Kolkata - Gautam Gambhir hit an impressive
half-century as India made a confident start to reach 132-1 in their
first innings at lunch on the opening day of the second Test against the
West Indies on Monday.
The left-handed opener was unbeaten with
57 at the break, having so far cracked seven fours in an 87-ball knock
for his 17th half-century in 43 Tests. Rahul Dravid was unbeaten on 33.
added 66 for the opening wicket with free-scoring Virender Sehwag (38)
and the same number of runs for the unfinished second wicket with Dravid
after India won the toss on an easy-paced pitch at Eden Gardens in
Sehwag played some attractive shots against the West
Indies pace attack, hitting eight fours in his brisk 33-ball knock
before driving seamer Darren Sammy straight to Adrian Barath at short
Only a few thousand spectators were present at the
67,000-capacity stadium to watch India make a brisk start as Sehwag and
Gambhir added 50 runs in just 10.2 overs.
Sehwag, who scored
half-centuries in both innings of the opening Test in New Delhi, went
for shots early, hitting Sammy and paceman Fidel Edwards each for two
fours in an over.
He then smashed three successive fours off Sammy before falling to the same bowler immediately after the drinks interval.
retained the side that won the opening Test of the three-match series
by five wickets, while the West Indies brought in opener Barath and
paceman Kemar Roach in place of Kieran Powell and Ravi Rampaul.
India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwg, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav.
Adrian Barath, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo.