West Indies tour of India, 2nd Test: India v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 14-17, 2011
India won by an innings and 15 runs
14,15,16,17 November 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

9.00am All is in readiness now. Gautam Gambhir marks his guard. Fidel Edwards walks right up to him and does a few stretches. That's something new he has picked up. This is his 50th Test, the first West Indian since the Amby-Walsh era to manage this feat. West Indies players are wearing a black armband in tribute for the accident in St Lucia. Three slips, a gully, a short leg. Play

8.50am Shivang is an early bird: "Early start?! I get to office at 7:30 am here in China, having lunch right now.. "

Niala Baboolal is staying up late in Trinidad & Tobago to send this in: "Roach and Edwards? I am fearful that we may see an 'all pace and no direction' sort of bowling. And Congrats to Ashwin!"

It's not all about Sachin, as Pinal points out: "Amid all the attention for Tendulkar, I am hoping that Dravid gets to 13000 runs in this game."

8.40am Tahir: "I want the little man Sachin Tendulkar to get his hundredth international ton, lets pray for him." To which my colleague Sharda Ugra wrote a response yesterday itself. Read here.

Sesh: "There is some invisible link between Hyderabad guys and Eden-Gardens. It was Azhar's favorite ground during his days and Laxman averages a whopping 95 in this ground." These two top the run charts in Kolkata, but don't hold your breath for Pragyan Ojha to join them.

Ankit: "@Tahir, Maybe you mean let's pray to him?" Ha!

Chacha Chaudhary: "Any other examples of cricketers playing whilst on honeymoon (literally)?" I think Gambhir got married in late October and played the Delhi Test a week after. Anyone else, I'm clueless on this matter.

8.30am Toss Heads, says Sammy, it's tails and Dhoni decides to bat. He says Eden Gardens is one of his favourite grounds. India stick with the same XI, which means R Ashwin will be playing Test cricket a day after his marriage.

Sammy says he would have chosen to bat as well. "Playing cricket in India is a place you want to be, the way they support the game, the calibre of the players around." Two changes for West Indies - Roach comes in for Rampaul, and Barath comes in for Powell

8.25am In his pitch report on NEO cricket, Sunil Gavaskar says because of the early start there's some moisture in the track which could help the fast bowlers early on. Ian Bishop expects turn as the match progresses though there is some grass on the track. Will be an interesting decision for the captain who wins the toss.

Does anyone know whether Test matches start earlier than this anywhere in the world? Think ODIs in Guwahati, which is to the east of Kolkata, start as early as 8.30am.

8.15am Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Test between India and West Indies in Kolkata.

West Indies are 1-0 down and they have more bad news as fast bowler Ravi Rampaul is out with a stomach bug. Will West Indies gamble on playing two spinners, and possibly picking Shane Shillingford, who has recently remodelled his bowling action? Or will they go with Kemar Roach, who was a touch erratic in the Bangladesh Tests?

0.1

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, gentle pace and bounce, defended off the front foot with a slightly open face

0.2

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, digs this one in, gets it to bounce chest high. Defended by GG

Shock. Horror. No crowd to at Eden. Hopefully they are just coming in

0.3

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, stays short of a length, just outside off, defended with an open face again, towards point

0.4

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, fuller, still not driveable, close to off, GG wants to tip and run, but the short cover is alert

"This is so incredibly ridiculous... Test match scheduled from Monday-Friday!! That too after playing England a couple of weeks back! Who is EVER going to turn up??" Bakshi might have a point

0.5

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, slightly fuller, close to off, a length ball, Gambhir presses forward and defends to cover

"What shock / horror? You start a match on monday morning and expect a crowd. It may be Kolkata, but even then Monday morning is too much of an ask." Sri, and others, are striking back

0.6

FH Edwards to Gambhir, FOUR, and once again Gambhir hits a four off the first over of Edwards. This is a half-volley outside off, and he drives at it square, to the left of point

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0

    • G Gambhir 4 (6b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 0 (0b)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-4-0

Well, this is a surprise. It's Sammy taking the new ball

1.1

Sammy to Sehwag, no run, short of length ball angling in, inside-edged onto the pad

Anees: "If I had to choose only ONE ground which I love, it would be Eden Gardens. Yes, despite the early start, we are usually short of the 90 overs/day. This is a problem throughout India and Pakistan." Yes, but it's a depressing sight right now, only a measly crowd in.

1.2

Sammy to Sehwag, no run, outside off this time and Sehwag is happy to leave it to the keeper

1.3

Sammy to Sehwag, no run, length ball around, solidly pushed off the front foot towards cover

1.4

Sammy to Sehwag, FOUR, there goes Sehwag, not much wrong with the delivery, swung away a bit before landingg on a length outside off, Sehwag takes a big stride forward and whips the ball through cover for four

1.5

Sammy to Sehwag, no run, Sammy slides this down the leg side, Sehwag leaves

1.6

Sammy to Sehwag, FOUR, Sammy has his hands on his head after another Sehwag boundary, effortlessly opening the face to place it behind point to a short of length ball, the outfield is extremely quick at Eden Gardens

Tony Greig tweets: "Tendulkar broke Lara's record of most Test runs in an empty Stadium in Mohali. Could be same for his 100th century at Eden - Sad but poss"

Shail: "@Sesh, you can compare Ojha to V Raju if you want to. He averages 35.58 at Eden in 7 matches having taken 12 wickets. Counting on Statsguru this time to get my comment published! "

End of over 2 (8 runs) India 12/0

    • V Sehwag 8 (6b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 4 (6b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-8-0
    • FH Edwards 1-0-4-0
2.1

FH Edwards to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads, and that is easily helped along to fine leg

2.2

FH Edwards to Sehwag, no run, the Fidel bouncer, followed by a glare at the batsman, Sehwag sways out of the line of that off stump delivery

2.3

FH Edwards to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, struck on the helmet, another bouncer from Fidel, Sehwag takes his eyes off the ball, doesn't duck enough to get under that one, it hit on the back of helmet, and flies away halfway to fine leg, Sehwag takes a leg-bye, he has the helmet out, and is clutching the back of his head, but doesn't seem to be anything serious, he's smiling as he talks to the physio, that was 141kph

Sidhartha Monga, who is writing the report for this match, tells me: "Sehwag would have been dead in the 80s"

2.4

FH Edwards to Gambhir, 1 no ball, short of a length this time and outside off, Edwards oversteps

2.4

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, short of length ball around off stump, comfortably defended back down the track

2.5

FH Edwards to Gambhir, 1 run, short again, on legstump, Gambhir is cramped, but he awakwardly tucks that towards square leg for a single

Bakshi is outraged: "This is so incredibly ridiculous... Test match scheduled from Monday-Friday!! That too after playing England a couple of weeks back! Who is EVER going to turn up??"

2.6

FH Edwards to Sehwag, 1 run, short of length and outside off, Sehwag stands tall and steers the ball towards cover to end the over

Arjun: "I don't know if there's a negative correlation between how much I like a team and how good they are. I always feel sympathetic towards West Indies and the like but not so much for Australia or South Africa. Darren Sammy's toss interview was so down to earth - hope his team does well (except against India of course." I have more sympathy for the Australian team now, after they stopped being nearly invincible.

