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West Indies 34 for 2 trail India 631 for 7 decl. (Laxman 176*, Dhoni 144) by 597 runs
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India established firm control on the Kolkata Test through a quick 224-run stand between VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni followed by two quick wickets before bad light forced a premature end to the day's play. The Laxman-Dhoni association was similar to their 259-run association at the same venue last year, which set up the declaration and gave India enough time to force an innings win against South Africa.
In the morning session Laxman finished his first century in 15 months, a deceptive statistic because he has won India Tests in between, and about 25 minutes before tea Dhoni reached his first hundred since the previous Kolkata effort last February. Twenty minutes after tea India declared their innings closed, resisting the temptation of allowing Laxman time to go for a double-century. In fading light, Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin sent the West Indies openers back.
In all likelihood today was going to be about West Indies' trying to delay the declaration. Their chance to restrict India came early in the morning when slightly variable bounce showed up, and the ball moved around in the humidity and under overcast skies. Yuvraj Singh scratched around for his 25, and Kemar Roach produced two edges off an aggressive Dhoni's bat by the time he had reached 16. Before Carlton Baugh could catch them, though, the umpire's call of "no-ball" resonated. Since then a bizarre bad-light stoppage at 10.40am was the only obstacle for India.
On his beloved Eden Gardens strip, Laxman batted on unaffected, reaching 1217 runs in Kolkata, at an average of 110.63. Resuming on an overnight 73, he didn't have to reach out for runs. Fidel Edwards started the day with a 7-2 field for him. Laxman waited and waited until he bowled one straight, and flicked it for four through midwicket.
MS Dhoni scored only his second century in 32 innings. His last century came against South Africa in Kolkata in February 2010. In 32 innings since that knock, he has scored 958 runs at an average of 31.93 with a century and six fifties.The 224-run stand between Laxman and Dhoni is the third-highest sixth-wicket stand for India in Tests. It is also third on the list of highest Indian partnerships against West Indies.There were six fifty-plus stands in the Indian innings. This has been bettered only once by India when they notched up eight fifty-plus stands against England at The Oval in 2007.
Yuvrak walked back a dejected man, a man who knows he can't afford too many such innings at this crucial stage of his Test career, but out walked a man with the declaration on his mind. He lofted the third ball he faced over mid-on. Laxman was already in his 90s by then, and reached his hundred in the most 'Laxman of fashions', taking a Sammy outswinger from outside off and flicking it to the right of mid-on. Roach bowled his no-balls in fading light, and West Indies did the smart thing then, using fast bowlers and bouncers to make sure play was suspended. An early lunch was taken, and eventually only about 10 minutes' play was lost.