Nov 8, 2013
Presentation ceremony at Eden Gardens: Sachin Tendulkar felicitated by Mamata Banerjee and other members of the presentation party. A painting, coin commemorating his 199th Test and various other awards presented to him.
Darren Sammy: We get ourselves in good positions in Test matches and give it away. Even when India were batting we had them before lunch. To get bowled out in 60 overs is not great. Credit o Shillingford for bowling long spells. We as bowlers should have backed him more. We need to buck up and come back strong in Mumbai.
MS Dhoni: It was a fantastic performance. It was disciplined bowling helped us. Most of the bowlers got reverse swing but Mohammed Shami pitched it well. The one good thing is he has got good seam position. On pitch with more bounce he can do much better. In Nagpur he was supposed to play but in warm-up he injured. It was destiny. Hopefully now he will go ahead and play well. Nowadays the way cricket is played, if No 8, 9, 10, 11 play well it is better. Ashwin can bat like a batsman. He was positive and played his shots. I think he batted very well and even in bowling he was very disciplined.
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma. All I can say, it is really worth it. Can’t get better than this. Really happy with what we achieved today. We knew we need to extend the partnership so that we can extend the lead. It was not easy to bat there. We capitalised on the loose balls. We knew how important it was to bat well today. We wanted to put pressure and that’s what we got. I really love playing at Eden Gardens. It’s been a really memorable ground for me.
WI 168 | Overs 54.1 | Chanderpaul 31* | OUT! Cottrell 5(7)
That’s it, India have registered an innings win. Nine wickets for Shami on his Test debut. Even Sheldon Cottrell’s stumps were knocked of. five-for 47 in this innings for the pacer playing on his home ground. His nine for 118 is now the second best bowling performance by an Indian on debut going past Ravichandran Ashwin’s nine for 128.
WI 159/9 | Overs 52 | Chanderpaul 27*, Cottrell 0* | OUT! Best 3(9)
India are now just a wicket away from an innings defeat. After some chatter with Ashwin and Shami, Tino Best has plotted his own downfall launching Ashwin to deep mid-wicket where Pragyan Ojha took a simple catch.
WI 153/8 | Overs 49 | Chanderpaul 23*, Best 1(1) | OUT! Sammy 8(29) Shillingford 0(2) Permaul 0(1)
Shami again! Darren Sammy is locked on his crease as the ball comes back into him and shatters the stumps. What could one do there? The bat came down so late, that it couldn’t stop the ball from clattering into the stumps. Permaul is run-out as he was distracted by the appeal for leg-before. Dhoni threw the ball to the stumps and he is short.
WI 137/5 | Overs 44 | Chanderpaul 14*, Sammy 2*
Sammy is playing a lot more sensibly here. He is waiting for the ball and is getting right behind it. Chanderpaul and Sammy can only fight and hope for a miracle. The run-rate has understandably dropped, but
Shami Ahmed strikes again! The forward short-leg has done the crease. Shami pitches it on a good length and it comes back to Ramdin. He inside edges it onto his pads and the ball lobs to Murali Vijay at forward short-leg, as India get their fifth
Bravo is gone! Ashwin gets turn and bounce and Bravo tries to cut him through point. However, he only manages to hit it in the air as Rohit Sharma dives forward from point to complete the catch. West Indies in deeper trouble. Similar script for Chanderpaul though.
Chanderpaul gets off the mark by cutting his first ball to third-man. Chanderpaul gets his first boundary as he works Chanderpaul through the leg-side. The awkward stance and the typical movement is on show.
West Indies have gone into tea at 112 for three. The last two wickets have come in quick time. They would feel a bit hard done by with the last decision. But, they still have Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the middle and we know he has a liking for the Indian bowling.
Samuels is gone now! Nigel Llong is at it again. Samuels gets a Shami Ahmed delivery that moves into him. It hits him on the pads, but since he is standing around middle and leg, it looked as if it would miss the stumps. But, Llong thinks otherwise and Samuels has to go.
West Indies get to their hundred as Powell drives Ashwin through the off-side for a four. However, Ashwin gets turn and has the batsman in two minds. He later traps Powell in front of the stumps. Although the right handed Marlon Samuels is in, Ashwin continues to bowl from round the wicket.
Powell and Bravo have put on fifty and are growing in confidence with each passing over. They have been gritty throughout. Tendulkar continues to bowl to the delight of the crowds. This is what they have come to watch after all. Bravo also sweeps Tendulkar for a four.
