India declare first innings at 643/6

India declared their first innings at 643 for six, in reply to South Africa’s 296, after the tea break on the third day of the second cricket Test at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

V.V.S. Laxman was unbeaten on 143 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 132. India now lead by 347 runs.South Africa score is 6/0 at the end of the third day and Bad light stops play .

Laxman and Dhoni gave a fine exhibition of strokeplay as they stitched a record 259-run partnership for the seventh wicket to put India in a commanding position from where they can push for a series-levelling victory.

With two days left and the Eden track expected to deteriorate, the Proteas are faced with a herculean task to save the game.

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