India vs. West Indies, 1st Test: Scorecard and Day 1 Recap from Kolkata

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India vs. West Indies, 1st Test: Scorecard and Day 1 Recap from Kolkata
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India took control of the first Test against the West Indies in Kolkata after the opening day.

The tourists, who won the toss and elected to bat at Eden Gardens, were bowled out for 234 with India reaching 37 without loss at the stumps.

The men from the Caribbean started well and reached 107 for two at lunch after the early loss of openers Chris Gayle for 18 and Kieran Powell for 28.

West Indies 1st innings: 234 all out (78 overs)
Batting Dismissal Runs Balls Minutes
CH Gayle c Vijay b Kumar 18 42 42
KOA Powell c Kumar b Mohammed Shami 28 58 58
DM Bravo run out (Mohammed Shami/†Dhoni) 23 124 96
MN Samuels b Mohammed Shami 65 65 102
S Chanderpaul b Ashwin 36 36 128
D Ramdin† b Mohammed Shami 4 4 4
DJG Sammy* c Kumar b Ojha 16 16 26
S Shillingford lbw b Tendulkar 5 5 39
V Permaul c & b Ashwin 14 14 16
TL Best not out 14 39 30
SS Cottrell b Mohammed Shami 0 5 4
Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
B Kumar 14 6 33 1
Mohammed Shami 17 2 71 4
R Ashwin 21 9 52 2
PP Ojha 24 6 62 1
SR Tendulkar 2 1 5 1


Marlon Samuels had reached 45 by the adjournment. The hard-hitting middle-order batsman, who has so often starred on Indian soil in the IPL, reached his half-century after lunch.

However, he became debutant seamer Mohammed Shami’s second victim, which prompted a collapse that saw the West Indies slump from 138 for two to 192 for seven at tea.

Shami, who removed Powell for his maiden Test wicket, continued his fine day by running out Darren Bravo for 23 from fine leg before pegging back Dinesh Ramdin’s off-stump for four.

Away captain Darren Sammy departed before the crowd were sent into raptures when Sachin Tendulkar took a rare wicket.

The 40-year-old legend, playing in his 199th and penultimate Test match, took just his 46th Test wicket when he trapped Shane Shillingford for five with his part-time off-spin.

Veerasammy Permaul departed quickly in the evening session, leaving Shivnarine Chanderpaul—who has so often been the saviour of the West Indies—short of partners. He was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin’s quicker ball for 36.

Shami removed final man Sheldon Cottrell for a duck to finish with fine figures of four for 71 before home openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay took India to stumps without loss. 

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