With turn in the wicket, MS Dhoni throws the ball to Sachin Tendulkar to bowl his variety. A huge cheer across the Eden Gardens. He comes from round the wicket to the two left-handers and is bowling his leg-spin. Darren Bravo plays a few drives, one of them going to the boundary.
Things are going quite slow here. Ojha and Ashwin are maintaining tight lines and not giving anything away. Bravo gets an edge but it flies past the silly mid-off. The next ball also takes the edge, but doesn’t carry to Virat Kohli at second slip. Ashwin sighs! Bravo gets back as he cuts the last ball of the 22nd over for four.
Powell gets off the mark at last and then crunches an on-drive off Bhuvneshwar. Darren Bravo also gets into his stride with a push through the off-side for four. Ravichandran Ashwin is in the game fairly early and even Pragyan Ojha has entered the game inside 15 overs. Powell is dropped by Bhuvneshwar at fine-leg. He sweeps Ojha, but it is dying by the time it reaches Bhuvneshwar. He dives, but is unable to hold on.
Gayle is just lacing the off-side with boundaries, but then a short-ball is his undoing. Bhuvneshwar pitches it short and it was angling away from Gayle, but he tries to pull it. Instead, he can only manage a top-edge and is taken by Virat Kohli near square-leg. Big wicket for India as Gayle was looking in good form. Ten overs gone, Powell yet to get off the mark. All the runs were scored by Gayle.
Gayle gets off the mark in streaky fashion as he edges it behind square on the leg-side. But, he straight drives Shami Ahmed powerfully to get four. Bhuvneshwar hits Powell on the pads a few times, but the appeals are turned down as there was no case. He has changed his angle to Powell as he is coming round the wicket. Gayle also gets a cover-drive for a boundary and seems to be getting into his stride. And he smashes one with typical power to get another boundary.
Shami overpitches and Gayle gets on to the front-foot and bludgeons it through the covers again. Shami is getting some treatment by Gayle.
India have been bowled out. Mohammed Shami is way down the track and misses Veerasammy Permaul’s ball completely. It was an easy stumping chance for Denesh Ramdin.
Shillingford gets his fifth wicket for the match. Ashwin is gone now as he walks across the stumps and is bowled by Shillingford. India are nor eight down for 444. So, we should see West Indies bat soon. Shami Ahmed walks in to bat for the first time in Test cricket.
Rohit rocks back and cuts Shillingford through the off-side for four. After that initial burst, there hasn’t been much for Shillingford as these two have played very well. And Rohit is out! Veerasammy Permaul comes from round the wicket and he doesn’t offer a shot to the ball. The bowler appeals, and umpire Richard Kettleborough gives him out. A great innings comes to an end.
This is just too easy for Rohit! Now, Marlon Samuels is into the attack, but there are no problems for them. Rohit moves across to Shillingford and merely guides him through fine-leg for a four to fetch four and move into the 170s. Ashwin is also moving along well and is essaying confident strokes.
India move into the 400s as Rohit pulls Cottrell for four. The fine-leg and square-leg were back on the ropes, but he still worked it away perfectly. Ashwin has tried a few reverse sweeps, but doesn’t get it off the middle of the bat. The duo also complete their 250-run partnership.
Rohit gets going for the day. Best is placed behind point and it races to the boundary. The point fielder couldn’t stop it and the third man had no chance. Sheldon Cottrell comes into the attack and Roit pushes through the off-side and goes through for a single. The throw comes in to the bowler’s end, but the fielder backing up misses it and it goes for four overthrows.
Rohit also gets an edge off Cottrell and it goes fine for four. Cottrell came round the wicket and had Rohit poking at it, but there is no slip. Both Best and Cottrell have bowled on the batsmen’s leg too many times. Ashwin has dominated them through the leg side. Rohit gets to his 150 after pushing for a single. He is the second Indian to get a 150 on Test debut after Shikhar Dhawan did it early this year.
Something Aakash Chopra has to say about the West Indian bowling:
If you have men patrolling the square boundary on both sides while bowling with the old ball, you ain’t bowling Test class. #WestIndies
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 8, 2013
Ashwin gets his second Test ton. After a few nervous moments, he cover-drives one from Tino Best to the boundary and gets there. Earlier, he had moved to 99 very easily, but then had to wait. He also hit a boundary over point. This has been a remarkable knock.
Most Test 100s at no 8 by Indians: 2 by Kapil, Harbhajan, Dhoni & now R Ashwin #IndvsWI
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 8, 2013
Who knows, there may be a chance for Rohit to get his double ton. Ashwin is batting well and Bhuvneshwar Kumar can also contribute with the bat.
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