End of over 3 (5 runs) India 17/0

    • V Sehwag 9 (9b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 6 (10b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-8-0
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-8-0
3.1

Sammy to Sehwag, FOUR, classic Sehwag, just a small stride forward and drives on the up through cover for four, not much width for him, but at Sammy pace, it's easy for Sehwag

3.2

Sammy to Sehwag, 1 run, slices this down towards deep point for a single, a deep point in the fourth over of a Test, cricket has changed quite a bit

3.3

Sammy to Gambhir, no run, short of length ball on middle, Gambhir steps forward and nudges the ball towards square leg

3.4

Sammy to Gambhir, no run, once more Gambhir clips the ball to square leg

Sanjay Manjrekar tweets: "Timings of test match is its biggest weakness,crowd at eden has confirmed that.9 to 5 is work time & thats when test match is played, 9 to 5"

Keeper standing up here.

3.5

Sammy to Gambhir, FOUR, the boundary count continues to spiral, this time is Gambhir, short of length ball outside off, Gambhir works the ball with the angle and guides it behind point for four

3.6

Sammy to Gambhir, no run, length ball outside off, Gambhir solidly defends towards cover off the front foot

Arun S Venkataraman: "It's 4:30 AM here in Sweden, glad to know India is batting. Hope Sehwag-Gambhir blaze away and do justice to my waking up this early to catch the match!" He can't complain so far.

End of over 4 (9 runs) India 26/0

    • G Gambhir 10 (14b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 14 (11b 3x4)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-17-0
    • FH Edwards 2-0-8-0
4.1

FH Edwards to Sehwag, no run, shortish ball outside off, Sehwag goes for the upper cut but can't connect

4.2

FH Edwards to Sehwag, FOUR, and another boundary, has somebody told them this a Test? it was a shortish ball that doesn't bounce to much, well outside off, easy for Sehwag, he slaps it away past point for a boundary

4.3

FH Edwards to Sehwag, no run, better from Edwards, this one is fuller, and just outside off, Sehwag pokes at it without no footwork as he has all through his career, he's beaten this time

4.4

FH Edwards to Sehwag, no run, short ball just outside off, Sehwag drops his wrists and sways out of the line of that

4.5

FH Edwards to Sehwag, FOUR, clock up four more, short of length and outside off, Sehwag backs away a touch and cracks that through cover for four more, a frustrated Edwards gives the double tea-pot

Sagar: "Early start??? Not for me.....I reach the office at 7:00am for the trade floor support. It's 12:30pm now (Tokyo) and finished with my lunch. Eagerly waiting for a typical 1-day innings from Sehwag. Hope to see his quick hundred and wishing the little master all the best for his 100th 100..." Anyone readying for dinner already?

4.6

FH Edwards to Sehwag, no run, ooh, that was crisply struck by Sehwag back towards the bowler, who managed to get a hand on it and stop what could have been another boundary, worrying signs for West Indies already, India 34/0 after five

End of over 5 (8 runs) India 34/0

    • V Sehwag 22 (17b 5x4)
    • G Gambhir 10 (14b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 3-0-16-0
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-17-0

Roach takes over from Sammy

5.1

Roach to Gambhir, no run, he starts with a length ball around off that Gambhir defends

5.2

Roach to Gambhir, no run, good delivery that, jags away after pitching short of a length, 139kph, Gambhir allows it through to the keeper

Tom: "Surely this is Yuvraj's last chance. He has had way too many failures. Time for Virat Kohli to get in the team. India need more youth in the batting line up with Sach, Rahul and VVS all coming towards the end of the careers. Surely Kohli will have to be in the test team soon!"

5.3

Roach to Gambhir, no run, and once again, similar delivery from Roach, another leave

5.4

Roach to Gambhir, no run, this time he makes him play, on middle stump and Gambhir defends to the leg side

5.5

Roach to Gambhir, no run, back of a length and aimed at the body, nudged towards square leg by Gambhir, who jumps to get on top of the bounce of that one

5.6

Roach to Gambhir, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, 143.1kph, clipped towards deep backward square leg for a single

Shail Buch: "Thank you Chahcha.. I guess you gave me the free hit which will surely put my name on today's commentry. The person who played cricket during honeymoon was none other than the Don!!! Bradman's wedding to Jessie Menzies took place in April 1932 with lot of chaos and uninvited guests at the church. Just weeks later, Bradman joined a private team organised by Arthur Mailey to tour the United States and Canada. He travelled with his wife, and the couple treated the trip as a honeymoon. " That's quite a tale.

End of over 6 (2 runs) India 36/0

    • G Gambhir 12 (20b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 22 (17b 5x4)
    • KAJ Roach 1-0-2-0
    • FH Edwards 3-0-16-0
6.1

FH Edwards to Sehwag, no run, that's a poor delivery, way down the leg side though that was around 144kph

6.2

FH Edwards to Sehwag, no run, good bounce for Edwards here, a shortish ball outside off, Sehwag initially thought of going after that one before letting it through to Baugh, who collects it over head height

6.3

FH Edwards to Sehwag, 1 run, short of length on middle and leg, clipped towards midwicket for a single

6.4

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, better length this, pitched up around off stump, blocked off the front foot, 139kph

RSDTheWall: "Well, not really Test Cricket, but Rahul Dravid celebrated his honeymoon playing for Scotland, right after the 2003 World Cup."

6.5

FH Edwards to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball jags in late, forcing Gambhir to adjust, pushed past the bowler towards mid-on, Bishoo fires in a direct hit but Gambhir had scampered through for the single

Ravi: "Crowd's is just waiting for India to get 2 wickets down." No one wants to see Sehwag?

6.6

FH Edwards to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length and on the leg stump, tucked towards midwicket for a single to retain strike

Nadir Daman: "South African pacer Andre Nel got married during test match against west-indies, after 2nd or 3rd days play south african team had to take their team bus to chapel to attend the ceremony."

End of over 7 (3 runs) India 39/0

    • V Sehwag 24 (21b 5x4)
    • G Gambhir 13 (22b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 4-0-19-0
    • KAJ Roach 1-0-2-0
7.1

Roach to Sehwag, 1 run, strays on the pads, all too easy for Sehwag, glanced down to fine leg

Balaji: "Forget the 100th hundred. Ever since he missed it against Sri Lanka, I am always looking forward to a Sehwag triple!"

7.2

Roach to Gambhir, no run, nips away after pitching outside off, left alone by Gambhir

Krishna from New Zealand: "Here, I am about to leave from work. This time I am in the other (positive) side, I can Watch Match, Yahoo!!!"

7.3

Roach to Gambhir, no run, back of a length ball, on offstump, defended by Gambhir

7.4

Roach to Gambhir, no run, length ball on middle and leg, 138kph, worked towards midwicket by Gambhir

7.5

Roach to Gambhir, 1 run, shorter this time and on legstump, nudged towards deep backward square leg for a single

7.6

Roach to Sehwag, no run, shortish ball outside off, easy leave for Sehwag

End of over 8 (2 runs) India 41/0

    • V Sehwag 25 (23b 5x4)
    • G Gambhir 14 (26b 2x4)
    • KAJ Roach 2-0-4-0
    • FH Edwards 4-0-19-0
8.1

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, short of length outside off and Gambhir is beaten as he fishes at that one, Gambhir practices leaving the ball after that one

8.2

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, that practice doesn't seem to have helped, once again he pokes at a ball outside off and misses

8.3

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, Eagerly waiting for India to be two wicket down so quick that little master can score a century before tea.Got to go work after that buddy!!!!

