India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day November 8, 2013

Shami's nine give India innings win


Manjrekar: 'The pitch suited Shami's style'

India 453 (Rohit 177, Ashwin 124, Shillingford 6-167) beat West Indies 234 (Samuels 65, Shami 4-71) and 168 (Shami 5-47) by an innings and 51 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies collapsed from 101 for 1 to 168 all out, plummeting to an innings defeat inside three days at Eden Gardens. R Ashwin, who completed his second Test hundred in the morning, made key incisions in the West Indies top order before Mohammed Shami blew the rest away with another controlled display of reverse swing. Shami took nine wickets in the game, the most by an India fast bowler on debut. Six of them were bowled, all with the old ball.

Ashwin ended with five wickets to go with his hundred. The batting landmark came in the first session when he and debutant centurion Rohit Sharma stretched the lead past 200. West Indies had nearly halved the deficit for the loss of only Chris Gayle when they were demolished either side of tea by Ashwin and then Shami.

West Indies lost their last nine batsmen in 23.3 overs, a reflection of how quickly a Test can turn on the subcontinent with reverse swing and spin. West Indies would have been eyeing a decent lead when Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo put on 68 for the second wicket. The new ball did little and the spinners were toiling without too much bite and luck.

Powell took 31 deliveries to score his first run and on 7, became the third West Indies batsman in the game to be dropped off the luckless Pragyan Ojha. Gayle was beaten and edged outside off, but responded in the manner he knows, hitting seven fours in his 33. In exactly the same manner that Powell had thrown it away in the first innings, Gayle tried to pull Bhuvneshwar Kumar from way outside off, and top-edged to square leg.

Bravo and Powell could not match Gayle's pace, but they also cut down on risk. Unless the spinners bowled too full or short, they defended carefully, mostly off the back foot. The turn was largely slow, but invariably one would kick from the rough or stay low. To their credit, Bravo and Powell did not panic and try to hit out.

Playing back to spin was getting increasingly dangerous, though, and Powell found that out when an Ashwin delivery pitched on a good length and hit him on the shin with tea only two overs away. Marlon Samuels fell to Shami for the second time in the match, but this time with help from umpire Nigel Llong, who gave the batsman lbw even though the reversing inswinger was headed down the leg side.

A shocked West Indies went to tea on 112 for 3 but the real panic set in after the break. Bravo became the third West Indies top-order batsman to fall in the thirties. His partner Powell had gone to low bounce, but Bravo departed to extra lift. In the second over after tea, Ashwin got a wide one to kick, Bravo still went for the cut and could not keep it down. That was the one shot he had been eager to play in an otherwise cautious stay, and he fell by it.

Shami had developed some serious rhythm by now. Denesh Ramdin was again found short at No. 6, inside-edging a reversing short-of-a-length delivery to short leg. Darren Sammy following Ramdin has to be one of the weakest batting combinations in Test cricket. The West Indies captain tried to hang on, but soon had his middle stump uprooted by another reversing delivery. Like in the first innings, Shivnarine Chanderpaul watched the meltdown, his propensity to take a single off the first ball of an over with the tail only hastening the end.

The tail fell apart in no time, handing India their fifth successive win, and West Indies their first loss after six consecutive wins against New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. It was a gutting end to the match for Shane Shillingford, who laboured through 55 overs to pick up six wickets.

Shillingford had lacked support from the second spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who could not trouble the batsmen. There was reverse available in the morning with a 16-overs old ball but unlike Shami, Tino Best had little control over it. To add to his limited batting, Sammy could not do anything with the ball.

Rohit and Ashwin looked set to make West Indies toil into the second session when umpire Richard Kettleborough ended Rohit's innings on 177. He had padded up to Permaul but replays showed the ball would have missed off stump. Shillingford bowled Ashwin on 124 to claim his fifth wicket, but like his fellow bowlers, the West Indies batsmen failed to back their offspinner's efforts.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    The result of the test in three days no surprise at all. It is early days and WI are not a great test side, but there are serious talent replacing Dravid, Laxman and others. There is no need for the BCCI to shy away from playing SA away and instead arrange an easy series at home. I reckon India would have a great chance beating the Proteas if the upcoming tour schedule (is it still going to take place at all ?) had included three matches. The only way India would become the No 1 test side again is to play SA and England away as much as possible. There is no need to take easy options, really.

  • Aniket on November 10, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    @Posted by hhillbumper on (November 9, 2013, 9:48 GMT): "the most obvious reason why........a national hero." You don't seem to know Indians at all. Not surprising given the contents of that comment reek of green. So allow me to counter your conclusions with a few hard facts.

    1.Couple of Sixes in IPL makes you a national hero: Wrong. It is every, and I mean every single, Indian child's dream to play cricket for INDIA, not city based franchises. This is not EPL mate. IPL, much to the dismay of bashers, remains at best summer entertainment for us. To further counter your point, players like Valthaty, Manish Pandey are not national heroes, Sachin and Dravid are.

