Laxman, Dravid put India in charge in Barbados Test
Barbados (West Indies), July 2 (ANI): Half-centuries by V.V.S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid put India in a formidable position in the rain-hit second Test against West Indies at Barbados on Friday.
Laxman was unbeaten on 72 - his second half-century in the match - and Dravid was dismissed for 55, as the Indians reached 3-229 in their second innings for an overall lead of 240 on the rain-affected fourth day.
Laxman and Dravid, the visitors' most decorated batsman, featured in three half-century stands that fortified the world No.1 Test team's position.
Dravid added 63 for the second wicket with opener Abhinav Mukund. Then he put on 65 for the third wicket with Laxman, who then shared an unbroken stand of 75 with Virat Kohli before the close.
Dravid, a century-maker in the first Test, reached his 50 from 157 balls, driving Fidel Edwards through mid-off for a deuce in the first over after tea.ut he fell in the fifth over after the break, when he top-edged a cut at a short, rising ball outside the off-stump from Edwards, and was caught behind.
He struck just three boundaries from 171 deliveries in close to four hours.
When he departed, Laxman took control, reaching his 50 from 120 balls, sweeping leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo behind square leg for two.
He was fortunate on 69 however, when West Indies captain Darren Sammy dropped a return catch in the last hour.
Laxman however, persevered, and his near four-hour long innings contained six fours from 171 balls.
He and Kohli, not out on 26, batted through the final two hours of the day to ensure that India enhanced their chances of wrapping up their second straight Test series victory in the Caribbean. (ANI)
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