Highlights day 4: Bhuvneshwar stars with the ball as India 285 runs ahead at stumps
Watch : Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 6 icket haul against WI
First wicket of a no-ball? – The West Indies batsmen were facing a tough test in the morning session but they somehow survived almost first 10 overs of the day before suffering a blow few minutes before the drinks break. In the 56th over of the match, Ishant Sharma was bowling to Darren bravo. Ishant bowled a shorter one which Bravo blindly hooked towards fine leg where Jadeja was present with his safe pair of hands. He doesn’t drop catches like these and Bravo was not lucky that day. Bravo was dismissed but asked to wait by the umpires as they were checking for the front foot no-ball.
The third umpire after having few looks at the front foot announced the decision in favour of Ishant Sharma and declared the batsman out. It sparked a controversy as replays showed that Ishant didn’t have anything behind the line which is a necessity to call it a legal delivery. Even the West Indies great Sir Viv Richards criticised the decision from the commentary box. Jeff Dujon too joined him criticising the actions of the third umpire as there was no proof that Ishant had something behind the line. Darren bravo was also seen shaking his head in disbelief while watching replays in the dressing room as he too believed the same that Ishant had nothing behind the line.
Ashwin does it the first ball – R. Ashwin was bowling his first over for the day and just like he had done in past, he produced a wicket in the first over itself and this time it was on the first ball of the day on which he did the honours of taking a wicket. He was bowling to Brathwaite who had already set his eyes on the crease. Ashwin bowled on the middle stump which turned sharply towards the leg side and touched the gloves of the batsman before settling down in Saha’s gloves. The bowlers appealed for a catch and batsman was dismissed. The batsman was looking good at the crease but it was some extra vigilance from Indian wicketkeeper Saha that helped in getting the first wicket of the day.
An epic fall – The West Indies team lost its last 7 wickets adding just 23 runs on the board. At one stage the team was sitting in a comfortable position and it looked like they could score something close to team India’s score but Indian bowlers were quite fast to wrap up the Windies innings. The speed of fall of wickets almost doubled as after the Lunch break as the Indian bowlers came back strongly and took the just a little time to pack up the Windies innings after having their lunch.
‘Bhuvneshwar Kumar’ the bowling star – Bhvneshwar Kumar went wicketless on the day of 2 of the play where he bowled 11 overs in total. Soon after Lunch break when Kohli continued with Bhuvi with the new ball, he made that count as it was his patience and determination which paid back to him. He got his first Test wicket after 18 months as he was able to dismiss Jermaine Blackwood who surprisingly was playing opposite to his style. This was just a start for Bhuvneshwar Kumar as soon he gave Windies the second blow in the form of Marlon Samuels. Samuels failed to read the swing of the ball and got confused which way it will swing.
The ball came back in and Samuels played it on to the stumps. The next two wickets of Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph were an easy one for him but it was the fifth wicket for which he had to struggle hard because of two dropped chances by the fielders. Earlier KL Rahul dropped one at slips and the second time it was Rohit Sharma who was sloppy on the field. Finally, after a wait of few overs, Bhuvneshwar drew the fifth wicket for himself in the form of Dowrich who was caught by Shikhar Dhawan, thus becoming the fifth prey of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Rahane, Rohit helps Indian team to gain crucial lead – The Indian cricket team lost few quick wickets in form of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli but soon the Mumbai teammates Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane took over the charge and they both shared a partnership of 85 runs to ensure that team India does not suffer another blow in the day. Along with that they also increased the margin of lead over the West Indies team which helped Indian team and strengthen their chances of winning the match. Now we may see an overnight declaration from captain Virat Kohli as Indian team is leading by 285 runs which will not be easy for the team to chase tomorrow. It will be interesting to see that if Virat Kohli declares the innings or not.
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