West Indies tour of India, 1st Test: India v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 6-8, 2013
India won by an innings and 51 runs
6,7,8 November 2013 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

The umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Kettleborough have taken the field. The Indians follow them after their huddle. Out come Chris Gayle and Keiron Powell too. All the men are on stage. The stands are still largely empty at Eden Gardens.

Gayle will face the first ball, from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, bowling over the wicket. Two slips and a gully in place.

8.50 am Ten minutes to go for the start. Tendulkar has been presented with a memento, and several people want to shake his hand. How has he managed to keep his focus with all this drama around him? But he's been doing it for decades, I suppose.

Alain: "Looking forward to Cotterell's debut. He is among the quickest in the caribbean right now along with roach, miguel cummins, gabriel, best at 150+ kmph plus he is left handed. (wonderful find)"

Nikhil : "Emotions running high. A lot of childhood memories around watching Sachin bat. Can sense a large void after he's gone."

Shiva: "Oh boy, this is when the reality is beginning to hit me. I cannot believe I will never watch Sachin bat again!"

Farnoosh: "Rahane should get ready for SA tour. That's the tour which is going to give a better picture about who will be in Indian team for long time."

Toss, 8.30 am India have already presented Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami with caps before the toss. MS Dhoni spins the coin, Darren Sammy calls heads and he's called correctly. West Indies are batting first. Sammy says the surface looks tricky, and he would not want to bat last on it. Kemar Roach is not fit to play because he has a problem with his bowling shoulder, so West Indies have picked Sheldon Cottrell.

Dhoni said India would have batted as well, and that the team selection was a tricky one.

Balaji: "I am disappointed. CAB should have made the coin in such a way we [India] would have batted first. Like tails on both sides."

Sourav Ganguly, on Star Sports, says it's a different sort of Eden Gardens pitch. "I've not seen this much black soil on it before, I don;t think there will be much pace in it."

It's not a packed stadium yet, hopefully the people who get complimentary passes will show up soon enough.

Siddharth: "As one Mumbaikar bids farewell to the game, another Mumbaikar pads up for the first time in Tests. Surely a century partnership with Rohit and Sachin would be the icing on the cake!!!"

Hari: "Another two test matches, Shivnaraine Chanderpaul would be playing his 150th. Another 5 more years, Chanders' would have a similar career-span to Sachin's. Would he be deserving to get a similar farewell that Sachin is having?"

Nitin Jauhari: "George don't expect the stadium to fill up today as WI are batting." Bu why not? If they're coming to see Sachin Tendulkar, he'll be in the field all day.

Niketh: "Sachin is just 163 runs from reaching 16000 runs in Test Cricket. Hopefully, he reaches that milestone in this Test itself."

sriram: "Its a bit of misfortune for Ajinkya Rahane not to be playing in this game. He is waiting for his chance for a long time and Rohit took away his opportunity. When Parvez Rasool, it was told he can wait for his debut as there are others who are still waiting. Why not use the same common sense?"

7.55 am "Hi George, is this the earliest you have started commentary before the actual start of a match? 75 minutes," asks Anees. It's earlier than usual, I'll admit, but it's happened before. Besides there was a bit to get through!

I'd mentioned earlier that we were going to do something we've never done before on ESPNcricinfo today. We'll be having a live video show with Sanjay Manjrekar before the start of play and during the session intervals. You'll be able to view it right here on the scorecard page.

Varun Kumar: "Hey George - I want to be part of Sachin Series and what better way than to get your comment posted - of course I will stay all night awake here in Nashville, USA. Good Luck India and Sachin."

Akshaya: "I wish people give a rest to this "Sachin overshadowing the game" talk. After all that he has done over the past 24 years, the least we can do is these 10 days. Going to be up all night to catch all the action and emotion - from Albany!"

Early news from Kolkata - Rohit Sharma has been presented with his Test cap, so India will most likely play six batsmen, a wicketkeeper and four bowlers. Tough luck for the incumbent Ajinkya Rahane, but Rohit's present form was irresistible I suppose. Mohammed Shami is set to make his debut as well. Sidharth Monga reports from Eden Gardens that a lot of people were shaking his hand in a huddle.

Dennis: "it would be better if they get a bowler in the starting 11...nothing against Jadeja but he was a better bowler than a batsman in most tests that he has been part of, plus bowlers win you test matches more often than not"

Bishal: "2:36 AM here in the UK and no plans to sleep. Have already taken leave for next 3 days. #thankUsachin"

smudgeon: "I really hope the cricket manages to step out of the shadows at some point - IIRC, last time the Windies played a test in India, they got awfully close to upsetting the hosts..."

Nitin Jauhari: "Cup of tea in hand, on sofa in front of TV, Cricinfo on laptop. All set for the historic farewell series..."

7.45 am Good morning, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the first day of the Test series between India and West Indies, and the first day of the last Test series Sachin Tendulkar will play. Matches in Kolkata, in the eastern part of the country, start earlier than they do anywhere else in India because of the earlier sunrise and sunset. The toss will take place at 8.30 am.

The build-up to this series has been overwhelmingly about Tendulkar and his 199th and 200th Tests. Whether you think it's excessive or justified, it's there, and there are all sorts of celebrations and felicitations during the course of this match: from wax statues to a 199 kg rose-petal shower, reportedly. I wonder what Tendulkar thinks of all this. Personally, I think that the administrators only needed to ensure a full house at Eden Gardens, and the 60,000 plus crowd would have taken care of the rest.

There's been a bit of a build-up at ESPNcricinfo too, and for this series we'll be attempting something we've never done before, but more on that later. Have you been to our Farewell Tendulkar page? There's enough content there to keep you reading through the day.

It seems like a while ago now, because of the build-up, but it's worth remembering that this series did not exist until Cricket South Africa annoyed the BCCI. And so an elaborate tour of South Africa was curtailed and these two Tests and a few ODIs were organised instead. Sidharth Monga, in his series preview, hopes that the quality of cricket will make up for the utter lack of context in this series, beyond Tendulkar's swansong of course.

And speaking of the cricket, India are facing a bit of a problem when it comes to selecting their XI. Ravindra Jadeja, who played all the Tests at home against Australia, has been rested for this series because of a shoulder strain, which means India are without an allrounder at No. 7. Will they fill his spot with a bowler - the legspinner Amit Mishra - and play a five-man attack, or will they prefer the safety net of another specialist batsman - most likely Rohit Sharma, who's played a 108 ODIs and no Tests yet.

Here's more insight on the cricket from Monga, who says the opening exchanges - how Bhuvneshwar Kumar fares against Chris Gayle and Kemar Roach against Shikhar Dhawan - could shape the way this series goes.

The West Indians have not had any of the spotlight in the lead-up to this series, but one thing their manager Richie Richardson and Darren Sammy have made clear is that, while they are happy to be part of the Tendulkar celebrations, they will not give him an inch. West Indies were beaten 2-0 when they toured India last, and Sammy's team is keen to get on the scoreboard this time.

By the way, at how many venues do you think Tendulkar has scored 1000 Test runs or more? You'd think it'd be a few, wouldn't you? But no, he's never scored 1000 runs at a venue. His most prolific ground is the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, where he has 970 runs. If he gets 132 during the Kolkata Test, he'll have 1000 at Eden Gardens.

0.1

Kumar to Gayle, FOUR, pitches on a good length around leg and middle and seams across Gayle, who is squared up in his crease as he defends, the ball goes between gully and point to the third man boundary

A third slip moves into place.