8.4

FH Edwards to Gambhir, 2 runs, tucks this one towards deep midwicket for a couple

8.5

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, length ball on offstump, defended to the off side

It's Children's Day in India today, and plenty of schoolkids have been invited to the match. Many of them waving the India flag.

8.6

FH Edwards to Gambhir, 2 runs, a length delivery, Gambhir moves across the stumps and glances that towards deep backward square leg for two

Shail: "Wow!.. Fiddy struck Sehwag on the helmet! I recommend him to write about how Sehwag''s legs were trembling before facing the next ball. Autobiographies are the new trend this year."

End of over 9 (4 runs) India 45/0

    • G Gambhir 18 (32b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 25 (23b 5x4)
    • FH Edwards 5-0-23-0
    • KAJ Roach 2-0-4-0
9.1

Roach to Sehwag, no run, length ball on offstump, 143kph, crisply punched towards mid-off by Sehwag

"Once there was a poet's son, Who batted well and made a ton, But the greedy people did not want just once, And told him to make a ton of tons." Well done, Sri.

9.2

Roach to Sehwag, no run, play and a miss outside off, short of length ball outside off, Sehwag flails at it and doesn't connect

9.3

Roach to Sehwag, 1 run, a shortish ball comes in with the angle, a cramped Sehwag steers that one towards backward point off the back foot

9.4

Roach to Gambhir, no run, short of length, 141.7kph, Roach grunts as he sends that one down, Gambhir drops the ball towards cover, and wants a quick single, what's that, asks Sehwag as he refuses it

9.5

Roach to Gambhir, no run

9.6

Roach to Gambhir, no run, overpitched and just outside off, Gambhir defends towards mid-off

End of over 10 (1 run) India 46/0

    • G Gambhir 18 (35b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 26 (26b 5x4)
    • KAJ Roach 3-0-5-0
    • FH Edwards 5-0-23-0
10.1

Sammy to Sehwag, no run, back of a length and just outside off, defended to the off side

10.2

Sammy to Sehwag, FOUR, a slightly slower delivery nearly does the job for Sammy, 119kph, the bat turns in Sehwag's hand as he looks to hammer a full ball over mid-on, he gets enough power on it to clear Bishoo at mid-on and picks up a boundary, Sammy suggests this is a cruel world

10.3

Sammy to Sehwag, FOUR, this was short and wide, Sehwag doesn't bother with putting any power on the shot as he guides it behind point for four, Sammy can't complain about that one

10.4

Sammy to Sehwag, FOUR, a hat-trick of fours for Sehwag, a length ball on the pads, whipped uppishly over midwicket for boundary No.3 of the over

10.5

Sammy to Sehwag, no run, length ball on middle and leg, pushed back towards the bowler

10.6

Sammy to Sehwag, no run, and again, a touch shorter this time from Sammy, Sehwag pats it back to the bowler

End of over 11 (12 runs) India 58/0

    • V Sehwag 38 (32b 8x4)
    • G Gambhir 18 (35b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-29-0
    • KAJ Roach 3-0-5-0
11.1

Roach to Gambhir, FOUR, India are motoring along here, a shortish ball well outside off, Gambhir is extremely strong around the point region, he slaps this one behind point for four more, Roach covers his face in disappointment

11.2

Roach to Gambhir, no run, Roach round the wicket now, another grunt as he delivers, left alone by Gambhir

11.3

Roach to Gambhir, no run, outside off once more and again Gambhir shoulders arms

11.4

Roach to Gambhir, no run, closer to off this time, Gambhir shuffles across and tucks it towards square leg

11.5

Roach to Gambhir, no run, short of length and outside off, tapped towards point off the back foot

Suresh: "When did they start playing a T20 on a white clothing??" Ask Sehwag.

11.6

Roach to Gambhir, FOUR, four more to end the over, pitched up this time by Roach and that is crunched through cover by Gambhir, a welcome drinks break comes up for West Indies, they need a new plan

Plenty of Indian fans enjoying this session.

Rohan: "Catching the game at 10:30 pm here in Chicago. How about a Sehwag century before I go to bed?"

Siddharth: "I got a exams in 3 days!!! How am I suppose to study if Sehwag is batting like this???"

Paritosh Mehta: "Early christmas it seems.Sammy the Santa providing treats to Sehwag who grasps it with both hands."

And here's more on honeymoons. Dilbag: "In 1969, three days before the Calcutta Test against the Australians, Bishan Bedi married his Australian born wife Glenith whom he had met on India's earlier tour to Australia in 1967-68. He then presented his wife a nice wedding gift, scalping a career-best 7-98 with the skill and charm of a true magician."

We're told there are about 2000 people in the ground.

End of over 12 (8 runs) India 66/0

    • G Gambhir 26 (41b 4x4)
    • V Sehwag 38 (32b 8x4)
    • KAJ Roach 4-0-13-0
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-29-0
12.1

Sammy to Sehwag, OUT, the drinks break works a charm for West Indies, Sehwag is gone first ball after that, it wasn't a great delivery or anything, a length ball that Sehwag wanted to murder, he can only club it as far as a straight-ish short midwicket, West Indies are ecstatic, and why not. The bat turned in Sehwag's hands as he played that shot

V Sehwag c Barath b Sammy 38 (65m 33b 8x4 0x6) SR: 115.15

Rahul Dravid is the new batsman. One slip in place

12.2

Sammy to Dravid, 2 runs, length ball that is inside-edged by Dravid towards deep square leg for two

12.3

Sammy to Dravid, no run, length ball outside off, Dravid leans across and defends watchfully, we're going to get more of that now that Sehwag is gone

12.4

Sammy to Dravid, FOUR, swings away a touch that one, but it's no use for Sammy, as Dravid guides that full delivery down to third man pick up his first boundary

12.5

Sammy to Dravid, no run, not the most assured start from Dravid this, this one jags in a little bit, around off stump, Dravid looks to defend off the front foot, inside-edges it to the leg side

12.6

Sammy to Dravid, no run, overpitched on middle stump, Dravid looks to punch that past mid-on, can't beat the fielder

End of over 13 (6 runs) India 72/1

    • R Dravid 6 (5b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 26 (41b 4x4)
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-35-1
    • KAJ Roach 4-0-13-0
13.1

Roach to Gambhir, 1 no ball, Roach continues to plug away at that short of length, angling across Gambhir who leaves it alone, and that is a no-ball

Unlike the Kotla Test where tickets were available at bank about a km away, these Test match tickets are available in windows around Eden Gardens. The five day ones priced at 500, 1000, 1500 daily tickets at 50, 100, 150.

13.1

Roach to Gambhir, no run, short of length and outside off again, defended to the off side by Gambhir

13.2

Roach to Gambhir, no run, fuller and just outside off, blocked in the direction of mid-off by Gambhir

13.3

Roach to Gambhir, no run, shortish ball on middle and off, Gambhir stands tall and steers that to backward point

13.4

Roach to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, tucked it with soft hands towards midwicket, a quick single is pinched

Vivek Thuppil: "@Rohan, Siddharth, and Paritosh: go to sleep, study, and stop dreaming of Christmas respectively. And please don't send any comments in to Cricinfo from Sachin is past 50 or when Dravid is close to 13,000." We'd still like you to send your comments.

