• Overs 1-50
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  • Overs 101-150

Vishnu: "I have a question here. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have an excellent chemistry together. I agree its on a different format, but still why do you want to disturb that by asking Dhawan to bat with Vijay who is struggling?"

Vijay and Dhawan it is. Dhawan to take strike, facing Tino Best, who's bowling from over the wicket.

Anshul: "Hey Vishnu, please keep this in mind that opening slot in test matches is a very specialist position unlike ODIs or T20."

0.1

Best to Dhawan, FOUR, and the innings begins like how West Indies began this morning. Dhawan pushes forward at a length ball that slants across him and the ball goes through gully off a thick outside edge

0.2

Best to Dhawan, no run, too wide outside off, Dhawan lets it go

0.3

Best to Dhawan, 1 run, a length ball that pitches outside leg stump, Dhawan flicks it off his pads through square leg

0.4

Best to Vijay, no run, a short of a length ball bounces quite high and close to Vijay's body as he lets it go down leg side, there's an appeal for caught behind from someone but not the bowler

0.5

Best to Vijay, no run, 142 kph, the line outside off is too wide to make Vijay play at it

0.6

Best to Vijay, no run, Best glares at Vijay after bowling a sharp bouncer that makes Vijay sway out of the way in a hurry. Vijay responds with a smile. The crowd love it.

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0

    • M Vijay 0 (3b)
    • S Dhawan 5 (3b 1x4)
    • TL Best 1-0-5-0

West Indies' debutant Sheldon Cottrell to bowl, from over the wicket. He's a left-armer.

1.1

Cottrell to Dhawan, FOUR, 140 kph, welcome to Test cricket Mr Cottrell, Dhawan clips the full ball off his pads through square leg, he's moving on seamlessly from the Bangalore ODI

1.2

Cottrell to Dhawan, no run, 143 kph, hits the pitch and then the bat hard with a good length ball that Dhawan defends from the crease

1.3

Cottrell to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan's been hit on the stomach by a short of a length ball that jags back into him from just outside off, he walks away towards the leg side and takes a moment to get his breath back. That was quick from Cottrell

1.4

Cottrell to Dhawan, no run, good length but too wide outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

Nick: "You never gave the bowling speeds of Shami. Could you please tell us about his fastest ball and average speed? Thank you, indeed!" Average speed around 138-140 kph.

1.5

Cottrell to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan's been beaten by a good length ball that pitches outside off and seams away from the left-hander

1.6

Cottrell to Dhawan, FOUR, too full, a half-volley outside off and Dhawan drills it through cover with a forceful drive on the front foot

End of over 2 (8 runs) India 13/0

    • S Dhawan 13 (9b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 0 (3b)
    • SS Cottrell 1-0-8-0
    • TL Best 1-0-5-0
2.1

Best to Vijay, FOUR, a lovely shot, Vijay moves forward and leans across to clip a full ball across his front pad and send it racing through midwicket

2.2

Best to Vijay, no run, short of a length with springy bounce outside off, Vijay lets it pass by

2.3

Best to Vijay, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Vijay goes after it and slashes over the cordon, the ball bounces just before the third-man boundary

2.4

Best to Vijay, no run, left alone outside off stump

2.5

Best to Vijay, 2 runs, that's an excellent shot, Vijay stands tall in his crease to get on top of the bounce and drives the short of a length ball through cover point

Pushkar Potdar: "Hmm..If they have not lost the ODI touch against Aus- we should have a lead of about 100 by lunch tomorrow.."

2.6

Best to Vijay, no run, 144 kph, terrific comeback from Tino, hitting a good length outside off and cutting the ball into the right-hander, Vijay came forward to drive but was beaten between bat and body

End of over 3 (10 runs) India 23/0

    • M Vijay 10 (9b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 13 (9b 3x4)
    • TL Best 2-0-15-0
    • SS Cottrell 1-0-8-0
3.1

Cottrell to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan moves back and across to flick one off his hips to fine leg

3.2

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, 140 kph, fuller and wider outside off stump, Vijay lets it go outside off

3.3

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, short of a length and straight, Vijay was looking to play on the off side but it went on the leg off the inside edge

3.4

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, a full ball with width outside off, driven fluently on the front foot into the covers

3.5

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, he lets it go outside off stump

3.6

Cottrell to Vijay, 1 run, too full and too wide, allowing Vijay to get forward and drive the ball through covers

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 25/0

    • M Vijay 11 (14b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 14 (10b 3x4)
    • SS Cottrell 2-0-10-0
    • TL Best 2-0-15-0

S. R. Varma: "There is no doubting of the ability of Tendulkar and what he has done to Indian cricket, but I feel nausea because of so much halla-gulla about his retirement. If this is appropriate, then I feel Dravid, Ganguly, VVS (I am talking about only recent retirements) deserved much more than what they got when retired. They could not get in to the team at 16, but whatever they have done is equally brilliant."

Sammy brings on his offspinner faster than MS Dhoni did. Shane Shillingford to bowl from over the wicket.

4.1

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, tossed up on off stump, Vijay strides forward and defends

4.2

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, strides forward and defends towards the bowler

4.3

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, Vijay leans forward and closes the face to play towards midwicket

4.4

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, defended on the front foot with bat and pad outside the line of off stump

4.5

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, Vijay strides out again and blocks

4.6

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

End of over 5 (maiden) India 25/0

    • M Vijay 11 (20b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 14 (10b 3x4)
    • S Shillingford 1-1-0-0
    • SS Cottrell 2-0-10-0
5.1

Cottrell to Dhawan, 1 run, a length ball outside off stump, Dhawan stays in his crease an square drives through point

5.2

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, a fuller ball slanting across the right-hander, left alone by Vijay

5.3

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, short of a length and straighter, Vijay stays back and opens the face to play towards point, he had to hurry because it was 145kph

5.4

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, pushed off the back foot towards cover

5.5

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, a full ball driven off the front foot towards mid off

5.6

Cottrell to Vijay, 2 runs, a length ball itching outside leg stump, flicked off the hips through square leg

End of over 6 (3 runs) India 28/0

    • M Vijay 13 (25b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 15 (11b 3x4)
    • SS Cottrell 3-0-13-0
    • S Shillingford 1-1-0-0

Meet Kachhy: "If Shami was bowling 138-140, why was he listed as 'RM' in the commentary? I have said this before too - you always list Indian bowlers slower than what they bowl (RMF for Umesh, for e.g.), and being the cricinfo generation, they soon start bowling to justify their classification on your commentary!"

6.1

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan strides forward and defends towards the bowler

6.2

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan pushes forward and defends on the off side

6.3

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, the West Indians think Dhawan has nicked down leg side but umpire Llong did not. The ball came off the pad as Dhawan shaped to glance one that strayed down leg side

6.4

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, defended from the crease

6.5

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, shorter length and Dhawan moves back to punch towards point

6.6

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, defended on the back foot towards short leg

The lights are coming on at Eden Gardens, a little more than 20 minutes left in the day.