0.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, 128 kph, good length wit shape across the left-hander, Gayle moves forward and defends on the off side

0.3

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Gayle moves forward and shoulders arms as the ball seams across him

0.4

Kumar to Gayle, no run, pitches around off and jags away from the left-hander from over the wicket, Gayle lets it go again

0.5

Kumar to Gayle, no run, left alone outside off stump

0.6

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Gayle moves forward and drives at a good length ball that angles across him, he plays it towards point

End of over 1 (4 runs) West Indies 4/0

    • CH Gayle 4 (6b 1x4)
    • KOA Powell 0 (0b)
    • B Kumar 1-0-4-0

Kajen William: "Disappointed about roach, but even more disappointed with the lack of spectators in Eden Gardens. Expected overwhelming supporters and noise."

Mohammed Shami, the local boy, is going to bowl his first over in Test cricket. Three slips and a gully.

1.1

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, good length with movement away from Powell from over the wicket, Powell lets it go

1.2

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, Shami gets the ball to nip back into the left-hander and Powell let it go because he thought the ball was moving away, it hit him high on the pad

1.3

Mohammed Shami to Powell, 2 runs, Powell stays in his crease and this time glances the incoming delivery off his pads through square, Tendulkar gives chases and gets his first touch on the ball

1.4

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, the ball bounces a second time after Powell lets it go outside off, that kept quite low

1.5

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, played off the pads towards square

Bipul: "Another defensive team selection by Dhoni. When Indian batting has so many consistent performers then why select an additional batsman? Why not a bowler like Mishra?"

1.6

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, 135 kph, pitches on a good length around middle and off and shapes into the left-hander, Powell defends from his crease

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 6/0

    • KOA Powell 2 (6b)
    • CH Gayle 4 (6b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-2-0
    • B Kumar 1-0-4-0
2.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Gayle's feet stay rooted to his crease as he reaches for a wide ball outside off and tries to slash, it's too wide to make contact

2.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, pitches on leg and middle and the ball swings across Gayle, who stays back in his crease and blocks

2.3

Kumar to Gayle, no run, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

Amit: "It's actually refreshing to watch the cricket now after all the hooplah around the 199th and 200th. Even though I know the little big man is not going to play for long, I have started to realize that I still love the game. May be not as much as him but I still do."

2.4

Kumar to Gayle, no run, another wide ball outside off stump, Gayle chases after it again but can't reach it

2.5

Kumar to Gayle, no run, defended from the crease towards cover point

Sai: "Totally agree with Bipul. Bowlers win you games & I don't see how Bhuvi could be effective once the ball loses its shine."

2.6

Kumar to Gayle, no run, short of a length outside off, Gayle plays a back-foot drive and hits it uppishly towards extra cover

End of over 3 (maiden) West Indies 6/0

    • CH Gayle 4 (12b 1x4)
    • KOA Powell 2 (6b)
    • B Kumar 2-1-4-0
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-2-0

Srijan Sengupta: "Wouldn't put it past Chris Gayle to crash Sachin's party here, he IS that kind of a bloke..."

3.1

Mohammed Shami to Powell, FOUR, that ball kicked up a little from a good length, Powell stayed in his crease and angled the face of his bat to steer the ball through gully for another boundary

3.2

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, short of a length outside off, Powell lets it go through to the keeper

3.3

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

Aaram: "@Bipul: Probably because if the pitch assists bowling, 4 bowlers will be good enough, and having an extra batsman in Rohit who is in prolific form would give them some advantage; the fifth bowler is often either not of much effect or under-bowled when it comes to many Indian pitches."

3.4

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, driven on the front foot towards cover

3.5

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, good length around middle and off stump, Powell moves forward and defends with a straight bat

3.6

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

End of over 4 (4 runs) West Indies 10/0

    • KOA Powell 6 (12b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 4 (12b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-6-0
    • B Kumar 2-1-4-0
4.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Bhuvneshwar gets the good length ball to swing from around leg stump across the left-hander, Gayle stays back and defends with a straight bat

4.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, an appeal for lbw after Bhuvneshwar gets the ball to straighten into the left-hander and hits the knee roll of the front pad, that ball had pitched outside leg stump though. Gayle tried to play across the line and missed

4.3

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Gayle gets behind the line of one that seams across him and defends from his crease

Raj Chari: "I cannot understand how ground stands stay empty for test matches in India, given a chance I would eat, drink and sleep there for 5 days!"

4.4

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Gayle prods from his crease at a ball that pitches around off and seams sharply away from the left-hander, the bounce that time was good and the ball beat the bat

4.5

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Dhoni is a little slow in moving to his right to collect and the ball goes off his glove to the fine leg boundary. Bizarrely, the umpire signals dead-ball because he thought Gayle was not trying to play a shot. He clearly was trying to play a leg glance and the ball brushed his pad

4.6

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, definitely getting runs for this, turned off the pads through square

End of over 5 (1 run) West Indies 11/0

    • CH Gayle 5 (18b 1x4)
    • KOA Powell 6 (12b 1x4)
    • B Kumar 3-1-5-0
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-6-0
5.1

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, FOUR, pushed off the front foot, a punch from Gayle and he even took his bottom hand off the bat. The ball beat gully and raced across this quick outfield

5.2

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, Shami gets the ball to nip back into Gayle and kick off a good length, Gayle was caught on the crease and the ball hit his thigh pad

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5.3

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle gets another one away, closing the face of the bat to force the ball that swings into him through midwicket, Tendulkar chases but this outfield is too quick for him

5.4

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, FOUR, inside edge! And the ball goes past the stumps and beats Dhoni to race to the boundary once again. The bounce was lower this time and Gayle tried to force the ball through the off side

5.5

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, played from the crease to midwicket

5.6

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, 135 kph, Gayle fishes at one that bounces extra and seams across him from over the wicket and is beaten

End of over 6 (12 runs) West Indies 23/0

    • CH Gayle 17 (24b 4x4)
    • KOA Powell 6 (12b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 3-0-18-0
    • B Kumar 3-1-5-0
6.1

Kumar to Powell, no run, Powell tries to cut but it straightens a touch and cramps him for room, he gets a bottom edge into the ground on the off side

6.2

Kumar to Powell, no run, defended from the crease towards the bowler

6.3

Kumar to Powell, no run, Powell is squared up a touch as he plays the ball back to the bowler, Bhuvneshwar is getting nice shape across the left-handers, but his length could be fuller

6.4

Kumar to Powell, no run, worked off the hips behind square

6.5

Kumar to Powell, no run, a fuller length pitching around middle and seaming across the left-hander, Powell prods at it from his crease and is beaten

6.6

Kumar to Powell, no run, a full ball on the pads, clipped firmly towards square leg where Dhawan fields

End of over 7 (maiden) West Indies 23/0

    • KOA Powell 6 (18b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 17 (24b 4x4)
    • B Kumar 4-2-5-0
    • Mohammed Shami 3-0-18-0
7.1

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, Gayle stays back and defends a good length ball on the off side

7.2

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, a fuller ball outside off stump, Gayle drives from his crease towards extra cover

7.3

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, a full ball with width outside off, Gayle drives but can't beat extra cover

Cliff: "Shami and Bhuv are bowling well especially to Gayle. Getting the ball to swing and move off the seam a bit. A little fuller would probably better to Gayle though to tempt him to plant his front foot."

7.4

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, driven firmly from the crease but once again it's to the fielder at extra cover

7.5

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

Siva: "6 overs finished- Bring Ashwin on!"

7.6

Mohammed Shami to Gayle, no run, punched off the back foot towards the bowler, Shami fields on his follow through

Prasoon: "Well I'm really looking forward to Ashwin in this test match. He has already taken 92 wickets in 16 test matches. Pitch is slow and ball is keeping low.. He has shown in the past that he can be devastating on pitches like this. Also, 100 wickets in 17 test matches is really looking possible!"

