India outplayed West Indies – 1st Test

India 453 (Rohit Sharma 177, Ravichandran Ashwin 124, Shane Shillingford 6-167) beat West Indies 234 and 168 (Darren Bravo 37, Kieran Powell 36, Mohammed Shami 5-47) by an innings and 51 runs.

Team India performed excellently in all departments of the game and handed over a stunning defeat to West Indies who were unable to deliver their best.

Rohit Sharma (India) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding innings of 177 on debut.

The first innings of the Windies was squeezed for 234 and they managed 168 runs in the second whereas India blasted 453 in their only innings.

The first Test of the two match series concluded on Friday, November 8, 2013, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma - A match winning partnership of 280 runs
Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma – A match winning partnership of 280 runs

Earlier, the hosts started at 6-354 in 102 overs whereas Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin were batting at 127 and 92. The latter smashed his second Test hundred in the fourth over of the day and Sharma attained the 150 runs mark in the 110th one. The 280 runs match winning partnership was dislodged at 436 when Rohit Sharma was gone for 177 off 301 balls with 1 six and 23 fours. Ashwin followed him eight runs later for 124 off 210 comprising 11 fours as India amassed 453 in 129.4 overs.

Shane Shillingford was the chief wicket taker with six, Veerasammy Permaul held two whereas Tino Best and Sheldon Cottrell claimed one wicket each.

The Caribbeans lost their ace opener, Chris Gayle, for 33 as Darren Bravo got together with Kieran Powell. The duo was batting nicely and was sending the ball out of the rope regularly. The association was broken at 101 when Powell was declared leg before wicket off Ashwin for 36. Marlon Samuels surrendered his wicket for just four runs and Bravo became the next victim after scoring 37. That was the beginning of the disaster for the visitors and especially Mohammed Shami was unplayable with his deadly reverse swing. Shivnarine Cahnderpaul was the only batsman who resisted by scoring 31 as the second innings of the Windies was folded back for 168 mere runs in 54.1 0vers.

Mohammed Sami was the star performer of the day with five wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin got three and Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with one wicket.

India clinched the first Test against West Indies by a vast margin of an innings and 51 runs and leads the series at 1-0.


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