Kolkata: VVS Laxman completed his 17th Test century while skipper MS Dhoni helped himself to his fifth as West Indies bowlers were pulverised by the hosts in the opening two sessions on Day 2 of the second Test at the Eden Gardens. India eventually declared the innings on 631/7.
While Laxman equaled former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin's feat of five centuries at the Eden Gardens and went on to add another fifty runs, Dhoni had a bit of fortune coming his way as he assumed an aggressive stance from the beginning. He took the attack to the opposition and converted his fifty into a huge hundred before falling to Kemar Roach minutes after tea, on 144. (read: Fortune and class take Dhoni to a 100)
The hosts had three centuries to show in their first innings scorecard and managed to scale even the 600-run target with ease. The previous best in the last one year was 558/6* against New Zealand in November 2010. (read: India scale 500-mark for the first time in a year)
While Sachin Tendulkar's century was being prayed for here, Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni have come good and going by the first innings performance, there may not be a second innings for Sachin to bat in, at all.