End of over 8 (maiden) West Indies 23/0

    • CH Gayle 17 (30b 4x4)
    • KOA Powell 6 (18b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 4-1-18-0
    • B Kumar 4-2-5-0
8.1

Kumar to Powell, no run, pitches around leg and middle and seams across the left-hander from over the wicket, Powell presses forward and defends with a straight bat

8.2

Kumar to Powell, no run, an appeal for a caught behind after Powell misses the flick, no real appeal from Dhoni because the ball came off the thigh

8.3

Kumar to Powell, no run, left alone outside off stump, low carry that time, Dhoni had to stoop to collect

8.4

Kumar to Powell, no run, good length around leg and middle, Powell gets behind the line in his crease and defends with a straight bat

8.5

Kumar to Powell, no run, Powell has a flirt at a delivery that pitches off and seams away, no footwork from him and the ball beats the bat, once again I think Bhuvneshwar's length is a bit too short, considering the amount of movement he's getting. As a bowler, you want the batsmen to drive

8.6

Kumar to Powell, no run, left alone outside off stump

Vinayak Shandilya: "Bhuvneshwar Kumar, should really try hard and prove his critics wrong by giving good spells with the old ball. Reverse swing , Consistent Length and Yorkers can bring a new dimension to his bowling."

End of over 9 (maiden) West Indies 23/0

    • KOA Powell 6 (24b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 17 (30b 4x4)
    • B Kumar 5-3-5-0
    • Mohammed Shami 4-1-18-0

This Test is not even ten overs old and Dhoni's decided to bring on his offspinner R Ashwin. He's going to bowl from round the wicket

9.1

Ashwin to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle leans forward and closes the face of his bat a bit too early, he was looking to play on the leg side but the ball went behind point off the leading edge

9.2

Ashwin to Powell, no run, Powell moves back and across an defends with a straight bat

9.3

Ashwin to Powell, SIX, that's a terrific shot! Powell moves smoothly outside the crease to a flighted ball and even though he isn't to the pitch of the ball he just hit cleanly through the line and cleared the straight boundary

9.4

Ashwin to Powell, no run, and now his defence is solid

9.5

Ashwin to Powell, no run, defended on the leg side

9.6

Ashwin to Powell, FOUR, this time the execution is not as clean but he'll get a boundary again. Powell came out of his crease to hit straight but the ball beat him in the flight. He managed to chip it over mid-on though. A clear plan from West Indies not to let Ashwin settle?

End of over 10 (11 runs) West Indies 34/0

    • KOA Powell 16 (29b 2x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 18 (31b 4x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-11-0
    • B Kumar 5-3-5-0
10.1

Kumar to Gayle, OUT, taken at second slip! The ball pitched on a good length around middle and seamed across the left-hander, Gayle stayed in his crease and pushed at the ball outside off stump with no footwork. He got a thick edge that flew straight to Vijay at second slip. That catch arrived at waist height, don't get many more straightforward than that in the slips

CH Gayle c Vijay b Kumar 18 (42m 32b 4x4 0x6) SR: 56.25

Darren Bravo is the new batsman, he had a superb tour of India the last time West Indies were here.

10.2

Kumar to Bravo, no run, he moves his front foot outside off stump to shoulder arms

10.3

Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, the line is outside leg stump this time, an easy delivery for Bravo to get off the mark, he nudges it off his hips behind square

Nishant Jain: "Will be interesting to see how Ashwin bowls in this series. He was awful in the ODI series. But then again, he didn't have the conditions in his favor."

10.4

Kumar to Powell, no run, pitches on a good length around leg and middle and seams across the left-hander, Powell is squared up in his crease and beaten as he tries to defend

10.5

Kumar to Powell, no run, comes forward this time to a fuller ball and defends on the off side

Charudatta: "Bhuvi takes a wicket..Proves once again that a good swing bowler can do the trick on any kind of wicket."

10.6

Kumar to Powell, FOUR, that's classy, Powell stands on tip toe in his crease and sends the ball racing through cover with a crisp back-foot drive

End of over 11 (5 runs) West Indies 39/1

    • KOA Powell 20 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • DM Bravo 1 (2b)
    • B Kumar 6-3-10-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-11-0
11.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, Bravo leans forward and nudges the ball off his pads behind square

11.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, a bit flatter and quicker on off and middle, defended on the back foot

11.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, Bravo leans forward and closes the face to defend on the leg side

11.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off stump

11.5

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

Aakash: "This pitch is screaming for Shiv to come on and bat! He can score on any pitch but this one looks tailor-made for a massive ton from Chanders."

11.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, sightly shorter but Bravo can't beat the infield as he goes back to cut

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End of over 12 (maiden) West Indies 39/1

    • DM Bravo 1 (8b)
    • KOA Powell 20 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 2-1-11-0
    • B Kumar 6-3-10-1
12.1

Kumar to Powell, no run, good length just outside off stump, Powell covers for the line and lets the ball go

12.2

Kumar to Powell, FOUR, a full ball and the line is on the pads, Powell is perfectly balanced as he flicks from his crease, outstanding timing through midwicket

12.3

Kumar to Powell, no run, good length and the line is outside off, Powell lets it go through to the keeper

12.4

Kumar to Powell, no run, Powell gets behind the line of a good length ball and defends with a straight bat

12.5

Kumar to Powell, FOUR, short of a length around off, Powell goes back and punches the ball hard into the pitch, the ball bounces over the bowler and beats the fielding chasing from mid-off

12.6

Kumar to Powell, no run, left alone outside off stump

End of over 13 (8 runs) West Indies 47/1

    • KOA Powell 28 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • DM Bravo 1 (8b)
    • B Kumar 7-3-18-1
    • R Ashwin 2-1-11-0

Prasanna S: "Good to see that Ashwin still remembers how he got Darren Bravo out time and again in 2011, by pushing him on backfoot and make him cut on a quicker delivery, will be interesting to see if the batsman learnt his lesson from that series."

13.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, drifts down leg side from round the wicket, Bravo tries to play behind square but misses

13.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, leans forward and defends on the pitch

Madhavan PVilas: "Kieron Powell had a decent tour in Inida for West Indies A two month back. He continues his good touch."

13.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, moves across his crease to defend with a straight bat

13.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, Pitches around leg and spins a little, across the left-hander, Bravo stays back and blocks

13.5

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, that's a ripper, Ashwin slowed his pace, drifted the ball into the left-hander from round the wicket with good flight, pitched on middle and spun the ball away. Bravo pushed forward to block but was beaten on the outside edge

13.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

End of over 14 (maiden) West Indies 47/1

    • DM Bravo 1 (14b)
    • KOA Powell 28 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 3-2-11-0
    • B Kumar 7-3-18-1

Shami returns for a second spell, replacing Bhuvneshwar.

14.1

Mohammed Shami to Powell, no run, good length on middle and off stump, Powell gets behind the line and plays back to the bowler with a straight bat

14.2

Mohammed Shami to Powell, OUT, caught at mid-off! That's Shami's maiden Test match wicket! He delivered the first bouncer of the day outside off stump and Powell shaped to pull. He had to take that from quite wide outside off stump and he got an edge that lobbed up towards mid-off. Bhuvneshwar did well to run backwards from extra cover and take the catch

KOA Powell c Kumar b Mohammed Shami 28 (58m 40b 5x4 1x6) SR: 70.00

Drinks on the field. Dhoni will be pleased with how the first hour has gone, having dismissed both opening batsmen. The pitch has displayed variable bounce so far, with some balls keeping low and the odd one kicking up. Run-scoring looks like it might be quite hard.

Samuels is the new batsman and the first right-hander in the West Indian line-up.

14.3

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, FOUR, strays on to the pads, that would have a been a good ball to a left-hand batsman. Samuels glances to the fine leg boundary

14.4

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, good length on off and middle, defended from the crease on the leg side

14.5

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, short of a length outside off, Samuels moves across to play at it and then pulls his bat out of the way

14.6

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, a fuller ball tailing into the right-hander from over the wicket, Samuels stays in his crease and defends on the off side

End of over 15 (4 runs) West Indies 51/2

    • MN Samuels 4 (4b 1x4)
    • DM Bravo 1 (14b)
    • Mohammed Shami 5-1-22-1
    • R Ashwin 3-2-11-0

Pawan: "Both are dangerous batsmen when they get going and can take the game away quite quickly. Even while being an Indian I'd like to see Bravo bat with maturity. He'd be good for West Indian cricket."

15.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, tossed up on off stump, Bravo moves forward to block

Jayanth: "@ Nishanth: I wouldn't say Ashwin was all that horrible in ODI series. In the 7th ODI, he had the best bowling analysis. But then, lot more is expected of him, being the strike bowler of spin"

15.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, driven back to the bowler on the back foot

15.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, Bravo moves forward and outside off to defend with a straight bat

15.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, moves forward to a flighted delivery and defends on the off side

15.5

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, tossed up on off and middle, Bravo drives from the crease towards extra cover

15.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, a straighter line his time, on middle and leg, played off the back foot towards square

End of over 16 (maiden) West Indies 51/2

    • DM Bravo 1 (20b)
    • MN Samuels 4 (4b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 4-3-11-0
    • Mohammed Shami 5-1-22-1

Bo: "This is the perfect time to bring on Ojha. A left hand spinner against a right hand Samuels."

Srijan Sengupta: "A rookie pacer bending his back to generate a well-directed bouncer on a low wicket, surprising a batsman who was looking comfortable, with both pace and bounce, and getting a wicket. Well done, Mohammed Shami. Would like to see you on the SA squad."

16.1

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, FOUR, an outside edge but it's along the ground and past second slip, Samuels took his bottom hand off the handle as he came forward to defend that good length delivery

16.2

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, good length outside off once again, this time he stays back and plays towards point

Amol Kumbhar: "with such a uneven pitch, the batting skills of Indian batting line up will be tasted too. Whole India is waiting to see Sachin Tendulkar Batting on the pitch. Such conditions on the crease will create struggle to the Batting."

16.3

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, a huge appeal for caught behind, the Indians are convinced but the umpire is not. Samuels stayed back and prodded tentatively at a good length ball that pitched outside off and held its line, he was beaten. No edge there

16.4

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, 2 runs, opens the face of the bat once again to steer the ball past slips

16.5

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, FOUR, a fuller ball outside off, Samuels leans into it and drives the ball through point for another boundary

RS: "Wow, India have 4 specialist bowlers and 2 very part-timers in Rohit and Kohli...I wonder if there's any chance of the Mr. 199 whirling a few leggies down towards the end of the day"

16.6

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease

End of over 17 (10 runs) West Indies 61/2

    • MN Samuels 14 (10b 3x4)
    • DM Bravo 1 (20b)
    • Mohammed Shami 6-1-32-1
    • R Ashwin 4-3-11-0

Vinod: "Having gone for 11 in fist over, Ashwin bowled 3 consecutive maidens!! Is it a credit to him or credit for Bhuvi and Shami who finished the openers?"

17.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, Bravo goes back and cuts the ball as it slides across him from over the wicket this time, can't beat point

17.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

A slip, leg slip and short leg catching.

17.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, a flighted delivery and Bravo defends on the front foot

17.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

17.5

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, tossed up outside leg, Bravo stays in his crease and defends

17.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, strides forward and defends a flighted ball with a straight bat

End of over 18 (maiden) West Indies 61/2

    • DM Bravo 1 (26b)
    • MN Samuels 14 (10b 3x4)
    • R Ashwin 5-4-11-0
    • Mohammed Shami 6-1-32-1

Sanju Zacharias: "There are times when I love watching Sachin bowl almost as much as watching him bat. He was an original mystery spinner with his ability to bowl leg spin and off spin."

Paras: "@Amol: Well, after the kind of run fests we saw against Australia, I am relieved to see a much more even contest between bat and ball!"

18.1

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Samuels lets it go

Shri: "4 Bowlers in test is just not enough. If 2 of them have off day you cant keep on bowling the other two for the whole day."

18.2

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, FOUR, that's edged but it's fallen short of second slip and gone between him and first slip for four! Samuels was squared up in his crease by a good length ball that held its line, he managed to play with soft hands though as he prodded at it

18.3

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, 1 run, defended on the back foot on the off side, he's placed that into a gap though

Deepak Kalia: "Mohammed Shami is bowling with a purpose and testing batsmen in every delivery. This was missing in Ishant's bowling which lacked imagination and purpose. The seamers get very few overs in these conditions and they must make those count. Well Done, team management by picking up the Rookie over Ishant and Umesh."

18.4

Mohammed Shami to Bravo, no run, Bravo gets behind the line of a good length ball and defends

18.5

Mohammed Shami to Bravo, no run, Bravo stays back and plays a length ball towards midwicket, Shami runs across to field himself

18.6

Mohammed Shami to Bravo, 2 runs, Pujara puts in a full length dive on the fine leg boundary but the umpires will check that. It's a close one, did he manage to push the ball away before his body touched the boundary? I think he just did. superb effort. Bravo had glanced the ball off his pads

End of over 19 (7 runs) West Indies 68/2

    • DM Bravo 3 (29b)
    • MN Samuels 19 (13b 4x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 7-1-39-1
    • R Ashwin 5-4-11-0
19.1

Ashwin to Samuels, no run, defended on the back foot

Ashwin goes round the wicket.

19.2

Ashwin to Samuels, no run, Samuels strides forward and defends on the off side as the ball angles across him from round the wicket

19.3

Ashwin to Samuels, no run, punched off the back foot to the bowler

19.4

Ashwin to Samuels, no run, stays back to a fullish ball and defends with a straight bat

Over the wicket now.

19.5

Ashwin to Samuels, no run, tight line and length on off stump, defended on the front foot

19.6

Ashwin to Samuels, 1 run, pitches a bit short and Samuels goes back to cut through cover, ending Ashwin's streak of maiden overs

End of over 20 (1 run) West Indies 69/2

    • MN Samuels 20 (19b 4x4)
    • DM Bravo 3 (29b)
    • R Ashwin 6-4-12-0
    • Mohammed Shami 7-1-39-1

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Pragyan Ojha to bowl his first over of the Test, left-arm spin from round the wicket. Two slips and a short leg.

20.1

Ojha to Samuels, SIX, Samuels gives him the charge right away! Stepping out of his crease and lofting over the long-on boundary

20.2

Ojha to Samuels, no run, bowled quicker and on middle stump, Samuels went right back to defend

20.3

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels lets the ball go outside off, it was the ball that went straight on and it was close to the off stump

20.4

Ojha to Samuels, no run, defended on the front foot to the bowler

20.5

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels goes back to cut but is beaten by the extra bounce outside off stump

20.6

Ojha to Samuels, no run, strides forward to defend back down the pitch

End of over 21 (6 runs) West Indies 75/2

    • MN Samuels 26 (25b 4x4 1x6)
    • DM Bravo 3 (29b)
    • PP Ojha 1-0-6-0
    • R Ashwin 6-4-12-0

Vijay: "With all the distractions around, I am looking forward for Ashwin to reach 100 wickets in this test match which will make him to be second fastest to reach there..."

Faraaz: "His bowling figures might say something else for now, but Shami has created opportunities and bowling with a lot of intent. Good to see a fast bowler bending his back , just hope people do not disregard him after looking at his bowling figures."

21.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, tossed up on middle stump from round the wicket, Bravo drives to cover

21.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, Bravo comes forward and defends

21.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

A slip, gully and silly point catching.