End of over 7 (maiden) India 28/0

    • S Dhawan 15 (17b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 13 (25b 2x4)
    • S Shillingford 2-2-0-0
    • SS Cottrell 3-0-13-0

Balraj: "It is hard to believe that this is just the 2nd innings of Shikar Dhawan in tests. He has established himself so much." Four one-day hundreds between his first Test innings and now.

7.1

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, left alone outside off stump

7.2

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, 135 kph, too wide outside off to make Vijay play at it

7.3

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, a full ball angling outside off stump, left alone by Vijay once again

7.4

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, once again the line is too wide outside off stump, with 19 minutes to go before stumps, Vijay will be happy to leave, leave and leave again

7.5

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, good length outside off stump from over the wicket, angling across the right-hander, Vijay shoulders arms

7.6

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

End of over 8 (maiden) India 28/0

    • M Vijay 13 (31b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 15 (17b 3x4)
    • SS Cottrell 4-1-13-0
    • S Shillingford 2-2-0-0
8.1

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan's swept the ball hard and straight into Kieran Powell's knee at short leg, the fielder's down on the ground and in pain. Dhawan hit that very hard and the ball hit the knee full on. The physio's out there taking a look and Powell has a hand over his face as he grimaces

Powell hasn't gone off the field and he resumes fielding at short leg.

8.2

Shillingford to Dhawan, FOUR, and Dhawan sweeps again, but this time he moves forward and across and places the ball to the long-leg boundary, far away from Powell who was swivelling and ducking as soon as Dhawan shaped to play the shot

8.3

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, played towards point

8.4

Shillingford to Dhawan, 1 run, a flighted ball on of stump and Dhawan drives towards mid-on

Mohit : "I never understand why people turn their back, when they have all the protection in front while fielding at silly point. Silly really isn't it.?" The body is fleshier behind.

8.5

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, a big appeal for lbw but umpire Llong indicates that would have missed leg stump, Vijay had pushed forward to defend but the legbreak spun past the inside edge to hit the pad

8.6

Shillingford to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay moves half forward and plays a short-arm sweep behind square leg

End of over 9 (6 runs) India 34/0

    • M Vijay 14 (33b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 20 (21b 4x4)
    • S Shillingford 3-2-6-0
    • SS Cottrell 4-1-13-0

Cottrell's lost grip of the ball during his delivery stride and it's ended up around mid-on.

9.1

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, has he lost grip of it again? Because it's wide outside off stump

9.2

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, good length but the line is too wide outside off for Vijay to play a shot

Mahesh: "Speaking of Dhawan's debut hundred, he proved the selectors in the first chance he got , let us hope that Rohit Sharma at least does that in test match."

9.3

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, good length and a much straighter line, Vijay gets behind it and blocks

Sagar: "@Mohit : To explain it medically - adrenaline is a hormone that elicits 'fight' or 'flight' response. What you find silly, is actually the result of a sudden surge of adrenaline."

9.4

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

9.5

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, short of a length at the batsman, Vijay moves back and plays the ball down towards gully

9.6

Cottrell to Vijay, no run, short of a length and straight, making Vijay drop his wrists and sway out of the line of the ball

End of over 10 (maiden) India 34/0

    • M Vijay 14 (39b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 20 (21b 4x4)
    • SS Cottrell 5-2-13-0
    • S Shillingford 3-2-6-0
10.1

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

10.2

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, steps out of his crease but is not to the pitch of the ball, Dhawan defends

10.3

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, played off the back foot towards point

10.4

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

10.5

Shillingford to Dhawan, 1 run, goes back to work the ball off his pads behind square

10.6

Shillingford to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay comes forward and nudges the ball off his pads behind square

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 36/0

    • M Vijay 15 (40b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 21 (26b 4x4)
    • S Shillingford 4-2-8-0
    • SS Cottrell 5-2-13-0

This is going to be the last over of the day. Veerasammy Permaul will bowl it.

11.1

Permaul to Vijay, no run, bowled outside leg stump from round the wicket, Vijay lets the ball hit his pad

11.2

Permaul to Vijay, no run, Vijay strides forward and defends on the front foot

11.3

Permaul to Vijay, no run, bowled flat on middle and leg stump, Vijay goes back and plays to the man at short leg

11.4

Permaul to Vijay, no run, wicket to wicket line on off and middle, defended on the front foot

11.5

Permaul to Vijay, 1 run, nudged off the pads behind square for a single

11.6

Permaul to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan strides forward to block the final ball of the day and complete an outstanding day for India

Stumps, 4pm India have had a complete day. They got rid of West Indies' openers early and then after weathering a spell of aggressive batting from Marlon Samuels they cut through the batting order. The debutant Shami Ahmed did it with reverse swing - would he have got it had the ball not been changed? - and then the spinners chipped in too. The West Indians will be kicking themselves for some silly decisions - Darren Bravo's run out and Darren Sammy's lofted shot in particular. The Indian openers did the job of seeing off a handful of overs before stumps too.

Adharsh: "Really feel that Vijay has the right temperament to play test matches.Doesn't mind shouldering arms to balls outside off.Good signs for a opener"

Thank you for all your emails today, I do try and read as many as I can. See you tomorrow at 8.30 am. Cheers.

End of over 12 (1 run) India 37/0

    • S Dhawan 21 (27b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 16 (45b 2x4)
    • V Permaul 1-0-1-0
    • S Shillingford 4-2-8-0

Right then, we are all set for play to begin on day two at Eden. West Indies will start with the offspin of Shillingford. Slip and short leg around

Ravi: "on second thoughts, how about a five wicket haul for sachin and a win for india ;)."

Vishal: "First time in my life, I wish the openers don't get out the whole day.After all I am reaching Kolkata today evening!"

Yogi: "These last few games remind me of past games when entire living rooms kept saying "when will these openers go, we want to see Sachin bat" and when he got out, tv's were turned off regardless of a win/loss for India.... Is that the general consensus today or am I alone in this?" You are definitely not alone, Yogi

Subbu: "Not very often you want this to happen - One of your openers is in terrific form and you still want 2 wickets to fall quickly"

Vivek: "We bought TV for 96 WC, got a cable connection for 99 WC, upgraded TV for 2003. Moving to a Full HD today for Sachin. Says something about our family does it?! ;)"

Shakti: "Good morning India! Everyone is waiting for the The Little Master but Dhawan and Pujara are in cracking form. I don't think he will bat before tea. Overall set for a great day of cricket!"

8.35 am What did you make of West Indies' batting yesterday? Sidharth Monga wrote that with all the talent they displayed, they also missed basic common sense

8.30 am So when will he bat today, is the question on most minds. Here's Ankur: "Hello and Welcome to the 2nd day of the 1st test between India and West Indies... The day when Sachin Tendulkar bats......" India will hope their top order can get them quite close to West Indies' 234. The pitch today is supposed to be as good as it is going to get for batsmen in this Test. By tomorrow, we might start seeing deliveries do strange things. Even by sometime late today, if the cracks get cracking

8.25 am Good morning and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the second day's play at Eden Gardens. We'll have a live video show with Sanjay Manjrekar looking ahead to the day's play, you'll be able to watch that at 8.35 am by clicking here.

