Kolkata, Nov 14: Rahul Dravid's gritty century helps India to reach 346/5 at stumps on Day one of the second test against West Indies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Monday. Dravid (119) along with VVS Laxman unbeaten on 73, put on 140 runs for the 4th wicketas India take advantage of the conditions on the first day.
[Scorecard: Second Test: India Vs WI, Eden Gardens]
The Wall stands tall yet again with a remarkable performance in the second test against West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. With just 21 runs short of another milestone of 13000 runs, Rahul Dravid's gritty knock of 119 helped India dominate in the first innings.
Dravid joined Gambhir after Sehwag's dismissal and led the Indian batting with ease as he scored his 36th Test century before being dismissed by Kraigg brathwaite for 119. Dravid played a classy knock which included 9 boundaries and two sixers.
Sachin Tendulkar disappointed again as he fell 12 runs short of fifty. India looked steady after losing early wickets as Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman played brilliantly holding on to it, helping the hosts to take advantage of the conditions early in the test.
Resuming play after lunch, Gambhir added just 8 runs before being dismissed by Edwards for 65 which included 8 boundaries. The Delhi opener played a fine innings, ensuring long stay, played defensively as he waited for the right opportunities to punish the delivery. Slowed down a bit after Sehwag's dismissal but resurrected the innings with Dravid as they post 83 runs for the second wicket. Early in the day, Sehwag also played magnificently to score 38 off just 33 deliveries that included eight boundaries to put up 66 runs for the first wicket before being dismissed by Sammy in the first over after the drinks break.
Soon after Gambhir's dismissal, the man of the moment, Sachin Tendulkar walked in, as all eyes were on him. Sachin with Dravid ensured India post a decent score without losing wickets on the first day of the second test. But the partnership did not last long as Sachin was dismissed by Devendra Bishoo for 38.
Dravid, scored yet another brilliant half century off 92 balls. Contrary to his style of batting, he played aggressively to race to 18 off 16 deliveries at the start of his innings. Dravid proved again that he 's the man to rely upon anytime, as he registered his second fifty of the series.
After Dravid's dismissal, Ishant Sharma came in as the night watchman and was dismissed for a duck by Roach who made his return to the team with this Test match.
Earlier in the day, M S Dhoni has chosen to bat first after winning the toss, as the wicket at Eden would slow down during the course of the test match.
Due to ill health, Ravi Rampaul was hospitalised and had to be replaced by Kemar Roach while Adrian Barath replaced Kieran Powell to return to the Test team after nursing a hamstring injury.
India, playing an unchanged team, held on to the basics right as the batsmen showed their class aainst the West Indies' bowlers who struggled to get wickets.
West Indies' Devendra Bishoo, Sammy, Roach, Edwards and Brathwaite all picked up a wicket each as they manage to get 5 wickets on Day one. There were moments of happiness, reason to smile for the Windies, as Kraigg Brathwaite picked up his maiden wicket and a pricy one of Rahul Dravid, as he was all set to reach another milestone of 13000 runs before being dismissed for 119.
Windies were totally outplayed by Indian batsmen. Riding high on the knocks of Dravid, Laxman and Gambhir India look to look to seal the series at Eden to break the drought as the team has not won a Test match against West Indies at Eden Gardens, since 1975.
India : MS Dhoni (captain), G Gambhir, V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, R Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, PP Ojha, I Sharma, R Ashwin, U Yadav.
West Indies : Adrian Barath, KC Brathwaite, KA Edwards, DM Bravo, S Chanderpaul, MN Samuels, CS Baugh†, DJG Sammy (captain), FH Edwards, D Bishoo, Kemar Roach