The 2nd Test match between India and West Indies has turned into an anti-climax with the host dominating from the very outset, ending Day 2 in driver's seat. They will resume play on Day 3 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday.
Where to Watch Live:
2nd Test Day 3 will begin at 09:30 am IST on Saturday and it will be telecast live in India on Star Sports, Star Cricket and ESPN channels. For live streaming, log on to Star Sports official website.
When India resumed batting on Day 2 at 157 for two, trailing the West Indies by 25 runs. All eyes were on Sachin Tendulkar, who walked in to bat at 38 with Cheteshwar Pujara. The Indian batting maestro didn't disappoint the crowd by hitting a half century. He fell to Narsingh Deonarine at 74, just 26 runs short of a hundred, and deafening silence ensued at the otherwise noisy stadium. He had done his job despite missing a big ton, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation as he walked to the pavilion before acknowledging the cheers to thank them for the support he has received in the last 24 years.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who was overshadowed by crowd's hysteria around Tendulkar, held on to his nerves and hogged the limelight at the end of the day with a well-crafted century (113). Rohit Sharma once again gave a splendid performance with a century and Virat Kohli scored a half century, taking India's innings score to 495.
Trailing by 313 runs, West Indies started off their second innings on a bad note with Kieran Powell, Tino Best and Darren Bravo giving away their wickets without giving a fight. Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha once again troubled the visitors with the former taking two wickets and the latter one. West Indies were 43 for three at stumps with Chris Gayle still the crease. Darren Sammy's boys didn't learn from their first innings debacle, scoring only 182 runs.
West Indies will resume play on Saturday with danger man Chris Gayle still at the crease but it looks they are starring at an innings defeat. It will be herculean task to pull it off with India taking a huge lead, and the fall of three wickets on Friday will not help their cause. The second Test will most probably come to end on Day 3, marking Sachin Tendulkar's final cricket match.
Meanwhile, we never know what is in store for Day 3. It will be interesting to see West Indies try to pull it through - maybe for a draw if not a win.
India: MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Pragyan Ojha
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Shivnaraine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin, Kieran Powell, Shane Shillingford, Tino Best, Shannon Gabriel