12.1

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, decent turn first ball of the day, slowish from outside off, defended to short leg

12.2

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, moves across on off stump and defends with the spin

12.3

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, a big forward stride now to block a fuller one around off

12.4

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, another neat forward push to smother a length delivery outside off

12.5

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, gives it more flight this time, fullish on Vijay, who stretches out to defend calmly

12.6

Shillingford to Vijay, 1 run, this pitched wider outside off, Vijay went across, it then spun in sharply and he had to adjust to knock it down to mid on

End of over 13 (1 run) India 38/0

    • M Vijay 17 (51b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 21 (27b 4x4)
    • S Shillingford 5-2-9-0
    • V Permaul 1-0-1-0

Best, Tino to charge in. Two slips, gully, extra cover, mid off, mid on

13.1

Best to Vijay, no run, and he begins with a 138 kph short of a length ball, which angles down the leg side

13.2

Best to Vijay, 1 run, fuller, but on the pads, and Vijay tucks it smoothly and trots a single to fine leg

13.3

Best to Dhawan, no run, much better line to the left-hander, a pitched up ball close to off stump, goes across Dhawan who lets it be

13.4

Best to Dhawan, no run, good length, 141.7 kph, decent carry now, similar line close to off stump, Dhawan keeps bat close to the body and lets it pass

13.5

Best to Dhawan, 2 runs, same line, but this one is too full, and Dhawan bends the back leg and eases it past cover

13.6

Best to Dhawan, no run, too far outside off stump with the angle to bother Dhawan at all

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 41/0

    • S Dhawan 23 (31b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 18 (53b 2x4)
    • TL Best 3-0-18-0
    • S Shillingford 5-2-9-0

No movement for Tino in that over, not that you would expect any already with the ball so new

14.1

Shillingford to Vijay, 1 run, fullish delivery turned with the spin to deep square leg

round the stumps

14.2

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, tossed up full around off, defended softly

14.3

Shillingford to Dhawan, no run, almost got him, almost, Dhawan has escaped as he pushed at this full delivery, that could have been caught and bowled easily

14.4

Shillingford to Dhawan, OUT, well, he's gone this time, quite tentative from Dhawan, he was stuck on the crease as this length delivery spun away slightly from him, around off stump, he's pushed at it, and played on, it stayed a touch low, but that prod was very uncertain as well

S Dhawan b Shillingford 23 (64m 34b 4x4 0x6) SR: 67.64

Pujara in at No 3, slip, short leg, silly point to welcome him

14.5

Shillingford to Pujara, no run, goes back and across to punch a spinning length ball to mid on

14.6

Shillingford to Pujara, 1 leg bye, turns in, bounces a bit and rolls behind square leg

End of over 15 (2 runs) India 43/1

    • CA Pujara 0 (2b)
    • M Vijay 19 (54b 2x4)
    • S Shillingford 6-2-10-1
    • TL Best 3-0-18-0

Venkataraman Swamynathan: "One more wicket for the Great Man come to the crease....."

15.1

Best to Pujara, 1 leg bye, yes, there is already some inward movement for Best, this one thuds into Pujara's pad as he misses the tuck, but was headed a mile down leg

15.2

Best to Vijay, 1 run, lets it swing in and then works it off the pad down to fine leg

15.3

Best to Pujara, 1 run, digs it in short of a length now, Pujara lets it bounce on him and nudges it behind square leg

15.4

Best to Vijay, 1 run, the ball is moving in every time from Best, now Vijay mistimes the off drive to mid on, hit the inner part of the bat

15.5

Best to Pujara, no run, sprays this short and wide outside off, that seemed to stick in the pitch, came off slowly, Pujara was not going after it

15.6

Best to Pujara, 1 run, plays this angled length delivery to midwicket and takes the single

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 48/1

    • CA Pujara 2 (6b)
    • M Vijay 21 (56b 2x4)
    • TL Best 4-0-22-0
    • S Shillingford 6-2-10-1
16.1

Shillingford to Pujara, 1 run, in the air as Pujara nudges a full ball with the spin, but it was far to the right of short leg

16.2

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, that could have been dangerous, this is what batsmen were doing on day one, playing spin off the back foot, Shillingford pitched this one up, Vijay tried to defend from deep in the crease, but it stayed low, and he just got the bat down in time, things are changing quickly

16.3

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, now this one bounces, Vijay lunges forward, but even that is not enough as the ball balloons in the air, just out of the reach of short leg

16.4

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, all the preceding drama has led Vijay to leave the crease to defend this time

16.5

Shillingford to Vijay, 1 run, goes back now, opens up and works a bouncing length delivery to square leg

16.6

Shillingford to Pujara, no run, bat far in front of pad as Pujara leans forward to turn one to midwicket

End of over 17 (2 runs) India 50/1

    • CA Pujara 3 (8b)
    • M Vijay 22 (60b 2x4)
    • S Shillingford 7-2-12-1
    • TL Best 4-0-22-0

Dhawan's second Test innings not quite as spectacular as the first. India rebuild, and the Test is setting up nicely. Sanjay Manjrekar will be on live with Raunak Kapoor at lunch to discuss the state of play. Have a question for the panel? Tweet them to us with the hashtag #matchpoint. We are listening.

17.1

Best to Vijay, no run, nice shot, good length delivery driven crisply on the up, straight to extra cover

17.2

Best to Vijay, no run, Vijay tried to flick this reversing full delivery, but his front leg got in the way of the bat swing, and the ball headed down leg

17.3

Best to Vijay, no run, pushing half forward to a bouncing length delivery now, hits the bat high and pops up on the off side

17.4

Best to Vijay, no run, Best digs this one back of a length, Vijay mistimes a punch back to the bowler

17.5

Best to Vijay, no run, coming in from outside off stump, good length, Vijay behind the line to block

17.6

Best to Vijay, 1 run, nips in from a good length, Vijay is able to nudge it square to leg for one

End of over 18 (1 run) India 51/1

    • M Vijay 23 (66b 2x4)
    • CA Pujara 3 (8b)
    • TL Best 5-0-23-0
    • S Shillingford 7-2-12-1
18.1

Shillingford to Vijay, 1 run, leaves the crease to a flighted ball and works it to long on

18.2

Shillingford to Pujara, 1 run, bounce, but Pujara softly eases it past silly point from the crease

18.3

Shillingford to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay is playing Shillingford again after stepping out, takes another single to long on

18.4

Shillingford to Pujara, no run, this was the straighter one, but Pujara calmly pushes forward to defend it down the pitch

18.5

Shillingford to Pujara, no run

18.6

Shillingford to Pujara, no run, big forward stride to smother another one, superb spell from Shillingford this morning

End of over 19 (3 runs) India 54/1

    • CA Pujara 4 (12b)
    • M Vijay 25 (68b 2x4)
    • S Shillingford 8-2-15-1
    • TL Best 5-0-23-0

Eden Gardens about half full, optimistically speaking

19.1

Best to Vijay, no run, sharp good length ball pushed away to the off side by a half forward Vijay

19.2

Best to Vijay, 1 run, short, but not much lift on this wicket, Vijay rides it, drops it in front of cover and they zip through for the single

One slip, gully, short midwicket

19.3

Best to Pujara, 1 run, allows it to come on from back of a length and tucks it to deep square

Sam Roy: "Great job curators, the pitch has enough for both spinners and pacers (if they know how to reverse the ball)."

