Day 2 at Eden Gardens

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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.)

4:00 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 Eden Gardens with shots all across the ground en route to his 5th Test century. Some interesting tweets:

rameshsrivats Milestone Alert: Laxman crosses 150. Dhoni crosses 100. And India's total crosses the number of spectators in Eden Gardens.

deepakyen "This ton's for sachin." #dravid #laxman #dhoni

12:15 pm: Skipper MS Dhoni has completed a quickfire half century of just 66 deliveries making clear his intention to accelerate India's innings to that they enough time to take 20 wickets on the flat track at the Eden Gardens. The highest team innings at the ground was of course the unforgettable 657/7 against Australia in 2001.

Reader Kailash is of the opinion that 'Yuvraj is the best player in any format of world cricket, But he did not get a lot of chances in Tests'. Do you agree with him or do you think that 37 Tests across 11 years makes for enough opportunity?

Laxman - another Eden ton in the kitty

10:45 pm: Play has been halted due to poor light and players have taken an early lunch (more like breakfast time if you ask me). Before that, VVS Laxman scored his fifth century at the Eden Gardens giving him an enviable average of 104 and counting at the venue. It's a pity that the crowds for the second day running have given the match a miss.

In his post-day's play press conference yesterday, Rahul Dravid expressed sorrow over the empty stands. He was quoted as saying "I remember coming here in the 90s and playing Tests where 100,000 people are watching you".

Harsha Bhogle has also raised some related issues on his Twitter stream -

bhogleharsha I sometimes get the feeling that it is fashionable to praise test cricket but not to patronise it. Certainly in our part of the world.

What do you think? Does Test cricket continue to be as popular as it once was? If not, why? Would you take a day off to go watch a Test match in the stadium?

10:15 am: Yuvraj Singh has flopped once again. On this extremely docile pitch, he had the perfect opportunity to get in, make a big one and for the first time in 11 years cement his place in the Test side, but this time too the short ball proved to be his nemesis.

Reactions on Twitter:

SANJAYMANJREKAR Saw traces of it in england, but its confirmed now, yuvi has a short ball problem.

diogeneb Wonder how Yuvraj shows up in clubs and pubs so often, considering how terrified he is of bouncers

9:30 am: India began Day 2 of the Kolkata Test at a comfortable 346/5. While Laxman's love-affair with the Eden Gardens continues, his partner Yuvraj Singh on the other hand has a lot to prove. His selection into the XI for this Test was debated as many feel that Virat Kohli or even Ajinkya Rahana should have been given a go.

A brief look at Yuvraj's stats: This is his 37th Test and he has made 1761 runs at an average of 35.2 so far

Tough times for Sammy