India declared at 631/7 to reach their 4th highest total at Edens, which is the highest in 9 tests of India vs West Indies at Edens. At stumps, grabbing the wicket of Barath and Brathwaite, India looks set for a huge lead. WI scored 34/2.
Earlier in the day, Yuvraj could not contribute much to cement his place in the test squad, with the likes of Kohli, Raina, Rahane and others ready to pounce for a position.
Dhoni continued his best average rate at Edens, among all batsmen scoring another century here and taking his tally to 363 runs in 4 innings of 3 tests.
Laxman, on the other hand, proved why he is the God of Eden Gardens adding unbeaten 176 and taking his tally to 1217 runs in 15th innings of his 10th test here. With his 5th century, Laxman shares the record of maximum centuries at Eden Gardens with Azharuddin.
With Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni scoring centuries, this is the 5th such instance, and second by India, where a team has scored three centuries in an innings. India has another distinction of being the only team to have scored 4 centuries in an innings at Eden Gardens.
224 run 7th-wicket partnership between Laxman and Dhoni is the 6th biggest partnership at Kolkata. Both hold the record of highest 7th wicket partnership of unbeaten 259 runs that they scored in last match at Eden Gardens against South Africa.
West Indies have the best record at Eden Gardens. They have lost only 1 match against India in the 8 matches played here. They are also the only team to have scored 600-plus runs against India at Eden Gardens. With Darren Bravo and Chanderpaul around, if the pitch does not suddenly start throwing turners, WI would be eyeing a relaxed batting practice in the next 2 days.