Sharma hits second consecutive test hundred
(Sports) It was a day when the main focus was on a possible century for the star of the show, Sachin Tendulkar but to the chagrin of the partisan crowd, he was well caught by Captain Sammy off the bowling of Deonarine for 74.
However, Pujara continued his fine test run by securing a ton and late in the innings, the ultimate star was Rohit Sharma, who put his name in the record books alongside great players such as Lawrence Rowe; Alvin Kallicharan and Sourav Ganguly, by scoring consecutive centuries in his first two test innings.
What was absolutely amazing about the latter part of his century, was the fact that he shielded the number 11 batsman Shami through a partnership of 65 runs, during which Shami scored just one run
They shared in an eventual partnership of 80 runs.
Sharma then completed his century with a huge six and thereafter even Shami freed himself with a couple of boundaries off the bowling of Shillingford.
Shillingford, even though expensive, was again the lead bowler for the Windies team, getting 5 for 179. He could have had the wicket of Sharma before he got his century but after the catch was taken, it was realized that he had bowled a no ball.
Captain Daren Sammy was superb in the field, taking no fewer than five catches.
The West Indies, facing an imposing deficit of 313 runs, commenced their second innings with 15 overs remaining in the day’s play.
They have started very shakily as Kieran Powell holed out to long off with only 21 minutes of play remaining..
Tino Best joined Gayle in his role as night watchman but after two lusty blows he was dubiously sent leg before wicket to Ojha.
Daren Bravo then joined Gayle and after hitting two boundaries then went caught off the bowling of Ashwin.
The West Indies closed the day precariously placed on 43 for 3 still needing all of 270 runs before forcing India to bat again.
The prospects look very bleak.
Summarized scores at the end of day two:
West indies 182 all out: Kieran Powell 48; Daren Bravo 29; Shivnarine Chanderpaul 25; Narsingh Deonarine 21; Marlon Samuels 19
Ojha 5 for 40; Ashwin 3 for 45
India: 495 all out: Pujara 113; Sharma 111*; Tendulkar 74; Kohli 57; Vijay 43; Dhawan 33
Shillingford 5 for 179; Deonarine 2 for 45; Best 1 for 93 and Gabriel 1 for 85
West indies 43 for 3: Bravo 11; Powell 9; Best 9; Gayle 6*
Ashwin 2 for 12; Ojha 1 for 12