Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test: India eye another Day 3-win

Trailing by 270 runs and with an out-of-form batting line-up, West Indies have their backs to the wall in Sachin Tendulkar's final Test at Wankhede Stadium.

updated: November 16, 2013 00:33 IST
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For a genius who has been a perfect team man all his life as a professional cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar will put team ahead of personal aspirations when Day 3 of the India versus West Indies Test begins at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. Even as his fans want Tendulkar to bat for a second time in his 200th and final Test, it is extremely unlikely that the Caribbeans will produce a batting miracle and turn this one-sided contest around. India will be eyeing a successive three-day finish to sweep the two-match series and given his nature, Tendulkar will only be too happy to take a big Team India win as his farewell present from Dhoni and Company. India thrashed West Indies by an innings and 51 runs at the Eden Gardens last week.

Plagued by selection blunders, West Indies have struggled in this Test series. Their batting pillars Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels have drawn blanks and a shoddy approach has ruined the West Indians. In the ongoing Mumbai Test, West Indies scored 182 in their first innings and at stumps on Day 2 on Friday were reeling at 43 for three with two of their top four batsmen back in the pavilion after playing atrocious strokes.

All hopes on Saturday will revolve around Gayle and Chanderpaul but India's spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha will fancy their chances on a Day three wicket that is expected to be a batsmen's nightmare. Of the 13 West Indian wickets that have fallen in this match, Ashwin and Ojha have taken 11 of them and India will once again bank on the duo to trap the visitors in a web of spin.

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