Kolkata: A lot about the first morning of the second Test didn't seem right. The Eden Gardens stands were empty, the West Indies keeper came up to the stumps in the fourth over, and the deep point went back at the same time. For Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, though, it was business as usual as they got India off to a quick start, followed by a solid stand between Gambhir and Rahul Dravid.
In what was major respite for West Indies, Darren Sammy, who chose to open the bowling ahead of Kemar Roach, dismissed Sehwag first ball after the drinks break, for 38 off just 33 balls. Not that the end of the 66-run stand in 12 overs brought major changes to proceedings - Dravid began with a couple and a four in the same over - but any change from a threatening Sehwag would have been welcome.
From the moment they lost the toss, West Indies seemed resigned to what Sammy called "a disciplined" effort. It showed in how Roach, replacing the sick Ravi Rampaul, wasn't even given the new ball. Not that Sammy's accurate bowling made any difference. He was driven and pushed for fours in his first over after Gambhir had driven Fidel Edwards for four in his first.