India vs West Indies, highlights: Rohit Sharma stars with debut ton as India end Day 2 at 354/6
Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin have shared an unfinished 198-run stand to take India out of doldrums when they were reduced to 156 for 6 on Day 2 of the first Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Catch all the highlights from the India vs West Indies Test.
India 354/6 lead the West Indies (234) by 120 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the first Test at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Catch all the highs and lows from the day's play here: (Match Scorecard | Text Commentary | Day report)
Sourav Ganguly: "Darren Sammy would be more disappointed after Day 2, he let India off the hook after lunch by not attacking Dhoni and Rohit. This Indian side is a dangerous one, you don't want to give them chances. We saw what happened in the one-day series vs Australia. Every time when the pressure is on them, they seem to deliver. India can press on for a win in this game now."
Rahul Dravid: "Ashwin has worked on his game. More than the number of runs, his temperament under pressure is what makes him a good batsman."
16:17 (IST) Rohit Sharma after his 127 not out on debut: "I'm glad I could bat through the day and get the team to a good total. A Test hundred is always a special one and getting on debut was more special. I'm hoping for a good day tomorrow. There was a lot of pressure, we lost five early wickets. When I get back to the hotel room and relax, I'll look back on what I've done. I was very focussed and I wanted to do it."
16:07 (IST) It's stumps: India end the day at 354/6, lead with 120 runs. Rohit Sharma 127* and R Ashwin 92* in between a 198-run stand.
15:57 (IST) Read: Sachin Tendulkar-signed Eden tickets a collector's item.
15:47 (IST) Rohit 123*, Ashwin 82* have added 184 runs for the seventh wicket already. India 340/6, lead by 106 runs. Six overs left in the day.
15:38 (IST) Rohit Sharma hits back-to-back fours off Darren Sammy, past backward point. India 334/6, lead by 100 runs.
15:29 (IST) List of Indian centurions on debut:
Rohit Sharma 106* vs WI - 2013
Shikhar Dhawan 187 vs AUS - 2013
Suresh Raina 120 vs SL - 2010
Virender Sehwag 105 vs SA - 2001
Sourav Ganguly 131 vs ENG - 1996
Praveen Amre 103 vs SA - 1992
Mohd Azharuddin 110 vs ENG - 1984
Surinder Amarnath 124 vs NZ - 1976
Hanumant Singh 105 vs ENG - 1964
Abbas Ali Baig 112 vs ENG - 1959
AG Kripal Singh 100* vs NZ - 1955
Roshan Shodhan 110 vs Pakistan - 1952
Lala Amarnath 118 vs ENG - 1933
15:20 (IST) Rohit Sharma gets to a hundred on Test debut, becomes the 14th Indian to get a ton on debut. India 307/6, lead by 73 runs.
15:03 (IST) Second new-ball has been taken by the Windies, Tino Best to make first use of it.
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14:45 (IST) Ian Bishop tweets: "Really surprised Samuels or Gayle have not bowled an over yet."
14:41 (IST) SIX! First six of the Indian innings, from the blade of Rohit Sharma, who clobbers Shane Shillingford over deep mid-wicket for six. India 273/6, lead by 39 runs.
14:38 (IST) Second new ball is available now as 80 overs are up. India 265/6, lead by 31.
14:34 (IST) FACTOID: The last batsman to post a 50-plus score on debut at Eden Gardens was South African opener Alviro Petersen (2010).
14:27 (IST) R Ashwin reaches his fourth fifty in Test cricket and the 100 partnership is up between him and Rohit. India 260/6, lead by 26 runs.
14:21 (IST) 250 up for India now with this late dab wide of third man for two runs by Rohit. India 250/6 after 74 overs, lead by 16.
14:10 (IST) India are now in the lead courtesy this resurrecting 87-run stand stand by Rohit Sharma (67*) and R Ashwin (46*). India 243/6, lead by 9 runs.
14:00 (IST) All in readiness now for the third session of play. R Ashwin to face, V Permaul to bowl.
13:55 (IST) Sourav Ganguly during the tea break: "Kolkata is a place to have fun, that's why it's called City of Joy. I played my last here in 2012. It is too early to make the call, it is still anybody's game. Rohit Sharma has been phenomenal in last 6 months and has transferred his ODI form into Test cricket. Rohit along with Pujara, Kohli and Rahane are the core of Indian batting future. Ashwin has done well with the bat in the past too. He has lots of time while playing fast bowling.