19.4

Best to Vijay, no run, pitched up around off stump, Vijay leans into it and knocks it to mid on

19.5

Best to Vijay, no run, back of a length, outside off, defended, unless he is trying to get the ball scuffed up quicker, cannot get this length from Best

19.6

Best to Vijay, no run, no timing from Vijay as he tries to punch a just short of length delivery, hits it back to the bowler, Best throws it back to the keeper past Vijay, that gets the crowd going, Best folds his hands towards them as he walks to his deep fielding position

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 56/1

    • M Vijay 26 (73b 2x4)
    • CA Pujara 5 (13b)
    • TL Best 6-0-25-0
    • S Shillingford 8-2-15-1
20.1

Shillingford to Pujara, no run, some bounce, but Pujara presses forward and defends safely in the end off the high part of the bat

20.2

Shillingford to Pujara, 1 run

20.3

Shillingford to Vijay, no run, tossed up neatly, 88.5 kph close to off, Vijay forward to smother it

20.4

Shillingford to Vijay, OUT, lovely bowling, Shillingford has another one, he's lured Vijay out with a tossed up ball, Vijay did not pick the straighter one and has walked right past it, stranded without any chance

M Vijay st †Ramdin b Shillingford 26 (92m 75b 2x4 0x6) SR: 34.66

The crowd started cheering as soon as Vijay got out. As the little man strides out to the middle, he gets a standing ovation for one of the last times in his cricketing career. Here is Sachin Tendulkar in his penultimate, 199th Test. Backward short leg, silly point, forward short leg, slip, all surround him

20.5

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, a touch tentative as he moves across to a fullish offspinner, but defends safely

20.6

Shillingford to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, spins in, hits the pad as Tendulkar misses the nudge, the ball flies past backward short leg

End of over 21 (2 runs) India 58/2

    • SR Tendulkar 0 (2b)
    • CA Pujara 6 (15b)
    • S Shillingford 9-2-16-2
    • TL Best 6-0-25-0

Rajesh R. Shah: "Would be absolute shame for Kolkata if the stands are not full when the master is batting for his last test today in Eden.." They aren't...

They have a shortish leg to Tendulkar as Best prepares to steam in

21.1

Best to Tendulkar, no run, that is the plan, short, into the body, but heads down leg this time

21.2

Best to Tendulkar, no run, very watchful, sees this one coming in from outside off, and walks across to let it go in the end

21.3

Best to Tendulkar, no run, the ball is reversing, Best is interested, he goes down on his knees for an lbw appeal as Tendulkar is late in pushing forward, pad first definitely, just outside the line

short midwicket, short cover

21.4

Best to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar is off the mark, getting on his toes, opening the face and easing a widish short ball to point

21.5

Best to Pujara, no run, across goes Pujara and blocks a short of a length ball to the bowler

21.6

Best to Pujara, no run, comes forward to a length ball, opens the face, runs it to point

Best is reversing it in at pace, Shillingford is spinning and bouncing it, game on

End of over 22 (1 run) India 59/2

    • CA Pujara 6 (17b)
    • SR Tendulkar 1 (6b)
    • TL Best 7-0-26-0
    • S Shillingford 9-2-16-2
22.1

Shillingford to Tendulkar, FOUR, first boundary of the morning, played with the turn, played with control and placement, Tendulkar drives a flighted ball with a closed face past midwicket

22.2

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, beaten on the cut now, as this one stays low outside off

22.3

Shillingford to Tendulkar, FOUR, another boundary to deep midwicket, overpitchd ball picked up from just outside off, and turned emphatically right in the gap between midwicket and mid on

Short midwicket comes in

22.4

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, right forward to block this time outside off

22.5

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, goes back to a length ball, it keeps low now, gets the bat down to play to short midwicket

22.6

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, moves across outside off stump, gets behind the line and pushes back to the bowler

End of over 23 (8 runs) India 67/2

    • SR Tendulkar 9 (12b 2x4)
    • CA Pujara 6 (17b)
    • S Shillingford 10-2-24-2
    • TL Best 7-0-26-0

Left-armer Cottrell replaces fiery Best

23.1

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, nice start, good length, just outside off, Pujara gathers himself and defends

23.2

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, Pujara sees some width and brings out his forcing cut, but he is beaten, the ball dies on the keeper

23.3

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, went after it again, this was fuller, and he could not beat point to his right

23.4

Cottrell to Pujara, FOUR, strays onto the pads now, and Pujara puts it away fine down leg

Abdaal: "Around a kilometre away from Eden. A slow trickle of people making their way towards the stadium..the word is getting around the city"

23.5

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, right on off stump now, good length, Pujara moves forward to block

23.6

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, ending on middle stump now, pushed to short midwicket, decent over from Cottrell

End of over 24 (4 runs) India 71/2

    • CA Pujara 10 (23b 1x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 9 (12b 2x4)
    • SS Cottrell 6-2-17-0
    • S Shillingford 10-2-24-2
24.1

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, moves forward to a tossed up ball and smothers it

24.2

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, stays on the crease to a flighted ball outside off and pushes it away as it spins in

24.3

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, on the stumps, he leans out and nudges to short leg

24.4

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, more front-foot defence, tossed up outside off, this is a top spell from Shillingford

24.5

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, staying on the crease once more to a flighted ball, lets it spin in, plays it out to short leg

24.6

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, goes back to a fullish delivery and nudges it to short leg again

That will be the end of the first hour and the beginning of George Binoy's long innings on commentary today. Abhishek Purohit signing off for now

The master is in the house, with Shillingford settling into a lovely rhythm. Have a question on the state of play? Tweet it to us with the hashtag #matchpoint and Sanjay Manjrekar will answer your queries on the live lunch-time show.

End of over 25 (maiden) India 71/2

    • SR Tendulkar 9 (18b 2x4)
    • CA Pujara 10 (23b 1x4)
    • S Shillingford 11-3-24-2
    • SS Cottrell 6-2-17-0

Thank you Abhishek. It's the sort of surface where the batsman is never really in, isn't it? Shillingford's tested the batsmen all morning, but West Indies desperately need their quicks to bowl with discipline. First hour to the visitors on day 2.

Pujara puts his helmet back on after drinks and prepares to take guard.

