Friday, 15 November 2013

Day 2 IND vs WI 2nd Test: Sachin 74, India Leads 270 runs

Pujara and Rohit Sharma scored hundreds while Tendulkar and Kohli slammed fifties before Ashwin (2/12) and Ojha (1/12) reduced WI to 43/3, 270 adrift of India at the end of Day 2.

West Indies 182 and 43 for 3
India 495 (Pujara 113, Rohit 111*, Tendulkar 74, Shillingford 5-179)
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Day 2 and another day that entirely belonged to India in this series. It started off with all eyes glued on Sachin Tendulkar who played wonderfully before being dismissed against the run of play, much to the agony of the crowd that was very vocal. Cheteshwar Pujara carried on at the other end and rode his luck when the third umpire ruled a catch appeal in his favour when he was batting on 76.

Pujara went on to register his 5th Test hundred alongside Virat Kohli who made a fine fifty. Rohit Sharma then carried the innings on his shoulders and shared a 80-run 10th wicket stand with Mohammad Shami while bringing up his 2nd consecutive Test hundred. He also became only the 2nd Indian to score back-to-back Test hundreds in the first two innings of a Test career. India had already sized up a lead over 300 by then.

The West Indies came out and looked to defend initially. But Kieran Powell played a hapless shot to throw his wicket away to open the door for the Indian spinners. Ojha removed nightwatchman Tino Best before Ashwin found the outside edge of Darren Bravo in the final over the day. Looks like this match is going to end within 3 days. The batsmen are all at sea as the ball is turning big and bouncing a lot off the rough. Life is not going to be easy and the visitors have to hope for a miracle from here on to save this Test match.


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