On a pitch that was expected to favour spinners, Mohammad Shami's raw pace and genuine seam movement helped India clinch a massive innings and 51 run win against West Indies in the first Test at the Eden Gardens on Friday. The seamer claimed nine wickets - second best by an Indian Test debutant - to help India crush West Indies inside three days. The Indian victory was scripted by two debutants - Shami and Rohit Sharma. The 26-year-old Sharma scored 177 as India scored 453 in their first innings, replying to West Indies' 234. In their second innings, the visitors were all out for 168. (Scorecard | Highlights)
The win was a perfect gift to Sachin Tendulkar, who played his last Test match at the historic Eden Gardens. Tendulkar will retire from Test cricket after playing his 200th at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium from November 14. Tendulkar was felicitated by the Cricket Association of Bengal and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the end of the match. The Master Blaster did a lap of honour to thank the Eden crowd. He scored 10 runs in the Indian first innings, exiting after a controversial LBW decision.
After Man of the Match Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin (124) produced a record 280-run seventh-wicket partnership to give India a match-winning 219-run first innings lead, Shami struck with his deadly reverse swing as the Bengal pacer, who took four for 71 in the first innings, polished off the West Indian middle-order with some accurate and clever seam bowling. Shami took 5 for 47 and was ably assisted by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/45) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/20). (Rohit missed out on debut double ton)