Debutants Sharma, Shami win it for India

2013-11-09 00:00

DEBUTANTS Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami shone as India cruised to an innings and 51-run victory over the West Indies on the third day of the first Test in Kolkata yesterday.

The home side rallied to take seven wickets for just 56 runs during the post-tea session at Eden Gardens.

Ravichandran Ashwin got straight back into it after completing his second Test hundred in the morning and got rid of Dwayne Bravo (37) shortly after tea, before Mohammed Shami put in a devastating spell to put the hosts on the cusp of victory.

Shami got one to reverse swing to the Windies skipper Darren Sammy, who played all around it and was bowled for a conservative eight runs.

Shane Shillingford was out for a duck two balls later to a nearly identical delivery, this time the ball uprooting the off stump.

The very next delivery, Veerasammy Permaul got struck on the boot, to which the fielding side appealed for the LBW. Permaul then proceeded to walk out of his crease and was subsequently run out for a duck by the alert MS Dhoni.

Ashwin fooled tail-ender Tino Best with plenty of flight and the West Indian was caught at deep mid-wicket for three.

Shami fittingly concluded matters and completed his five-wicket haul, to follow up his four wickets in the first innings, when he bowled Sheldon Cottrell for five in the 55th over. The 23-year-old paceman finished with figures of 5-47.

Prior to tea, the tourists lost the key wickets of top-order batsmen Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels to leave them on 112 for three, still trailing by 107.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed the first wicket of the Windies when the explosive Gayle made a poor decision to pull a delivery from a long way outside and he got a top edge that lobbed up for an easy catch to Virat Kohli.

Gayle had faced 35 balls for his 33 runs and struck seven boundaries in the process.

Powell (36) and Dwayne Bravo then put on 68 for the second wicket before Ravichandran Ashwin accounted for the former by means of LBW.

Earlier, Shane Shillingford took 6-167 to restrict India to 453 after Sharma and Ashwin (124) put on 280 runs for the seventh wicket.

Sharma was the first to go, but not before he passed the 150-run milestone with a single worked off the pad down to fine leg. The 26-year-old became the second Indian to do so on Test debut, after Shikhar Dhawan.

Sharma would go on to make 177, which included 23 fours and a six, before he was contentiously given out LBW after not playing a shot to a Veerasammy Permaul delivery. Shillingford bowled Ashwin on 124 to claim his fifth wicket.

India now lead the two match series 1-0. The second and final Test will be played on November 14 in Mumbai, where much of the spotlight will be on Sachin Tendulkar, as he bids farewell to the profession in his 200th Test match of what has been an illustrious career.

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