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Ravichandran Ashwin has been proactive at the crease and has supported Rohit Sharma very well © AFP (FIle Photo)

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Nov 7, 2013

Rohit Sharma‘s maiden Test fifty and Ravichandran Ashwin‘s brisk knock helped India recover after early losses on Day Two of the first Test against West Indies at Kolkata. India are 229 for six at tea. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the only man to lose his wicket during this wicket as he was dismissed for 42.

India started the afternoon session on 120 for five with their skipper Dhoni looking good. Dhoni was trying to dominate Shane Shillingford and was using his feet. He was sweeping him regularly.

Rohit and Dhoni put up 50 in good time and just when the partnership was growing, Dhoni chased an over-pitched delivery from Tino Best and edged it to the wicketkeeper. Ravichandran Ashwin joined Rohit and in tandem, they helped India recover even more.

Both Rohit and Ashwin were very fluent. There were also helped by a few misfields on the boundary as they could get a few easy runs. Rohit then motored along towards his fifty and looked in complete control.

Shillingford had bowled quite a long spell, but then Veeraswamy Permaul had come to the bowling crease. Rohit got to his 50 with a classical cover-drive to the fence for four. He glanced at the heavens and thanked the almighty for the achievement. This was something he was waiting for a long time and his face said it all.

While one appreciated Rohit’s effort on debut, Ashwin too was playing well and looked very dependable. He moved along at a good strike-rate and he essayed a few flicks through the leg-side and those late cuts behind point.

As the session neared the close, Ashwin looked even more confident and found the boundaries with ease.

Brief scores:

West Indies 234 (Marlon Samuels 65; Shami Ahmed 4 for 71, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 52) lead India 229 for 6 (Rohit Sharma 61*, MS Dhoni 42; Shane Shillingford 4 for 86) by 5 runs.

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