Kolkata - Venkatsai Laxman hit his 17th Test
century to help India consolidate their position on the second day of
the second Test against the West Indies on Tuesday.
middle-order batsman was unbeaten on 106 as the hosts reached 433-6 in
their first innings at lunch after adding 87 runs to their overnight
total of 346-5.
Laxman, 73 overnight, completed his fifth Test
hundred at Eden Gardens in Kolkata with an attractive shot, flicking
seamer Darren Sammy between mid-on and mid-wicket for his ninth four.
skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, caught behind twice off fast bowler Kemar
Roach no-balls, was unbeaten on 22 when lunch was taken early due to
He has so far added 37 for the unfinished seventh-wicket stand with Laxman.
West Indies relied on pacemen Fidel Edwards and Roach in a bid to put
pressure on India, but the duo went wicketless with the second new ball
in the morning session.
The tourists claimed just one wicket when
Sammy trapped Yuvraj Singh leg-before for 25 after the batsman had added
50 runs for the sixth wicket with Laxman.
Yuvraj, trying to
cement his place in the Test side, did not look comfortable during his
brief stay at the crease, tested by Edwards and Roach with short-pitched
The left-handed batsman was once struck on the
shoulder by an Edwards bouncer before being dismissed by Sammy, who had
India were put on course for a big total on Monday
by Rahul Dravid, who hit a solid 119 for his 36th Test century and put
on 140 runs for the fourth wicket with Laxman.
The hosts lead 1-0 in the three-Test series following their five-wicket victory in the opening match in New Delhi.