Kolkata - Vangipurappu Laxman and Mahendra
Singh Dhoni completed centuries as India's batsmen racked up a huge
first innings total against West Indies on the second day of the second Test at Eden Gardens on Tuesday.
The tourists then lost two
quick wickets before bad light brought a premature end to the day's play
to leave India firmly in the driving seat.
India, opting to bat
first after winning the toss, declared their innings at 631 for seven,
3.2 overs after tea, with Laxman (176) and Ravichandran Ashwin (four) at
Laxman and Dhoni (144) added 224 runs for the
seventh wicket to pile on the misery for the visitors, who are down 1-0
in the three-Test series.
West Indies' problems were compounded
when openers Adrian Barath and Kraigg Brathwaite were dismissed before
bad light brought an abrupt close, 52 minutes before schedule, with the
visitors reeling at 34 for two.
Barath (1) edged paceman Umesh
Yadav to Virender Sehwag at slip while Brathwaite (17), dropped earlier
by substitute Virat Kohli off off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, was given
out caught at short leg off the same bowler.
Laxman, unbeaten on 73 overnight, reached his fifth century at Eden
Gardens and 17th overall with a trademark on-driven boundary off West
Indies captain Darren Sammy in the first session.
Dhoni was the
more attacking of the duo and got to his fifth Test hundred with a
single, 21 months since he recorded his last ton at the same venue.
The dynamic India captain, known for his powerful hitting, blasted 10
fours and five sixes during his 175-ball stay at the wicket to take
India to their second highest total against West Indies.
was twice caught behind in the morning session off paceman Kemar Roach
but on both occasions the deliveries were ruled no-balls.
edged Roach in the same fashion for the third time to wicketkeeper
Carlton Baugh after tea but this time the delivery was legitimate.
Resuming on the overnight 346-5, Laxman, India's stylish middle-order
batsman, negotiated the second new ball, three deliveries old from the
first day, with Yuvraj Singh to add 50 for the sixth wicket partnership.
Left-hander Yuvraj looked uncomfortable during his 35-ball stay
at the crease and was peppered with short-pitched deliveries by the
West Indies pacemen, a bouncer from Fidel Edwards hitting him on his
Yuvraj was finally out leg before wicket to Sammy for 25 after a few close shaves, bringing Dhoni to the crease.
The teams will play the third and final test in Mumbai from Nov. 22.