13:41 (IST) It's tea time and India are 229 for 6 with Rohit Sharma 61* and R Ashwin 38* firm in the crease.
13:31 (IST) R Ashwin cracks Veerasammy Permaul for couple of fours as India are getting closer to overhauling West Indies' 234. India 221/6.
13:26 (IST) FACTOID: R Ashwin has a career average of nearly 37 after 17 Tests. His only hundred in Tests came against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in 2011.
13:21 (IST) R Ashwin brings up the fifty-run stand with Rohit with a four past fine-leg. India 210/6 after 63 overs, trail by 24.
13:14 (IST) Rohit Sharma reaches a well-deserved fifty on Test debut, in 95 balls. He drives Veerasammy Permaul through extra cover for four to reach the milestone.
13:10 (IST) R Ashwin nudges left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell for four between 1st slip and gully. India 194 for 6, trail by 40 runs. Ashwin 15*, Rohit 49*.
13:04 (IST) Rohit Sharma is looking more assured now in his maiden Test innings. R Ashwin on the other hand, is quite comfortable playing the second fiddle. The two are nicely judging the singles and twos in the middle.
12:52 (IST) Ravi Shastri in his commentary stint says - "West Indies might have missed a trick straightaway after lunch, they should have started the second session with pace at one end." India 184/6 after 57 overs, trail by 50 runs.
12:45 (IST) A players take drinks in the second session, the crowd at Eden Gardens is completely silent after the fall of MS Dhoni's wicket. Sadly the Sachin bubble at Eden has burst, at least in the first innings. The stadium is nowhere close to full capacity, still a lot of vacant
12:37 (IST) First boundary for R Ashwin. He just flicks Shillingford towards fine-leg and Tino Best tries to stop it with a baseball dive, fails. India 175 for 6, trail by 59 runs.
12:29 (IST) WICKET! MS Dhoni is out caught behind by Denesh Ramdon to give Tino Best his first wicket. Dhoni made 42 off 63 balls. It was outside off and Dhoni looks to drive and gets a thick edge to keeper. India 156/6, trail by 78 runs. R Ashwin is the new man in the middle.
12:12 (IST) Rohit Sharma factoid: In first class cricket, Rohit has scored 4802 runs in 58 games at an average of 60.78. He has an excellent conversion rate of 20 fifties and 16 hundreds.
12:02 (IST) Back-to-back maidens by Shane Shillingford. After a loud appeal for LBW against Rohit Sharma, Sourav Ganguly during the commentary says, "Rohit Sharma is living dangerously, he needs to play with bat in front of his pad."
11:57 (IST) The fifty partnership is up between Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni amidst tight bowling from the West Indies. India 134/5 after 44 overs, trail by 100 runs.
11:46 (IST) Dhoni just leans into the drive and gets a four past extra cover off Darren Sammy. India 126/5 after 40 overs.
11:40 (IST) Players make their way out in the middle for what will be a crucial session for both teams. WI skipper Darren Sammy to start of proceedings in the second session.
11:31 (IST) Sunil Gavaskar: "The hype around Sachin has in no way affected India's performance today. It has just been brilliant bowling by Shillingford, who has used the wrist spin to good effect."
11:20 (IST) Ravi Shastri: "Sachin would have felt a little hard done by the decision. The ball would have gone around 6-8 inches above the stumps."
11:17 (IST) Ravi Shastri during the lunch break: "West Indies have done just what the doctor ordered, they need to maintain the pressure. Shane Shillingford has been accurate, he has the right trajectory to bowl to the Indian batsmen. It is not easy to come down the track and hit him for sixes."
11:01 (IST) It's lunch time and West Indies are on top with India 120 for 5 after 39 overs. India are still trailling West Indies by 114 runs. Shane Shillingford has figures of 4 for 53. Sheldon Cottrell takes 1/25. India batting card so far: Shikhar Dhawan (23), Murali Vijay (26), Pujara (17), Tendulkar (10), Virat Kohli (3), Rohit Sharma 16*, MS Dhoni 21*.
10:55 (IST) Dhoni takes the areal route and tonks Shillingford over mid wicket for four, he follows it up with a push drive past mid-off for four. India 119 for 5, trail by 125 runs.
10:50 (IST) Dhoni dropped by Ramdin off Darren Sammy on 12. India 102/5, trail by 132 runs.
