It's been an intriguing three days of Test cricket and India have dominated almost the entire game. The two sides will meet for the final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 14th November. It will be Tendulkar's 200th and final Test. So, don't miss any of the action and be back with us for all the coverage.
The Man of the Match award is given to Rohit Sharma for his 177 runs on debut. He says that it's a very memorable Test match and it couldn't have got any better. The key according to Rohit, was his partnership with Ashwin as batting wasn't that easy when the two got together. The aim today morning, he informs, was to get the lead over 200 and they achieved it pretty easily. Sharma has a word of thanksgiving to the Eden Gardens pitch on which he loves to bat.
MS Dhoni, the victorious and Indian skipper calls this performance fantastic. He feels that the second day was the worst to bat and it got better only later in the day. He is satisfied with the bowling, terms it as disciplined. Dhoni adds that as a fast bowler, pace is important and lauds Shami Ahmed for the same and the movement he extracted. He states that it's good to see Sharma do so well as he is very talented and adds that it is destiny that has got him to debut so late. Dhoni cites the value of contributions from the numbers 9, 10 and 11 in Tests as key these days and has words of appreciation for Ashwin as well.
Darren Sammy, the West Indian skipper says that his team keeps singing the same song. They gave it away, on day 1 and even when India were batting before lunch yesterday. To get bowled out under 60 overs isn't good for any side in Test cricket and he feels that his team should have batted at least 120 overs. Sammy credits Shillingford's efforts and hopes that some of the bowlers, himself included, should have backed him up.
Today, India piled up runs at will and accumulated a massive lead of 219. West Indies were always going to be on the back foot and once again, Shami Ahmed's spell of breath-taking reverse swing did the damage and things were wrapped up very quickly as he took a five-wicket haul on Test debut.
Shami's blistering spell in the 1st innings rocked back West Indies and they were bowled out for a paltry total of 234. India too did not get off to the finest of starts. Tottering at around 83 for 5, Test debutant Rohit Sharma then led a tremendous fightback, first with skipper MS Dhoni and then with Ravichandran Ashwin, who went to make another century against this side.
A very well accomplished win for India here in the 1st of the 2-Test match series. Eventually, they managed to run over the opposition without so much as a hiccup to wrap up the match in just around 3 days.
Mohammed Shami to Sheldon Cottrell
OUT! India win by an innings and 51 runs! Shami is jubilant as he gets his maiden five wicket haul on debut! Full and just outside off, gets the ball to come in once again and Cotterrell swings down the wrong line, only to find his stumps shattered. This is the sixth bowled that Ahmed has got in this game, most of which have hit the middle stump. An easy stump to pick up after this wicket as the middle one lies looking up at the skies.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Flat on the pads, Chanderpaul goes back to work the ball away but misses and is struck on his pad. Ashwin puts in an animated appeal but that was probably going down the leg side. Umpire Llong gets it right this time around.
Tossed up around off, pushed away to point off the front foot.
Flighted around off, turns away as Chanderpaul goes back and gets beaten on his defensive push.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Sheldon Cottrell
Flighted up on middle and off, Cotterrell pushes at the ball and edges it to short third man. Tendulkar doesn't throw accurately and the single is completed with ease.
Tossed up just outside off, Cotterrell comes forward and defends the ball to point.
FOUR! Cotterrell is off the pair! Flighted delivery outside off, driven straight past mid off for a boundary to get his first runs in international cricket.
Mohammed Shami to Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
FOUR! Caressed! Full and angled across the off stump, Chanderpaul leans forward and drives the ball through cover-point for a boundary.
Back of a length and pushed well across off, shouldered arms to once again.
Good length delivery around off stump, Chanderpaul keeps his bat well inside the line and leaves it alone.
Good length delivery on middle and off, Chanderpaul gets behind the line of the ball and blocks.
Full and just outside off, Chanderpaul goes back and across and defends to point.