21.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot once again

21.5

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, tossed up on off stump, drawing Bravo into the front foot defence

21.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, blocked on the front foot towards the catcher at silly point

End of over 22 (maiden) West Indies 75/2

    • DM Bravo 3 (35b)
    • MN Samuels 26 (25b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 7-5-12-0
    • PP Ojha 1-0-6-0

Neel Shah: "Love this counter attack from Samules. He has this natural west indian flair which makes it very refreshing to watch him bat. I know he may get out by a rash stroke, but enjoying the fun while it lasts and then it would be up to ever reliable chanders till end of the day"

22.1

Ojha to Samuels, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

22.2

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels drives from his crease but can't beat mid-off

22.3

Ojha to Samuels, no run, dropped a bit short outside off, Samuels cuts but can't beat point

22.4

Ojha to Samuels, no run, thrusts his pad outside the line of off stump and lets the ball slide past

22.5

Ojha to Samuels, no run, tossed up on off stump, Samuels tries to beat cover with a firm drive but does not

22.6

Ojha to Samuels, no run, driven on the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 23 (maiden) West Indies 75/2

    • MN Samuels 26 (31b 4x4 1x6)
    • DM Bravo 3 (35b)
    • PP Ojha 2-1-6-0
    • R Ashwin 7-5-12-0

Kumar: "Why is Murli Vijay in the playing XI ahead of Rahane? Did I miss any of his tremendous from and knocks in Ranji?"

23.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, Bravo strides forward and defends towards the slip and gully

23.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

23.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, strides forward and defends on the pitch

23.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot to the man at silly point

23.5

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, the line is a bit straighter and Bravo nudges it off the pads, the crowd at Eden Gardens begins to cheer because Tendulkar sprints to the ball at square leg

23.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, played of the back foot on the off side

End of over 24 (maiden) West Indies 75/2

    • DM Bravo 3 (41b)
    • MN Samuels 26 (31b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 8-6-12-0
    • PP Ojha 2-1-6-0

prabal: "Being a Bengali and not able to watch the match, it makes me more curious - has the CAB been able to pull off the first day stunt? Are there about 70000 Tendulkar masks visible in the stands?" No, no sign of any masks.

24.1

Ojha to Samuels, no run, defended on the front foot towards point

24.2

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels strides forward and blocks on the off side

24.3

Ojha to Samuels, no run, goes back to defend a good length ball from middle stump on the off side

24.4

Ojha to Samuels, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Samuels drives from the crease towards cover

24.5

Ojha to Samuels, SIX, shot! Samuels steps out of his crease and lofts the ball with the turn over the long-off boundary with a flowing drive

24.6

Ojha to Samuels, FOUR, and he attacks again! Coming out of his crease to play the lofted drive over cover, Ojha's going to have to find a way to maintain the dot-ball pressure Ashwin has created at his end

End of over 25 (10 runs) West Indies 85/2

    • MN Samuels 36 (37b 5x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 3 (41b)
    • PP Ojha 3-1-16-0
    • R Ashwin 8-6-12-0
25.1

Ashwin to Bravo, FOUR, tossed up on off stump and this time Bravo attacks! He sees there's no fielder at mid-off and he lofts the ball flat through that region for another boundary, that's his first four

25.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot

25.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

25.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, Bravo strides forward and defends on the off side

25.5

Ashwin to Bravo, SIX, that's a tremendous blow! They are going after India's spinners. Bravo moves forward to a flighted ball and lofts it into the stands beyond wide long-on with a full swing of the bat

25.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 26 (10 runs) West Indies 95/2

    • DM Bravo 13 (47b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 36 (37b 5x4 2x6)
    • R Ashwin 9-6-22-0
    • PP Ojha 3-1-16-0
26.1

Ojha to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels strides forward and defends on the off side, places it in the gap at point so he'll get a single

Nikhil: "Have the Rules changed for Test also?? I am surprised at the scoring rate...."

Zain Khan: "The pitch will get easier to bat on. It already looks slow and low. The Kolkata curator stated, there is no such thing as a bowler's wicket in cricket," "That is an under-prepared wicket."

26.2

Ojha to Bravo, no run, played off the pads on the leg side

26.3

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo moves across his crease and defends with a straight bat towards the bowler

26.4

Ojha to Bravo, no run, bowled flatter and quicker on middle stump, Bravo gets behind the line in his crease and defends hurriedly

26.5

Ojha to Bravo, 1 run, turned off the pads through square and that single brings up the 50-run stand

26.6

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels goes back and takes one hand off the bat as he fends awkwardly at one that bounces a bit more, the ball goes in the air and falls safely in the point region. That came off the high part of the bat

Nishant Jain: "4 sixes already in the morning session. And we all thought that the other team was in the ODI mode."

End of over 27 (2 runs) West Indies 97/2

    • MN Samuels 37 (39b 5x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 14 (51b 1x4 1x6)
    • PP Ojha 4-1-18-0
    • R Ashwin 9-6-22-0
27.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot towards point

27.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, played off the back foot on the leg side

27.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, strides forward this time to defend towards the bowler

27.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, blocked off the front foot towards silly point

27.5

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, Bravo moves forward and across to defend on the leg side

27.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

End of over 28 (maiden) West Indies 97/2

    • DM Bravo 14 (57b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 37 (39b 5x4 2x6)
    • R Ashwin 10-7-22-0
    • PP Ojha 4-1-18-0

There won't be any complaints about the over-rate this sesson. India are ripping through their overs. Tendulkar's on the boundary and the crowd behind him is beginning to make some noise.

28.1

Ojha to Samuels, no run, defended on the front foot towards silly point, that was inside edge on to the pad

28.2

Ojha to Samuels, no run, driven from the crease towards cover

28.3

Ojha to Samuels, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

28.4

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels strides forward and blocks once again

28.5

Ojha to Samuels, no run, defended on the front foot once again

28.6

Ojha to Samuels, no run, tossed up into the right-hander from round the wicket, Samuels strides forward and defends with a straight bat

End of over 29 (maiden) West Indies 97/2

    • MN Samuels 37 (45b 5x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 14 (57b 1x4 1x6)
    • PP Ojha 5-2-18-0
    • R Ashwin 10-7-22-0

R. Sawh: "Samuels has lots of flair, and ought to be admired, but if he gets out in a silly way, WI are in a pickle: they have gambled by playing 5 frontline batsmen, effectively selecting Permaul over Deonarine and playing Ramdin at #6...while Shiv is as reliable as they come, Samuels needs to show some seniority and not give his wicket away for a whimsical score, thereby throwing serious pressure on the middle and lower order. Style and substance have to go hand in hand."

Bhuvneshwar is back for a short spell before lunch, round the wicket to the left-hander. Two slips in place.

29.1

Kumar to Bravo, no run, good length angling into Bravo, who stays in his crease and closes the face to play on the leg side

29.2

Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, a bit too straight this time, Bravo stays in his creases and uses the angle into him to work the ball off his pads to fine leg

29.3

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels pushes with hard hands at a good length ball outside off and he gets a bottom edge into the ground near his stumps, that kept a bit low

29.4

Kumar to Samuels, no run, stays back to a full ball that swings into him and defends on the off side

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29.5

Kumar to Samuels, no run, good length outside off stump, punched off the back foot towards cover

29.6

Kumar to Samuels, FOUR, that's a lovely drive, he came forward to a length ball and drove it on the up wide of the fielder at mid-off, superb timing and placement. West Indies go past 100

End of over 30 (5 runs) West Indies 102/2

    • MN Samuels 41 (49b 6x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 15 (59b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 8-3-23-1
    • PP Ojha 5-2-18-0

DWolfman: "Only 1 session in, but this has been good balanced Test cricket. Batsmen haven't been able to just bash it about the place, but at almost 3.5 runs per over there are runs in it if you apply yourself."

