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    Ind v WI, 2nd Test, D1: as it happened

    Dravid\'s 119 and half centuries by Laxman and Gambhir took India to 346/5.

    India First Innings

    4:07 p.m. Stumps, but on a good note for the Windies! Sammy took the new ball, gave it to Kemar Roach and he bounced out Ishant, who edged it straight to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh to make it 346/5. Laxman was not out at 73 and will have Yuvraj Singh with him for company on Tuesday morning.

    When it looked India won't lose their fourth wicket, they lost two in the form of Dravid and Ishant. West Indies will feel a tad better but still it's a big score to get on day one and India would want to stretch it past 500 on Tuesday.

    I Sharma c Baugh b Roach 0

    4 p.m. Dravid walks back! Sammy's gamble to bring in Brathwaite to bowl to a somewhat tired Dravid pays off. He went back to cut a delivery that he misjudged as short and managed to under-edge it onto his stumps. A wicket for the Windies when none seemed like coming: 345 for our as nightwatchman Ishant Sharma walks in to join Laxman.

    R Dravid b Brathwaite 119

    3:50 p.m. This duo is looking inseparable now. With the score inching closer to the 350-run mark, India must now aim at batting only once in this match. And with Dravid and Laxman hardly being tested, it looks inevitable. India 335 for three.

    3:20 p.m. Century No. 36 for Dravid in Test Cricket, followed by 56th half century for VVS Laxman. The duo continues its love affair with the Eden as they also complete the 100-run partnership. West Indies look clueless and are waiting for things to happen as the Indian score swells to 310 for three.

    2:40 p.m. Dravid is going from strength to strength, and the way he lifted Bishoo for a straight six, another hundred is inevitable. And with runs flowing from Laxman's bat as well, West Indies are staring at a mountain of runs here. Dravid just 15 runs away from a hundred and India at 267/3.

    1:40 p.m. It's Tea time here in Kolkata! But for Tendulkar's wicket, again a session that belonged to India. Dravid at 62 and Laxman at 1 are holding fort as India reached 212/3.

    1:22 p.m. Sachin departs for 38! The crowd is hushed as Tendulkar hits a half-tracker straight to short mid-wicket. Not a ball to get out to, but Bishoo won't complain as it doesn't get bigger than this. India 205/3, and West Indies will be feeling a lot more comfortable now.

    S Tendulkar c Samuels b Bishoo 38

    12:58 p.m. Half-century for Dravid! The landmark comes in 92 balls. Tendulkar, too, is looking totally in control now at 27, taking India to 187/2.

    12:35 p.m. After an unconvincing start, Tendulkar is finding the middle of his bat now, producing four boundaries in his 21 off 29 balls so far. The crowd is already counting, a bit too early for sure, 175 for two.

    12:06 p.m. Out! Gambhir has to depart, against the run of play. West Indies never looked like getting a wicket until the Indian opener off-drove one away from his body to gift a simple catch in the covers. It's 149 for two and Sachin Tendulkar on the crease.

    G Gambhir c Barath b F Edwards 65

    11 a.m. Lunch on Day 1! Clearly India's session, with the 28 overs bowled leaking 132 runs. Gambhir and Dravid unbeaten at 57 and 33, respectively. Also an undefeated second-wicket partnership of 66 runs.

    10:50 a.m. Gambhir completes fifty! Runs are coming easily for the Indians here, which proves Sehwag has missed out on a big one here. Meanwhile, the Gambhir-Dravid partnership as well has swelled to above fifty. India looking more than comfortable at 124 for one. Ten minutes to Lunch now!

    10:27 a.m. Dravid has surprisingly come out attacking. Four boundaries in the 19 balls he has faced have ensured the momentum hasn't been lost after Sehwag's dismissal: 90 for one in 17 overs.

    10:05 a.m. Sammy nails Sehwag! First ball after the drinks break, clearly a lapse in concentration. Viru tried to whack it through mid-wicket, didn't middle and the shot went straight to short mid-wicket. One shot too many, maybe! India 66 for one.

    V Sehwag c Barath b Sammy 38

    9:57 a.m. Sehwag's three boundaries in the Sammy over, 11th of the innings, take India past 50. To be exact, 58 for no loss, and counting!

    9:30 a.m. India off to a flier! The first five overs have produced 34 runs, forcing Darren Sammy to bring on Kemar Roach. But Sehwag, having recovered from that early blow, is on a roll now; his 22 not out so far includes five boundaries.

    9:10 a.m. Sehwag gets hit! Fidel Edwards is testing the Indian openers with some well-directed bouncers, one of which hit Sehwag on the back of the helmet as he took his eyes off it and failed to duck underneath in time. He seemed jolted for a moment and took his time to get the orientation back. India 17 for no loss.

    8:35 a.m. Darren Sammy at the toss: "Playing cricket in India is a place you want to be, the way they support the game, the calibre of the players around."


    With a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series under their belt, India opted to bat first in the second Test against West Indies at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on Monday.

    India haven't posted a score in excess of 350 in their last ten Test innings. So MS Dhoni would want his batsmen to back his decision to bat with a big score on the board.

    West Indies too have been plagued by batting failures but will now have to first restrict the Indians to a manageable first innings score before their batsmen, barring Shivnarine Chanderpaul, can make amends for their dismal performance in the first Test.

    Team News

    On the team front, MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher chose not to tinker with a winning combination, which meant another chance for Yuvraj Singh to prove his mettle despite two failures in Delhi.

    West Indies, on the other hand, made two changes to their eleven. Ravi Rampaul, who was hospitalised on Sunday night due to a stomach infection, was replaced by Kemar Roach, while a fit-again Adrian Barath took Kieran Powell's place as an opening batsman.

    India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav

    West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kraig Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach

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