25.1

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, good length angling into the right-hander, defended on the off side

25.2

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, a fuller ball targetting the stumps from round the wicket, Pujara presses forward to defend

Vivek: "Sachin is coming forward or staying back and no tentative pushes yet. Nice. I am not feeling nervous now."

Raaghav: "This is ridiculous. I just reached work and Sachin is already in to bat. Hate shutting down my work PC so early in the day."

25.3

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, short of a length angling into the right-hander from round the wicket, Pujara goes back and punches towards cover point. "Wait, wait," says Pujara

25.4

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, 138.7 kph, Pujara is steady in his crease as he punches a good length ball coming into him towards cover

25.5

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, stands tall in his crease and square drives a length ball but doesn't beat the fielder at point

25.6

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, played off the pads towards square leg

End of over 26 (maiden) India 71/2

    • CA Pujara 10 (29b 1x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 9 (18b 2x4)
    • SS Cottrell 7-3-17-0
    • S Shillingford 11-3-24-2

A bit of colour from the stands at Eden Gardens: "Eden Gardens is filling in fast. As soon as Shikar Dhawan got out early morning, the fans started pouring in. So when Vijay got out, and even before he could start his walk back dejected, the half-full Eden Gardens stood up and roared in unison, "Saacchiinn". The chant did not finish till Tendulkar had taken guard, and when he hit the first of his two fours against Shillingford, the whole of Kolkata would have known who was batting."

26.1

Shillingford to Tendulkar, 1 run, flicked off the pads through midwicket, a deft shot.

26.2

Shillingford to Pujara, 2 runs, leans forward and flicks the ball through midwicket for two more

26.3

Shillingford to Pujara, FOUR, too short with width outside off, Pujara goes back to cut and places it well, hitting it hard and all along the ground

26.4

Shillingford to Pujara, 1 run, worked off the pads for a single to square leg

26.5

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, the offbreak pitches outside off stump and spins into Tendulkar, who stays back and defends on the off side

26.6

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, a fuller ball on off and middle, Tendulkar stays in his crease and works the ball towards midwicket

End of over 27 (8 runs) India 79/2

    • SR Tendulkar 10 (21b 2x4)
    • CA Pujara 17 (32b 2x4)
    • S Shillingford 12-3-32-2
    • SS Cottrell 7-3-17-0
27.1

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Pujara stays in his crease and punches towards point

27.2

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, Pujara moves across and tries to flick the length ball off his hips but misses and is hit on the thigh

27.3

Cottrell to Pujara, no run, a fuller ball angling towards off and middle from round the wicket, Pujara stays in his crease and blocks

27.4

Cottrell to Pujara, OUT, 144kph, a terrific ball and Pujara's been caught trying to ramp the ball over the keeper! Cottrell banged the ball in short and the ball homed in at Pujara's head. He swayed back and tried to send the ball over the keeper by using his bat like a ramp. He managed to make contact but not enough contact and Ramdin took a simple catch

CA Pujara c †Ramdin b Cottrell 17 (64m 36b 2x4 0x6) SR: 47.22

In comes Virat Kohli and India have a lot of work to do.

27.5

Cottrell to Kohli, 1 wide, that bouncer is far too high over Kohli's head

27.5

Cottrell to Kohli, no run, slants down leg side and Kohli lets it go

27.6

Cottrell to Kohli, 2 runs, a full ball on the pas, Kohli flicks neatly behind square

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 82/3

    • V Kohli 2 (2b)
    • SR Tendulkar 10 (21b 2x4)
    • SS Cottrell 8-3-20-1
    • S Shillingford 12-3-32-2

Anuj: "The reigning and the future champions of Indian cricket together. This is worth leaving all work and stay glued to your TV screen."

28.1

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, a flighted offbreak outside off stump, Tendulkar strides forward to defend on the off side

28.2

Shillingford to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar strides forward and outside the line of off stump to defend the offbreak

28.3

Shillingford to Tendulkar, OUT, lbw! Shillingford has silenced Eden Gardens! He did him with the doosra, a delivery Tendulkar has had problems with in the past. The crowd gives him an ovation as he walks back but it's muted. Shillingford flighted the doosra and pitched it on middle, Tendulkar tried to defend from his crease, pushing forward, and the ball straightened past the outside edge and hit the back leg quite high. He's unlucky to be given after watching replays. The impact was too high, the ball would have gone over the top, but umpire Llong did not think so

SR Tendulkar lbw b Shillingford 10 (41m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Rohit Sharma prepares to play his first ball in est cricket

28.4

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, defended on the leg side

28.5

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, strides forward to defend on the off side

28.6

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, defended on the leg side

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) India 82/4

    • RG Sharma 0 (3b)
    • V Kohli 2 (2b)
    • S Shillingford 13-4-32-3
    • SS Cottrell 8-3-20-1
29.1

Cottrell to Kohli, 1 run, a length ball angling into the pads, Kohli leans across and flicks behind square

29.2

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

29.3

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, Sharma is balanced in his crease as he defends on the front foot

29.4

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, a full and straight delivery, played back to the bowler

apoorvagj: "No Sachin innings is complete without a doubtful decision. Seems we will see everything of Sachin's 24 year career in these 2 tests. A wicket out of nowhere, check; a wrong decision, check."

29.5

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, short of a length coming into the right-hander, Rohit stays back and opens the face to play towards point

29.6

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, defended from the crease towards cover point once again

End of over 30 (1 run) India 83/4

    • RG Sharma 0 (8b)
    • V Kohli 3 (3b)
    • SS Cottrell 9-3-21-1
    • S Shillingford 13-4-32-3
30.1

Shillingford to Kohli, no run, Kohli goes back and opens the face of the bat to dab the offbreak towards first slip

30.2

Shillingford to Kohli, OUT, India slide further! Kohli has been caught bat pad! But umpire Llong is checking to see if Shillingford's has overstepped. He hasn't! Kohli's gone and Shillingford has four. Kohli pushed forward to defend the offbreak and it lobbed up off the inside edge on to pad. Shillingford was off on a celebratory run even before the ball descended into the fielder's hands. Was there an inside edge? It's hard to tell.

V Kohli c Powell b Shillingford 3 (13m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

30.3

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni stays back right in front of his stumps to defend and got an inside edge on to the pad, the ball falls short of the diving fielder at short leg

30.4

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, defended on the back foot

30.5

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni moves back and across to defend on the leg side

30.6

Shillingford to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni moves forward and across and plays a powerful slog sweep towards long leg where Cottrell misfields and allows the boundary

End of over 31 (4 runs) India 87/5

    • MS Dhoni 4 (4b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 0 (8b)
    • S Shillingford 14-4-36-4
    • SS Cottrell 9-3-21-1

Farhan: "This innings is perhaps the antidote India needed to come out of hupla around Sach's farewell series to hard cricket being played out in the middle..."

31.1

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, short of a length angling into the right-hander, Rohit defends the ball down on the leg side

Simha: "Regarding the doubts over SRT's dismissal - one more instance why BCCI ought to fall in line with the world by accepting the DRS, however bad or inaccurate it might be. Thousands of fans in the Eden might have had chance to see him continue bat, had he got a reprieve via the DRS."

