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ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the second Test between India and West Indies in Kolkata
November 15, 2011
The product placement
With a small traffic jam for the No. 6 spot in the Test line-up, Yuvraj Singh knows that time isn't on his side. Having failed to make a dent on the scoreboard in Delhi, he arrived at the crease here knowing that a platform was already in place for a huge total. En route to 25, he miscued a pull and got hit. It was the slowest of the West Indies pace trio that dismissed him though, with Darren Sammy getting one through his defences to win a close leg-before shout. Yuvraj's slow walk back included plenty of glances at the giant screen. But instead of a replay, it just kept showing an advertisement.
The delayed redemption
MS Dhoni was on 13 when he threw the kitchen plumbing at a Kemar Roach delivery. Carlton Baugh caught the edge, but the celebrations were cut short by a no-ball call. Dhoni had added just three more to his total when the routine repeated itself, only this time Roach's foot was even further in front of the line. By the time he finally got his man, Dhoni had pummelled the small matter of 144 runs.
Soon after the two no-ball reprieves, Fidel Edwards decided to test Dhoni with a short ball. The response was smashed straight past him with the velocity of a Roger Federer forehand. It set the tone for a buccaneering innings.
The trademark wristwork
Years from now, when we think of VVS Laxman, we'll think of those clips through midwicket, often picking up the ball from well outside off stump. One such stroke, essayed with typically wondrous timing got him to his fifth century at Eden Gardens.
It was like watching a replay of countless dismissals from the 1980s and 90s. Only, this time, it was a West Indian at the receiving end. Short of a length at lively pace from Umesh Yadav, a bit of extra bounce and a tentative fend from the batsman that flew off the edge to the slip cordon. Times have changed.
The where is DRS moment
With 432 needed just to stave off the follow-on, what West Indies didn't need was to lose a second wicket before the gloom descended. But R Ashwin was getting appreciable bounce, and most of the close-in fielders went up in appeal as the ball looped up to short leg off Kraigg Brathwaite's forward prod. The umpire's decision didn't take much time, but replays appeared to suggest only pad and no bat. With no Decision Review System in place for this series, Brathwaite could only grimace and walk off.
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