30.1

Ojha to Bravo, no run, moves forward and defends a flighted ball with a straight bat

30.2

Ojha to Bravo, no run, tossed up on off stump from round the wicket, defended on the front foot by the left-hander

30.3

Ojha to Bravo, no run, bowled full on off stump, but Bravo stays back and defends this time

Carson: "@ Sawh - So far Samuels has not played a rash shot. He has not allowed the spinners to settle. Otherwise he cud bat until tea and if he gets out at tea we wud still not pass 120 runs. As much as time is important in a test match - the runs u get is what will win matches if the bowlers have a score to defend. A quick hundred is better than a slow 30 unless u r looking to draw the match."

30.4

Ojha to Bravo, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

30.5

Ojha to Bravo, no run, goes back this time to play the ball on the off side

30.6

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo strides forward to block with a straight bat

End of over 31 (maiden) West Indies 102/2

    • DM Bravo 15 (65b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 41 (49b 6x4 2x6)
    • PP Ojha 6-3-18-0
    • B Kumar 8-3-23-1
31.1

Kumar to Samuels, no run, there's a half appeal for lbw as Samuels gets caught on his crease while defending, he got an inside edge on to his pad

31.2

Kumar to Samuels, no run, he stays back to defend once again and gets another inside edge on to the front pad, a bit of swing into the right-hander for Bhuvneshwar

31.3

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels stays back and plays the ball on the off side

31.4

Kumar to Samuels, no run, he lets one go outside off stump, that hasn't happened for a while

Senthil: "So far good session for WI. They have already scored 100 runs despite both openers is gone and at a good clip as well. India may disappointed little bit as their spinners yet to show their magic"

31.5

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels strides forward to a fuller ball and drives smoothly to cover

Deepak Kalia: "What I like in Ojha is he does not hesitate to toss the ball up and flight even if the batsmen attack him. A classical left arm spinner."

31.6

Kumar to Samuels, FOUR, short ball with width outside off, Samuels stays back and slaps the ball hard through cover with a forceful drive

End of over 32 (4 runs) West Indies 106/2

    • MN Samuels 45 (55b 7x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 15 (65b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 9-3-27-1
    • PP Ojha 6-3-18-0

This will be the last over before lunch.

Deepak Kalia: "What I like in Ojha is he does not hesitate to toss the ball up and flight even if the batsmen attack him. A classical left arm spinner."

32.1

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo stays back to a flighted delivery and defends on the leg side

32.2

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo moves forward and across to nudge behind square, the fielder at leg slip dives to his right to field

32.3

Ojha to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

32.4

Ojha to Bravo, no run, bowled wide outside the off stump this time, Bravo lets it go

32.5

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo gets behind the line of a flighted ball and blocks

32.6

Ojha to Bravo, 1 run, slants across the left-hander and spins back in, Bravo works the ball off his pads behind square, and that will be lunch

11.00 am As the players troop off for lunch, I'm off to grab some breakfast. West Indies have just shaded that session, after winning the toss, but India will not be too unhappy at picking up two wickets. Samuels has batted positively, looking to attack the spinners whenever he can, and the upshot is a scoring rate of more than three runs an over. Bravo's been more sedate, but his watchfulness was required after West Indies lost two early wickets. I'll be back in 40 minutes for the second session.

In the meantime, we have Sanjay Manjrekar live during the lunch break, and he will be analysing the events of the first session. The show will begin shortly.

End of over 33 (1 run) West Indies 107/2

    • DM Bravo 16 (71b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 45 (55b 7x4 2x6)
    • PP Ojha 7-3-19-0
    • B Kumar 9-3-27-1

11.35 am A little more than five minutes until the start of the second session. Pratip Ghosh: "The low turn-out of Eden may be because of the fact that after Diwali and Bhai-duj today many offices are opening for the first time this week."

Avinash: "From the looks of it, WI want to cross 325-350 and then take the game from there. They are looking to score, batting the time out does not look to be on their minds."

The Indians take the field after another huddle, Darren Bravo will take first strike after the break. Bhuvneshwar to bowl, from round the wicket.

Pranav: "India needs atleast two more wickets in the next session. Seamers have done thier part, now Ojha and Ashwin need to strike asap else these two will take the game away."

33.1

Kumar to Bravo, no run, the first ball slants down leg side and Dhoni collects after Bravo misses the glance

33.2

Kumar to Bravo, no run, a wicket to wicket line, with no slips catching, Bravo gets behind it and defends in his crease

33.3

Kumar to Bravo, no run, Bravo stays in his crease and defends the ball with the angle into him on the leg side

33.4

Kumar to Bravo, 2 runs, Tendulkar scampers along the boundary at deep backward square and prevents a boundary with his boot, Bravo had flicked it off his pads

33.5

Kumar to Bravo, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

33.6

Kumar to Bravo, 4 leg byes, Dhoni sprints after the ball towards fine leg but he won't get to it, Bhuvneshwar strayed down leg and the ball brushed Bravo's pads after he missed the glance

End of over 34 (6 runs) West Indies 113/2

    • DM Bravo 18 (77b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 45 (55b 7x4 2x6)
    • B Kumar 10-3-29-1
    • PP Ojha 7-3-19-0

Rohit Bharadwaj: "Pleasure to see the ages of Indian batsmen. Barring the great and the captain, the rest are around the 25-26 mark. Should be a good 5-6 years of batting legacy. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Pujara will be the new trio from December."

Ojha from round the wicket ...

34.1

Ojha to Samuels, no run, tossed up into the right-hander, Samuels defends on the front foot

34.2

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels strides forward and plays towards the bowler

Two slips and a silly point in place.

34.3

Ojha to Samuels, no run, defended back down the pitch on the front

34.4

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels steps out of his crease but isn't to the pitch of the ball and it hits his pad as he tries to defend

34.5

Ojha to Samuels, FOUR, the attack on Ojha continues, Samuels moves forward to get to the pitch of a flighted delivery and drills the ball through cover with a powerful drive

34.6

Ojha to Samuels, 1 run, fifty for Samuels! He gets there by going back and pushing the ball through cover point. A fluent, attacking innings it's been, at the venue of his maiden Test hundred

End of over 35 (5 runs) West Indies 118/2

    • MN Samuels 50 (61b 8x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 18 (77b 1x4 1x6)
    • PP Ojha 8-3-24-0
    • B Kumar 10-3-29-1
35.1

Kumar to Samuels, no run, good length on off stump, Samuels stays back and defends on the off side

Senthil: "India is leaking too many runs. They need to control the extras. Straying on the pads too many occasions as well."

35.2

Kumar to Samuels, no run, played from the crease with an open face towards point

35.3

Kumar to Samuels, no run, good length, coming into off and middle, driven from the crease towards cover

35.4

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels moves across in his crease to defend a good length all on the leg side

35.5

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels is right behind the line on the back foot, moving across and playing the ball with the angle into him towards midwicket

35.6

Kumar to Samuels, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 36 (maiden) West Indies 118/2

    • MN Samuels 50 (67b 8x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 18 (77b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 11-4-29-1
    • PP Ojha 8-3-24-0

Chandrashekhar: "If Samuels continues to play like this for 2 more sessions, its going to be a difficult situation for India.. as Indians will be batting in 4th innings of this Test.."

Kaustubh Barve: "To give first working day after Diwali holiday as a reason for low turnout is ridiculous. Would the turnout would be same if India were batting and 2 down?"

