November 9th, 2011
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India wins test cricket against West Indies

Sachin Tendulkar New Delhi: India registered their first win in seven Tests. Anchoring the chase was Sachin Tendulkar, who overtook Rahul Dravid as the leading run-getter in chases, and rushing through it was VVS Laxman, who calmed any nerves there might have been after Dravid’s wicket early in the day. Along the way Laxman crossed 1000 runs in chases, including an eighth score of fifty or more. This was also the third time since last summer that Laxman was in the middle at the successful completion of a 200-plus chase.

West Indies put up brave fight in the first Test at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla ground but couldn’t prevent India from registering a comfortable victory by five wickets on the fourth day to take a 1-0 lead.

After Tendulkar brought up his 62nd half century, all eyes were on him even as strokes came with regularity off VVS Laxman’s bat. Tendulkar reacted by playing a few aggressive strokes that swelled his score to 76. But he misread the length of a Devendra Bishoo delivery and was adjudged lbw at 76.

Laxman continued to ease India’s way through the chase, and when he punched and flicked Edwards for two boundaries in the 56th over, India reached 200 and the contest was all but over. In the first hour of play India smashed 56 runs, including 11 fours.

Rahul Dravid, was the first man to fall on day four when Fidel Edwards sent his stumps cartwheeling to reduce India to 162/3. Dravid could add only one to his overnight score of 30.

Tendulkar and Laxman then combined for a 71-run fluent partnership, which ended with the former’s dismissal when India needed just 43 more to win. Yuvraj Singh and Laxman then took the total to 254/4 at Lunch as India scored 102 runs in the first session off 29 overs.

Laxman then returned to complete his 55th half century in the post-Lunch session off 91 balls. It was also his 11th against the West Indies. However, Yuvraj continued his bad run, going out for 18 when India needed just one run to win.

Dhoni then came out to accompany Laxman, who hit the winning boundary to end at 61 not out as India won by five wickets.

But the match belonged to Pragyan Ojha and the new crop of Indian spinners R Ashwin, who was also named ‘Man of the Match’. While Ojha ended with match figures of 7/103, debutant Ashwin had the second best match figures on debut (9/128) by an Indian. For West Indies, Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the star with his 165 runs (118 and 47) in the match.

The second Test begins from November 14 at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.


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