West Indies capitulate after bright partnership
(Sports) The West Indies cricket team capitulated on day one of the first test match versus India, on Wednesday 6th November.
Captain Darren Sammy won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. Openers Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell got off to a brisk start with Powell being especially aggressive, hitting 5 fours and one maximum in his brief stay of 28.
Gayle had perished earlier for only 18, when he was caught at slip.
Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo then teamed up in an impressive third wicket stand of 91 runs, with Bravo being ultra defensive and Samuels playing with more freedom and grace, hit the ball sweetly around the Park, including two maximums.
However, Samuels was bowled by a beautiful in ducker from Shami and Bravo soon followed when he was carelessly run out.
Thereafter, the entire innings did a complete somersault and it was left to Shivnarine Chanderpaul to attempt his usual rescue act. However, he was cleaned bowled by Ashwin for just 36 The innings was wrapped up when West Indies debutant, Sheldon Cotterell was comprehensively bowled by the consistent Shami.
The West Indies team was eventually bowled out for a paltry 234 with debutant Shami picking up 4 for 71 in his first test match.
India at the end of the day was –
Summarized scores: West Indies 234 all out in 78 overs: Marlon Samuels 65; Shivnarine Chanderpaul 36; Kieran Powell 28 and Daren Bravo 23
Shami 4 for 71; Ashwin 2 for 52
India 37 without loss in 11 overs: Dhawan 21;