36.1

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo goes deep into his crease and defends with a straight bat

36.2

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo moves across his stumps in his crease an defends towards short leg

36.3

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo goes right back again and defends on the leg side

36.4

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo strides forward and outside the line of off stump to defend one that slants across him from round the wicket

36.5

Ojha to Bravo, no run, goes back again to defend with a straight bat

36.6

Ojha to Bravo, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

End of over 37 (maiden) West Indies 118/2

    • DM Bravo 18 (83b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 50 (67b 8x4 2x6)
    • PP Ojha 9-4-24-0
    • B Kumar 11-4-29-1

Kumar: "Men in whites. So refreshing after slam bang odi series."

37.1

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels gets behind the line of a good length delivery and defends on the off side

37.2

Kumar to Samuels, no run, a fuller length on off and middle but Samuels stills stays in his crease and punches on the off side with a straight bat

37.3

Kumar to Samuels, FOUR, terrific timing and placement, Samuels moves a little across in his crease and punches the length ball through cover, two fielders chase but neither has a chance. Samuels had width to play that shot

37.4

Kumar to Samuels, no run, no width this time though, on off and middle stump, Samuels defends on the back foot

37.5

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels punches from the crease on the off side

Shishank Dahiya: "Low turnout is not because people are not interested, its because there are not enough tickets for interested people. Most of the tickets are given away as complementary tickets to people who are not even remotely interested in watching the matches live in stadiums."

37.6

Kumar to Samuels, no run, he moves back again to punch a length delivery from off stump towards cover, doesn't find the gap though

End of over 38 (4 runs) West Indies 122/2

    • MN Samuels 54 (73b 9x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 18 (83b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 12-4-33-1
    • PP Ojha 9-4-24-0
38.1

Ojha to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo leans forward and across to nudge a ball from round the wicket off his pads behind square leg

38.2

Ojha to Samuels, no run, a loud appeal for lbw but umpire Llong says not out. That ball pitched on middle and was the one that slid into the right-hander, Samuels pushed forward to defend and was hit on the pad. That would have missed leg stump

38.3

Ojha to Samuels, 1 run, driven firmly into the covers

38.4

Ojha to Bravo, no run, defended on the back foot on the pitch

38.5

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo goes back and defends the ball right in front of the stumps

38.6

Ojha to Bravo, no run, nudged off the pads behind square leg

End of over 39 (2 runs) West Indies 124/2

    • DM Bravo 19 (87b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 55 (75b 9x4 2x6)
    • PP Ojha 10-4-26-0
    • B Kumar 12-4-33-1

No slips, just a short cover in place.

39.1

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels punches the length ball to the fielder at short cover

39.2

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels stands tall on the back foot and drives a length ball to the fielder at cover

39.3

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels stays inside his crease and defends towards the leg side

Tendulkar's signing autographs for ball boys on the boundary, the ball boys are all wearing t-shirts with Tendulkar's face on it.

39.4

Kumar to Samuels, no run, driven firmly from the crease towards short cover

39.5

Kumar to Samuels, no run, driven on the front foot towards cover point

39.6

Kumar to Samuels, no run, Samuels stays back and defends a good length ball from off and middle towards the off side

End of over 40 (maiden) West Indies 124/2

    • MN Samuels 55 (81b 9x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 19 (87b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 13-5-33-1
    • PP Ojha 10-4-26-0

Imran: "People please stop denying the fact - people have long lost interest in test matches. They only need fours and sixes just like the video games I used to play in my childhood. BCCI has also tuned to people's demand. Recent India Australia series is one such example."

Looks like the ball is being changed. Has Samuels hit it out of shape?

40.1

Ojha to Bravo, no run, Bravo goes back and across to defend in front of off stump, Ojha's bowling at him from over the wicket

40.2

Ojha to Bravo, no run, that's wide down leg side, Bravo lets it go

40.3

Ojha to Bravo, no run, tossed up on of and middle, Bravo leans forward and defends to short leg

40.4

Ojha to Bravo, FOUR, that's some shot, a bit risky but executed well. Bravo goes back and hits the ball as it spins into him through cover, he didn't have room to play it, he hit it from off stump

40.5

Ojha to Bravo, no run, defended on the leg side

40.6

Ojha to Bravo, no run, that one turned and bounced quite a bit, the line took it down leg side though and Bravo was able to leave easily

End of over 41 (4 runs) West Indies 128/2

    • DM Bravo 23 (93b 2x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 55 (81b 9x4 2x6)
    • PP Ojha 11-4-30-0
    • B Kumar 13-5-33-1

Mohammed Shami replaces Bhuvneshwar, bowling over the wicket.

41.1

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, a length ball angling into middle stump and Samuels drove it firmly from his crease to mid-on

Satish Sasikumar: "Can't forget the moment when Tendulkar stood outside the Melbourne ground at 40oC signing autographs for people who waited for him for hours. All his teammates had boarded an AC bus by then. He said he did it to make the people who waiting for him happy..there lies his humility and greatness!"

41.2

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, gets on to the front foot this time and defends on the off side

41.3

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, played back towards the bowler from the crease

41.4

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, good length and straight, Samuels plays the ball back to the bowler

41.5

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, a bit of movement into the right-hander, Samuels stays back and punches towards the bowler

41.6

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, 1 run, that looked like it was too full to stay back to but Samuels managed to drive it fluently through point

End of over 42 (1 run) West Indies 129/2

    • MN Samuels 56 (87b 9x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 23 (93b 2x4 1x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 8-1-40-1
    • PP Ojha 11-4-30-0
42.1

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Samuels goes right back and defends a ball that angles into him from round the wicket

42.2

Ojha to Samuels, FOUR, short length and Samuels goes back to cut the ball slightly uppishly but wide of backward point and to the boundary

42.3

Ojha to Samuels, no run, Dhoni's dropped it! Samuels went back to cut another one, this time the ball wasn't that short and he did not have much room, the ball took a thick edge went into the right glove and popped out

42.4

Ojha to Samuels, no run, defended on the front foot

42.5

Ojha to Samuels, no run, defended on the back foot

42.6

Ojha to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels nudges the ball off his pads towards square

End of over 43 (5 runs) West Indies 134/2

    • MN Samuels 61 (93b 10x4 2x6)
    • DM Bravo 23 (93b 2x4 1x6)
    • PP Ojha 12-4-35-0
    • Mohammed Shami 8-1-40-1
43.1

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, Samuels stands tall in his crease and drives a length ball to cover

43.2

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, FOUR, that's too short and too wide outside off, it sits up for Samuels, who gets off his toes to slap the ball over the infield at cover

43.3

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease

43.4

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, no run, a fuller ball coming into the right-hander, Samuels drives back to the bowler

43.5

Mohammed Shami to Samuels, OUT, middle stump's been knocked out of the ground! That ball seemed much quicker, it pitched on a length and cut back into the right-hander, a skiddy delivery. Samuels stayed in his crease and tried to drive through cover, leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball went through it to hit the top of middle stump. Dhoni's drop has cost India only five runs

MN Samuels b Mohammed Shami 65 (102m 98b 11x4 2x6) SR: 66.32

Chanderpaul is the new batsman, he averages 65 against India.

Jackson: "I'm proud to say I witnessed Sachin's last ever innings on Australian soil. Was quite the experience, never seen a non - Australian get such a positive reception from an Aussie crowd before!"

43.6

Mohammed Shami to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul moves across his crease from a completely square-on stance to defend towards the bowler

End of over 44 (4 runs) West Indies 138/3

    • S Chanderpaul 0 (1b)
    • DM Bravo 23 (93b 2x4 1x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 9-1-44-2
    • PP Ojha 12-4-35-0

Ashwin to bowl, from round the wicket.

44.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, goes back to punch the ball towards cover

44.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, nudged off the back foot towards point

Raghu IFMR: "Here comes the Run machine against his favorite opponent.. Get ready to see some unorthodox stands and drives.."