10:43 (IST) About Shane Shillingford, here is a feature on him on how he planned to spoil Sachin Tendulkar's farewell party.
10:37 (IST) Rohit Sharma gets off the mark in Test cricket as he pulls Cottrell past fine-leg for four. India 91 for 5 after 32 overs.
10:33 (IST) New man MS Dhoni gets off the mark with a full blooded sweep towards long leg for 4. India 87 for 5 after 31 overs.
10:30 (IST) WICKET! Virat Kohli is out caught by Kieran Powell at short leg off Shillingford, who now has his fourth. India 83 for 5 and in some trouble.
10:22 (IST) HUGE WICKET! Sachin Tendulkar is out LBW for 10 off 24 balls by Shane Shillingford. It was a doosra by Shillingford and Sachin missed the ball only to be struck high on the back leg, umpire Nigel Llong raised the finger. India 82 for 4 after 29 overs. Debutant Rohit Sharma walks out to bat, giving company to Virat Kohli.
10:16 (IST) WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara is gone, caught behind by Denesh Ramdin off Sheldon Cottrell for 17. Bowling from round the stumps, Cottrell bowled it short and Pujara swayed away to create room and attempt an uppercut but only edged it to the keeper. India 82 for 3 after 28 overs.
10:10 (IST) Pujara goes deep in his crease and cuts Shane Shillingford for four past backward point. India 79/2 after 27 overs.
10:00 (IST) Despite Sachin batting, there are still a lot of empty seats at the Eden Gardens. It is a working day in Kolkata and the news of Sachin batting there in the middle might just fill up the stadium faster.
09:55 (IST) First four for Cheteshwar Pujara, off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell. The left-armer strays on to pads and Pujara flicks it fine past long leg for 4. India 71 for 2.
09:50 (IST) Another four for Sachin, this time between mid-wicket and mid-on off Shillingford. Chants of 'SACHIN SACHIN' doing the rounds at the Eden Gardens.
09:49 (IST) Sachin flicks Shillingford past mid-wicket to register his first four of the innings. Also, first four of the day for India.
09:46 (IST) Sachin gets off the mark with a push towards point off Tino Best. India 59/2.
09:39 (IST) WICKET! Murali Vijay is gone and Sachin Tendulkar will walk out to bat in his 199th and penultimate Test. Vijay came down the track was beaten by the lack of turn only to be out stumped. India 57/2 after 20.4 overs.
09:32 (IST) half an hour of play over and West Indies have done well to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan. Indians have been circumspect, scoring 17 runs in the 7 overs, no fours yet. Most of the singles have come on the leg side as the visitors are bowling a wicket-to-wicket line.
09:22 (IST) Murali Vijay survives a close bat pad chance against Shane Shillingford. Two balls later he pushes it towards square leg to pick up a single and bring up India's fifty. India 50/1 after 17 overs.
09:18 (IST) Best bowls to Pujara and the batsman flicks him to fine-leg to get off the mark.
09:10 (IST) WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan is bowled by Shane Shillingford as the left-hander drags it back onto his stumps. Dhawan made 23 off 34. India 42 for 1 after 14.4 overs.
09:07 (IST) Tino Best to bowl from the other end, he's fast and starts off with the incoming delivery to the right-hander.
09:01 (IST): Shane Shillingford the off-spinner will start off proceedings for the West Indies. India resume Day 2 at 37 for no loss. Murali Vijay on strike.
08:57 (IST): Players making their way out there in the middle under near-perfect weather conditions for cricket.
08:43 (IST) R Ashwin before start of Day 2: "I think we did a good job on the whole yesterday. Shami was outstanding, and the others chipped in. It was important to get a couple of early wickets. We wanted to keep things tight and wait for them to make mistakes. It was satisfying to dismiss Chanderpaul, he has an unusual stance at the start, but gets into very good positions. It has been a dream to play with Sachin. I never thought I would share the dressing room with him for almost 3 years."
08:30 (IST) Sunil Gavaskar: "Marlon Samuels was a touch overconfident yesterday. He was defeated by the incoming ball by Mohd Shami."
08:20 (IST) Tino Best before the start of Day 2 play: "Sachin is one of the greatest batsman, but we've got to take the rest of the wickets as well and we'll look to enjoy the game."
