Kolkata: Fortune may favour the brave but in this case, the fortune helped the brave. Two lifelines for India skipper MS Dhoni from West Indies in the opening session of play on Day 2 of the second Test helped him complete his 5th Test century.
Coming in to bat after Yuvraj Singh's dismissal, Dhoni looked ill at ease as the pacers looked to create in-roads despite a well-set VVS Laxman batting at the other end. While his partner may have been keeping his calm, Dhoni looked in a rush to build on an already daunting total.
Dhoni guided a few deliveries for singles but soon looked to slash his way to the fence. He paid the price when Kemar Roach caught him defending a good length delivery in an awkward position only to offer the edge. The catch was completed by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh but no-ball had been signaled as well, giving Dhoni his first lease.
Just when it seemed that the batsman would reign in his brash stance at the crease, Dhoni goes for a wild slice off the same bowler with the same result. Only difference was that Roach had over-stepped by a huge margin. The disappointment of a deja-vu was evident on Roach's face while the same sense of deja-vu brought an expression of relief to Dhoni. After all fortune favoured him twice in a space of just two overs.
The Indian skipper made the most of his chances though, and brought up his 5th Test fifty in the second session of play. He was eventually removed, ironically, by Roach minutes into the final session of play but the damage, by then, had been done.