Wickets fell like ninepins in the first test at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium but the second test at Eden Gardens was just the opposite. Indian batsmen scored at will and put up 631 runs for fall of seven wickets in the first innings before declaring. Vangipurappu Laxman (176 not out) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (144) helped India put up a big total on the second day of the second test match against the West Indies.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman celebrates after scoring century

Resuming on 346 for five after Rahul Dravid set up a strong foundation by scoring 119 (his 36th test century), VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni took up the charge on day two. They scored centuries with Laxman unbeaten on 176 and Dhoni scoring a quick 144 runs.

West Indies started positively with Darren Sammy breaking the opening partners by getting Virender Sehwag out for 38. Then Fidel Edwards got the wicket of Gautam Gambhir (65). In spite of the early breakthrough, tons from Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni helped India score pass 600. Sammy and Roach took 2 wickets each for West Indies.

India leads the test series 1-0. The third and final test will be played in Mumbai from Nov. 22.