Sachin Tendulkar is playing his 200th Test © IANS
Nov 14, 2013
IND 157/2 | Overs 34 | Pujara 33*, Tendulkar 38*
Pujara is also getting on with the score. He cuts Best for a four to get into the 30s. Tendulkar plays a glorious straight drive to get another four. The day’s play comes to an end with Tendulkar unbeaten on 38 and Pujara batting on 33.
Tha partnership between the duo is worth 80 for the third wicket. Tendulkar has struck six fours in his innings so far. Pujara has hit four fours.
IND 140/2 | Overs 29 | Pujara 26*, Tendulkar 33*
Marlon Samuels drifts one down the leg-side and Tendulkar glances it away for a four through fine-leg. Both batsmen getting singles with ease and they are rotating strike quite regularly. Shillingford is getting the ball to bounce a bit now.
Pujara is playing the side-kick’s role to perfection. He is giving Tendulkar strike whenever he gets a chance. Tendulkar then cuts Samuels for a four in front of point.
IND 126/2 | Overs 24 | Pujara 22*, Tendulkar 23*
Close one for Tendulkar. Shillingford gets one to turn sharply and Tendulkar flicks it just wide of leg-slip. The entire crowd had their hearts in their mouths. Shillingford has been bowling for a long time now. Pujara cuts a short delivery from the off-spinner for a four through backward point. There are muted cheers from the crowd.
IND 111/2 | Overs 20 | Pujara 13*, Tendulkar 17*
Tendulkar plays a text book cut shot off the back-foot to get his first four of the innings. He then glances a straight delivery for a single behind square on the leg-side. Tendulkar then reaches to the pitch of the ball from Shillingford and drives through covers for his second four. That was played against the turn.
Gabriel continues and he bowls one full to Tendulkar and the result is a glorious cover drive that races away for a four. Tendulkar then shows off his forward defensive stroke. Shillingford then bowls one down the leg-side and Tendulkar leaves it alone. Denesh Ramdin is unable collect it and it races away for four byes.
IND 89/2 | Overs 17 | Pujara 9*, Tendulkar 3*
Sachin Tendulkar gets a standing ovation as he walks into the middle. He gets a ‘Guard of honour’ from the West Indies players. Great gesture.
All the excitement was almost put out as Tendulkar plays one straight to forward short-leg, but the ball falls short. Pujara then gets off the mark with a brilliant cut off the back-foot through point. He then drives Gabriel down the ground for another four.
Tendulkar gets off the mark with a wild sweep towards square-leg off Shillingford. He then pushes one wide of mid-off for another single. He then works away a back of a length ball from Gabriel towards backward square-leg.
IND 77/2 | Overs 13.4 | OUT! Dhawan 33 (28) & Vijay 43 (55)
Vijay is playing a little with luck here. He drives one on the up off Best and the ball goes in between mid-off and cover for a four. If a fielder was there, it would have gone straight to him. Shillingford then gets the breakthrough for West Indies. Dhawan gets a top edge while attempting a sweep and Chanderpaul takes the catch.
Two balls later, Vijay gets an edge and Sammy takes the catch at leg-slip. That means Sachin Tendulkar is next. The noise levels are very high. The Indian crowd is cheering more loudly as Vijay walks back. They want to see the Little Master bat.
IND 69/0 | Overs 12 | Vijay 36*, Dhawan 32*
Tino Best is brought into the attack. The ploy to open with Sammy has not exactly worked. Best bowls a good fierry first over. Shillingford continues and the fours do not seem to stop here. He bowls a good length ball and Vijay sweeps it for a four towards mid-wicket.
Then Dhawan strikes three fours off Best’s next over — all in different areas. The first is through the covers off the front foot, the second is a pull through backward point and the third is through mid-wicket.
IND 46/0 | Overs 8 | Vijay 28*, Dhawan 17*
Dhawan smacks two more fours off Sammy. The first of these is cut, to a wide delivery, behind point. He then cuts againt but straight to a fielder along the ground. Kieran Powell mis-fields and the ball races away for a four in front of point.
Gabriel then bowls one on a back of a length and Vijay tries pushing it through covers. But the ball takes a thick aedge and flies through gully for four. Gabriel then makes up for it and bowls too full and Vijay expecting it, comes forward and strikes it through the long-on region for another four. They are racing here at the moment.
Off-spinner Shane Shillingford has been brought into the attack. Vijay is in the zone now. He hits two fours off Shillingford’s first over. The first is a short ball and Vijay crashes it through point off the back-foot. The next is tossed up and Vijay makes room for himself on the leg-side and drives through covers.
IND 18/0 | Overs 4 | Vijay 9*, Dhawan 8*
Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan walk out to bat for India. A little odd, but Darren Sammy opens the bowling for West Indies. The first over is seen off as only one run comes from it. Shannon Gabriel will share the new ball with Sammy. For those who do not know, Gabriel is a right-handed fast-medium bowler.
Vijay gets the first four of the Indian innings with a drive through covers after the delivery had pitched on a good length. He got another four through covers. Dhawan then hit two back-tp-back fours off Sammy. The first went past gully and the second was struck hard down the ground.
WI 182/10 | Overs 55.2 | Denesh Ramdin 7* | OUT! Gabriel 1
Ramdin is trying his best to make sure there is some weight to the West Indies score. He hits a four off Ojha through third-man to get into double figures. Shannon Gabriel is the new batsman, though. He is also the last batsman for the innings.
Gabriel, however, could not last long as he too edged one from Ojha to Dhoni. West Indies are all out for 182.
WI 162/9 | Overs 51.2 | Denesh Ramdin 7* | OUT! Shillingford 0 & Best 0
Well the fall of wickets does ont stop here. Shane Shillingford is out LBW to Ojha now. He tried sweeping, but missed and the ball was hitting the pads in front of leg-stump. There are more chances for the Indian bowlers to get wickets here.
Ojha then gets Tino Best’s number as the batsman edges one to Dhoni.
WI 162/7 | Overs 49 | Denesh Ramdin 1* | OUT! Deonarine 21 & Sammy 0
Denesh Ramdin is next for the West Indies. Dhoni’s decision to bowl first seems to have paid off so far. Ashwin then knows how it feels to have a catch dropped off his own bowling. Deonarine edges a spinning ball to Virat Kohli at first slip, but to the surprise of everyone, Kohli drops it.
Deonarine then charges down the track and lofts Ojha for a six over long-on. He was brought into the side to score runs and West Indies need him to stick around for a long time. Ojha, never someone to get prodigious spin, is getting the ball to turn.
But it is Ashwin how gets the breakthrough. He finds the outside edge off Deonarine’s bat and Vijay takes a brilliant one-handed catch at slip. Then quite inexplicably, captain Darren Sammy goes for a slog and gets a top edge. Rohit takes the catch.
Ashwin gets his 100th wicket in Test cricket.
WI 148/5 | Overs 43.5 | Deonarine 8* | OUT! Chanderpaul 25
Narsingh Deonarine is the new batsman. Bhuvneshwar is actually bowling quite well, but has not been rewarded for his efforts yet. Ashwin comes into the attack. So, no Tendulkar yet with the ball.
Just as Bhuvneshwar seems to be without luck, he strikes and strikes big. Chanderpaul edges a length delivery to Ashwin at first slip. And unlike last time Ashwin takes a good low catch.
WI 140/4 | Overs 40.4 | Chanderpaul 25* | OUT! Samuels 19 (59)
Although the odd ball is bouncing a bit mor, Chanderpaul looks ever so composed out in the middle. So, Dhoni has spread the field out a bit more while Chanderpaul is on strike. But when Samuels is batting, there are a lot of close-in fielders.
Finally Samuels is out. He was flirting with his wicket for a while now and now he is gone. Ojha gets a length ball to turn away from Samuels and he edges it to Vijay at first slip.
WI 133/3 | Overs 38 | Samuels 14*, Chanderpaul 23*
Ojha then bowls one down the leg side and Chanderpaul sweeps it for a four behind square-leg. Samuels is only proving that he cannot bat slowly. Although his strike-rate is very slow, the fact is that the Indian bowlers have not allowed him to get away. He is just flaying his bat at everything.
Shami bowls one at a good length and straight enough for Samuels to smash it back past the bowler for a four. Chanderpaul plays another fine looking sweep shot off Ojha that almost races away for four. Shami showcases his footwork to stop the ball from crossing the boundary line.
Dhoni now has three slips for Samuels while Ojha is bowling. It looks like Dhoni wants to infuriate Samuels even more and wants him to make a mistake. Bhuvneshwar has been brought back into the attack and immediately he gets the edge of Chanderpaul’s bat, but the ball goes in between second slip and gully.
WI 113/3 | Overs 34 | Samuels 8*, Chanderpaul 9*
Shivnarine Chanderpaul walks out to bat in his 150th Test match. The second ball he faces, Chanderpaul walks down the pitch and hits Ojha for a six over mid-wicket. Who expected that?
Samuels has decided that now is the time to go after the bowlers. The only thing is he is playing and missing. He is trying to hit almost every delivery for a four or a six. The ball is swinging and moving off the surface and Samuels is missing. Dhoni has four slips for both the batsmen.
Shami has kept Samuels in check. But on the last ball of the 34th over, Samuels drives through covers for a four.
WI 97/3 | Overs 30.1 | Samuels 1* | OUT! Powell 48
Pragyan Ojha has been brought into the attack for the first time in the match. He did not have the best of matches in Kolkata, so, he will be looking to get his line and length right from the beginning. Samuels finally gets off the mark with a push towards extra-cover for a single. It took him 17 deliveries to score his first run.
In his second over, Ojha gets his man. Powell tries to hit a leg-side delivery on the on-side, but gets a thin inside edge and the ball bounces off the pad and Shikhar Dhawan takes a simple catch at forward short-leg.
WI 93/2 | Overs 28 | Powell 45*, Samuels 0*
Marlon Samuels is the new batsman. He played very well in the first Test. Can he continue his good form in the second Test?
There are more appeals for LBWs, but not they are not convincing. Powell then sweeps one from Ashwin for a four through square-leg.
Lunch is taken as West Indies are at 93 for the loss of two wickets. They will be disappointed with the loss of Bravo’s wicket when he looked set.
WI 86/2 | Overs 24.4 | Powell 39* | OUT! Bravo 29 (63)
Ashwin finally gets the better off Bravo. The ball pitches in line with middle-stump and truns away from the left-hander. But Bravo gets the finest nicks and Dhoni takes a good catch behind the wicket.
WI 84/1 | Overs 23 | Powell 37*, Bravo 29*
After a slow and cautious start, Bravo unleashes some extraordinary strokes off Ashwin’s bowling. First he smashes an enormous six over cover. He got to the pitch of the ball and played an inside out lofted drive. Then he plays a square drive and gets a four through point.
Powell then joins in on the act and swats a leg-side delivery for a four off Bhuvneshwar through fine-leg. Bravo goes for another drive off Ashwin, but edges it through gully for a four. The batting seems to be becoming easier.
Bravo comes down the track and hits a six over long-on. He is targeting Ashwin here. The partnership is worth 59 runs now.
There was a lot of demands for the tickets, but only 3,500 were available in the online sales to the general public. And the ground is not completely full.
WI 49/1 | Overs 18 | Powell 22*, Bravo 9*
Ashwin is getting the ball to get a little spin, but more importantly he is getting it to bounce. Spin on Day One is something Dhoni wanted in India’s previous Test at Wankhede Stadium against England. And we how that ended as Monty Panesar spun England to victory.
Bhuvneshwar bowls a full length delivery that nearly surprises Powell, but he brought the bat down quickly or he would have been out LBW. Bhuvneshwar then bowls an out-swinger that takes the outside edge of the bat and the ball just falls short of Murali Vijay at second slip.
Ashwin then drops a simple catch at first slip. Bhuvneshwar finds the outside edge of Powell’s bat and the ball carries very well, but Ashwin is slow to react and drops an easy chance. He then bowls two deliveries that clip the top of the pad, but would have just gone over the stumps.
WI 45/1 | Overs 14 | Powell 18*, Bravo 9*
So after 12 overs, we get to see some spin. Ashwin comes into the attack and starts straight away from around the wicket to both the left-handers. The first ball hits the pads and there is an appeal, but the ball hit the top of the knee roll and would probably have gone over the stumps. It was close though.
There is no rest for Shami as he continues to charge in.
Drinks have been taken.
WI 43/1 | Overs 12 | Powell 16*, Bravo 9*
Bhuvneshwar bowls one down the leg side and Bravo tries to get some bat onto it. Dhoni pouches the ball diving to his right and appeals for a catch, but the ball had brushed the thigh pads and not the bat. Bhuvneshwar then gets another one to go down the leg side. He is swinging it both ways, but seems to just err in line.
The scores in just moving along at a slow pace and that is because it is not easy to get the runs and also the bowlers are getting swing and bounce. Shami is getting slightly lesser swing, but he is bowling much quicker and is getting more bounce.
Shami bowls one just wide of off-stump and Bravo plays a glorious cover drive that races away for a four.
WI 31/1 | Overs 9 | Powell 11*, Bravo 4*
Darren Bravo is the new man in. Shami has his tail up and bowls one which is clocks in at over 145 kmph. He then gets one to take the edge of Bravo’s bat and the ball just drops short of Ravichandran Ashwin at first slip. The thing what probably saved Bravo was that he did not prod at it. He just played a defensive shot with soft hands.
Bhuvneshwar is getting the ball to swing both ways. The wrist position is the trick here. If anyone youngster wants to learn how to swing the ball, then one has to watch Bhuveneshwar bowl.
MS Dhoni is keeping a very attacking field with three slips and a gully.
WI 25/1 | Overs 6 | Powell 9* | OUT! Gayle 11 (17)
There is a big appeal for LBW as Shami gets one to come in sharply to Gayle and strikes him on the pads. But umpire Richard Kettleborough says not out as there is a hint of an inside edge. He then smacks the next ball for a four through extra-cover.
Gayle is playing a little dangerously, though. He walks down the pitch and offers absolutely no stroke. The ball hits the top of the front pad and the bowler and fielders appeal. But it was quite high and Gayle is a very tall man.
Gayle is surprised by a back of a length delivery from Shami and the ball takes the top edge of the bat and goes straight to Rohit Sharma at gully. If a tall man like Gayle is dismissed due to bounce, then one has to give credit to the bowler.
WI 9/0 | Overs 3 | Gayle 2*, Powell 7*
Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell will open the batting for the West Indies. Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes the new ball and his first ball comes in to Gayle and the big left-hander plays it away to the mid-wicket region for a single. Sachin Tendulkar does the fielding and the crowd cheer loudly. Powell gets off the mark straight away with two runs through point.
Mohammed Shami shares the new ball and swings the first one away from Gayle. In the third over, Powell plays a glorious straight drive to get the first four of the day.
Sachin Tendulkar recieved a specially cap from MS Dhoni with 200th Test written on it.
There is a huddle as the Indian players wait for the West Indies batsmen to walk out. Tendulkar is wearing the special cap as he leads the Indian team onto the field.
India captain MS Dhoni has won the toss and to the crowd’s disappointment has elected to field first in the second Test against West Indies at Mumbai.
India have gone in with an unchanged side after their thumping win in the first Test at Kolkata. West Indies have made two changes to their side.
Narsingh Deonarine and Shannon Gabriel have come in for Veerasammy Permaul and Sheldon Cottrell.
This is Sachin Tendulkar‘s 200th and final Test. Shivnarine Chanderpaul plays his 150th Test. Legends playing this game.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Narsingh Deonarine, Shannon Gabriel, Shane Shillingford, Tino Best.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day One of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. I am Shrikant Shankar and will take you through the day’s play. All the talk is about Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing his 200th and final Test match. The fanfare has been humongous in his hometown of Mumbai. But a very important game of cricket is ahead of us. Read our preview to the contest.