13.5

Roach to Dravid, no run, short ball from Roach, just outside off, solid defence from Dravid

13.6

Roach to Dravid, no run, big appeal for lbw from Roach, it was 143kph and pitched up, Dravid gets an inside-edge as he looks to play it to the leg side, that seemed to be heading down leg, Dravid survives

Newspaper reports say less than 1000 tickets were sold of the 20,000-odd tickets up for sale to the public

End of over 14 (2 runs) India 74/1

    • R Dravid 6 (7b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 27 (46b 4x4)
    • KAJ Roach 5-0-15-0
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-35-1
14.1

Sammy to Gambhir, no run, overpitched, and Gambhir plays a typical one-day stroke of his, walking down the track and pushing the ball towards mid-off

Keeper standing up

14.2

Sammy to Gambhir, no run, length ball outside off, pushed in front of point by Gambhir

14.3

Sammy to Gambhir, no run, length ball on middle and off, pushed towards the off side by Gambhir

14.4

Sammy to Gambhir, 1 run, at Sammy's pace he really shouldn't be dropping short, Gambhir waits on the back foot and slaps it towards deep backward point

14.5

Sammy to Dravid, no run, length ball around off, Dravid treats it with respect, carefully blocking to the off side

14.6

Sammy to Dravid, FOUR, pitched up and Dravid picks up his second boundary, an on-drive that beats a diving mid-on, there wasn't too much power in that shot but scoots under Edwards as he dives to stop it

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 79/1

    • R Dravid 10 (9b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 28 (50b 4x4)
    • DJG Sammy 5-0-40-1
    • KAJ Roach 5-0-15-0
15.1

Roach to Gambhir, no run, nudges a short of length delivery to square leg

Gary MacLennan pines for the glory days of West Indies cricket: "It is a tragedy for WI cricket that Sammy just gets a wicket when the case for dropping him is irrefutable. Then he returns to mediocrity. I may sound like I have a campaign going against Sammy, but look at his stats. For those of who have loved and supported WI cricket for ever so long (since 1957 in my case) the Sammy era is a very bitter pill to swallow."

15.2

Roach to Gambhir, no run, fuller and outside off, punched towards mid-off by Gambhir

15.3

Roach to Gambhir, no run, full ball tapped back to the bowler

15.4

Roach to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball outside off, Gambhir slashes that towards deep point for an ambled single

15.5

Roach to Dravid, no run, well outside off, Dravid allows that through to the keeper

15.6

Roach to Dravid, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven off the front foot wide of mid-off for a single

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 81/1

    • R Dravid 11 (11b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 29 (54b 4x4)
    • KAJ Roach 6-0-17-0
    • DJG Sammy 5-0-40-1
16.1

Sammy to Dravid, no run, pitched up and outside off, Dravid reaches for the ball and drives it towards cover, where a diving Barath stops the ball

16.2

Sammy to Dravid, no run, another fluent drive from Dravid, can't get it past mid-off though

16.3

Sammy to Dravid, FOUR, poor ball this, full and on middle and leg, Dravid gets well forward and whips it past midwicket for four, making sure that was wide of the short midwicket

16.4

Sammy to Dravid, no run, length ball on offstump, patted back to the bowler

16.5

Sammy to Dravid, FOUR, this time he gets the boundary he was looking for earlier in the over, again gets nicely forward to a length delivery and caresses it past a diving mid-off, fielder could have put in a better attempt there, that slid under him

16.6

Sammy to Dravid, no run, a dot ball to end the over, India flying high at 89 for 1

Rahul Shyamsukha: "Did Sehwag come back to bat again in Dravid's mask" 19 off 17 is an odd score for Dravid

End of over 17 (8 runs) India 89/1

    • R Dravid 19 (17b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 29 (54b 4x4)
    • DJG Sammy 6-0-48-1
    • KAJ Roach 6-0-17-0
17.1

Roach to Gambhir, 1 no ball, short and outside off, tapped to backward point, a big no-ball from Roach

17.1

Roach to Gambhir, no run, much better this, on a length and close to off, blocked off the front foot

17.2

Roach to Gambhir, 1 run, slaps this to sweeper cover for a single

17.3

Roach to Dravid, no run, that's more of what you expect from Dravid on the first morning of a Test, watchful defence down the track

17.4

Roach to Dravid, no run, well outside off and Dravid isn't interested in chasing after that

17.5

Roach to Dravid, no run, length ball around off, more defence from Dravid

Aravind: "@Gary MacLennan.....and I pine for the days when my compatriots gave a flying hoot about watching test cricket live"

17.6

Roach to Dravid, no run, short ball to end the over, no trouble at all for Dravid, stands tall and drops that dead at his feet, superbly done

Dravid's fan: "Would you please check if the guy playing opposite of Gambhir is really my hero, Mr.Wall ? I love to see him sending the ball to boundary very often, that too at such an early stage of his innings. I'm a bit confused about the rate at which it is being scored today.."

Yogesh: "I am waiting for either of them to get out if that happens will surely rush to eden..My office is 10mins from eden told boss to give me half day leave if Sachin comes to bat!!!" Sehwag, one of the most explosive batsmen in world cricket, and Dravid with nearly 13000 runs not enough for you.

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 91/1

    • R Dravid 19 (21b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 30 (57b 4x4)
    • KAJ Roach 7-0-19-0
    • DJG Sammy 6-0-48-1

Spin is in. Marlon Samuels to bowl

18.1

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, short and wide, slapped to backward point

18.2

Samuels to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir charges down the track but can't get to the pitch, still looks to loft over mid-off, just about fielder, for a moment the thought he was in trouble, Samuels can't believe that has gone away for four

18.3

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, cuts this to sweeper cover for a single

18.4

Samuels to Dravid, no run, defended off the back foot to point

18.5

Samuels to Dravid, no run, big stride in as he defends

18.6

Samuels to Dravid, no run, pitched up and that is punched towards mid-on

Rana Das: "It seems Sehwag left a Ripple effect on Dravid too.."

SamRoy with the defence for Sammy: "Sammy has done a better job with limited resources than Gayle, Lara or Chanders have done. If you have a captain like that it doesn't matter whether he is a non-playing captain. And Sammy is certainly not a non-playing captain."

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 96/1

    • R Dravid 19 (24b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 35 (60b 5x4)
    • MN Samuels 1-0-5-0
    • KAJ Roach 7-0-19-0

Bishoo is on, so spin from both ends

19.1

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, flighted delivery, on legstump, helped behind square leg for a single

One slip in place

19.2

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, just short of a length, on middle stump, goes straight on, Dravid stays back and tucks it to midwicket

19.3

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, a forceful whip towards mid-on but doesn't fetch him a run

19.4

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, tossed up and that is blocked by Dravid

19.5

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, drops a bit short, just outside off, Dravid rocks back and eases that towards mid-on

19.6

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, spins in towards the pads, 'catch it,' is the call as it flies wide of short leg

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 99/1

    • G Gambhir 37 (62b 5x4)
    • R Dravid 20 (28b 4x4)
    • D Bishoo 1-0-3-0
    • MN Samuels 1-0-5-0
20.1

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, spins this down the leg side

Circe Magnifica: "To those surprised to see Dravid hit is around: recall that he was once the second fastest Indian to score a 50 (he missed Ajit Agarkar's feat by just a single ball, if I remember correctly), and I think he still is, in ODIs." Of course, but it's not like him to score so fast in the first morning of a Test

