MUMBAI – Spin bowling sparked another typical West Indies batting collapse as India took control on day one of the second cricket Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday
West Indies crumbled for 182 before tea, eroded by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, and India in reply reached 157 for two at the close, well within sight of first innings lead.
Retiring batting great Sachin Tendulkar, playing his 200th and final Test, is not out on 38 and rookie Cheteshwar Pujara not out on 34.
Shane Shillingford was the Windies’ most effective bowler again, grabbing two for 46 from 12 overs.
The visitors lost their last seven wickets for 42 runs in the space of 89 deliveries between lunch and tea.
Kieran Powell hit the top score of 48 and all of the West Indies’ top seven batsmen reached double figures, but none of them carried on.
West Indies hopes for a strong start had taken a dent, when they reached 93 for two at lunch, after Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo fell.
Gayle, playing his 99th Test, was caught at gully for 11 in the first half-hour after the Windies were sent in to bat on an unusually helpful, grassy pitch, when he played back defensively to a delivery from Mohammad Shami that popped from a good length.
Bravo joined fellow left-hander Powell and they eased the pain of the early loss, when they put on 61 for the second wicket.
Fortune favoured them both, when Bravo, on four, edged Shami just short of second slip fielder Murali Vijay, and Powell, on 21, edged Kumar to first slip, where Ashwin put him down.
In between their missteps, the two young left-handers batted with confidence until Bravo was caught behind for 29 off Ashwin, playing defensively forward to a delivery that spun and bounced.
In the third over after lunch, West Indies suffered an early set-back, when Powell was caught at short leg off Ojha, the ball lobbing from the pad from a thin inside edge.
This brought Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the crease. Playing his 150th Test, he and Marlon Samuels stitched a stand of 43 for the third wicket to stem the fall of wickets.
But Samuels was caught at slip off Ojha for 19, when he played defensively forward to a delivery that spun sharply, setting the collapse in motion.
Chanderpaul was unable to mark his momentous appearance with a milestone innings, falling three overs later caught at first slip for 25, when Bhuvneshwar Kumar found his edge with a well-pitched delivery that moved across him.
Narsingh Deonarine, one of two changes to the Windies line-up, was fortunate on 12, when Pujara dropped him at slip off Ojha, but he was soon caught at gully for 21 off Ashwin.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy emerged with his side 162 for six and lasted just two balls before he was caught at short mid-wicket off Ashwin for a duck, essaying an ill-advised slog-sweep.
After this, there was no resistance from the tail-enders, as Ojha brought the innings to a close, when he had Shannon Gabriel caught behind for one to claim five wickets in an innings in a Test for the sixth time.
The Windies bowlers were put under early pressure, when openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay put on 77.
But Shillingford snared them in the space of three deliveries, having Dhawan caught at deep mid-wicket for 33 and Vijay caught at leg slip for 43.
The visitors formed a guard of honour to welcome Tendulkar to the crease with accompaniment of a loud roar from a crowd that nearly packed out the stadium. (CMC)