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India 346 for 5 (Dravid 119, Laxman 73*, Gambhir 65) v West Indies
If it is Eden gardens, it must be Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Add bits of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, and you know the opposition has had a bad day. All the specialists who got out would have been kicking themselves even as Dravid made his way to his fifth century after his 38th birthday, behind only four men on that count, all of whom finished before he started. India won the toss on an easy-paced track, and all their batsmen looked good before three of them found fielders with their attacking shots. Dravid and Laxman, though, didn't seem in any mood to let this opportunity pass, and added 140 for the fourth wicket at a rate of four per over, which matched up to the rest of the innings.
A lot about this day didn't seem right. The Eden Gardens stands were empty on the Monday morning, West Indies were bowling and the keeper came up to the stumps in the fourth over, and the deep point went back at the same time. However, the defensive fields failed to exercise much control: the 47th over was the first maiden of the innings.
The bowlers' failure to match those defensive fields with accuracy, the batsmen's willingness to take risks, and a lightning quick outfield worked as a team. From the moment they lost the toss West Indies seemed resigned to what Darren Sammy called "a disciplined" effort. It showed in how Kemar Roach, replacing the sick Ravi Rampaul, wasn't even given the new ball. Not that Sammy made any difference to the kind of start that was expected. Sehwag drove and pushed his first over for fours after Gambhir had driven Fidel Edwards for four in his first.
In his next over Sammy asked Carlton Baugh to call for his helmet and sent the point fieldsman to the boundary. Still Sehwag and Gambhir hit a boundary each. The two added 66 in 12 overs before Sehwag got too adventurous. With the mid-on back he tried to drag Sammy over midwicket, but couldn't find the elevation. After that wicket, Gambhir settled down a bit. He respected the spinners a bit before taking the risks. One of the risks was when he drove in the air and wide of mid-off, the other a loft off Devendra Bishoo over midwicket. The second of those took him to 48 off 76, and his first half-century against West Indies duly arrived.