20.2

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, defended towards short leg by Gambhir

20.3

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, a length ball around off, carefully patted batted back to the bowler

20.4

Samuels to Gambhir, FOUR, width on offer, Gambhir accepts glee fully, gets well back and chops it past backward point, played late, that boundary brings up the 100

20.5

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, not as elegant this time as he stretches forward, a bit of an inside-edge takes the ball towards square leg

20.6

Samuels to Dravid, no run, short of length ball, could have been put away, Dravid doesn't get hols of it as he looks to cut

Mustafa spots a stat: "India have 16 1s and 17 4s at this stage of the innings!!! Everyone is batting in Sehwag mode. "

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 104/1

    • R Dravid 20 (29b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 42 (67b 6x4)
    • MN Samuels 2-0-10-0
    • D Bishoo 1-0-3-0
21.1

Bishoo to Gambhir, no run, short of length and just outside off, blocked off the back foot towards the bowler

21.2

Bishoo to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, full ball around middle, clipped to short leg

21.3

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, just a bit short, and it turns towards leg, some bounce on offer for Bishoo as well, Gambhir gets well back and tucks it towards square leg

21.4

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, length ball pitching on leg, not much turn this time, careful forward defence

21.5

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, gets the edge this time, doesn't carry to first slip, tossed up and around middle stump, Dravid looks to defend, off the outside edge but it lands well short of first slip

21.6

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, off the middle of the bat as he blocks this

Ragu on the Kolkata Test Indian fans will never forget: "What a sight it was back then , when the full capacity crowd rose to its feet roaring (i remember the shot that showed a police man jumping in joy as well) in the concluding moments of the historic "VVS-Wall" match of 2001, Its a shame to see that stadium this way ..."

End of over 22 (1 run) India 105/1

    • R Dravid 20 (32b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 43 (70b 6x4)
    • D Bishoo 2-0-4-0
    • MN Samuels 2-0-10-0
22.1

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, slaps this to sweeper cover for a single

22.2

Samuels to Dravid, no run, around off stump and that is defended by Dravid

22.3

Samuels to Dravid, no run, gets forward and pokes this towards cover

22.4

Samuels to Dravid, 1 run, a length ball is whipped towards mid-on, who is a touch deep, allowing time for the single

22.5

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, length ball around off, Gambhir backs away to make room and eases it towards point

22.6

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, length ball carrying on with the angle from round the wicket, pushed off the back foot towards cover

"All your comments about Dravid scoring quickly has seemed to make him conscious and he seems to be slowing down.. Happy now?" asks a reader calling himself LeaveTheManAlone!

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 107/1

    • G Gambhir 44 (73b 6x4)
    • R Dravid 21 (35b 4x4)
    • MN Samuels 3-0-12-0
    • D Bishoo 2-0-4-0
23.1

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, another forward defensive from Dravid

23.2

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, a touch short, gets some turn, nothing alarming, slapped towards cover

23.3

Bishoo to Gambhir, no run, pitched up and well outside off, crisply driven but can't beat cover

23.4

Bishoo to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir charges down the track, Bishoo drops a touch short, Gambhir has to adjust for the turn and is cramped up as he plays it towards midwicket

23.5

Bishoo to Gambhir, FOUR, no discomfort this rime for Gambhir, a flighted delivery that is pitched up, Gambhir sashays down the track and slams that towards deep midwicket, played that in the air but there is a big gap in that area, four more to Gambhir

23.6

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, jabbed towards sweeper cover for one more to end the over

Ten minutes to go for lunch now.

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 113/1

    • G Gambhir 49 (77b 7x4)
    • R Dravid 22 (37b 4x4)
    • D Bishoo 3-0-10-0
    • MN Samuels 3-0-12-0
24.1

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir gets for his 50, that was a fullish ball slanting down leg, helped along behind square leg

24.2

Samuels to Dravid, no run, length ball spins in, Dravid gets nicely forward to smother the spin

24.3

Samuels to Dravid, 1 run, short of length and outside off, Dravid backs away to make room, slapped in front of point

24.4

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, length ball around off, carefully defended towards the bowler

24.5

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, more cautious forward defence

24.6

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, length ball hurries on outside off, left alone to end the over

End of over 25 (2 runs) India 115/1

    • G Gambhir 50 (81b 7x4)
    • R Dravid 23 (39b 4x4)
    • MN Samuels 4-0-14-0
    • D Bishoo 3-0-10-0
25.1

Bishoo to Dravid, FOUR, lovely shot from Dravid, a tossed up delivery, on a length and pitching just outside off, Dravid gets forward and caresses that past extra cover, that was classic Dravid, all elegance

25.2

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, watchful defence from Dravid

25.3

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid tries to sweep this one, can't get it past Barath at short leg, who is struck on the shoulder by that one

25.4

Bishoo to Gambhir, 2 runs, helped along with the turn, played behind square leg for a couple

25.5

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, overpitched, outside leg stump, Gambhir tucks it to square leg

25.6

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, length ball on middle and leg, full face of the bat as it is sent back to the bowler

Swami spots that there's been no maiden so far in the Test.

End of over 26 (8 runs) India 123/1

    • R Dravid 28 (43b 5x4)
    • G Gambhir 53 (83b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 4-0-18-0
    • MN Samuels 4-0-14-0
26.1

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball just outside off, Gambhir gets forward and pushes it towards cover

26.2

Samuels to Dravid, no run, full ball, on off stump, whipped to the leg side, can't beat short midwicket

26.3

Samuels to Dravid, FOUR, Samuels drops it marginally short, that's all Dravid needs, he backs away from the stumps, and cracks that past cover for four, more graceful batting from Dravid

26.4

Samuels to Dravid, no run, gets on the front foot and pats it to the bowler

26.5

Samuels to Dravid, no run, flicked towards short fine leg

26.6

Samuels to Dravid, no run, outside off and that is tapped towards point

End of over 27 (5 runs) India 128/1

    • R Dravid 32 (48b 6x4)
    • G Gambhir 54 (84b 7x4)
    • MN Samuels 5-0-19-0
    • D Bishoo 4-0-18-0
27.1

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish ball, Gambhir helps it along to fine leg for a single

27.2

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, flighted and full, pitching on middle, Dravid defends but not with his usual solidity, a bit of an inside-edge

27.3

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, plenty of air on this one, Dravid wants to hammer down the ground, mistimed towards the bowler, who gets a hand on it and deflects on to the stumps, Gambhir is rooted in his crease so there's no repeat of his Kotla dismissal

27.4

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run

27.5

Bishoo to Gambhir, 2 runs, drops it short and a hint of width, Gambhir whacks it towards sweeper cover for two

27.6

Bishoo to Gambhir, no run, pads away the final delivery before lunch, it was way outside off stump, and that's a session India will be happy with

West Indies trudge off after a session in which they couldn't manage a single maiden. Not sure anyone actually has lunch as early as 11am, but that's what the players will be doing over the next 40 minutes. We'll be back in half an hour, around 11.30 am to see how the second session unfolds.

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 132/1

    • G Gambhir 57 (87b 7x4)
    • R Dravid 33 (51b 6x4)
    • D Bishoo 5-0-22-0
    • MN Samuels 5-0-19-0

11.30am We're back for the second session. If you missed the first session, Sidharth Monga has kindly described it for you (and also because it's his job).

