Bravo Century In Vain As India Clinch Series Win
India 631-7 declared (Laxman 176no, Dhoni 144) beat
West Indies 153 & 463 by an innings & 15 runs
Second Test, Eden Gardens, Kolkata
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Darren Bravo stroked a fluent century but it wasn't enough to prevent his side going down to an innings-and-15-run defeat to India on the fourth day of the second Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Bravo stroked 136 and Marlon Samuels 84 before the West Indies were bowled out for 463 to hand India an unassailable 2-0 series lead as a brave performance came to nought.
They were undone when they were bowled out in their first innings for just 153 in reply to India's mammoth score of 631 for seven declared, built around centuries from VVS Laxman (176 not out), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (144) and Rahul Dravid (119).
Bravo was magnificent and became the fourth centurion of the game on his way to 136 in 230 balls, hitting 16 fours and four sixes as he proved equally comfortably against the quick bowlers - who found the going hard on a lifeless pitch - and the spinners.
Pragyan Ojha (2-104) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-137) got through 32 and 40 overs respectively although Umesh Yadav produced an impressive effort to return four for 80, taking the wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite (9), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (47), Darren Sammy (32) and Devendra Bishoo (0).
Chanderpaul played well for his 47 in 94 balls and added 108 for the fourth wicket before Bravo and Samuels, who hit 84 in 111 deliveries, took the score past 400.
Bravo fell when he was caught by Dravid off Ojha and that proved the catalyst for India to wrap things up relatively quickly.
Carlton Baugh (3) fell to the same combination and Samuels was trapped in front by Ashwin and when Kemar Roach was bowled by Ashwin, the West Indies had lost four wickets for just 20 runs in a little more than 11 overs.
Sammy smacked a four and three sixes in making 32 in 28 balls as the tourists tried desperately to at least ensure that India would have to bat again, but his dismissal was swiftly followed by that of Bishoo as India made no mistake.
The third and final Test gets underway in Mumbai on 22nd November.
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