08:00 (IST) Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Day 2 of the Eden Gardens Test as all eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar, who'll get a chance to bat today.
India would look to maintain their upper hand against West Indies when they come out to bat on Day 2. However, all eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing his 199th Test here at Eden Gardens, as he is expected to bat today.
At stumps, India were comfortable placed at 37 for no loss with the two openers, Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Murali Vijay (16), at the crease. At the end of first day's play, India trailed the West Indies by 197 runs with all their wickets intact.
Dream debut for Mohammed Shami
Pacer Mohammed Shami announced his arrival on the Test arena by scalping four wickets in a dream spell against the West Indies as a dominant India started Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series by taking early control of the first Test on Wednesday.
Shami admitted that the change of ball helped his cause as the replaced one started swinging much more enabling him to get rid of a set Marlon Samuels and an experienced Denesh Ramdin off successive overs during the opening day of first Test. (Read here)
Shami returned impressive figures of 4/71 in 18 overs as India bowled out the visitors for a paltry 234 after they opted to bat at the Eden Gardens on the opening day.
Marlon Samuels top scored for the West Indies with 65 off 98 deliveries. Shivnarine Chanderpaul looked good with his 36 before he was knocked down by Ravichandran Ashwin (2/52). (Read Day 1 report here)
Sachin Tendulkar entertains Eden fans with his bowling skills
Sachin Tendulkar fans were left disappointed as they could not watch him bat on the opening day of his penultimate and 199th Test, but they had moments of celebration when he took a West Indian wicket. A Tricky delivery from Tendulkar deceived West Indies player Shane Shillingford and the whole stadium stood up to cheer the retiring senior batsman.
Shouting 'Sachin Sachin' on the top of their voices and vigorously waving the Indian tri-colour, a festive atmosphere engulfed the stadium all of a sudden as Shillingford was adjudged LBW off Tendulkar on five in the 63rd over at the Eden Gardens. This was his 46th Test wicket.
In the two overs he bowled, Tendulkar gave only five runs, while grabbing a wicket.
It was at the same venue Tendulkar had conceded just three runs in the last over in the Hero Cup semi-final in November 1993 to deny South Africa a win. (Read more)
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (Captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cotterell, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Veersammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton.
Umpires: Nigel Long (England) and Richard Kettleborough (England)
Third umpire: Vineet Kulkarni (India)
Sachin Tendulkar: A passage through Eden Gardens
For the man who has scored more runs than anyone else in the world, Kolkata's Eden Gardens hasn't exactly been a happy hunting ground. However, that's just by the Sachin Tendulkar's standards. The Master Blaster's record at Eden is actually better than many other former Indian Test batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Kolkata's cricket son Sourav Ganguly.
He may not have set Eden Gardens on fire, but one of Sachin's two Test hundred in the City of Joy came against the same side he will play in the penultimate match of his career, West Indies. In 2002, Sachin made 176 in the 2nd innings of the Kolkata Test, and went on to save the match for India, helping India claim a 2-0 series win.
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* Miss You Sachin - an album by a city-based artist - will be played at the ground during the course of the 1st Test match against West Indies.
* A photo exhibition of 100 images depicting highlights of Tendulkar's career was unveiled on Monday.
* Three light aircrafts will shower 199 kgs of rose petals after the proceedings on the final day of the Test. The player, on arrival in the city, was greeted with 199 roses as well.
* Tendulkar will be presented by a silver 'banyan' tree with 199 gold leaves at a function.
* A specially designed gold coin - with Tendulkar's head shot - will be used for the toss. Permission yet to be sought for it.
* A huge wax statute of Tendulkar has been placed just outside the dressing room.
* Massive cut-outs of Tendulkar have been put up around the Eden Gadens.
* A famous sweet shop in the city has made a 2.3 kg shondesh showing Tendulkar with his bat. Another restaurant has a menu named after the player.
* A tableau in honour of Tendulkar was flagged off on Sunday and this will travel all around the city till the final day of the Test match.
* It has been planned that 200 giant screens will be placed all around the city.
* Special placards will be placed on every seat and when raised together by spectators, will show a giant Tendulkar image from an aerial view.
* Match tickets have been printed with image of the legendary cricketer.
* Brochures highlighting Tendulkar's achievements will be distributed at the venue on the opening day of the Test.
* Some reports suggest plans of 199 night lanterns floating in the air on Day 3 of the Test.