It’s stumps on Day Two and India end on a high with 354 for six. Rohiit Sharma is unbeaten on 127 and Ravichandran Ashwin is unbeaten on 92.
What a day it has been. India were outplayed completely by Shane Shillingford in the first session which included the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. But the resurrection process by MS Dhoni and Rohit followed by the unbeaten 198-run stand between Rohit and Ashwin changed the complexion of the game. India are in complete control of this game with a 120-run lead and three more days to go.
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Do join us on Friday morning in what could be another domination by India. Ashwin is inching to his second Test hundred.
IND 334/6 | Overs 94 | Rohit 122*, Ashwin 77*
Ashwin is also getting things going. Best bowls a short delivery and Ashwin pulls it with ease behind square. Rohit is an unstoppable force here. A ball outside the off-stump is beautifully carted behind point for a four. Another one is cut with disdain. He then follows it up with a beautiful cover-drive for four.
IND 307/6 | Overs 92.4 | Rohit 106*, Ashwin 70*
Rohit moves to 96 with a little help from Cottrell. He strays on to his pads and Rohit oflicks him past fine-leg for four. The crowd roars for his ton. The next ball is edged through the slip and it goes through for four. Here is a Test ton on debut. He then smashes the next ball through the covers for four. He looks at the heavens and realises his dream being fulfilled.
IND 290/6 | Overs 88 | Rohit 92*, Ashwin 67*
Rohit late cuts Shillingford behind point and it goes for four. The ton is certainly in sight. He then moves into the 90s with a well controlled sweep behind square. This partnership is now more than 130 and it is looking stronger with each ball.
IND 280/6 | Overs 84 | Rohit 85*, Ashwin 64*
Ashwin essays a graceful cover-drive off Shillingford for four. And then Rohit moves into the 80s with a maximum off Shillingford. He dances down the track and lofts him over mid-wicket. As he moves into the 80s, the talks about his ton would certainly intensify.
IND 259/6 | Overs 76 | Rohit 74*, Ashwin 54*
This has been a very good partnership for India as it has helped them take the lead. This stand is now worth more than hundred and they have also taken India past 250. Ashwin got to his fifty as he drives through the off-side. And the hundred of the partnership us up with Ashwin flicking Permaul through mid-wicket for four.
IND 241/6 | Overs 70 | Rohit 67*, Ashwin 44*
India have taken the lead. Rohit Sharma levelled the scores with a boundary in the first over after Tea. Later on, Ashwin cracked Darren Sammy through the off-side to wipe off the defecit.
IND 229/6 | Overs 68 | Rohit 61*, Ashwin 38*
India end the session at 229 for six at Tea on Day Two. Rohit Sharma is unbeaten on 61 and and Ashwin is batting on 38.
IND 198/6 | Overs 61 | Rohit 53*, Ashwin 15*
IND 161/6 | Overs 52 | Rohit 35*, Ashwin 0* OUT! Dhoni 42(63)
Dhoni is dismissed. Tino Best has his first wicket. It was overpitched outside the off-stump and Dhoni goes for it. However, he only manages to get an edge, which is accepted by Denesh Ramdhin. Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman.
Rohit drives one beautifully through the covers and it goes for four as Shillingford is unable to stop it.
IND 156/5 | Overs 51 | Rohit 31*, Dhoni 42*
Dhoni is continously sweeping Shillingford and doing it quite well. Even Rohit has watched Shillingford closely and he easily drives it through the off-side for four. This partnership is growing in confidence and the rotation of strike is helping them quite a bit. Dhoni completes India’s 150 with a single. Shillingford is not coming from round the wicket.
IND 134/5 | Overs 44 | Rohit 20*, Dhoni 31*
Dhoni is playing positively and is working the strike over. His footwork has been very positive against Shillingford. The off-spinner does hit him on the pads once, but the ball was going down the leg-side quite easily. The 50-run partnership is up. Dhoni has been the major contributor.
IND 120/5 | Overs 39 | Rohit 16*, Dhoni 21*
Rohit gets off the mark in Test cricket as he pulls Cottrell for a four. Dhoni has started in attacking mode as he is ready to sweep Shillingford. He dispatches one through the off-side for four and is continuing to attack Shillingford. Rohit also gets into his stride with a few good strokes, although an inside-edge missed his stumps and went for four. India end on at lunch on Day Two.
