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India eye series win, Tendulkar targets 100th ton

india Updated: Nov 13, 2011 12:11 IST
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India will aim to wrap up the series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead against an inconsistent but sprightly West Indies when the two sides clash in the second cricket Test at the historic Eden Gardens from Monday.

At a time when Sachin Tendulkar's impending 100th international century has become a national obsession, India would try to keep the focus on the overall result which would not just boost their ICC rankings but also up the confidence ahead of the tougher tour of Australia next month.

Needless to say the spotlight is on Tendulkar everytime the veteran Indian batsman, who is in the last lap of his career, comes out to bat. And Eden Gardens, with its glorious past, will wait for the moment with bated breath.

But in the bigger picture, the match will give Team India an opportunity to exorcise the ghosts of their humiliating 0-4 defeat in England.

Known to be 'Tigers' at home, India had received a rude jolt in the opening Test in Delhi, falling short by 95 runs against the West Indies in the first innings.

But before their reputation at home took a beating, India bounced back with a collective effort to shoot out the West Indies by five wickets for a 1-0 lead in the series.

From the West Indies point of view, it could have been a fine victory but the visitors failed to translate their first innings lead into anything worthwhile.

The return of Virender Sehwag has added the zing to the Indian opening as he and Gautam Gambhir gave strong and aggressive starts, that allowed the middle order batters to chase down a difficult looking 276 in the opening Test.

The 'Big Three' in the middle order -- Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS Laxman - in fact got half-centuries.