Ind vs WI: India crush West Indies by an innings and 51 runs to win first Test

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November 8, 2013

Brief Scorecard: India 453 (Rohit 177, Ashwin 124, Shillingford 6-167) beat West Indies 234 (Samuels 65, Shami 4-71) and 168 (Shami 5-47) by an innings and 51 runs

Mohammed Shami took nine wickets, the most by an India fast bowler on Test debut

November 8, 2013

Brief Scorecard: India 453 (Rohit 177, Ashwin 124, Shillingford 6-167) beat West Indies 234 (Samuels 65, Shami 4-71) and 168 (Shami 5-47) by an innings and 51 runs

Mohammed Shami took nine wickets, the most by an India fast bowler on Test debut

NEW DELHI: Debutant Mohammed Shami took nine wickets in the match as India crushed the West Indies by an innings and 51 runs on the third day to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Shami registered his maiden five-wicket haul when he clean bowled Sheldon Cottrell with another superb reverse swinging delivery that uprooted the middle stump.

West Indies lost their ninth wicket when Ravichandran Ashwin had Tino Best caught by Pragyan Ojha at deep mid-wicket.

Shami clean bowled West Indies captain Darren Sammy and Shane Shillingford with superb reverse swinging deliveries before Indian captain MS Dhoni ran out Veerasammy Permaul with a direct hit as the visitors lost three wickets in one over.

The West Indies lost their fifth wicket when Mohammed Shami had Denesh Ramdin caught by Murali Vijay at forward short leg.

Ravichandran Ashwin took his second wicket when he had Darren Bravo caught by Rohit Sharma at backward point after tea.

Ashwin pitched a delivery outside off and got the ball to bounce a bit more from the rough, Bravo went back to cut and hit it in the air, Sharma dived forward at backward point to take the catch as the ball dipped on him.

Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul resumed the West Indies second innings after tea.

West Indies lost their third wicket when Marlon Samuels was adjudged plumb in front of the wicket to a Mohammed Shami delivery by umpire Nigel Llong even though the ball hit Samuels' pads above the knee roll and was headed down the leg side.

Ravichandran Ashwin took his first wicket in the second innings when he trapped Kieran Powell plumb in front of the wicket.

Ashwin flighted the ball into Powell from round the wicket and he played back to the ball that pitched around off and middle, straightened a little, and kept very low to beat his defence and hit the pad.

Opener Chris Gayle smashed a 35-ball 33 before falling to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

What was peculiar about Gayle's knock that his opening partner Kieran Powell was yet to get off the mark having faced 25 deliveries.

Gayle hit 7 fours in his knock before being caught by Virat Kohli at square leg off Kumar.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin hit superb centuries while Shane Shillingford took six wickets as the West Indies bowled out India for 453 runs in their first innings at the stroke of lunch.

India have a healthy lead of 219 runs and the Eden pitch already up to its tricks, the Indian spinners can come in to play very soon.

Veerasammy Permaul and Shane Shillingford dismissed Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin respectively in quick succession.

Ashwin scored 124 runs before moving across his stumps and trying to sweep a Shillingford delivery but was beaten in the flight and the ball went on to hit middle stump.

Veerasammy Permaul broke the 280-run stand between Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin by trapping the debutant centurion plumb in front of the wicket.

Sharma shouldered arms to a delivery that pitched around off and turned slightly away from him, that might have missed off stump because the impact on the pad seemed to be outside off, but umpire Richard Kettleborough didn't think so and obviously Sharma looked very disappointed.

Sharma hit a six and 23 fours in his superb innings that marked his arrival in the Test arena.

Sharma became the second Indian to reach 150 on debut soon after Ashwin reached his second century.

The first Indian batsman to cross 150 on Test debut was Shikhar Dhawan achieving the feat against Australia in March 2013.

The day's play started with debutant centurion Rohit Sharma and Ashwin resuming the Indian first innings at 354/6.

With a healthy lead of 120 runs, India hold a firm advantage over the West Indies, keeping in mind the pattern of pitch-behavior which could hamper batting anytime soon.

On Day 2, Sharma buried his inconsistent past in limited-overs cricket with a classical century while Ashwin again showed his worth with the bat.


Courtesy: PTI