Shami Bowls India To Crushing Victory
Mohammad Shami took five for 47 as India bowled the West Indies out for 168 to wrap an innings-and-51-run victory in the first Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who had earlier joined Rohit Sharma in making a century in India's score of 453, also took three wickets to hasten the West Indian demise.
Sharma fell 23 runs short of a double-century before fellow debutant Shami took his ninth wicket of the game to put India 1-0 up in the two-match series.
Starting the day at 354 for six, Sharma and Ashwin extended their partnership, helping their side build on the lead over the West Indies. Ashwin, who began the day on 92 not out, was soon celebrating his second Test ton.
His first hundred had also come against the same opponents back in 2011 at Mumbai. At the other end, Rohit went past 150 and set his sights on a double hundred, but it wasn’t meant to be, for on 177, he was given out LBW.
After his dismissal, India lost three wickets for only 17 runs, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (17) and Shami (1) falling cheaply.
Ashwin fell for 124 runs to Shane Shillingford who celebrated a six-wicket haul, recording figures of six for 167. Pragyan Ojha was unbeaten on two, as India were bowled for 453 in their first innings.
Veerasammy Permaul took two for 67 while Tino Best (1-71) and Sheldon Cottrell (1-72) finished with a wicket apiece.
Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell started well again, putting up 33 runs for the first wicket. Soon enough, however, Gayle started looking for his shots. It wasn’t the ideal situation for the need of the hour was to stay at the wicket.
Soon enough, Gayle mistimed his pull off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was well caught by Virat Kohli. He made 33 runs inclusive of seven fours, using only 35 deliveries.
Powell combined well with Darren Bravo and steered the Windies to the 100-run mark, before he was out LBW, plumb to Ashwin. He made 36 runs and hit five fours. New batsmen Marlon Samuels (4) was adjudged out in the same fashion, this time off Shami, though it seemed umpire Nigel Llong had misjudged once again. West Indies went to tea at 112 for three and there was still no hint of what lay ahead.
After the break, Ashwin began by removing Bravo (37). At the other end, Shami started spewing fire with the old ball, finding good reverse swing to go with a great length.
Denesh Ramdin (1) looped one to forward short leg. Then Shami knocked over Darren Sammy (8) and Shillingford (0) in the same over, with Permaul (0) run out carelessly the very next ball.
Ashwin then outfoxed Tino Best (3) and finished with three for 46, ending up with a five-wicket match haul to go with his hundred. Shami then returned in search of his maiden fiv-fer in Test cricket and when he bowled Cottrell (5) by knocking out his middle stump, West Indies had been bowled out for 168 runs in just 54.1 overs.
Shami finished with five for 47 and his match figures were nine for 118.
Select quotes from the press conference
Ravichandran Ashwin: "I slept well last night, didn’t really feel any nerves. I have been to the nineties before. And I felt I was bowling well, so enjoyed this match a lot.
"Rohit Sharma batted really well and helped the team out of a difficult situation. It was a pleasure watching him from the other end. Mohammad Shami is a great find and I feel we are developing into a good bowling unit."
Darren Sammy: "We are very disappointed with the result. This is well below what we are capable of. Our batting unit failed and played a lot of rash shots.
"The blame starts with me. It is difficult to get in on pitches like these. And once you get in you need to make it count. None of our batsmen did.
"But Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin did. Mohammad Shami was fantastic and he showed us how to use reverse swing. Credit to India. We need to learn the application bit from them."
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