Ind vs WI 1st Test: India wrap up innings victory
Debutantes Rohit Sharma (177) and Mohammad Shami (9/118) were the centre of attention at the Eden Gardens as India defeated West Indies by an innings and 51 runs to wrap up the 1st Test in 3 days.
India rode on Mohammad Shami's brilliant bowling spells (4/71) on Day 1, bundling out West Indies for a total of 234 in 78 overs after Darren Sammy won the toss. Shami, playing his first Test ran through the Windies batting line-up one after the other, rattling the stumps. R Ashwin played the supporting role, picking up two wickets. The Indian batsmen came out to bat on the same day, adding an overnight score of 37/0 at stumps.
On Day 2, the West Indian bowlers pegged the Indian batsmen on the back foot, as Shane Shillingford's effective off-spin got rid of both openers straightaway in the first session. The middle-order succumbed as well, and India were instantly in a spot of bother at 83/5 with the inexperienced Rohit Sharma at one end. He was then joined by captain MS Dhoni, and the two were involved in a 73-run stand for the 6th wicket. Dhoni (42) started the counter-attack, followed by Sharma who then got into the scheme of things. Dhoni's dismissal brought R Ashwin to the crease, and with it India's tail. However, Ashwin batted with extreme caution and hung around as Rohit completed his half-century, also scoring his own fifty in the meanwhile. Sharma finally took charge and marched his way to a Test century on debut, before India ended Day 2 on 354/6.
The following day, Rohit kept the attack going and completed his 150. Ashwin also managed to reach his 2nd Test hundred and the partnership for the 7th wicket was already worth 280. Sharma was given lbw, following which the tail collapsed and the Indian innings came to an end at 453, with a healthy lead of 219 runs. Shillingford registered impressive figures of 6/167.
West Indies' 2nd innings resumed after an early lunch break and they were off to a fine start at 33/0. Chris Gayle (33) then attempted a needless shot and India got their breakthrough immediately. Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo tried to revive their innings, but Ashwin had other plans as he picked 2 quick wickets to dismiss the settled duo. The middle-order returned in single-digit scores, falling to the impressive debutant Shami, who bagged his first fifer in Test cricket. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (31) was the last man standing as wickets tumbled like a pack of cards around him. The visitors were all-out for 168, conceding a 51-run defeat to the hosts.
With this win, India go 1-0 up in the 2-match series. The 2nd Test will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, from November 14-18.