End of Day 2: Bad light stops play

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Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 10:35 [IST]
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Windies trail by 597 runs

Kolkata, Nov 15: Bad light forced umpires to stop play as Windies score 34/2 losing both the openers at stumps on Day two of the second test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin picked a wicket each as the visitors trail by 597 runs.

[Scorecard: 2nd Test; India Vs West Indies, Eden Gardens, Kolkata]

With 12 overs remaining, play had to be stopped due to bad light. To compensate the time lost, an early start is scheduled on day three as the match commences at 8.30 am (IST) on Wednesday. 

VVS Laxman remained unbeaten (176) as India declared at 631/7 on Day 2 of the second Test played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. VVS Laxman along with skipper MS Dhoni (144) added 224 runs for the seventh wicket. Rahul Dravid (119) scored his 36th Test century cruising India to a huge score.

Laxman, unbeaten on 176, scored his 17th century marking his fifth at the venue as he holds the record for maximum centuries with Mohammad Azharuddin who has also scored five centuries at Eden Gardens. A special venue for VVS Laxman is all set to witness another historic win as the star batsman helps India post a mammoth first innings score of 613/6 at tea.

VVS Laxman's knock of 176* which included 12 boundaries, reminds one of the most memorable 281 against Australia in 2011 at the same venue. This clearly shows, he is on a mission to prove his critics wrong by playing another remarkable innings after 2001.

Dhoni scored his fifth century at Eden Gardens and is back amongst runs as he joins Laxman in a 224 run partnership for the seventh wicket marking the highest partnership in this test match the previous being 140 between Dravid and Laxman for the fourth wicket. Incidently, his last test ton was also registered at Eden Gardens.

MS Dhoni's 144, with ten boundaries and five sixes to his credit. Looks like Indians are waiting for VVS Laxman to score his double century before declaring their first innings as the total has crossed the 600 mark.

Amongst bowlers, Darren Sammy managed to dismiss Yuvraj Singh who disappointed the selectors again by not scoring big after a good start. He had shown signs of being vulnerable to short balls which is definitely a cause of worry now, as he was outplayed by the bowlers everytime he was bowled a short ball. He struggled to face such deliveries making it more prominent. Yuvraj having got numerous opportunities, in a career spanning 11 years, has not been able to cement his place in the Test team though he is the most sought out batsman in the limited overs format.

Resuming play on Day two, India has scored 433/6 at lunch, adding 87 runs to the over night score of 346/5 in the morning session after Yuvraj Singh was dismissed by Sammy for 25. Gambhir and Sehwag provided yet another great start as India put up 66 runs for the first wicket before Sehwag was dismissed by Sammy for 38.

Earlier, Dravid registered his 36th century and his fourth at Eden Gardens on Monday to become the fourth batsman to have scored most hundreds in Test cricket behind Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar, started off well and looked settled. When he was at 38, Bishoo sent the master blaster back to the pavillion after Sachin edged the delivery to mid wicket. Gambhir too played a fine knock of 65 before Edwards dismissed him on Day one of the second test.


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