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West Indies v India

India scored over 400 to win this Test, a feat accomplished only once before -- by Australia against England, at Headingley, in 1948

15-Apr-1977
India scored over 400 to win this Test, a feat accomplished only once before -- by Australia against England, at Headingley, in 1948. Their victory was the climax of a very brave second-innings recovery.
Gavaskar and Viswanath both batted at their best to meet the big challenge in the second innings and Mohinder Amarnath was outstanding while playing the role of anchor.
But India's achievement reflected poorly on the three West Indies spin bowlers who could make so little headway on a worn, turning pitch. In contrast, all three of India's spinners bowlers magnificently in both innings.
West Indies built up a seemingly impregnable position over the first two days. Although Chandrasekhar had West Indies struggling at 52 for three after only seventy minutes, they recovered to score 320 for five by the end of the first day, Richards scoring 151 not out, his third century of the series.
It was a masterly knock, but as in the previous Tests, he was let off by Kirmani. It was a leg-side chance from a mistimed sweep and Richards then was 72. Lloyd contributed 68 to a partnership of 124 for the fourth wicket and Julien to one of 106 for the sixth.
All five wickets that fell on the first day were claimed by Chandrasekhar and on the second day Bedi rounded up the innings in only forty-five minutes, for the addition of 39 runs, the West Indies losing wickets quickly while trying to force the pace.
Although there was no pace or bounce in the pitch, Holding bowled with great fire. He removed Gavaskar, who failed for the first time in a match in Trinidad. Viswanath made 41 in promising fashion, but was out cutting Imtiaz Ali, the leg-spinner, and at the end of the second day, India were 169 for five.
Holding, armed with the second new ball, proved too much for the remaining Indian batsmen although there was a flurry of bold shots by Madan Lal and India narrowed the gap to 131.
In the remaining four hours of the day, West Indies doubled their lead at the cost of three second-innings wickets. The Indians bowled extremely well to restrict the scoring rate and while they must have hoped to make deeper inroads, they at least had the satisfaction that Richards was gone.
Runs were again hard to get on the fourth day, especially after Lloyd fell in Chandrasekhar's first over of the day, brilliantly caught at slip by Viswanath. Kallicharran, who made his only century of the series, batted very circumspectly and in about three hours that their innings was continued, West Indies could add only 139 runs.
India lost only Gaekwad (at 69) before the end of the day. The total was 134, of which 85 were made by Gavaskar, with twelve 4's. On the last day, India's target was 269 in six hours. After completing his century, Gavaskar lost his touch and eventually succumbed in trying to move back into top gear.
Mohinder Amarnath, who had helped Gavaskar to put on 108, did not have the skill to dominate and in the second hour, the score rate slumped to 22. Amarnath had become particularly bogged down after surviving a return chance to Imtiaz Ali, at 37. Time was still on India's side at lunch when 206 were required in four hours.
In forty-five minutes after the resumption, they added 26 and then Lloyd took the new ball, 29 overs after it was due. Julien bowled very loosely with it and with Viswanath getting after him, India now began to make rapid advance. In eight overs with the new ball, 37 runs were scored.
Viswanath was now inspired. Using his feet, he bent the spin attack to his will and his century came out of 147 runs, with thirteen 4's. The pair, who put on 159 in all, took India to within 67 of their objective and then Viswanath, backing up too far, was run out. The statutory overs began five minutes later.
India were not thrown out of their stride by Viswanath's dismissal. Patel took command of the spin attack, which collapsed under the pressure and India got home at a gallop, with seven overs to spare.