Sehwag upset about missing landmark

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India’s Virender Sehwag admits he was very upset that he did not complete a Test hundred before lunch on the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies here at the Beausejour Cricket Ground (BCG).

Sehwag was undefeated on 99 at the lunch interval on Saturday, after going on the rampage during the morning period. “I was upset because I knew that nobody from India has ever done it,” Sehwag told reporters. “I was looking forward to that moment, but unfortunately I missed it. After lunch, I decided that having missed it, I would get my hundred, and play for my team, and bat until tea.”

Written by Team CricketViewer on June 12th, 2006 with no comments.
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Ton-up Dravid piles on agony for West Indies

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Rahul Dravid’s twenty-third Test century helped India pile on the runs on the second morning of the second Test against the West Indies here on Sunday.

Dravid scored 146 and guided India to 485 for five at lunch, being dismissed two balls before the interval when he chipped a wide long-hop from leg-spinner Ramnaresh Sarwan to Brian Lara at backward point.

Mohammad Kaif batted brightly to score 89 not out after he and Dravid resumed on India’s overnight score of 361 for four and added 124 runs in 29 overs.

Kaif outscored a fluent Dravid, resuming on 18 not out and stroking eight boundaries in the session.

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No time to party for India

Green makes Lara smile; Dravid & Co. weighing balanced options

“Thanks, buddy,” said Brian Lara, looking up from the green patch on the St. Lucia pitch to its curator, a smile on his face. For Kent Craston, the man behind the surface, those two words made his day. “You heard what he said,” he beamed later, making it clear which way the track will swing in the first round of the second Test.

Six hours later, Lara’s men were having a ball, their feet swinging, hands waving, some virtually thrusting their way into the spotlight. Chris Gayle made the opening move and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo jumped in before wrist-spinner Dave Mohammed came up with some stunning hip action.

Written by Team CricketViewer on June 11th, 2006 with no comments.
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Lara confident of success ahead of second Test

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Both the West Indies and India are looking forward with renewed vigour to the second Test, starting today at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.

Though the four-Test series is still level 0-0, after the West Indies’ last wicket pair of Fidel Edwards and Corey Collymore grimly survived the last 19 balls to earn a draw in the first Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground, both sides had plenty to encourage them.

India might have been depressed at losing the preceding One-day International series 4-1, but they fought back from a first innings deficit of 130 to set West Indies a highly improbable, if not impossible victory target of 392 to win the first Test, only to fail at the last hurdle.

Written by Team CricketViewer on June 11th, 2006 with no comments.
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West Indies coach downplays catch controversy

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The West Indies cricket team’s coach Bennett King on Monday refused to be drawn into the incident in which his captain Brian Lara snatched the ball from an umpire on the fourth day of the first Test against India here.

The incident occurred after big-hitting MS Dhoni was ruled not out when television replays could not determine if Daren Ganga had stepped on the boundary in claiming a catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary.

The Play was held up for several minutes and, after Dhoni was allowed to continue, an annoyed Lara grabbed the ball from umpire Asad Rauf. Dhoni eventually accepted the word of the fielder, and was declared out.

Written by Team CricketViewer on June 7th, 2006 with no comments.
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Lara asked me to walk, says Dhoni

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Indian wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni disclosed that the West Indies captain Brian Lara asked him to walk and he did after he was controversially caught on the fourth day in the opening Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground here on Monday. West Indies fielder Daren Ganga appeared to hold a spiralling that would have dismissed Dhoni, but umpires Asad Rauf and Simon Taufel however, referred to TV Replay umpire Billy Doctrove to legitimise the catch.

The umpires wanted to check that Ganga had not stepped on the boundary ropes in completing the catch, but the TV replays however, were inconclusive and the umpires ruled in the favour of Dhoni, who was trying to hit a fourth successive six off left-arm chinaman bowler Dave Mohammad.

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Jaffer, Dravid put India in command against West Indies

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Wasim Jaffer and Rahul Dravid built an unbeaten third-wicket century partnership to strengthen India’s cause on the fourth day in the opening Test against the West Indies on Monday here at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

At lunch, India had reached 308 for two in their second innings, with Jaffer undefeated on 172 and Dravid, the Indian captain, unbeaten on 50. The pair added 161 to give India a lead of 178 and revive the visitors’ fortunes in the Test, after the West Indies looked in control having gained a first innings lead of 130.

Written by Team CricketViewer on June 6th, 2006 with no comments.
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Bowling form leads to batting form, says Bravo

BravoWest Indies all rounder Dwayne Bravo attributed on Saturday his rich batting form to his recent success with the ball. Bravo followed up a four-wicket haul on the opening day of the first test against India in St John’s on Friday by scoring a polished half-century on Saturday.

West Indies reached the close on 318 for six, a lead of 77 runs over India’s first innings of 241.

“I know once I’m bowling well it will eventually carry on to my batting,” Bravo told reporters.

“It is showing now, I’m doing well in one department so therefore I’m holding up in another department. I’m growing from strength to strength.”

Written by Team CricketViewer on June 5th, 2006 with no comments.
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Jaffer century erases disappointment of St John

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Indian opener Wasim Jaffer’s century on the third day of the first test against the West Indies on Sunday erased the disappointment of his last appearance at St John’s.

Jaffer scored a career-best unbeaten 113 as India, who trailed the West Indies by 130 on first innings, closed the day on 215 for two.

“It was obviously very special getting a test hundred in the West Indies, especially when the team was in a difficult situation,” Jaffer told reporters.

Jaffer’s century, which included 12 fours and came off 222 balls in almost five hours of batting, made up for the disappointment he felt when he fell for 86 on the same ground when India visited the Caribbean four years ago.

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