31.2

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, a wicket to wicket line from round the wicket, Rohit stays back and defends on the leg side

31.3

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, short of a length around off stump, Rohit stays in his crease and blocks

31.4

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, a fuller ball on the pads, Rohit misses the flick

Rahul: "Isn't Shillingford an off-spinner?! If he is able to extract so much turn on a day 2 wicket, why weren't Ashwin and Ojha able to do anything yesterday?"

Simha: "Shillingford is becoming a one-man demolition squad, tearing apart the Indian batting and making 234 look like Mount Everest. MSD has to do one more rescue act to keep India in the reckoning here."

31.5

Cottrell to Sharma, FOUR, first runs for Rohit in Test cricket, he gets them by pulling a short of a length ball off his hips to the long leg boundary, that was 145kph

31.6

Cottrell to Sharma, no run, short of a length and straight, Rohit gets behind the line and blocks

Sandeep Mulik: "There will not be a better opportunity then this for Rohit.. India 87-5 a century here will make Rohit the leading contender for the no 4 spot..."

End of over 32 (4 runs) India 91/5

    • RG Sharma 4 (14b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 4 (4b 1x4)
    • SS Cottrell 10-3-25-1
    • S Shillingford 14-4-36-4
32.1

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni leans forward to defend on the off side

Charudatta: "We have a Test match to play here..its just not about the farewell..Losing to West Indies wont be an ideal preparation for the SA tour"

32.2

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni goes back to defend the offbreak on the off side

32.3

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, a flatter and quicker ball on middle, Dhoni goes back and defends on the leg side

32.4

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni goes right back to a fuller ball and taps it on the offside after the offbreak turns into him

32.5

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni moves back and across to defend to short leg

32.6

Shillingford to Dhoni, 1 run, that's a full toss and Dhoni sweeps it to the fielder at long leg

Yogesh: "If we were all gaga about Shami yesterday then this Shillingford effort deserves a bigger ovation. 4 wickets in a single spell till now against Shami's 4 in the innings. All from the top order."

End of over 33 (1 run) India 92/5

    • MS Dhoni 5 (10b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 4 (14b 1x4)
    • S Shillingford 15-4-37-4
    • SS Cottrell 10-3-25-1

Shardul Shah: "Just because the inaccuracy of one non-DRS decision is high does not mean the the inaccuracy of DRS decisions is any lower. Sachin, however great he may be, is still only one player; one decision. We all saw how inaccurate the DRS was in past series, especially the Ashes."

Sammy brings himself on ...

33.1

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, pitches on a length outside off and comes into the right-hander, Dhoni meets it on the front foot and defends

33.2

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, a full ball sliding down leg side, Dhoni misses the flick

33.3

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, Defended from the crease on the off side

33.4

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni pushes forward from the crease and pushes towards cover

33.5

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

33.6

Sammy to Dhoni, 2 runs, a bit too straight this time and Dhoni flicks the ball off his pads, Dhoni thunders back for the second

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 94/5

    • MS Dhoni 7 (16b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 4 (14b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-2-0
    • S Shillingford 15-4-37-4

Anand: "India aren't that good players of spin. England showed that, Aus spinners did well as the series progressed and West Indies are showing it now!"

34.1

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, Rohit strides forward and defends with a straight bat to the bowler

34.2

Shillingford to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit gets down on one knee to sweep and gets a bit of a top edge, the ball falls safely at deep backward square leg

34.3

Shillingford to Dhoni, 1 run, a flighted ball outside off, Dhoni stays in his crease and tries to drive, he gets an inside edge towards the leg side

34.4

Shillingford to Sharma, 1 run, the batsman tries to drive on the off side but once again the ball goes on the leg off the inside edge

34.5

Shillingford to Dhoni, FOUR, slightly shorter outside off stump, Dhoni goes back and cuts through point to bring up India's 100

Farnoosh: "Of all the new faces in the Indian team, Rohit has by far the best technique. I really hope he does well in Test level, else India will slip further in Test rankings very fast."

34.6

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, the offbreak pitches outside off and spins sharply into Dhoni, who goes back to cut again, this time he gets a bottom edge that bounces close to his stumps

End of over 35 (7 runs) India 101/5

    • MS Dhoni 12 (19b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 6 (17b 1x4)
    • S Shillingford 16-4-44-4
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-2-0
35.1

Sammy to Sharma, no run, good length on offstump at 125 kph, Rohit gets behind the line and blocks

35.2

Sammy to Sharma, no run, good length but a bit wider outside off stump, Rohit lets it go

35.3

Sammy to Sharma, 1 run, strays on to the pads and Rohit flicks the ball towards deep backward square

35.4

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, dropped by Ramdin, who had come up to the stumps to keep the batsmen in their crease. Dhoni tried to cut a good length ball and edged it, there was a bit of extra bounce. A tough chance for the keeper standing up.

35.5

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, defended on the off side

35.6

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, this time Dhoni moves back and across and lets it go outside off

End of over 36 (1 run) India 102/5

    • MS Dhoni 12 (22b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 7 (20b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-3-0
    • S Shillingford 16-4-44-4

Sunil: "@Anand Yes, your point reminds of VVS Laxman lamenting the fact about the lack of quality spinners in domestic circuit, which can be correlated to the younger batsmens weakness against quality spin."

36.1

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, defended on the back foot on the leg side

36.2

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and spins into Rohit, who moves back and defends

36.3

Shillingford to Sharma, 1 run, lots of flight outside off, Rohit reaches for it on the front foot, gets down low, and sweeps through square leg

36.4

Shillingford to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni moves forward and lofts the offbreak with the turn over midwicket and into the vacant space on the boundary

A fielder drops back to long-on.

36.5

Shillingford to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni moves forward again to a flighted ball and drives firmly, he beats the fielder diving to his right at mid-off and will get another boundary

36.6

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on off stump, Dhoni moves forward and blocks this time

End of over 37 (9 runs) India 111/5

    • MS Dhoni 20 (25b 4x4)
    • RG Sharma 8 (23b 1x4)
    • S Shillingford 17-4-53-4
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-3-0

Vaibhav: "Come on guys..overreacting much?? Its alright India is in a spot of bother but atleast let the first two innings get complete before getting to conclusions. No wonder other countries fans say we are too extreme with our emotions."

37.1

Sammy to Sharma, FOUR, Rohit's lucky! He slashed at a short of a length ball outside off, trying to hit it too hard perhaps? The ball kept a little low and took the bottom edge, it missed the stumps and beat the keeper on his left hand side to go to the fine leg boundary

37.2

Sammy to Sharma, no run, defended from the crease this time

37.3

Sammy to Sharma, no run, Rohit moves forward and lets the ball go outside off

37.4

Sammy to Sharma, FOUR, that's in the air and through the gap at midwicket. Rohit leans forward and flicks a length ball angling into him, it was uppish but it cleared the in-field

37.5

Sammy to Sharma, no run, left alone outside off stump this time

Siddhesh v: "This has been a pretty interesting game so far, but what is shocking to see are the empty stands. I think what might be even more interesting is if the CAB releases stats revealing how much of the public available tickets are empty, and how many of these complimentary passes are. Its high time this ridiculousness stopped."

