Monday, July 03, 2006

No football? How about some cricket?

India completed a historic series win over the West Indies, in West Indies. The four test series ended with a win for India at Sabina park, Kingston, Jamaica. This is India’s second series win in the Caribbean, 35 years after Ajit Wadeker’s team won a series. This win would also add some sanctity to India’s not so impressive away from home wins record.

It was a roller coaster of a match, with both the teams dominating in short bursts. In the end India prevailed by the end of the third day. It was a great match of test cricket and in the end the Indians definitely proved that they are a far better team.

Day 1

Rahul Dravid, the Indian captain won the toss and chose to bat
Jerome Taylor, the fast bowler from West Indies picked up 5 to reduce India to 200 in their 1st innings

Day 2

It was Harbajan Singh’s turn, he picked 5 West Indian wickets to reduce them to 103. A lead of 97 for India.

Day 3

Cory Collymore picked up 5 Indian wickets to end the Indian 2nd innings at 171. The West Indians needed 269 to win. They had more than 2 ½ days to win the test and wrap the series.

Kumble, emerged the hero for the Indians with a 6 wicket haul. And India won the test by the end of the third day by a margin of 49 runs, with 2 days to spare.



Batting – Dravid (as usual), Shewag & Laxman (back among runs), Wasim Jaffer (showed lots of temperament and promise), Kaif (should hold his place for another couple of series with that 100)

Bowling – The young ones did extremely well (Sreesanth, Munaf & VRV), Harbajan (among wickets again) and the old war horse Kumble (dependable as usual)

West Indies

Batting – Lara, Sarvan, Ganga & Ramdin (the wicketkeeper)

Bowling – Jerome Taylor (he was brilliant), Collymore (you could depend on this guy) and Collins (a modest comeback series for him)

Bravo scores full marks for living up to his allrounder reputation

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