Some comments we received during the lunch break. Bazinga on how Cricinfo helped him: "On a matrimony site, my profile wasn't getting the right kind of response from, you know, the elusive "beauty with brains" types....In the morning, I posted .."comments often published on cricinfo"..bazinga..flood of the desired responses."

D Ramapriya: "If you concede 21 boundaries in the first 27 overs of a Test, you know you're bowling ordinarily."

Forget 100 hundreds, here's a "landmark". Hasib: "And those 2 runs brings Gambhir on to 3456 runs. What a milestone!"

Sidd: "In the midst of all the talk about quick scoring, 13K runs, and 100th 100... Gambhir has collected his 17th half century and the way he's batting, looks set for his 10th 100. Such a highly underrated player but very effective. Well done GG!"

Balaji: "11AM lunch is everyday business on the other side of the planet. Not unusual if you are in the states where cafeteria sells out by noon. "

Can someone explain why Malcolm sent this in during an India-West Indies Test: "Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!"

28.1

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, Edwards starts things off with a length ball on offstump, defended down the track by Dravid

28.2

FH Edwards to Dravid, FOUR, beautifully done by Dravid, short of length and outside off, Dravid leans forward and opens the face, gliding the ball to third man, Ian Bishop rates this the quickest outfield in the country, there's no chance for the man in the deep to cut that off

28.3

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, back to defending down the track

28.4

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, shortish ball on middle and off, Dravid jumps to get on top of the bounce and defends

28.5

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, defended towards short cover by Dravid

28.6

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, full ball slanting down leg, Dravid looks to whip it to midwicket but is struck on the pads, a muted appeal for lbw

End of over 29 (4 runs) India 136/1

    • R Dravid 37 (57b 7x4)
    • G Gambhir 57 (87b 7x4)
    • FH Edwards 6-0-27-0
    • D Bishoo 5-0-22-0
29.1

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, a touch short and that spins a long way in, Gabmhir waits on the back foot and whacks it to midwicket

29.2

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, a touch of extra bounce for Bishoo, that pitched around off stump, short of a length, Dravid eases it to sweeper cover

29.3

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, again short from Bishoo, Gambhir helps it with the turn towards deep square leg

29.4

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, more short-pitch bowling, Dravid wanted to whip that to the leg side, doesn't get hold of it, the mis-hit flies towards midiwkcet

29.5

Bishoo to Dravid, no run

29.6

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, punched towards sweeper cover for an ambled single

Gaurab holds a grudge for a long time: "WI beat Indian by an Innings and 336 runs - West Indies (614-5 d) vs India (124 & 154) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 1958-59. Time for a revenge." Here's the Scorecard.

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 140/1

    • R Dravid 39 (61b 7x4)
    • G Gambhir 59 (89b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 6-0-26-0
    • FH Edwards 6-0-27-0
30.1

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, that quick one snakes in towards Dravid, 144 kph, and Dravid had to adjust as he defended that

30.2

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, length ball just outside off, a good stride in as Dravid blocks towards cover

30.3

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, shortish ball on middle and off, Dravid stands tall and defends to the leg side

30.4

FH Edwards to Dravid, 1 run, length ball just outside off, guided behind backward point for a comfortable single

Abhishek Srivastav: "Sehwag would be kicking himself for getting out in that manner on this batting beauty." Does the man think about these sort of things? I doubt it.

30.5

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, opens the face to steer the ball towards backward point

30.6

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, angling across, Gambhir is happy to leave that for the keeper

Deep: "Malcolm's "Aussie Aussie Oi! Oi!" might be for BNJ Oxenford - if you've got cricket on this planet - there is an Aussie somewhere .. " Or a shout-out to Rod Tucker.

End of over 31 (1 run) India 141/1

    • G Gambhir 59 (91b 7x4)
    • R Dravid 40 (65b 7x4)
    • FH Edwards 7-0-28-0
    • D Bishoo 6-0-26-0
31.1

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, short of length ball pitching on off, defended to the off side off the back foot

31.2

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, fuller this time and a little wider outside off, blocked off the front foot

31.3

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, slides this on to the pads, Dravid stands tall and tucks it in front of square leg for a single

31.4

Bishoo to Gambhir, no run, spins in and going down leg, Gambhir helps it towards leg slip

31.5

Bishoo to Gambhir, no run, gets well forward and taps this towards mid-off

31.6

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, a risky shot from Gambhir, making room and playing the ball against the turn, jabs it behind backward point for a single

Vinci indulges in more Cricinfo flattery: "I never had any twitter followers, and as much as I tried, I always ended tweeting lame comments/opinions. Then, I started tweeting CI's match comments, and guess what? I ended up with 200 followers before getting busted in a week." You can follow us on Twitter here.

End of over 32 (2 runs) India 143/1

    • G Gambhir 60 (94b 7x4)
    • R Dravid 41 (68b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 7-0-28-0
    • FH Edwards 7-0-28-0
32.1

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, short of length ball angling across, Gambhir content to leave

32.2

FH Edwards to Gambhir, FOUR, short and wide, all to easy for Gabmhir, pummels that over point for four, didn't bother trying to keep that one the ground, West Indies bowlers really need to bowl more consistent lines

32.3

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, short and angling across, and that's disdainfully left alone by Gabmhir

32.4

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, short of length ball just outside off, pushed towards mid-off by Gambhir

Avinash Koppal: "Malcomlm, like the Aus former skipper Mark Taylor admitted, may have missed a couple days of his life. He still thinks Aus will win the first test against SA ;)."

32.5

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, full and wide, Gambhir mistimes that one as he launches into a cover drive, the ball dribbles towards cover

32.6

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, short of length ball on off stump, patted towards point

Shvang: "Malcom is still in shock after 47 all out!! Never mind bro, Kiwis are coming soon oi oi oi!!!"

Vignesh: "@malcolm, judging by last week's test match, it should read "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Out! Out! Out!""

End of over 33 (4 runs) India 147/1

    • G Gambhir 64 (100b 8x4)
    • R Dravid 41 (68b 7x4)
    • FH Edwards 8-0-32-0
    • D Bishoo 7-0-28-0
33.1

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, Bishoo drops it short, Dravid waits on the back foot, tries to muscle the ball but can't get hold of it as well s he would have liked, the ball scoots towards mid-on

33.2

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, chopped towards sweeper cover for a single

33.3

Bishoo to Gambhir, 1 run, plenty of turn for Bishoo here when he's bowling to the left-hander, tucked towards square leg

33.4

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, gets well forward and drives off the front foot towards cover

33.5

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, another firm drive, again can't beat the off-side field

33.6

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, well outside off and that is left alone by Dravid

Madhu, our stats man, sends the scorecard of another game in Kolkata when West Indies did rather well.

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 149/1

    • R Dravid 42 (73b 7x4)
    • G Gambhir 65 (101b 8x4)
    • D Bishoo 8-0-30-0
    • FH Edwards 8-0-32-0
34.1

FH Edwards to Gambhir, no run, Fidel round the wicket, short of length and outside off, Gambhir looks to chop that, bottom-edges it towards the off side

34.2

FH Edwards to Gambhir, OUT, another ordinary delivery gets West Indies a wicket, Gambhir will be kicking himself after this, a length ball well outside off, Gambhir goes for the drive, pops it straight to short cover, and West Indies have struck, you-know-who coming in to bat now

G Gambhir c Barath b FH Edwards 65 (147m 103b 8x4 0x6) SR: 63.10

Can finally hear the crowd making some noise. Tendulkar takes guard.

