning session triggered West
Indies batting collapse as the visitors, resuming on 256 for
five, exhibited their spin frailty with nine of them falling to
the Indian slow bowlers.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (118) added seven runs to his
overnight score before falling to one of the four leg-before
decisions of the morning session.
Chanderpaul's 196-ball knock included seven fours and two
Sehwag and Gambhir fuelled India's strong reply with
scintillating batting during an eventful start.
Gambhir survived numerous edges and was dropped in the slip
off Fidel Edwards who endured further frustration when he
clean-bowled Sehwag with a delivery that was adjudged a no-ball.
Gambhir eventually ran out of luck and his run-a-ball knock
was cut short when Sehwag's straight drive brushed bowler
Sammy's fingers and hit the stumps at the non-striker's end with
the left-hander out of the crease.
Sehwag took 36 balls to complete his 28th test half-century
but was stumped off Devendra Bishoo while trying to guide a ball
to the fine-leg area.
Sachin Tendulkar (7) walked out to a rousing welcome from
the sparse crowd who were hoping to see his long-awaited 100th
international century but Fidel Edwards removed him leg before
to frustrate them.
Sammy compounded India's crisis with a three-wicket burst,
removing Yuvraj Singh (23) and the scoreless duo of Mahendra
Singh Dhoni and Ashwin.
Dravid waged a lone battle in the tailenders' company before
a fluffed pull shot cut short his stay and Ravi Rampaul removed
the last two Indian wickets with successive deliveries.
"I would say the match is now evenly poised," Sehwag told
reporters. "Our target will be to bowl them out as early as
possible and then chase whatever is the target."
(Editing by Clare Fallon; To comment on this story: email
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