Debutants destroy Windies

Debutants destroy Windies

Debutants Destroy Windies, Pacer Mohammad Shami, Sachin Tendulkar Farewell Series. Pacer Mohammad Shami gave an awesome exhibition of reverse swing to...

Pacer Mohammad Shami gave an awesome exhibition of reverse swing to cap a dream debut with five second innings wickets as India inflicted an innings defeat on a hapless West Indies inside three days in the first cricket Test here to mark a fabulous start to the Sachin Tendulkar farewell series here on Friday.

Shami followed up his 4/71 performance in the first innings with a 5/47 show in the second to claim an enviable match haul of 9/118 -- the best ever by an Indian pacer on debut. Shami's performance propelled India to an innings and 51-run victory in the first Test at the iconic Eden Gardens. Offie Ravichandran Ashwin followed up his exploits with the bat (124) with admirable figures of 3/46.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, also making his Test debut, was declared Man of the Match for his 177 runs knock in India’s first innings. Needing 219 runs to escape the ignominy of an innings upset, the West Indies collapsed like a pack of cards in the final session -- 98 minutes into the post tea session -- to be bundled out for 168. Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (31 not out; 101 b, 2x4) put up a gritty resistance, but in the end ran out of partners. In the morning, Ashwin struck his second Test ton (124) and extended his seventh wicket stand with Rohit Sharma (177) to a staggering 280 to enable the hosts finish at a mammoth 453. The visitors had notched up 234 in their first innings.
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