Blog: Rohit's debut ton puts India ahead
4:19 pm - Do join us tomorrow for our live blog to find out how much the Indian team scores eventually and whether Ashwin gets his second Test century or not. Till then, goodbye!
4:15 pm - The star of the day for India was definitely Rohit Sharma for his mature knock of 127*. Not to forget a responsible 92 not out from Ashwin as well. Shillingford deserves a mention for his brilliant 4/130 that left the Indian dressing room worried.
4:13 pm - However, this was just the beginning. As Dhoni fell, eight short of his half-century, Ashwin crafted an unbeaten 198-run stand with Rohit to revive India’s innings and help them gain a lead. Ashwin brought up his fourth half-century in Test cricket and Rohit completed his ton on debut. At stumps, India are sitting pretty at 354/6.
4:10 pm -The day started with fans looking forward to Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s first of the final few innings. India lost two quick wickets and the entire Eden Garden rose on its feet to welcome their hero with a deafening cheer. There was muted silence when Sachin was controversially handed lbw on ten, cutting short his first innings of the farewell series. Soon, the hosts found themselves in deep trouble, after having lost five wickets in the morning session as Shillingford ran through the batting order. Indian skipper Dhoni and debutant Rohit Sharma combined for a valuable 73 run stand for the sixth wicket to the lay the foundation of a comeback.
4:07 pm - Rohit Sharma’s splendid century on Test debut has lifted India to 354/6 at stumps on Day 2 of the Kolkata Test.
4:05 pm - Permaul to bowl the final over of the day.
3:57 pm - 350 up for India, the lead swells up to 116. Seemed impossible a session ago.
3:37 pm - A minimum of eight overs left in the day’s play.
3:33 pm - Shillingford comes back into the attack
3:30 pm - The partnership between Rohit and Ashwinis over 150 runs now. This could cost West Indies the match. The visitors on top with five wickets in the morning session but everything has gone against them since then. They need to break this stand before it’s too late. Maybe Sammy can try getting an over or two from his part-timers.
3:23 pm - Three back to back boundaries for Rohit Sharma, 300 comes up for India.
3:20 pm - Century for Rohit Sharma on debut. His purple patch continues. What a fine knock this has been from the debutant. Just fresh from a record-shattering double century in ODI series decider against Australia, Rohit has pulled India out of trouble with a well crafted patient century here at Eden Gardens. Very well deserved!
3:10 pm - India’s lead is over 50 now. 56 to be precise.
3:04 pm - West Indies have taken the second new ball after 87 overs of the Indian innings. They are getting desperate for a breakthrough.
3:00 pm - Rohit Sharma is on 90 now. 10 shy of another milestone.
2:53 pm - Will Rohit Sharma be able to join the coveted list the players who have scored a century on Test debut?
2:41 pm - SIX! First six of the Indian innings. Rohit Sharma comes down the track and lofts it over the midwicket boundary for the maximum.
2:32 pm - This seventh wicket stand between Rohit and Ashwin has turned the fortunes of Indian innings after Shillingford ripped apart the top order. It's also the highest partnership of the game thus far.
2:30 pm - The second new ball is due after three more overs.
2:28 pm - Ashwin brings up the century stand with Rohit Sharma with a beautifully timed boundary off Permaul. Live Scorecard
2:24 pm - Fifty for Ashwin, his fourth in Test cricket. It's been a spinner friendly wicket after all!
2:18 pm - The 90-run unbeaten stand between Rohit and Ashwin is India's best partnership in this innings. These two have taken India into lead .
2:16 pm - Ashwin nearing his half-century. He's batting on 46
2:04 pm: Welcome back! Ashwin has just played the most majestic cover drive off Sammy. Looks like his tea was pretty good. Ashwin is on 44. Rohit-Ashwin have scored 82 runs so far.
