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India beat Windies to seal series 2-0

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Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 10:20 [IST]
 
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India win by an innings and 15 runs

Kolkata, Nov 17:India restrict Windies to 463 as they win by an innings and 15 runs to seal the series 2-0 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. VVS Laxman was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten knock of 176.

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

Windies lost 6 wickets for 62 runs before Bravo and Samuels' partnership looked like they are going to set India a target to win this test. But the hope dimnished as soon as Bravo fell for 136 after making a fine century and Samuels too, played a brilliant innings as he scored 84, his 12th Test fifty which included 13 boundaries and one huge six.

Resuming play after lunch, Indian bowlers were relieved as Ojha dismissed the centurion, who held India's victory as Windies came back strongly in the second innings adding 210 runs on day 4 , losing just two wickets. This indeed frustrated the Indians as they went wicket-less until Chanderpaul got out for 47 after a fruitful partnership of 108 with Bravo.

Chanderpaul was dismissed early by Umesh Yadav for 47, as the highest partnership of 108 runs between Bravo and Chanderpaul came to an end. Windies trail by 75 runs with 5 wickets in hand.

Following on, Windies played smartly as the top order fired and was amongst runs. Barath, Edwards posted half centuries, as Chanderpaul fell 3 short of fifty.

Darren Bravo played a fantastic knock as he scored his second Test century while, Cricketing legend Brian Lara has not played nor got a century at this venue. Infact the only country wherein Lara has not registered a century happens to be India. 

Darren Bravo's knock of 136 included 16 boundaries and 4 sixes. Played a fine knock as he judged the bowlers correctly by choosing the right deliveries for punishing them and played defensively to show the world that the is there to save the team.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo added 108 runs for the fourth  wicket, marking the highest partnership in West Indies' innings ahead of Barath and Kirk Edwards' stand of 93 runs for the second wicket.

Yadav managed to stop their highest partnership of the test by picking the precious wicket of Chanderpaul who was bowled by the youngster for 47, 3 short of his 57th half century.

Earlier, Windies were bundled out for 153 in their first innings as Pragyan Ojha picked up 4 wickets for 64 runs, and Umesh Yadav registered his career best 3/23 while newly-wed rookie, Ashwin picked up two wickets as Windies had no choice but to play their second innings as they were trailing by a 478 runs.

Though West Indies' batsmen tried to dominate the Indian attack early on Day 4, Ojha and Yadav helped the hosts register a victory before tea on Day 4 as they shared 6 wickets between them in the second innings.

After winning the toss, India piled up 631 runs for the loss of 7 wickets as the declaration came after Tea on day two. With magnificient knocks from Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahul Dravid Laxman and Dhoni, India managed to put a huge total of 631/7 in the first innings.

Sehwag and Gambhir gave a great start for the third consecutive time in the series, before Sehwag was dismissed for 38 off Sammy.

Dravid registered his 36th century and his fourth at Eden Gardens on Monday after his knock of 119, 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.

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.

Yuvraj Singh, 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.

Apart from Sachin and Yuvraj, all the batsmen played impressively. Amongst bowlers, Pragyan Ojha and Yadav picked up the lion's share of wickets. Ojha managed to get 6 scalps, while Umesh Yadav grabbed 7 wickets. Rookie Ashwin managed to pick up 4 wickets while Ishant grabbed two in the second test helping India win by an innings and 15 runs.

By winning this test match against West Indies, India  end the 36 year drought at Eden which had not witnessed a win against Windies since 1976. With the series already won, Mumbai test might witness historic moments. As cricket buffs are curious about witnessing Sachin's 100th ton, Rahul Dravid 13000 runs, who is just 21 runs short of the milestone during the third test at Mumbai starting from Nov 22, 2011.

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