(During the course of the third Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai we’ll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)
4:45 pm: West Indies 575/9 at the End of Day 2
India have made a late comeback into the game, picking up the last five wickets in just over 11 overs for under 50 runs. This was not before the first six West Indian batsmen made half centuries including the massive ton from Bravo.
4:00 pm: 'Better late than never' - That's what you can say about this spell from debutant pace bowler Varun Aaron. He's picked up three wickets starting with centurion Darren Bravo who chased a wide delivery. Next to go was Carlton Baugh who was done in by speed - a 144.3 km delivery knocking off his stumps. The final wicket to fall was that of captain Sammy who edged a ball pitched outside the off stump to his opposite number.
2:30 pm: West Indies 494/4 at Tea on Day 2
India managed to pick up the wicket of Kieran Powell in the post-lunch session after much toil, but Darren Bravo continues to go hammer and tongs.
The Wankhede pitch is coming under a lot of fire for being flat and lifeless. Wonder if the same thing would have been said had India batted first? The curator has however been accused by certain people of doctoring the pitch so as to ensure that Sachin scores his hundredth ton on what will in all likelihood be his last Test on his home ground. This is mere speculation of course, but there is no doubt that the pitch looks like a much better batting wicket than it previously was. Normally Test wickets at the ground have offered bounce on the first couple days and then become become spin-friendly.
The most important question here is Does a man with 99 international centuries really need a flat, docile pitch to score his 100th? What do you think?
Some reactions on Twitter:
Kunal Pradhan: The lifeless pitch deserves every ounce of criticism it has received. Everyone at Wankhede would've been asleep if not for Bravo.
SANJAY MANJREKAR: Pitch clearly flat but we will be absolutely sure when we see fidel and rampaul bowl on it...
11:30 am: West Indies 378/3 at Lunch on Day 2
Ishant Sharma got the vital breakthrough - picking up Kirk Edwards wicket and bringing to end a 164-run partnership between him and Bravo. That hasn't brought much relief to the Indian bowlers though. Kieran Powell has picked up from where Edwards left off and Darren Bravo has made his way to his 3rd Test century - and his second consecutive one.
Some reactions on Twitter:
Saurabh Somani: Good time to point out that Brian Lara batted only once in his 13th Test and scored 167. 64 more to go for Bravo to maintain equivalence.
Nitin Sundar: It doesn't look like SRT will get a hundred, but it just looked like Lara did.
Dileep Premachandran: Spoke to Bravo during the World Cup and it was obvious he was going to be special.
10:00 am: Darren Bravo began Day 2 for the West Indies with two sweetly timed shots to the boundary. Is that a signal of things to come for India? The pitch isn't offering them too much assistance and in such a scenario they will need their close-in fielders to do better than yesterday and latch on to any chance that comes their way.
22-year-old Bravo has already drawn comparisons to his distant cousin Brian Lara. At the end of 12 matches they had both scored the exact same number of runs at the same average. His style, demeanor and shot selection is also mirrored upon his famous relative. Bravo has just completed 1000 runs in Tests and has a impressive average of 50 to start off with. Weighty expectations from the young man and big boots to fill, but then if you think about it even Lara always seemed capable of much more than what he eventually achieved. Talent-wise he was always considered to be miles ahead of even Tendulkar.