Bishan Singh Bedi has an interesting take to the story.
IND 87/5 | Overs 31 | Rohit 0*, Dhoni 4* OUT! Kohli 3(5)
Kohli has gone or has he! There was an appeal for bat pad and as Kohli walked back, Nigel Llong asked him to wait. He checked for the no-ball, and there was a little bit behind the line. Kohli is unhappy. Umpire Llong in focus.
IND 82/4 | Overs 29 | Kohli 2*, Rohit 0* OUT! Tendulkar 10(24)
This is a wicket Shillingford would never forget. Tendulkar doesn’t pick the doosra and it hits him on the backfoot. The umpire raises his finger and Tendulkar has to walk back. Replays show that the ball hit him very high. Rohit Sharma walks out for his maiden Test innings.
IND 82/3 | Overs 28 | Tendulkar 10*, Kohli 2* OUT! Pujara 17(36)
Cottrell gets Pujara! A short ball climbs into Pujara and he tries to upper cut it. But, he only manages to give an edge to the wicket-keeper. Virat Kohli walks out to the centre. Again, all eyes are on Tendulkar through all this! Kohli gets off the mark by fetching two on the off-side.
IND 79/2 | Overs 27 | Pujara 17*, Tendulkar 10*
Sheldon Cottrell is bowling and Pujara flicks him through the leg-side to fetch four. But, all the focus is on one man and that is Tendulkar, who moves into the double figures with a single through mid-wicket off Shillingford. Pujara then cuts Shillingford through point for a four. That would make him feel a lot better.
IND 67/2 | Overs 23 | Pujara 6*, Tendulkar 9*
Best gets the ball to move in and hits Tendulkar on the pad first and then the bat. There is an appeal, but the ball had hit him outside the line of the off-stump. Ther is nervousness at the Eden Gardens, but Tendulkar eases it by pushing through the off-side and gets off the mark. Every run is cheered by the crowd. He gets his first boundary by pushing Shillingford through mid-wicket.
The next ball turns into him and keeps low. Tendulkar was shaping to push it through the off-side, but misses it. He then gets to the pitch of the ball again and gets another boundary through mid-wicket.
It is surprising that there isn’t enough crowd here:
IND 57/2 | Overs 20.4 | Pujara 6* , Vijay 26(75)
Murali Vijay has been dismissed and the crowd is cheering. You know why! Vijay charged to Shilingford and missed it. Tendulkar walks out and the roar gets even louder.
IND 51/1 | Overs 18 | Vijay 23*, Pujara 3*
Shillingford is getting turn on this surface. He almost gets Murali Vijay as an edge off the pads flies close to short-leg. India get to their 50 with Vijay flicking one through the leg-side. Now that Shillingford is getting turn, when will they get in Veerasammy Permaul.
IND 42/1 | Overs 14.4 | Vijay 18*, OUT! Dhawan 23
Tino Best starts from the other end. Dhawan gets going by driving through the covers for a couple. However, Dhawan is out as he inside edges one from Shillingford onto his stumps. The ball didn’t bounce and Dhawan was on the back-foot. The previous ball had almost carried to the bowler for a return catch.
IND 38/0 | Overs 13 | Dhawan 21*, Vijay 17*
Shane Shilingford starts proceedings and is drawing Murali Vijay forward. The Tamil Nadu opener strides foward and gets behind the line comfortably. The last ball of the first over is pushed through long-on for a single as India open their account for the day.
Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Two of the first Test between India and the West Indies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. I am Nishad Pai Vaidya and will take you through the day’s play. Yesterday was Shami Ahmed’s moment in the sun. A brilliant spell of four for 71 bowled West Indies out for 234. India ended the day on 37 for no loss with Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay in the middle.
Dhawan and Vijay looked in decent touch yesterday and they would be looking to charge today. They have batted together in Tests once before. Remember Mohali early this year? That was Dhawan’s day. Today, they are up against a different attack, the West Indies. Will their spinners leave a mark? Here is an article that discusses the West Indian spinners.