• (During the course of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    4:00 pm: Stumps have been declared on Day 2 with the West Indies on 34/2 due to poor light. The Caribbean side have their backs against the wall with three days of play left and 18 wickets in hand.

    2:45 pm: Umesh Yadav has got an early breakthrough for India with the wicket of Adrain Barath for just one run. This was after Dhoni declared at 631/7 with Laxman unbeaten on 176. Laxman's fans might be upset that he did not get a chance to reach his double century but that early wicket would have justified Dhoni's decision.


    2:15 pm: MS Dhoni has made his way back after a dazzling 144 and now it seems that the Indian side is waiting for Laxman to complete his double century before they declare.

    2:00 pm: The second session on Day 2 saw MS Dhoni do justice to the flat track at the

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  • (During the course of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    4:30 pm: India 346/5 at the end of Day 1

    The day's play got over with what seemed like a bit of a farce. Ishant Sharma walked in at the fall of Dravid's wicket and was then promptly dismissed while still on nought. Does it make sense to send a nightwatchman in when India are on 345? Does Yuvraj Singh need to be protected at such a stage in the match? Yuvraj  then came in only to be led off the field due to poor light.

    Meanwhile the Dravid-Laxman partnership once again starred for India.  Here's a

    Flashback 2001: Laxman and Dravid

    Flashback 2001: Laxman and Dravid

    flashback from the same ground in 2001 when they together batted India for their famous 376 run stand that turned the tables on champions Australia

    4:00 pm: A momentary lapse has cost Dravid his wicket. It was an innocuous delivery from Brathwaite and

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  • What Indians Would Remember Roebuck For

    Portrait of Peter Roebuck of Somerset, May 1981. (Adrian Murrell/Allsport) Portrait of Peter Roebuck of Somerset, May 1981. (Adrian Murrell/Allsport)

    Portrait of Peter Roebuck of Somerset, May 1981. (Adrian Murrell/Allsport)

    Former cricketer and journalist Peter Roebuck, who passed away today, would be known to many cricket followers in India by an incendiary column he had written in 2008, asking Ricky Ponting to be sacked as Australia's Test captain following the events of the Sydney Test.

    The game was dogged by controversial umpiring, charges of racism levelled at Harbhajan Singh and Australia's boorish on-field behaviour, but it ended in a stunning win for the home team in the dying moments of the final day.

    While the Australian team and press were busy celebrating the win, Roebuck stood out as the lone dissenting voice. Calling Ponting and his men a "pack of wild dogs", he said the win was an embarrassment to Australian cricket. His acerbic views on the matter won Roebuck many followers in India.

    A clip from that column:

    Ricky Ponting must be sacked as captain of the Australian cricket team.

    If Cricket Australia cares a fig

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