Slip and short leg in place

34.3

FH Edwards to Tendulkar, no run, he's greeted with a rubbish delivery down the leg side

34.4

FH Edwards to Tendulkar, no run, pacy from Edwards, 145.5kph, short of length ball just outside off, solidly defended to the off side

34.5

FH Edwards to Tendulkar, no run, good bouncer from Fidel, Tendulkar ducks under that one in time, Fidel follows up with a glare at Tendulkar, who doesn't seem too bothered by it

34.6

FH Edwards to Tendulkar, FOUR, the crowd loves it as Tendulkar gets off the mark with a boundary, an incutter from Edwards, strays on to the pads, helped down to fine leg for four

End of over 35 (4 runs) India 153/2

    • SR Tendulkar 4 (4b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 42 (73b 7x4)
    • FH Edwards 9-0-36-1
    • D Bishoo 8-0-30-0
35.1

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, length ball pitches on off and spins away, slapped towards sweeper cover

Sunil: "No amount of this flat track bullying of minnows will satisfy me...only a test series win in Australia will console me for the loss in England"

35.2

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, another length ball, Tendulkar opens the face as he plays it softly towards point

35.3

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, length ball on middle and off, solid defence towards the off side

35.4

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, this time Tendulkar forces the ball towards cover

35.5

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, beaten outside off, Tendulkar takes a big stride forward and looks to defend outside off, plays down the wrong line and the ball whizzes past the outside edge

35.6

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, of the middle of the bat this time as Tendulkar shows us his forward-defensive technique

Bubba: "in 1958-59...impressed with West Indies succession planning...with 3W gone in the year before and they had Kanhai and Sobers with Lloyds to follow...wish island produces more such players !"

End of over 36 (1 run) India 154/2

    • SR Tendulkar 4 (9b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 43 (74b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 9-0-31-0
    • FH Edwards 9-0-36-1
36.1

FH Edwards to Dravid, 1 run, once again Edwards sends it on the leg stump, glanced towards fine leg for a single

Prasant: "Would have loved to read what Peter Roebuck would have said about this match and more so about the upcoming IND visit down-under. Alas there will not be any such report ever. RIP Peter Roebuck. You will be missed a lot."

36.2

FH Edwards to Tendulkar, no run, heading down leg again, 144kph, Tendulkar wanted to help it along but can't get bat on it, struck on the thigh pad

36.3

FH Edwards to Tendulkar, 1 run, short ball outside off, Tendulkar bunts it towards cover and zips through for a single

Aditya: "Malcolm is resorting to some pre-series mental disintegration, since Mcgrath has stopped doing that." Perhaps.

36.4

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked off the front foot

36.5

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, short and wide outside off, slower ball too, 127 kph, left alone by Dravid

There are two short cover, extra cover, mid-off, third man for Dravid

36.6

FH Edwards to Dravid, no run, whatever the ploy is, it won't work unless they make Dravid play, that is well outside off and is left alone

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 156/2

    • R Dravid 44 (78b 7x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 5 (11b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 10-0-38-1
    • D Bishoo 9-0-31-0

Slip and short leg in place

37.1

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, a length ball on off stump, doesn't turn much, blocked off the back foot

37.2

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar gets well forward and defends towards silly point

37.3

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, flatter and quicker, Tendulkar gets behind the line watchfully and blocks it down the track

37.4

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, more defence ot the off side

Maiden coming up?

37.5

Bishoo to Tendulkar, 1 run, no it isn't, a short ball is swept behind square leg for a single

37.6

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, ooh, Dravid stays back to a fullish ball, which skids straight on, he is forced to get his bat down quickly to keep the ball out, Bishoo bowling a decent spell here

End of over 38 (1 run) India 157/2

    • R Dravid 44 (79b 7x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 6 (16b 1x4)
    • D Bishoo 10-0-32-0
    • FH Edwards 10-0-38-1

Kemar Roach takes over

38.1

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, he shows he too share Kemar Roach's love of the leg stump, starts with a delivery on the pads, tucked to square leg

38.2

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up and that is a graceful cover drive from Tendulkar, pity about the placement though, no run for his effort

38.3

Roach to Tendulkar, FOUR, beautiful from Tendulkar, another picture-perfect drive, placement is spot-on as well, front-foot drive between mid-off and extra cover

38.4

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, short of length ball coming in, not quite off the middle of the bat as he defends towards mid-on

38.5

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, short of length and just outside off, opens the face and steers the ball towards point

38.6

Roach to Tendulkar, (no ball) 1 run, that is poor from the West Indies, first Roach oversteps, then he overpitches, Tendulkar drives crisply towards mid-off, where a misfield allows a single

38.6

Roach to Dravid, no run, much better from Roach, length ball outside off, Dravid fishes at that one, he's beaten

End of over 39 (6 runs) India 163/2

    • R Dravid 44 (80b 7x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 11 (22b 2x4)
    • KAJ Roach 8-0-25-0
    • D Bishoo 10-0-32-0

Okay, I'm boldly predicting a maiden this over

39.1

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, a length ball is carefully defended

39.2

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, driven towards cover this time, straight at the fielder

39.3

Bishoo to Tendulkar, FOUR, no maiden, Bishoo drops short and that sits up to be dispatched by Tendulkar past point for four

39.4

Bishoo to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the pads this time, clipped towards square leg for a single

39.5

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, flighted delivery, short of length and outside off, scythed towards sweeper cover

39.6

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, flighted and full, driven towards short cover

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 169/2

    • SR Tendulkar 16 (27b 3x4)
    • R Dravid 45 (81b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 11-0-38-0
    • KAJ Roach 8-0-25-0
40.1

Roach to Dravid, no run, Roach sends a short of length ball outside off, Dravid shoulders arms to that 140kph delivery

40.2

Roach to Dravid, 1 run, overpitched and well outside off, easy for Dravid to guide down to third man

40.3

Roach to Tendulkar, FOUR, hit-me says that ball, and Tendulkar obliges, short and wide, slapped past point for four more, he's on to 20

40.4

Roach to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball jags in towards middle, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single

40.5

Roach to Dravid, no run, length ball outside off, Dravid crunches that off the front foot but can't beat short cover

40.6

Roach to Dravid, no run, length ball on off, Dravid defends to the off side

Should we just start counting down?

End of over 41 (6 runs) India 175/2

    • R Dravid 46 (85b 7x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 21 (29b 4x4)
    • KAJ Roach 9-0-31-0
    • D Bishoo 11-0-38-0
41.1

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, a length ball is defended off the front foot

41.2

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar shuffles across and blocks to the leg side

41.3

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, slides straight on from a length, on off stump, more defence from Tendulkar

41.4

Bishoo to Tendulkar, 3 leg byes, slides down the leg side, Tendulkar looks to play the vertical sweep, off the pads and past the keeper, leg-byes

41.5

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, flatter, length ball on middle and leg, defended past short leg

41.6

Bishoo to Dravid, 2 runs, so close to that cherished maiden, a full ball on legstump is swept towards deep backward square leg by Dravid

Evan: "Leave the maiden predictions to Salman Butt mate." Noted.

