Pragyan mesmerises WI, claims six wickets

New Delhi: Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha led the Indian bowlers` charge with a maiden five-wicket haul as West Indies were bundled out for 304 on day two of the first cricket Test here Monday.

Openers Gautam Gambhir (22 not out off 18 balls) and Virender Sehwag (15 not out off 13) then managed to negotiate an eventful 25 minutes as India went to lunch at 39 for no loss in five overs.
Gambhir survived a close lbw shout off Ravi Rampaul before Kirk Edwards dropped the left-hander at third slips off Fidel Edwards. And then, Sehwag escaped due to a no-ball by Edwards after the pacer breached through the opener`s defence in the fifth over.

Earlier, continuing from where he had lef ton Sunday, Ojha picked up three wickets to add to his overnight three and helped his team open the floodgates at the Feroz Shah Kotla. While Ojha`s figures of six for 72 was the primary reason behind the Wet Indies` slide from an overnight 256 for three, Ravichandran Aswin chipped in with one to finish with figures of three for 81 in 27 overs, creditable enough for a debutant.

Between the two, Ojha and Ashwin finished with figures of nine for 153. Toiling hard on a track bereft of any movement or bounce, pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was rewarded when he found centurion Shivnarine Chanderpaul (118 off 196 balls; 7×4, 2×6) off guard with a sharp incoming delivery.

There were some doubts over the decision made by Kumar Dharmasena, but TV replays showed that the ball would have gone on to the hit middle and leg. Umesh Yadav, another Indian debutant was a letdown, often straying down the leg.

After Chanderpaul`s dismissal, however, it was a matter of time before the West Indies innings folded up in 108.2 overs. Of his team`s 442 minutes of batting, the Guyanese consumed 286 of them while facing 196 deliveries.

Introduced in the 99th over in place of Yadav, Ojha struck immediately removing overnight batsman Carlton Baugh with a ball that didn`t turn as much as he had expected it to. Baugh`s dismissal ended his 69-run partnership for the sixth with Chanderpaul.

After Ojha had Baugh trapped in front, the bowler did a repeat to send back West Indies skipper Darren Sammy with an arm ball that pitched around the middle stump for his maiden five-for in Test cricket. Making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2009, his previous best was four for 107.