37.6

Sammy to Sharma, no run, a full ball on off stump, Rohit leans forward and drives to mid-off

End of over 38 (8 runs) India 119/5

    • RG Sharma 16 (29b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 20 (25b 4x4)
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-11-0
    • S Shillingford 17-4-53-4

This will be the last over before the lunch break, and the left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul will bowl it.

38.1

Permaul to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni goes back and defends towards the bowler

38.2

Permaul to Dhoni, no run, bowled far outside leg stump and Dhoni tries to play the sort paddle sweep that Tendulkar does, he makes no contact

38.3

Permaul to Dhoni, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg

38.4

Permaul to Sharma, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Rohit defends on the off side from his crease

38.5

Permaul to Sharma, no run, a full ball nearly in the blockhole, Rohit defends again

38.6

Permaul to Sharma, no run, Rohit stays in his crease and keeps out the final ball before lunch

11.00 am Shillingford's session. He's taken four top-order wickets - though Tendulkar was unlucky to be lbw - and West Indies have claimed 5 for 83 on the second morning. They have the upper hand with India trailing by 114 runs and the last pair of recognised batsmen at the crease.

Ali Mushaf: "If India falls 50 runs short in the first innings, India will still have an upper edge with this enviable batting lineup. It is very hard to imagine that this lineup will fail twice."

Match Point, our live video show with Sanjay Manjrekar, analysing the morning's play will begin shortly. I'll be back in about half an hour for the second session.

Afsar: "Just came back from Edens, disappoint to see Sold-out board at counter and half the stadium is empty in TV."

Cyrus: "Come on guys! Stop bashing our cricketers. This is Test Cricket which is played over 4 innings. This is little battle between bat and ball makes it interesting. An innings is built ball-by-ball, session-by-session. Test Cricket separates men from boys."

End of over 39 (1 run) India 120/5

    • RG Sharma 16 (32b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 21 (28b 4x4)
    • V Permaul 2-0-2-0
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-11-0

11.30 am Ten minutes to go until the start of the second session.

Saqib Ahmad: "I think india is in trouble if West Indies get a lead of 40 odd runs, they will have an upper hand as pitch will be not the same on fourth and fifth day .It will be very difficult to bat."

Rohitabh: "Interesting test match after the Runathon of IND-AUS ODI series. Such a relief."

Harsh Jhawar: "Has the wicket deteriorated from yesterday? Or is it just that Shillingford is bowling much better than Ashwin? It's startling to see the impact visiting spinners are beginning to have on Indian wickets recently and our spinners becoming more and more ineffective with every home series."

Sivasoundar: "Indian batsmen have conquered the likes of Warne and Muralitharan in these Indian pitches .What is happening now? First Swann, Panesar and now Shiilingford."

Dhoni will face the first ball after lunch. Sammy to continue, from over the wicket with the keeper standing up. One slip in place.

39.1

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, wide outside the off stump, Dhoni lets it go

39.2

Sammy to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni waits on the back foot and cuts a length ball through point

JK: "@ Harsh Jhawar, not sure about that mate. I still wake up in a cold sweat some nights remembering what your spinners did to our Australian top order in the recent test series. My kingdom for a tweaker."

39.3

Sammy to Sharma, no run, a length ball wide outside off, Rohit lets it go past

39.4

Sammy to Sharma, 1 run, pushed from the crease into the covers for a single

Abhishek Sharma: "Interestingly, spinners from non-subcontinent countries have performed well in India in recent times, and the little master has lost his wicket only three times to fast bowlers in last 9 matches at home."

39.5

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni reaches forward to drive but mis-times it towards the bowler, that was 120 kph

39.6

Sammy to Dhoni, FOUR, a superb drive, Dhoni leaned forward to a full ball outside off and placed it through the in field at cover, that raced across this fast outfield

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 126/5

    • MS Dhoni 26 (32b 5x4)
    • RG Sharma 17 (34b 3x4)
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-17-0
    • V Permaul 2-0-2-0

Kumar: "Ashwin 29 wickets, Jadeja 25 wickets last series. If catches were held, spinners would've taken 5 wickets yesterday. Indian spinners are doing well."

Shillingford's back after a rest during the lunch break. He's already bowled 17 overs. bowling from over the wicket

40.1

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, defended on the leg side

40.2

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, Rohit is hit on the front foot by the offbreak, he was trying to defend and got his front pad outside the line of off stump

40.3

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, goes back this time and defends

40.4

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, a bit of extra bounce for the offbreak and Rohit manages to play it down on the leg side off the back foot, there's a short leg and leg gully waiting

40.5

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, Rohit gets his front leg outside the line of off stump while defending and is hit on the pad by the off break

40.6

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, Rohit leans forward to a straighter ball and defends towards the bowler, Shillingford begins with a maiden over after lunch

End of over 41 (maiden) India 126/5

    • RG Sharma 17 (40b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 26 (32b 5x4)
    • S Shillingford 18-5-53-4
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-17-0
41.1

Sammy to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni moves forward to a good length ball and drives into the covers

41.2

Sammy to Sharma, no run, a good length ball outside off, Rohit lets it go

Ranjith: "We have to accept the fact that the overseas spinners who are performing well are much better than our current indian spinners. If the same things were happening when Bhaji and Anil in their pomp they would sure out bowl the visiting spinners."

41.3

Sammy to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit stays in his crease and punches the ball towards cover

41.4

Sammy to Dhoni, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Rohit cracks it through cover with a fluent cut, Shillingford runs to his right and does well to prevent the boundary

41.5

Sammy to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni moves back and across to work a length ball through square leg

41.6

Sammy to Sharma, no run, a good length ball outside off, the batsman strides forward and shoulders arms

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 131/5

    • RG Sharma 18 (43b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 30 (35b 5x4)
    • DJG Sammy 5-0-22-0
    • S Shillingford 18-5-53-4
42.1

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni goes deep into his crease and defends the off break to the man at short leg

Ramesh: "Talk about technicality, Dhoni has never been technically correct, nor does possess grace, yet he is batting comfortably out there, scoring at a SR in the 90s. It's all in the mind at the end."

42.2

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni stays back to a quicker ball and defends to short leg again

42.3

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, a bit of extra bounce for the offbreak and Dhoni punches back to the bowler

42.4

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, slows it up, pitches outside off and spins into the right-hander, Dhoni goes back and plays it to the bowler

42.5

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni pushes forward to defend and is hit on the pad by the offbreak, Shillingford appeals for lbw but that was spinning down leg

42.6

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, defended on the front foot to the man at short leg

End of over 43 (maiden) India 131/5

    • MS Dhoni 30 (41b 5x4)
    • RG Sharma 18 (43b 3x4)
    • S Shillingford 19-6-53-4
    • DJG Sammy 5-0-22-0

Sachin: "Typically Indian batters don't start off too well in 1st Inning of a new series but as the series progresses, we shall see good scores with the bat. Also, these days wickets play similar in all days barring some deterioration, so I don't think we should read too much of day 4 wicket creating panic."