    2.arrogance and ego...the hard yards: No hard yards?? Are you kidding me? When there are millions of young kids trying to break into various teams at every level, all with a common dream of playing for India, can you even imagine what the competition's like and just how much effort it requires just to get noticed?....Contd

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    It is sad to see that a bowler takes 9 wickets in spite of conditions that don't favor bowlers and yet a single century takes precedence when it comes to the man of the match award! This game was not won by Rohit, but Shami's contribution clearly nailed it. He got the headlines but not the award. Such a shame. This is a game where the batsmen get everything and the bowlers are side dishes... at best. They might as well install automatic bowling machines. Why waste all that energy and motivation of a real bowler?

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Such a shame that bowlers do their best and give stunning performances in spite of pathetic bowling conditions, yet 9 wickets are trumped by a single century when it comes to the man of the match award. This is a batsman's world. Sadly, bowlers are side dishes.... at best. This was Shami's award by all means.

  • Srinivas on November 10, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    @hhillbumper, game is always bigger than any individual player. But game isn't bigger than the players who play it and humans. Simple as that! IPL has given life to many Indian and overseas players. You also need to note that, not that we'll be worried if you don't note, the poor man on the Indian streets is making better money by selling some errands. Test Cricket, with all its hard-yards and such blah blah blah, couldn't make a difference in the lives of all these 'second' grade players and 'some' poor people of India. It seems like this simple fact is lost on some people, who cannot hold human lives and standard of living on a higher pedestal than a sport, which is made for human beings and not the other way around. As such, I will choose IPL over test cricket 10 out of 10 times; my username should tell everybody that I'm a huge fan of Dravid and test matches, by extension. So, be happy in your cold-hearted cocoon while 'some' Indians/humans enjoy better standard of living!

  • Srinivas on November 10, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    @bladerunners_daddy, mate, I have a question for you. There's a player who played over 400 ODIs and average is in low-30s with a strike-rate in 70s. He is being touted as a Legend whereas bashers from that player's country bash our players as flat-track bullies. Who is that 'Legendary' player? ;-)! Do you really want to waste your time for that minnow series?

  • kumar on November 10, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    @IPSY, I lost respect on your comments when you compared Sachin with players like Misbah, Chander. I don't say they are not good players but they are not eligible for that comparision. Why don't you compare Hashim Amla's bad phase with Sachin. Probably should have retired sometime back or probably NOT. But Indian test team definitely need senior players like SRT, VVS, Dravid in transition time. You probably don't like Sachin and that is purely your personal but your stats comparison is false.

  • Rob on November 9, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    devil_in_details on (November 8, 2013, 21:36 GMT) I think you should refrain from such outlandish claims till India has beaten any notable team outside of the sub-continent. Undoubtedly a promising result but " Indian cricket will touch heights unforeseen in the history of this beautiful game" seems a bit excessive on the back of a home win over the No.6 ranked test team, bless. The trouble is if Shami, Rohit... fail a couple of times the billion "experts" will be baying for blood, if India starts preparing SOME pitches with a bit of juice in them then Indian fast bowlers will have a chance to develop and consequently compete in Eng/Aus/SA. I know India won in England 7 or 8 years ago but it was more of Englands over reliance on Flintoff at that time and he was out for the series; I would like it if test series world wise favoured home sides but offered something for the opposition too.

  • Mohsin on November 9, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Cntd.........Any1 callin pitches in our last ENG/AUS tours as "Greentops" must b kidding. Those wer typical Eng/Aus Tracks. V jst didnt hav d team dat time nor ws MSD inspiring enuf, altho v wer ranked No.1 den. V playd on REAL Greentops in 2001-02 NZ tour wher both teams got bowled out for <150 in most of d inngs. Tracks in 2002 and 2007 Engl tours wer much livelier when Dravid ws in his pomp. Aussie tracks were much livelier in our 2000 tour. So v must stop dis excuse of greentops as MSD wants us to believ. Nt a big MSD fan in Test cricket of course, tho he's great in ODI/ T20. Calling back unfit RP Singh to d team frm his holiday in US ws a joke. Ignorin V.Aaron when available thru-out ODIs in Eng ws a blunder. Consistently pickin Ishant fr last 2 yrs in Tests despite bad returns, picking Raina for overseas tests & ignoring Rahane for Tests is inexplicable & clear favoritism. A Captain can only back a promising player. IS has never graduated, forget about consistency

  • RAVINDER on November 9, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Posted by Englishfan on (November 8, 2013, 20:20 GMT)............ I actually reckon with bowlers such as Bhuvi Kumar, Yadav and Shami, India will cause us problems. And if Dhawan and Pujara continue their excellent starts to their international careers, and Kohli and Rohit Sharma start scoring a lot of test runs before this summer, it will be a long series.

    Mate thank you for your unbiased opinion.Yes as an Indian fan I would agree with you and Zahher will add to that list of your as well. But having known the Indian selectors for long I am not sure these four will travel overseas TOGETHER coz somehow Dhoni and selectors will try to fit in either Ishant or Vinay infact may be both. With India travelling overseas to SA AUS and ENG in near future selectors and Dhoni have to decide/plan from now onwards.I just hope we dont burn out players like Bhuvi/Shammi like we did with Ishant by playing every test,ODI,T-20, IPL and all other matches with no rest.