• Lifeless wicket. Poor turn-out. Dour play. An epic mismatch. The first Test of the season couldn't be more underwhelming.

    Dhoni broke Kirmani's record before empty stands.

    THE FLAVOUR of the Australia summer is pace. A young tearaway in Pat Cummins has been discovered. And there’s no doubt Australia would play to their strengths when India come visiting later this year. The hard and quick wickets will suit their pace arsenal that has grown impressively in their years of transition.

    Meanwhile, at the Kotla Stadium, India are playing West Indies on a surface as lifeless as Mars – the sort of wicket you’d never expect to play on in a Test in Australia. The quality of opposition also reflects on how poorly India tend to build towards fixtures that matter.

    In their last 10 years of touring, the only major Test team West Indies have beaten is South Africa, once. Having played them plenty of times this year, India would be aware of the obvious weaknesses of West Indies. Hence this home

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  • Day 2 at the Kotla

    (During the course of the first Test between India and West Indies at the Kotla, we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    5.05 pm - West Indies are effectively 116-2 and the ball's doing funny things, shooting along the surface one ball, gripping and turning the next. India opened at both ends with spinners, a rarity, and managed to get both West Indian openers. Unless there's another one of their famous collapses tomorrow, they're firmly in front at this point.

    A lead of 200 would prove extremely difficult to chase. For India, the key is Pragyan Ojha who has been relentlessly accurate and patient.

    4.10 pm - India 209 all out. Everything that could go wrong for India today has. The fantastic part of West Indies' bowling effort is that they had to take about 12-13 wickets today, given the many lives Gambhir and Sehwag had in the 30 minutes before lunch.

    Dravid, let down again by his colleagues, battled on for 54 and

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  • Day 1 at the Kotla

    (During the course of the first Test between India and West Indies at the Kotla, we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    They got Brathwaite but India couldn't get Chanderpaul out. West Indies are 256-5, and if not for him, it would have been a lot worse. India's sloppy bowling in the evening also eased West Indies' scoring after their slow start. Ojha and Ashwin have all five wickets, but they need to run through the tail quickly. India have to bat fourth, and given how the wicket has played, they need to stop the visitors from running away with the momentum.

    4.00 pm - India's old foe has done it again. Chanderpaul has completed his seventh hundred against his favourite opponents. Given the conditions, the slow nature of the wicket and the troublesome spot West Indies were in, this is a top-class hundred.

    On a day, everyone else has struggled to get the ball off the square, Chanderpaul has needed just 144 balls to

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