43.1

Sammy to Sharma, 1 run, a full ball outside off, Rohit leans forward and drives through point, looked like he wanted to place it more through cover, Shillingford fields in the deep

43.2

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, driven firmly off the front foot to mid off

43.3

Sammy to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni stays on the back foot and cuts towards point, these two have now added 50 runs for the sixth wicket

43.4

Sammy to Sharma, 1 run, a full ball on the pads, flicked towards deep square leg, Rohit leaned forward and across to play a smooth shot

43.5

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, a full toss and Dhoni drives it from his crease to mid off

43.6

Sammy to Dhoni, no run, good length around off stump, Dhoni strides forward and pushes the ball into the covers

End of over 44 (3 runs) India 134/5

    • MS Dhoni 31 (45b 5x4)
    • RG Sharma 20 (45b 3x4)
    • DJG Sammy 6-0-25-0
    • S Shillingford 19-6-53-4
44.1

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, Rohit strides forward and outside the line of off stump to defend a flighted offbreak with a straight bat

44.2

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, goes back this time to a tossed up ball on off stump and defends

44.3

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, a full ball on offstump, Rohit strides forward to defend and is hit low on the front pad, that's a good appeal for lbw because it was pad first. Looked close

44.4

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, plays it off the back foot

44.5

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, Rohit strides forward to defend on the off side

44.6

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, Rohit goes back and defends with a straight bat, consecutive maidens for Shillingford after lunch

Ravi: "Ramesh : Dhoni has his own technique. He relies on subconscious and experience rather than on formulated standards.Most of all he is an intelligent cricketer."

End of over 45 (maiden) India 134/5

    • RG Sharma 20 (51b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 31 (45b 5x4)
    • S Shillingford 20-7-53-4
    • DJG Sammy 6-0-25-0

Hariharan: "Sammy has not been able to keep it tight...The pressure created by Shillingford is being negated by Sammy...He should bring some one else from his end."

On cue, here's Permaul, to bowl left-arm spin from round the wicket to the right-handers. A slip and short leg in place.

45.1

Permaul to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni goes back to hit the flat ball from middle stump into the covers

45.2

Permaul to Sharma, no run, Rohit strides forward to defend on the off side

45.3

Permaul to Sharma, 1 run, a full ball angling into the right-hander, he pushes it towards point for a single

Saheed PP: "@Ramesh: It is better not to be too good technically when you are batting on a pitch which has got an uneven bounce, the same way your kung-fu red belt won't help you when you are facing a rushing bull !"

45.4

Permaul to Dhoni, no run, beaten outside the off stump, Dhoni pushed forward to defend but the slower and flighted ball pitched around off and spun it past the outside edge

45.5

Permaul to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni tried to paddle sweep it but he hit the ball into the ground and to the man at short leg, some fielders think it's a catch

45.6

Permaul to Dhoni, no run, driven hard but to the man at cover

End of over 46 (2 runs) India 136/5

    • MS Dhoni 32 (49b 5x4)
    • RG Sharma 21 (53b 3x4)
    • V Permaul 3-0-4-0
    • S Shillingford 20-7-53-4
46.1

Shillingford to Sharma, 1 run, goes back an worked off the pads in front of square for a single

46.2

Shillingford to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni lunges forward to defend a flighted ball but pops it up in the air towards the bowler, it falls short of Shillingford

46.3

Shillingford to Dhoni, 1 run, moves back this time to punch the ball towards mid off

Lakshman Kumar: "Have to give credit to Rohit and Dhoni here..!! The previous innings that they both played a few days ago was all brutal hitting..!! Now this innings is completely contrasting to that..!! Good to see their adaptability to the formats..!!"

46.4

Shillingford to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit closes the face on the front foot to play on the leg side but the ball goes off the leading edge towards backward point

46.5

Shillingford to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni sprints the single after moving forward to drive an offbreak towards mid-off, where Chanderpaul is a bit slow

46.6

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

End of over 47 (4 runs) India 140/5

    • RG Sharma 23 (56b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 34 (52b 5x4)
    • S Shillingford 21-7-57-4
    • V Permaul 3-0-4-0
47.1

Permaul to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni steps out of the crease and then lets the ball hit his pad after he doesn't get to the pitch of it

47.2

Permaul to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni moves forward and defends on the off side

47.3

Permaul to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, Dhoni leans forward and works the ball through midwicket

47.4

Permaul to Sharma, no run, defended back to the bowler

47.5

Permaul to Sharma, no run, Rohit moves forward and opens the face slightly to play the ball on the off side as it turns away from him

47.6

Permaul to Sharma, no run, Rohit strides forward and defends back to the bowler

End of over 48 (1 run) India 141/5

    • RG Sharma 23 (59b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 35 (55b 5x4)
    • V Permaul 4-0-5-0
    • S Shillingford 21-7-57-4
48.1

Shillingford to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni gets down on one knee and sweeps the ball from outside off stump towards deep backward square leg

48.2

Shillingford to Sharma, FOUR, that's a graceful drive, Rohit moved smoothly forward and drove a flighted ball along the ground through extra cover, lovely timing against an over-pitched delivery

48.3

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, goes back into his crease to defend an off break

48.4

Shillingford to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit pushes forward to play on the off side but the ball spins into him and hits the inside part of the bat and goes towards mid-on

48.5

Shillingford to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni goes back and nudges the doosra from off stump behind point

48.6

Shillingford to Sharma, no run, defended on the front foot towards midwicket

End of over 49 (7 runs) India 148/5

    • RG Sharma 28 (63b 4x4)
    • MS Dhoni 37 (57b 5x4)
    • S Shillingford 22-7-64-4
    • V Permaul 4-0-5-0

naresh: "operating Shillinford in small spells would be more effective than bowling him continuously where they batsmen can start reading him after 4 or 5 overs."

49.1

Permaul to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni steps forward and drives a full ball off his pads towards wide mid-on to rotate strike

49.2

Permaul to Sharma, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

49.3

Permaul to Sharma, no run, tossed up on middle stump from round the wicket, Rohit defends on the front foot

49.4

Permaul to Sharma, no run, Rohit pushes forward and defends on the off side, squaring up his stance to play the ball angling into him

49.5

Permaul to Sharma, no run, left alone outside off stump

49.6

Permaul to Sharma, no run, Rohit goes right back and defends with a straight bat on the leg side

End of over 50 (1 run) India 149/5

    • RG Sharma 28 (68b 4x4)
    • MS Dhoni 38 (58b 5x4)
    • V Permaul 5-0-6-0
    • S Shillingford 22-7-64-4
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