1:42 pm: It's tea time on Day 2 of the 1st Test between India and West Indies. We can safely say that the session belonged to India with Sharma raising his half-century and Ashwin settling in as well. India trail West Indies by 5 runs. We'll grab something to eat and get back with our live coverage of the final session.
1:30 pm - Ashwin's batting is flowering at the Eden. He's smashed Permaul for two boundaries in an over.
1:17 pm - 200 up for India. Not far away from the 234 Windies made in the first innings.
1:13 pm - Fifty for Rohit Sharma. He has made his good form count. It's a testing Eden wicket and Rohit has played an unblemished knock so far.
:01 pm - India trail by 48 runs.
12:51 pm - Rohit Sharma is inching towards his maiden fifty in Test cricket. Track all the live scores here.
12:29 pm - Ashwin comes into the middle. He's got a century against the West Indians in Mumbai.
12:27 pm - Sammy has thrown the ball to Tino Best. Best will try to reverse it. Yes! Best removes Dhoni for 42. It moved in and MSD going for a booming drive on the off-side snicks it to the keeper.
12:23 pm - Dhoni and Rohit are scampering between the wickets, stealing sharp singles. And a drinks break in the middle, with MSD trying to catch his breath after several hard runs.
12:08 pm - Dhoni pushes the ball tentatively and it lands tantalisingly close to Shillingford. There have been plenty of ooh and aahs from the close-in fielders so far. A few shouts for lbws as well.
12:06 pm - Track all the live scores here.
11:58 am - Fifty-run partnership between Dhoni and Sharma. Long road ahead
11:50 am - Well hang on! Turning track, uneven bounce, Shillingford takes four...aren't the tourists missing another spinner? Where is Sunil Narine? You know what, he hasn't been even picked for the series. What kind of phoney selection is that!
11:40 am - Troubling times for India. The Day 2 track has been a dicey one - a tad up and down wicket. Needless to say, we need a big partnership between MS and Rohit Sharma. Windies start with skipper Darren Sammy. This session is going to be a crucial one.
11:38 am - We're back for the second session of Day 2 at Eden Gardens.
11:09 am - Wouldn’t be surprised to find an empty stadium by the time the game resumes for the second session of the day. Sachin Tendulkar has been dismissed, controversially though, and we can already see the people vacating the stadium.
11:05 am - Interestingly, Dhawan and Vijay were also batting on similar individual scores at stumps on Day 1. The next session of play saw India losing five wickets in a heap. Just saying!
11:03 am - Lunch called on Day 2 at Eden Gardens. India 120/5. The morning session belonged to the West Indies by all means, Shillingford being their star performer with wickets of Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Tendulkar and Kohli. Cottrell, the debutant for the visitors, opened his account with Pujara’s wicket. Dhoni and Rohit have been doing the repair work since the bating collapse. The Indian skipper is unbeaten on 21 and Rohit Sharma is battng on 16 in his first Test innings and the umpires call for Lunch on Day 2 of the Kolkata Test.
10:59 am - Bowling change, Veerasammy Permaul comes in.
10:57 am - Dhoni and Rohit picking up some pace here. Couple of boundaries to each of the batsmen. 36 runs added in the partnership so far. We have another over before lunch.
10:51 am - Outside edge from Dhoni’s bat but the wicketkeepr drops him. The Indian skipper never runs out of luck.
10:48 am - 100 comes up for India in the 35th over but they have lost five top wickets in the process. Rohit and Dhoni repairing the innings.
10:43 am - India’s last recognized pair in the middle and they have a tough task at hand. India have lost half their side in a heap as Shillingford ran through the top order. Quite a comeback from the visitors.
10:33 am - India 87/5 after 31 overs. Dhoni comes in at number 7 and gets off the mark with a boundary. Debutant Rohit Sharma is yet to open his account.
10:31 am - Inside edge, onto his pads. Easy catch for Powell and he makes no mistake. Llong wanted to check if it was a no ball. Kohli has to walk back as Shillingford gets his fourth wicket.
