Debutant Shami Ahmed aka Mohammed Shami took four wickets and affected a run out to help India bowl out West Indies for a modest total of 234 on the opening day’s play of the First Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. India ended Day 1 at 37 for no loss in 12 overs with both the openers – Murali Vijay (16*) and Shikhar Dhawan (21*) looking in good touch. It could be leather hunt for the West Indian bowling attack which failed to sustain any sort of pressure on the Indian openers in the little session before stumps.
West Indies had won the crucial toss to bat first on a pitch that wasn’t designed to last five days. The ball started to stay low and was going to take turn straightaway. Add to that the early morning start at 9:00 AM is perfect for the seamers to extract the lateral movement off the surface. India went into this Test with Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami making their Test debuts following their One Day exploits. Pragyan Ojha was the second spinner apart from Ashwin while fast bowler Umesh Yadav was left warming up on the bench. West Indies had a debutant in left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell with Kemar Roach breaking down with an injury.
The tourists lost Chris Gayle (18) without much on the board with the Jamaican fishing outside off to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Shami, the local boy from Bengal removed the other opener Kieran Powell (28) after inducing a false pull shot from the left-hander. Windies got back into a strong position after that with Marlon Samuels joining Darren Bravo to take on the Indian spinners on a turning pitch. The pair did well to repair the early damages but after Lunch, things just fell apart for the tourists.
Marlon Samuels after an attacking fifty had his feet stuck in the crease while a Shami inswinger broke through his defences to clean him up. Samuels finished with 65 to his name in 98 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes. Darren Bravo (23) followed him back to the pavilion after getting run out courtesy of a mix up with Chanderpaul. Wicket Keeper Denesh Ramdin lasted only four balls before he was cleaned up by a Shami inswinger. Half the side was now gone with only 143 on the board.
Skipper Darren Sammy got himself out cheaply after attempting a glory shot off Pragyan Ojha to leave his side tottering along at 172 for 6. The icing on the cake before Tea came when Sachin Tendulkar who was brought onto bowl the one over just to please the crowd got the wicket of Shane Shillingford, trapping him lbw with a straighter one. After lunch, India got the big wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul who surprisingly allowed R Ashwin to break through his defences with a straighter one. Chanderpaul until then was scratching around aimlessly and playing only for himself to score 36 from 79 balls. West Indies were wrapped up for 234 in 78 overs with all the five Indian bowlers getting amongst the wickets.
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