Drinks break. And I'm still trying to find at least one mail which isn't about you-know-what.

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 180/2

    • R Dravid 48 (87b 7x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 21 (33b 4x4)
    • D Bishoo 12-0-40-0
    • KAJ Roach 9-0-31-0
42.1

Roach to Tendulkar, 1 run, Roach begins with a bouncer on legstump, Tendulkar fends that to the leg side for a single, Tendulkar is not happy with the sight screen, 78 to go

42.2

Roach to Dravid, no run, length ball on middle and off, defended to the leg side

For sake of the Indian economy, get there Sachin: "And here we go again... people bunking office, office cafeterias (with TVs) in full attendance, cricinfo commentary feedback on overdrive with SRT innuendoes!! SRT - pl get to that figure asap!!"

42.3

Roach to Dravid, no run, length ball just outside off, forward defense from Dravid

42.4

Roach to Dravid, no run, shorter and in the channel outside off, Dravid stays back and taps it towards point

42.5

Roach to Dravid, 1 run, short of length and outside off, uses the room to guide it towards deep backward point for a single, Dravid cruises to 49

42.6

Roach to Tendulkar, 3 runs, short of length, slanting in towards leg stump, clipped towards deep midwicket, and that's three to Sachin,75 more

End of over 43 (5 runs) India 185/2

    • SR Tendulkar 25 (35b 4x4)
    • R Dravid 49 (91b 7x4)
    • KAJ Roach 10-0-36-0
    • D Bishoo 12-0-40-0
43.1

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, heart-stopping moment for many as there's a big appeal for lbw, Tendulkar looked to sweep that one, pitching on middle and off, and hit him on off, that was very close, umpire's turned it down down, height also not an issue there

43.2

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run

43.3

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, outside off and that is left alone

43.4

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward and looks to defend, a bit of an outside edge sends the ball wide of slip

43.5

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, length ball is punched back towards the bowler

43.6

Bishoo to Tendulkar, 1 run, a misfield off the final ball, it was short, Tendulkar slashed it towards point, shouldn't have been a run, he gets a single, 74 more

Voldemort: "Since when did people start sharing my name with anyone else.IMPERIO!!!"

End of over 44 (1 run) India 186/2

    • SR Tendulkar 26 (41b 4x4)
    • R Dravid 49 (91b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 13-0-41-0
    • KAJ Roach 10-0-36-0
44.1

Roach to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a single, 73 to go

44.2

Roach to Dravid, 1 run, meanwhile, Dravid picks up another half-century, length ball is pushed towards mid-on for a sharp single, Dravid is a happy man after his 62nd half-century

44.3

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, short ball on legstump, guided towards short fine leg

44.4

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, short of length ball on middle and leg, defended towards short leg

Madhu finds a scorecard where an innings lasted 88.5 overs without a maiden.

44.5

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, clipped towards square leg by Tendulkar

44.6

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, bouncer to end the over, just outside off, Tendulkar gets on his toes as he defends to the off side with a straight bat

Robert Brown jokes: "44 overs without seeing a maiden, story of my life.."

End of over 45 (2 runs) India 188/2

    • SR Tendulkar 27 (46b 4x4)
    • R Dravid 50 (92b 7x4)
    • KAJ Roach 11-0-38-0
    • D Bishoo 13-0-41-0
45.1

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, short of length ball outside off, slapped towards backward point

45.2

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, length ball on middle, Dravid gets back and pushes it to the bowler

45.3

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, again on the back foot, punched towards short cover

45.4

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, stays on the back foot and crunches it towards sweeper cover for a single

45.5

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, flighted and full, just outside off, Tendulkar pushes it towards mid-off

45.6

Bishoo to Tendulkar, 1 run, Bishoo ends the over with a short ball, sits up for Tendulkar to slap it to deep square leg for a single, 72 then

End of over 46 (2 runs) India 190/2

    • SR Tendulkar 28 (48b 4x4)
    • R Dravid 51 (96b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 14-0-43-0
    • KAJ Roach 11-0-38-0
46.1

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

46.2

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up, keeps it tight around off, defended down the track

Cumbersomeknight: "Just slightly off topic....how much does Roach's gold chain weigh?? Wonder how much he had to pay as customs duty..."

46.3

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, short of length and jags in a touch, pushed towards cover

46.4

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, shortish ball on middle, Tendulkar gets behind the line and stands tall as he defends

46.5

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, short of length and around off this time, more defence from Tendulkar

46.6

Roach to Tendulkar, no run, there it is, the first maiden of the innings, it's taken them all of 47 over, the final ball is defended towards point by Tendulkar

End of over 47 (maiden) India 190/2

    • SR Tendulkar 28 (54b 4x4)
    • R Dravid 51 (96b 7x4)
    • KAJ Roach 12-1-38-0
    • D Bishoo 14-0-43-0
47.1

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, flighted and that spun in, started well outside off, Dravid defends towards cover, Bishoo disappointed the googly didn't work

47.2

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, more cautious defence from Dravid

47.3

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, half-volley but Dravid can't put it away, forces it towards midwicket

47.4

Bishoo to Dravid, no run, gets on the back foot and blocks that

47.5

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, nicely done by Dravid, another ball tossed up by Bishoo, driven off the front foot towards sweeper cover

47.6

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar defends the final ball

End of over 48 (1 run) India 191/2

    • SR Tendulkar 28 (55b 4x4)
    • R Dravid 52 (101b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 15-0-44-0
    • KAJ Roach 12-1-38-0

Sammy takes over

48.1

Sammy to Dravid, no run, fullish ball outside off, squeezed towards point

GoldFund: "In such unstable economy, I want to invest in Roach's Gold Fund..."

48.2

Sammy to Dravid, no run, length ball is punched towards mid-off by Dravid

48.3

Sammy to Dravid, no run, classical defence from Dravid, towards cover

48.4

Sammy to Dravid, no run, short of length ball just outside off, opens the face to guide it towards backward point

48.5

Sammy to Dravid, 1 run, short of length and just outside off, pushed behind point for a single

48.6

Sammy to Tendulkar, 1 run, strays on to the leg side, helped along to deep backward square leg

Rohith: "Sachin has 99 International 100s and 199 international wickets! " If you include his solitary T20 wicket, he has 200 wickets.

End of over 49 (2 runs) India 193/2

    • SR Tendulkar 29 (56b 4x4)
    • R Dravid 53 (106b 7x4)
    • DJG Sammy 7-0-50-1
    • D Bishoo 15-0-44-0
49.1

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended off the back foot towards silly point

49.2

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, length ball on middle and leg, blocked towards cover

49.3

Bishoo to Tendulkar, no run, length ball pitching on off, Tendulkar gets a big stride in as he blocks it

49.4

Bishoo to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the pads, whipped towards deep midwicket for a single

49.5

Bishoo to Dravid, 1 run, slides down leg, helped along to square leg, a little uppishly past short leg

49.6

Bishoo to Tendulkar, FOUR, that's freebie, a full ball on the pads, tickled down to fine leg for a boundary, another giant leap in the countdown

End of over 50 (6 runs) India 199/2

    • SR Tendulkar 34 (61b 5x4)
    • R Dravid 54 (107b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 16-0-50-0
    • DJG Sammy 7-0-50-1
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