10:30 am - Up goes the finger. Shillingford is on fire. Virat Kohli walks back disappointed for just three. Hosts in deep trouble. Eden Gardens is silent!
10:29 am - Oh well! is that another wicket for West Indies? Virat Kohli this time, the umpires are checking if it was a no ball.
10:22 am - On the contrary, Rohit Sharma walks in to face his first delivery in Test cricket. India 83/4 after 30 overs. India are 151 runs behind.
10:21 am - Sachin is disappointed. Still gets a standing ovation from the crowd. Though a nuted one this time.
10:20 am - Tendulkar for for ten
10:20 am - Heartbreak moment for the fans across the country. SACHIN TENDUKAR HAS BEEN DISMISSED. Third wicket for Shillingford this morning. Doosra delivery. Quite a controversial decision though. Height is the question. Looking at the replays, the ball might have been going over the stumps.
10:17 am - Virat Kohli is the new man in.
10:16 am - Hosts in bit of a trouble here. They have lost three wickets early on Day 2. India 79/3 after 27.4 overs
10:15 am - Wicket for the debutant. Pujara becomes Cottrell first victim, he’s gone for 17. Caught behind by the keeper. You don't expect that kind of a shot from someone like Pujara. Short of the length ball, Pujara wanted to send it over the keeper, nicked it and had to walk back to the pavillion. Live Scorecard
10:00 am - Drinks time on Day 2 of the Kolkata Test. India 71/2 in reply to West Indies’ 234 all out. Sachin Tendulkar unbeaten on 9 while Pujara is batting on 10
9:51 am - Another one for Sachin. He moves on to 9. India 67/2 after 23 overs
9:49 am - Beautiful stroke! Pure timing, Sachin finds the gap and brings up his first boundary.
9:48 am - Sachin gets off the mark with a single. Four men fielding in close catching positions, waiting for a mistake.
9:47 am - Che Pujara, the new Dravid as we call him, and the good old Tendulkar in the middle to consolidate for India after losing two early wickets on a day which promises a lot for the batsmen.
9:43 am - Oh by the way, Shillingford had Murali Vijay stumped for his career’s 50th Test wicket. Vijay came down the track, completely missed it, and Ramdin does the rest behind the stumps. Vijay walked back clueless but the stadium was on its feet to welcome their hero – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!
9:42 am - First ball, defended safely.
9:40 am - Standing ovation from a crowded Eden Gardens for Sachin Tendulkar! Murali Vijay's exit brings the great man to the crease. He's smiling, shakes hand with Pujara. All set for 'the moment'.
9:22 am - Pujara opens his account with a single. 50 comes up for India, for the loss of Dhawan’s wicket.
9:11 am - There goes a wicket! Big one. Shikhar Dhawan departs. Inside edge, onto his stumps and Dhawan goes back for 23. He’s very disappointed with himself. Shillingford gets the visitors an early breakthrough on Day 2. In comes Che Pujara.
9:03 am - How soon will Sachin come to the crease? Everyone's waiting
9:00 am - All set for the day, the openers are out in the middle. So is the West Indies' team. Let's play!
8:50 am - The fans would be in bit of a dilemma today. Neither would they want India to lose quick wickets, nor would they want to wait for long to see their cricketing God in action. We’ll take you through the day’s proceedings, stay tuned.
8:45 am - Just a quick recap, Shami Ahmed’s 4/71 on debut helped India fold the West Indies’ first innings for just 234. Tendulkar too took a wicket, in his very first over of the day. In reply, the hosts were 37/0 at stumps on Day 1 with Shikhar Dhawan batting on 21 and Murali Vijay unbeaten on 16. Here's our match blog for Day 1
8:40 am - Hello and welcome to our live blog of the second day’s play of the Kolkata Test.
Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket after playing his 200th Test in the home series against the West Indies next month.
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