44.3

Ashwin to Bravo, OUT, disaster for West Indies, Bravo's been run out! Chanderpaul's standing there with his hands on his hips. What on earth was Bravo doing? He nudged the ball off the pads behind square leg and sauntered down the pitch. There was no chance of a single there, Chanderpaul never ran and it was his call since the ball was behind square. Shami got to the ball quickly from short fine leg and by the time Bravo turned around, he had no chance. The throw to Dhoni's end was swift and the third umpire was not even needed.

DM Bravo run out 23 (124m 96b 2x4 1x6) SR: 23.95

Denesh Ramdin is the new batsman. This Test has been transformed in ten minutes.

44.4

Ashwin to Ramdin, FOUR, edged but wide of the solitary slip for four! Ramdin pushed forward at one that slid across him from round the wicket and got a thick edge

44.5

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, defended on the back foot

44.6

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 45 (4 runs) West Indies 142/4

    • D Ramdin 4 (3b 1x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 0 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 11-7-26-0
    • Mohammed Shami 9-1-44-2

Rahul Kapoor: "I remember I was in Eden Gardens in 2002 when West Indies toured India. Shivnarine Chanderpaul went on to score a century and played all day. Crowd right now has no idea about the longevity of this great Test batsman."

45.1

Mohammed Shami to Chanderpaul, 1 run, moves back and across to work a short of a length ball off his hips behind square

Saffer: "I can't help feeling that the perfect send-off would have been to see Sachin vs Dale. But, a man as great as Sachin deserves to play his last few days of cricket in his home town, so it does make the whole CSA-BCCI debacle feel a bit easier to swallow."

45.2

Mohammed Shami to Ramdin, OUT, Shami's done it again! The middle stump has been uprooted! He pitched once again on a good length outside off and swung back into the right-hander, Ramdin was cramped for room as he tried to cut and the ball beat the bat to crash into off stump. Looks like Shami's already reversing it, and he's having a splendid debut

D Ramdin b Mohammed Shami 4 (4m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

The West Indies captain Darren Sammy walks out to bat. Bet he didn't think he'd be out in the middle so soon after lunch.

45.3

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, definite reverse, and a lot of it. Shami swings it back into the right-hander and Sammy gets an inside edge on to the pad as he tries to defend

45.4

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, hits the pads with one that was going to miss leg stump, Sammy was back in his crease trying to play towards square

45.5

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, a full ball tails in late to the right-hander, Sammy plays the ball to mid-on

45.6

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, FOUR, a full ball on the pads, Sammy glances it to the fine leg boundary

End of over 46 (5 runs) West Indies 147/5

    • DJG Sammy 4 (4b 1x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 1 (2b)
    • Mohammed Shami 10-1-49-3
    • R Ashwin 11-7-26-0

MrGarreth: "Sorry to say my fellow Saffer, but nothing will make this BCCI-CSA (and let's not exclude ICC!) pill easier to swallow. Regardless of the reasons, I just wanted to see a proper series. The Durban one will be washed out and Wanderers will be a no-contest. Mark my words."

R.Dhanuka: "What a masterstroke of bringing in Shami for Ishant Sharma into this Test Match...Bingo MSD"

The umpires had changed the ball some time ago and the replacement is reversing big time.

46.1

Ojha to Chanderpaul, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

46.2

Ojha to Chanderpaul, no run, played back to the bowler off the back foot

46.3

Ojha to Chanderpaul, no run, the ball pitches outside leg from round the wicket and Chanderpaul lets it hit his pads

46.4

Ojha to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul strides forward and defends on the off side

46.5

Ojha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanderpaul moves back and across to work the ball off his pads behind square

46.6

Ojha to Sammy, no run, a massive, massive appeal for lbw but umpire Llong says not out and calls drinks on to the field. That looked mighty close as Sammy pushed forward to defend and was hit on the pad by Ojha bowling from round the wicket. Was that sliding down leg?

Navin: "Feel India have unearthed a rough diamond in Mohamed Shami."

Sourabh : "With all due respect to Dhoni's captaincy, playing Shami and resting Ishant was the most blatantly obvious decision he has had to make"

Yogesh: "I was actually planning to take the day off tomorrow to see Sachin bat. But looking at the scheme of things I might as well leave early today."

End of over 47 (1 run) West Indies 148/5

    • DJG Sammy 4 (5b 1x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 2 (7b)
    • PP Ojha 13-4-36-0
    • Mohammed Shami 10-1-49-3

Have a question for Sanjay Manjrekar? Tweet it with #matchpoint and Sanjay will answer your queries during the tea show.

Two slips in place.

47.1

Mohammed Shami to Chanderpaul, FOUR, a sublime drive from Chanderpaul, he moves forward and across to drive a full ball angling across him from over the wicket through cover

47.2

Mohammed Shami to Chanderpaul, FOUR, and again! Chanderpaul waits for the ball to swing across him and drills it through cover off the front foot

Emmanuel: "You might call me pessimistic but Shami's debut reminds me of how Munaf made his Test debut. He did make great impressions. Will Shami be able to maintain consistency throughout his career?"

Shami goes round the wicket ...

47.3

Mohammed Shami to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanderpaul moves forward and across to drive a full ball angling into him through point, there's a fielder in the deep now

47.4

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, Shami skids the ball into Sammy who has to defend in a hurry as he is caught on his crease

47.5

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, hits a good length and cuts back into Sammy, who gets on to the front foot and defends on the off side

zafarjaveds: "Calm down guys, Shami's real test will be Chanderpaul. He is a gem of a batsmen and lets see how he bowls to him."

47.6

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, FOUR, strays on to the pads this time, Sammy clips it firmly through square leg and picks up a boundary

End of over 48 (13 runs) West Indies 161/5

    • DJG Sammy 8 (8b 2x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 11 (10b 2x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 11-1-62-3
    • PP Ojha 13-4-36-0
48.1

Ojha to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul goes back and across to defend on the off side as Ojha bowls from round the wicket

48.2

Ojha to Chanderpaul, no run, gets on to the front foot this time to defend towards point

48.3

Ojha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump and Chanderpaul goes back and across to flick off his pads behind square

48.4

Ojha to Sammy, no run, Sammy begins to come out of his crease and then stops because Ojha shortened his length, pitched around middle and off and spun it sharply away from the right-hander to beat the bat

48.5

Ojha to Sammy, no run, defended back to the bowler

48.6

Ojha to Sammy, no run, slips down leg side this time and Dhoni collects after Sammy misses the glance

End of over 49 (1 run) West Indies 162/5

    • DJG Sammy 8 (11b 2x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 12 (13b 2x4)
    • PP Ojha 14-4-37-0
    • Mohammed Shami 11-1-62-3
49.1

Mohammed Shami to Chanderpaul, 1 run, angles the ball into the left-hand batsman from round the wicket, Chanderpaul stays back and plays the ball towards midwicket

49.2

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, pitches just outside off on a good length and nips into Sammy, who tries to defend from his crease

49.3

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, driven from the crease towards mid-off

Ranjeet: "Sure Saurabh - but MSD could have gone with Umesh Yadav instead of Ishant ..."

49.4

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, Sammy tries to drive a good length ball that reverses into the right-hander and he gets a thick inside edge towards square leg

49.5

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, FOUR, a half-volley on the pads and Sammy flicks with power towards the long-leg boundary where Bhuvneshwar fails to bend low enough to stop the ball

49.6

Mohammed Shami to Sammy, no run, a full ball swings in towards off and middle and Sammu drives the ball very hard towards mid-off, where Pujara tumbles to his left and saves runs

End of over 50 (5 runs) West Indies 167/5

    • DJG Sammy 12 (16b 3x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 13 (14b 2x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 12-1-67-3
    • PP Ojha 14-4-37-0
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