Another century for Dravid

November 14, 2011

by Vikas

Rahul Dravid recorded his 36th Test match century today as India have put themselves in a strong position in the second Test match of the series against the West Indies in Kolkata.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, India amassed 346-5 in what was an exciting first day’s cricket at Eden Gardens.

Virender Sehwag got the Indians off to a typically blistering start as he smashed 38 from just 33 balls before Darren Sammy had him caught by Adrian Barath. At the other end Gautum Gabhir was also looking in good touch as he recorded a half century, before Fidel Edwards removed him on 65.

Despite contributions from Sachin Tendulakr (38) and VVS Laxman (73 not out) it was Dravid who stole the headlines today.

Dravid made 119 from 207 balls and his classy innings included nine fours, and two sixes. ‘The Wall’ reached three figures with a trademark clip off his legs to the leg side boundary.

It was Dravid’s 5th hundred of the calendar year and further highlighted his claim to be one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. Only Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, and teammate Sachin Tendulkar have more Test match hundreds then Dravid.

The only crumb of comfort for the West Indies on a tough first day was that they managed to take two late wickets. The first was that of Dravid on 119, and the second was Ishant Sharma who came to the crease as night-watchman but was dismissed first ball as he edged behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach.

Play will resume tomorrow morning with VVS Laxman not out 73, and Yuvraj Singh at the crease, who is yet to face. The West Indies will be hoping for early wickets tomorrow morning in order to prevent what is looking like a huge first innings score.

Chris Murtagh 14/11/2011

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