Tendulkar mania grips India

2013-11-14 14:50
Sachin Tendulkar (AFP)
Mumbai - India trail the West Indies by 25 runs with eight wickets remaining after Pragyan Ojha picked up five wickets to give the hosts the impetus in the second Test in on Thursday, reports the website.

The home side won the toss and took eight wickets for 89 runs during the second session with Ojha picking up his sixth five-wicket haul of his Test career to dismiss the visitors for 182 at the Wankhede Stadium.

With the Windies desperate not to let the match get away from them, skipper Darren Sammy decided to take the new ball himself in the final session - a tactic that was welcomed by openers Shikar Dhawan and Murali Vijay as they took advantage and mercilessly dispatched some ordinary bowling upfront.

 The pair raced to a 77-run opening partnership at a scoring rate of 5.77, before off-spinner Shane Shillingford induced the breakthrough.

Dhawan attempted to sweep a delivery wide of off-stump, but could only manage to top edge it and got caught in the deep for 33 from just 28 balls.

Two balls later and the Windies were celebrating again. This time Shillingford had Vijay in the hut after he got caught in the inner ring.

Ironically the eagerly expectant Mumbai crowd gave the biggest cheer of the day as it meant the moment they had all been waiting for had arrived, and the ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar, playing in his 200th and final Test, was greeted with a guard of honour from the West Indies players.

 The 40-year-old did not disappoint as he combined with Cheteshwar Pujara and together the pair added 80 for the second wicket.

Tendulkar was unbeaten on 38 which included six boundaries, all of which were lauded with fervent adulation, while his batting partner will commence on Friday morning on 34.

Earlier, Kieran Powell (48) was Ojha’s first victim shortly after the lunch break when he got caught by Shikar Dhawan at short-leg, trying to play it through the onside.

 Ojha then got Marlon Samuels (19) caught in the slips with a teasing delivery just outside off, which Samuels played at attentively and paid the full price.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar then got rid of veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (25), who is playing his 150th Test and as has often proved true in the past, there was to be little resistance after his departure.

 The last five wickets came at a paltry cost of 34, as the middle- and lower-order batsmen from the Carribean continually struggled with the spin and bounce from Ojha and Ashwin.

Ojha took the final wicket of Shannon Gabriel (1) to complete the fiver and wrap up the Windies innings as he registered figures of 5-40.


India: S Dhawan, M Vijay, CA Pujara, SR Tendulkar, V Kohli, RG Sharma, R Ashwin, MS Dhoni (captain/ wicketkeeper), B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, PP Ojha.

West Indies: CH Gayle, KOA Powell, DM Bravo, MN Samuels, S Chanderpaul, N Deonarine, D Ramdin (wicketkeeper), DJG Sammy (captain), S Shillingford, TL Best, ST Gabriel.

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