Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Second Test, Day 2 at Eden Gardens

Rahul Dravid
India is in the driver's seat after two centuries by Dravid and Laxman in the on going second test match between India and West Indies. On the day two at lunch time score was 433/6 in 107 overs with Laxman and Dhoni still batting.

India is already leading in the series 1-0 after winning the first Test match at Delhi between November 6-9, 2011. Once again Kolkata proved lucky for India and after winning the toss Indian skipper decided to bat first.

After a solid start by opening pair Sehwag and Gambhir, India lost the first wicket at the score of 66 in form of Sehwag. Indian openers scored relatively fast and reached the score of 100 in just 20.4 overs. Batsmen in the middle order consolidated very well after the good start and put India into solid position at the end of day one with the score of 346/5 in 87.3 overs.

Poor light conditions in Kolkata stopped the play few overs earlier on the day one of the second test and Indian Batsmen were happy not to continue in poor light conditions just after new ball was taken by West Indies in 87th over of the innings.

Dravid's century put him closer to the 1000 calender runs in year 2011 with one Test match to go against West Indies between Nov. 22-26, 2011 in Mumbai. He may well have retired in the ODI cricket but it seems he is as solid as he was 10 years back in the longer format of the game.

Laxman also is in good form and is not out at 106 from 168 balls and is timing the ball very well. Dhoni is also playing well as India is closing towards the target of 500 runs before Tea today, so that they can put West Indies in bat during the last season of the game today.

In the latest developments there is mild rain and drizzling at Eden Gardens in Kolkata and batsmen are still indoors as Pitch is covered at the ground and light conditions are also not good. Both teams are waiting for the umpire's decision about the beginning of the play in second session of day 2 of the second test between on going test series between India and West Indies.

Match details so far are as under:

India won the toss and elected to bat first at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

West Indies tour of India - 2011, Test Series - 2nd Test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Official Test Match no. 2017 | 2011/12 season
Dates: 14,15,16,17,18 November 2011 (5-day match)

Umpires BNJ Oxenford (Australia) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire S Ravi
Match referee JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire VA Kulkarni
Close of play
day 1 - India 1st innings 346/5 (VVS Laxman 73*, 87.3 ov)

India Team:

G Gambhir, V Sehwag, R Dravid, SR Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, I Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, PP Ojha, U Yadav

West Indies Team: 
AB Barath, KC Brathwaite, KA Edwards, DM Bravo, S Chanderpaul, MN Samuels, CS Baugh†, DJG Sammy*, FH Edwards, D Bishoo, KAJ Roach


India News Blog said...

Match has started again at Eden Gardens as batsmen are out now after the drizzle stopped. The light conditions seems to have improved in last few minutes and Dhoni is out with his partner Laxman. Covers and off and we are not far away from the play at Kolkata

India News Blog said...

India has retained the winning squad at Delhi for the second test between India and West-indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. They don't want to risk the good winning combination.

India News Blog said...

Dhoni also scored century swiftly. No life in pitch for bowlers. Indian batsmen are well set now as Laxman also crossed 150 mark and India are 560/6 in 141 overs with few overs left before Tea time today. India may well score 600+ runs in post Tea session and may put Windies to bat few overs left on day 2. That would be a good target for Indian spinners on this life less pitch. Dhoni's century in just 150 balls may help India achieve the desired target very soon.

20 box said...

India 613/6 (148.0 ov) at Tea and may well declare innings after Laxman's double century. India's chances of winning the test match are very bright now.

Cricket said...

2.20 pm India have declared on 631.

20 box said...

India 631/7d (151.2 ov), didn't wait for the Laxman to finish his double century, rather declared the innings at the start of the third session with many overs left today to put pressure on West Indian batsmen under poor light conditions in the evening.

India News Blog said...

Windies lost its first wicket in form on Barath in just second over of the innings in post Tea session at Eden Gardens in Kolkata during the second test of the Test series.

AB Barath c Sehwag b Yadav 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

India News Blog said...

A faster ball that bounced more than usual around the off stump took wicket of Barath. 139.5 kph good length delivery took the outside edge of his bat and was caught by Sehwag at the second slip.

India News Blog said...

