Ojha’s fifer puts India in command

2013-11-15 00:00

INDIA trail the West Indies by 25 runs with eight wickets remaining after Pragyan Ojha picked up five wickets to give the hosts the impetus in the second Test in Mumbai yesterday.

The home side won the toss and took eight wickets for 89 runs during the second session. Ojha picked up his sixth five-wicket haul of his Test career to dismiss the visitors for 182 at the Wankhede Stadium.

With the Windies desperate not to let the match get away from them, skipper Darren Sammy decided to take the new ball himself in the final session. Openers Shikar Dhawan and Murali Vijay welcomed this tactic as they took advantage and mercilessly dispatched some ordinary bowling upfront.

The pair raced to a 77-run opening partnership at a scoring rate of 5,77, before offspinner Shane Shillingford induced the breakthrough, capturing Dhawan’s scalp.

Two balls later the Windies were celebrating again when Shillingford had Vijay in the hut after he got caught in the inner ring.

Sachin Tendulkar did not disappoint as he combined with Cheteshwar Pujara, adding 80 for the third wicket.

Tendulkar was unbeaten on 38, which included six boundaries, all were lauded with adulation, while his batting partner commences today on 34.

Scores in Brief (Day One)

West Indies 182 (Powell 48, Bravo 29; Ojha 5-40, Ashwin 3-45)

India 157-2 (Vijay 43, Tendulkar 38*, Pujara 34*, Dhawan 33; Shillingford 2-46.

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