India Wrap Up Handsome Win, Tendulkar Retires
India beat the West Indies by an innings and 126 runs in the second and final Test in Mumbai, bowling the visitors out for 187 in their second innings as Sachin Tendulkar's career came to an end.
Starting the day at 43 for three, almost everyone knew that they would struggle to last the day. It did come as a surprise though that they did not even last a complete session as the Indian spinners turned them over on a pitch with ample bounce and spin.
Chris Gayle started off the day with three boundaries and raised visions of a West Indies fightback, as well as hopes of Tendulkar batting again. But it was short-lived.
Marlon Samuels (11) was the first to go as he stepped out to Pragyan Ojha and was stumped.
Gayle (35) was the next to go, edging one to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who effected a sharp catch. From there, it was just a formality and a lunchtime finish loomed large. Narsingh Deonarine (0) gave a simple return catch to Ojha, his fourth victim of the innings.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, playing his 150th Test, offered some resistance in the company of Denesh Ramdin. The duo put on 68 runs for the seventh wicket, delaying the inevitable for a while, before Chanderpaul (41) was trapped LBW by Ravichandran Ashwin.
Skipper Darren Sammy (1), who demoted himself after failing in the first innings with a horrible shot, still didn’t have an answer to Ojha who completed his 10-wicket haul in the match.
At the other end, Ramdin reached his half-century after a dogged display. Meanwhile, Dhoni handed the ball to Tendulkar after the crowd started chanting his name. The legendary cricketer bowled two overs without any luck.
Ashwin came back to end the innings and at the other end Mohammad Shami was deployed. They sent back Shane Shillingford (8) and Shannon Gabriel (0) in quick succession to wrap up victory for India.
Ojha finished with five for 49, to go along with his five-wicket haul in the first innings, while Ashwin finished with four for 89. Shami got the other wicket, and a return of one for28.
After the match, the Indian team lined up for Tendulkar as he walked off the stadium with a tear in his eye after bowing to touch the pitch.
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