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West Indies still trail India by 270 in their second innings with seven wickets remaining after they finished the day at 42/3 with Chris Gayle on 6 not out. For India Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma both scored hundreds at Wankhede, to leave the host team firmly in control on day two of the second test match on Friday.
West Indies lost three wickets in just over 12 pvers of play in the final session on day 2. Mohammed Shami caught Kieron Powell off the bowling of Ashwin at long off. There were doubts about the catch as replayed showed Shami didn’t took that catch cleanly, but umpires were happy with the catch much to the dismay of West Indians. Then nightwatchman Tino Best came and went in no time as he was adjudged LBW off Ojha’s bowling. Ashwin picked Darren Bravo in the last over of the day as he edged one to Murli Vijay.
At the beginning of third session though, the Windies made light work of tail-enders Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4) and Pragyan Ojha (0) shortly after tea break.
However the visitor’s hopes of minimizing the damage already done soon faded as Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami dug in and put together a record ten wicket partnership for India versus West Indies of 80 runs.
Rohit Sharma (111 not out), who is in the form of his life at the moment, played positively on the back off his 177 in the first Test. He was, however, lucky not to be given out on 85 when he skied a Shane Shillingford delivery which was taken in the deep as upon review from the umpire they found bowler had clearly overstepped for a front foot no ball.
The 26-year-old batsman from Mumbai then went on to bring up his second successive Test century in style, at his home ground, as he smashed Marlon Samuels over the long on boundary, after living dangerously for a brief period of in nineties, to become only the fifth man and the first in past decade to score back-to-back centuries following debut. The other four players are Lawrence Row (214 & 100), Alwin Kalicharan (100* & 101), Sourav Ganguly (131 & 136), and Yasir Hameed (170 & 105).
Narsingh Deonarine concluded matters when Shami (11) went for a slog sweep but didn’t get enough and was caught at deep backward square by Tino Best. Shane Shillingford continues to take wickets and recorded his five-wicket haul with figures of 5 for 179 from 43 overs.
Prior to tea, Cheteshwar Pujara scored his fifth test century to help the home side reach 413 for seven. Pujara and Virat Kohli had put on 94 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was dismissed by in-form spinner, Shane Shillingford, for 57. Shillingford then accounted for Pujara who made 113 which included 12 boundaries. Pujara got the leading edge which was snapped up by Shillingford himself.
Tino Best was eventually awarded for his relentless hard work when he had India captain MS Dhoni caught in the slip cordon after working him over with the previous four deliveries.
Shannon Gabriel ensured that there would be no repeat of another partnership between Rohit Sharma and Ravichandra Ashwin when he caught and bowled Ashwin (30) at the stroke of Tea.
Earlier, at lunch, India were 282 for three with only the lose of Sachin Tendulkar who fell for 74. The ‘Little Master’ added another 36 runs to his overnight total, thrilling the enthusiastic crowd with some beautiful boundaries, most of all the straight drive off Tino Best to bring up his 68th half-century.
The 40-year-old faced 118 deliveries and scored 12 boundaries in what could possibly be his last innings, before Narsingh Deonarine silenced the indulgent Mumbai fans.
Tendulkar tried to play a fine cut shot but was outdone by the extra bounce which found the edge resulting in a sharp catch by Darren Samy at first slip. This was also ended a 144-run third-wicket partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara.