Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar walked out to bat to a guard of honour from the West Indies team. While the crowd cheered for every run he scored, the Little Master looked in fluent touch driving the ball with ease © IANS (File Photo)

By Shrikant Shankar

Nov 14, 2013

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was unbeaten on 38 off 73 balls in his 200th and final Test as India took stumps at 157 for two on Day One of the second Test against West Indies. The Caribbean outfit were bowled out for 182 after MS Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bowl first at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Thursday. India trail West Indies by 25 runs.

The evening session began after tea was taken on the completion of the West Indies’ innings. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan opened the batting and the duo gave India a brisk start.

Darren Sammy opened the bowling for West Indies along with Shannon Gabriel. Both Vijay and Dhawan struck fours at will as India raced to 50 with a fuss.

Shane Shillingford then struck twice in one over as he dismissed both the openers. Dhawan got a top edge while attempting a sweep and Shivnarine Chanderpaul took the catch. Two balls later, Vijay got an edge and Sammy took the catch at leg-slip.

As soon the umpire raised his finger, the crowds erupted in joy as Sachin Tendulkar came in next to bat. The crowd did not hide their desire to see Tendulkar bat in his very last match. Cheteshwar Pujara was already there in the middle.

After a few scratchy strokes, Tendulkar got going with some glorious fours. He played a text book cut shot off the back-foot to get his first four of the innings. He then reached to the pitch of the ball from Shillingford and drove against the spin through covers for his second four.

Gabriel then bowled one full to Tendulkar and the result was a fantastic cover drive that raced away for a four. Marlon Samuels drifted one down the leg-side and Tendulkar glanced that away for a four through fine-leg.

Both batsmen were getting singles with ease and they were rotating strike quite regularly. Shillingford, though, was getting the ball to bounce.

Pujara played the side-kick’s role to perfection. He gave Tendulkar strike whenever he got a chance. Tendulkar then cut Samuels for a four in front of point. Tendulkar then hit a full delivery down the ground to get the sixth four of his innings.

The day ended with Tendulkar on 38 off 73 balls and Pujara on 34 off 49. India trailed West Indies by 25 runs.

Brief scores:
West Indies 182 (Kieran Powell 48, Darren Bravo 29; Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 45, Pragyan Ojha 5 for 40) lead India 157 for 2 (Murali Vijay 43, Cheteshwar Pujara 34*, Sachin Tendulkar 38*; Shane Shillingford 2 for 46) by 25 runs.

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