India vs. West Indies, 1st Test: Scorecard and Day 2 Recap as Sharma Stars

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India vs. West Indies, 1st Test: Scorecard and Day 2 Recap as Sharma Stars
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Rohit Sharma hit a maiden Test century as India took a firm grip on the first Test against the West Indies in Kolkata.

Batting at six, the 26-year-old Sharma made an unbeaten 128 as the hosts finished the second day on 354 for six.

That gives India a 120-run lead after the tourists were bowled out for 234 on the opening day.

The men from the Carribbean had a good morning as they reduced India from their overnight 37 without loss to 120 for five at lunch.

India 354/6 (102 overs)
Batsman Dismissal Runs Balls
S Dhawan b Shillingford 23 34
M Vijay st †Ramdin b Shillingford 26 75
CA Pujara c †Ramdin b Cottrell 17 36
SR Tendulkar lbw b Shillingford 10 24
V Kohli c Powell b Shillingford 3 5
RG Sharma not out 127 228
MS Dhoni*† c †Ramdin b Best 42 63
R Ashwin not out 92 148
Extras (b 4, lb 8, w 1, nb 1) 14
Bowling O M R W
TL Best 14 0 53 1
SS Cottrell 15 3 53 1
S Shillingford 41 8 130 4
V Permaul 20 1 54 0
DJG Sammy 12 1 52 0

Cricinfo

Off-spinner Shane Shillingford was the star, picking up four wickets.

Shikhar Dhawan played on in just the third over of the morning and departed for 26.

Opening partner Murali Vijay then went for the same score as Dinesh Ramdin stumped him after he was deceived by Shillingford's flight.

Quickie Sheldon Cottrell got in on the act when Cheteshwar Pujara (17) tried an audacious scoop over the wicketkeeper, but the ball nestled straight in Ramdin's gloves.

Shillingford still had time to pick up two more victims before the adjournment with local hero Sachin Tendulkar, playing in his 199th and penultimate Test, trapped leg before wicket for 10 before Virat Kohli was caught bat-pad for three.

Captain Mahendra Dhoni steadied the ship in the afternoon, making 42 in a 73-run sixth wicket partnership before he nicked Tino Best to Ramdin.

India still trailed at 78 runs at that point, and West Indies were eyeing a first innings lead before an unbroken 198-run stand for the seventh wicket changed the face of the match.

Sharma was the star in his maiden Test innings, stroking 16 fours and a six in his knock. His century came up off 194 balls when he edged Cottrell between first slip and gully.

He was given great support by Ravichandran Ashwin, who will look to complete his second Test century early on day three. He is unbeaten on 92.

 

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