Minimum overs remain today are 20 if bad light conditions in Kolkata doesn't stop the play bit early in the last session like it happened during the first day of the test match.

India News Blog said...

India 631/7d
West Indies 34/2 (12.0 ov)
West Indies trail by 597 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

Match delayed by bad light on day 2, no more play is possible today if match doesn't start in next 15 mins...

Cricket said...

West Indies crumbled against Indian bowlers. Game started early today. Score: 99/6

Last wicket: MN Samuels b Yadav 25 (51b 3x4 0x6) SR: 49.01

West Indies trail by 532 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

Cricket said...

Sammy's little fireworks pushed West Indies score to 124/7.

Last Bat: DJG Sammy c †Dhoni b Ojha 18 (14b 2x4 1x6) SR: 128.57

Fall of wicket: 120/7 (36.6 ov); Partnership: 21 runs, 3.2 overs, RR: 6.30 (Baugh 2, Sammy 18)

Cricket said...

The end is near for West Indies, Latest Score: 130/9

Last Wicket: CS Baugh 13 (27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 48.14

India is going to win this match by an innings and few hundred runs.

20 box said...

Chances are bright that West Indies is going to all-out before the Lunch time today.

20 box said...

Superb bowling performance from both Ojha and Yadav made it clear that India is not going to bat again in this match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

India News Blog said...

West Indies all out for 153.

West Indies trail by 478 runs, so it is not yet conformed that whether India is going to follow on or not. News is not out yet but We hope that it is so because of the good form of Indian bowlers as well as poor batting performance by windies.

West Indies' first innings lasted only 48 overs, the Indian bowlers bowled only 36 overs this morning.

India News Blog said...

The BCCI have said on Twitter that India have asked West Indies to follow on.

India News Blog said...

Lunch Time declared officially, We hope that Ojha and Yadav continue their superb bowling performance in post Lunch session to put an end to the West Indies challenge in second innings today only as they survived only 48 overs in the first innings, it is quite possible that India win the match and series today if bad light in the post Tea session doesn't play the role of a villain.

India News Blog said...

Dinesh Kaneria of Pakistan was the last bowler who able to take wicket of VVS Laxman at Eden Gardens way back in March 2005. Since then VVS Laxman is unbelieveable at Eden-Gardens.

In his last 3 innings he scored total of 431 runs in 718 balls with the help of 43 boundries. Practically his average is infinity as he was not out in last 3 matches he played at Kolkota.

Colonial name of the Eden Gardens should be renamed as Laxman Vatika. ;-) It is more appropriate and swadeshi too...

Cricket said...

Yadav, Ojha Juggernaut continues, West Indies lost 1st wicket of the second innings during the 2nd session of day 3 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in form of KC Brathwaite (c †Dhoni b Yadav)

Cricket said...

West Indies good fight back after follow on. Score:

India 631/7d v West Indies 153 & 169/3 (f/o)
Last Wicket: KA Edwards 60 (128b 6x4 1x6) SR: 46.87

20 box said...

West indies fight back after disastrous start on day 3. 195/3 in second innings with the help of two half centuries by Edwards and Barath. Bravo and Chandrapaul still at crease with 7 wickets to go.

West Indies trail by 283 runs with 7 wickets remaining as India slowly inching towards the second win.

20 box said...

Indians need to take one or two wickets really early into the post lunch session on day 4 to end the match as soon as possible. Bravo is putting up great resistance and now even Samuels is playing very fast to make scoreboard ticking.

Anonymous said...

Marlon Samuels playing really fast on day 4, session 2. Scored half century in just 57 balls and it seems West Indies is now in more solid position.

Cricket said...

This may drag the game into final day of the play if Indian bowlers are not able to take quick wickets before Tea on day 4 as last session is always affected by bad light and unfit playing conditions...

India News Blog said...

Big relief for India as Bravo and Samuels out. score 418/7. Game may end after Tea. May be possible that India need to bat for sometime.. if west indies score more 60 runs today.

20 box said...

After great fight and resistance by Bravo, India finally won the second test match and the series by an innings and 15 runs.

Final score:

India 631/7d v West Indies 153 & 463 (f/o)
India won by an innings and 15 runs

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