2nd Test, Kolkata, Nov 14 - 18 2011, West Indies tour of India
(126.3 ov)(f/o) 153 & 463
India won by an innings and 15 runs
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• The Report by Sidharth Monga

India win by innings despite Bravo ton

Darren Bravo's resolute century, which left him with statistics identical to Brian Lara's at the end of 12 Tests, wasn't enough to deny India an innings win

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran
Scorecard summary
India631/7(151.2 overs)1st INNINGS
VVS Laxman*176 (280)
MS Dhoni144 (175)
Kemar Roach2/106(26)
Daren Sammy2/132(25)
West Indies153/10(48 overs)1st INNINGS
West Indies463/10(126.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Darren Bravo136 (230)
Umesh Yadav4/80(17.3)
Pragyan Ojha2/104(32)

A great fight from West Indies in the second innings, but it was comfortable in the end for India, they win by an innings and 15 runs. Bravo and Chanderpaul battled hard in the morning, before an aggressive stand between Bravo and Samuels briefly raised hopes of West Indies setting India a target, but a dramatic collapse meant the match finished even before tea. West Indies lost their final six wickets for 62.

Viswas and others: "so, Umesh is on hat-trick in next match ?" No, he won't.

Plenty of praise coming in for Umesh Yadav. Shishank Dahiya: "How badly India needs a bowler like Umesh who can clean the tail pretty quickly."

Naveen: "It is nice to see an Indian fast bowler wipe out the tail the West Indian way :-)"

M Suresh: "MOM - Umesh Yadav for removing mostly batsmen in both innings on a lifeless track."

Kiran: "So heartning to see a genuine quick bowler in Indian line up among the wickets. Will do a world of good for his confidence."

Guruprasad: "Sachin Tendulkar is my MoM for playing in this match!"

"@Sid: Sixes in Tests this year... A batting related Stats in which Dravid appears without Kallis and Tendo in tow. Not sure to have such lists with all three names together often :)," says a reader calling himself (or herself) PublishMyComment.

Presentation ceremony

Darren Sammy: "I'd like to comment the guys in the second innings, if we put two innings together we can pose a challenge to other teams. It was a good fight in the second innings. India showed us how to bat on the track, it called for application." Sammy has lots of praise for Bravo as well.

MS Dhoni is greeted by a huge roar: "It was a long fielding session, we got them out comfortably in the first session, but we saw that the track was getting flatter, there was nothing in it for the bowlers. Umesh can really bow over 140, Ishant also bowled well, the bowlers are hunting as a pack, doesn't matter who is taking the wickets. I think the first innings was perfect, after that it was a patience game. Bravo batted superbly well, supported by Chanderpaul."

And the suspense over who the Man of the Match ends. It's VVS Laxman, Eden Gardens' favuorite. "I've always enjoyed playing at Eden Gardens, it's a special place to play cricket. Hopefully we finish off on a winning note in Mumbai. Rahul is so calm composed at the other end, he just tires out he bowlers, and allows you to play your shots. The surface was a bit slow today, but overall it was a very good Test match wicket. It's a great feeling to see all four of our young Indian bowlers doing so well." Laxman repeatedly praises the fans in Kolkata, getting loud cheers of approval.

Here's Sidharth Monga's report of the day's play. That's wrap up our coverage of the Eden Gardens Test, but in a piece of perfect timing, the SA v Aus has just started. Hop over here for commentary of that game.

Yadav to Bishoo, OUT

it's all over, India take the series, they are up 2-0 now, Umesh Yadav rips out the off stump of the left-hander this time, Bishoo had no clue about that one, he looks to defend it off the back foot but it zips past his bat to crash into the stumps

Devendra Bishoo b Yadav 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Darren Sammy is now tied with Darren Bravo on 13 sixes - the most by anyone in Tests this year.

Yadav to Sammy, OUT

the change in bowling does the trick, you miss I hit, a length ball jag in and knocks the off stump after Sammy looks to become hit his fourth six of the innings, no contact with the bat, only with the stumps

Daren Sammy b Yadav 32 (37m 28b 1x4 3x6) SR: 114.29
Yadav to Sammy, FOUR runs

one more boundary, but not confident one at all, a short ball from Umesh, Sammy looks to pull that powerfully, bottom-edged towards fine leg for four

Umesh Yadav is brought on

end of over 12611 runs
WI: 459/8CRR: 3.64 
Fidel Edwards15 (15)
Daren Sammy28 (26)
Ravichandran Ashwin40-4-137-2
Pragyan Ojha32-5-104-2
Ashwin to Edwards, FOUR runs

another boundary for West Indies, slapped through cover for four

Ashwin to Edwards, no run

spins in from a length outside off, solidly defended off the front foot

Ashwin to Edwards, no run
Ashwin to Edwards, no run

defended towards silly point by Edwards

Ashwin to Sammy, 1 run

punched off the back foot towards long-off for a single

Ashwin to Sammy, SIX runs

another wallop from Sammy, the length is perfect to swing his arms and he does just that, whacks this on to the top of the sight screen, WI behind by only 24 now

end of over 1259 runs
WI: 448/8CRR: 3.58 
Daren Sammy21 (24)
Fidel Edwards11 (11)
Pragyan Ojha32-5-104-2
Ravichandran Ashwin39-4-126-2

Raship Shah: "@Rupesh Will you consider Bravo for his fighting knock being top in both WI innings?"

Praj: "My man of the match will Umesh Yadav, fo rexcellent bowling in 1st innings, and as well in 2nd innings, he removed Chanders, and 5 wickets till now on good batting conditions, MoM is U Yadav...."

Ojha to Sammy, 1 run

punched towards long-off for a single, Sammy keeps the strike

Ojha to Sammy, SIX runs

a murderous hit from Sammy, a length ball is clubbed over the bowler's head for a mighty six

Ojha to Sammy, no run

this one turns away a hint after pitching outside off, another leave

Ojha to Sammy, no run

goes straight on outside off, left alone by the batsman

Ojha to Edwards, 1 run

length ball outside off, firmly defended towards cover

Ojha to Sammy, 1 run

Sammy backs away and slugs the ball towards sweeper cover for a single

end of over 12411 runs
WI: 439/8CRR: 3.54 
Fidel Edwards10 (10)
Daren Sammy13 (19)
Ravichandran Ashwin39-4-126-2
Pragyan Ojha31-5-95-2
Ashwin to Edwards, no run

this keeps a bit low, defended behind point by Edwards

Ashwin to Edwards, no run

gets nicely behind the line and blocks

Ashwin to Edwards, FOUR runs

superbly struck, wide delivery, that is carved off the front foot to the sweeper cover boundary, WI 43 behind now

Ashwin to Edwards, no run

outside off and that's left alone

Ashwin to Sammy, 1 run

inside-edged to Gambhir at short leg, Gamhir fields and throw at the non-striker's end, though there was no real inclination from the batsmen to take a single, concedes an overthrow

Best performances - batsmen
VVS Laxman portrait
VVS Laxman
176 runs (280)
12 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
60 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
MS Dhoni portrait
MS Dhoni
144 runs (175)
10 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
38 runs
2 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Pragyan Ojha portrait
PP Ojha
Umesh Yadav portrait
UT Yadav
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of India
Player Of The Match
VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman
Series resultIndia led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2017
Hours of play (local time)8.30am start, Lunch 11.00-11.40, Tea 13.40-14.00, Close 16.00
Match days14,15,16,17 November 2011 - day match (5-day match)
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Bruce Oxenford
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Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
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Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
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Vineet Kulkarni
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe