Friday, 8 November 2013

1st Test: India beat West Indies by Innings and 51 runs at Kolkata

India won by an innings and 51 runs against West Indies in the 1st Test Cricket Match Played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 6,7,8 November 2013 (5-day match). India crushed West Indies by an innings and 51 runs after Mohammad Shami took five wickets in the second innings and R Ashwin pocketed three. Click here for the Full Scorecard Update.

There were some terrific individual performances that earned India this victory but it all gelled together quite perfectly. In the end, it was the telling contributing from two debutants that won the match. Rohit Sharma's long awaited Test debut could not have panned out better. A big hundred under pressure and his partnership with the ever improving Ashwin broke the game open. Mohammad Shami, as the figures show, was the best Indian bowler on show. His biggest weapon was the reverse swing and don't be surprised if he becomes synonymous with that for years to come.

Shane Shillingford was the standout performer for the visitors but him apart, no one else managed to create an impression. Marlon Samuels' fifty in the first innings was the only other notable performance but the collapse in the 2nd innings, when they were bowled out in under two sessions, would be something very difficult to digest.

Tendulkar's 199th turned out to be something spectacular for India but the big one is coming up on 14th, November. The last of this series and the one that will bring the curtains down on a stupendous career. Sachin Tendulkar playing his last Test on his home ground is something we know you simply wouldn't miss.


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