Friday, November 8, 2013

Mohammad Shami brought early victory for India in the 1st Test at Eden Garden

India won the 1st Test Match played here at the Eden Garden against West Indies by an innings and 51 runs. This is definitely a victory for the national team, but for sure it was a defeat for the cricket fans at Eden Garden and in Kolkata.
The fans here at Eden Garden and Kolkata, were deprived from watching the Little Master playing his 2nd innings, as the match was cut short new Indian bowling sensation Mohammed Shami. The environment now is “Shami, Shami” everywhere instead of the expected “Sachin, Sachin”.
This was the 199th test match of the little master and he will be playing his last test match in Mumbai, when India takes on West Indies in the 2nd Test Match.
Nevertheless, the last three days at Kolkata remained reserved for Tendulkar did. The spectators reciprocated the master batsmen since last three days in every move what he did, whether it was bowling, batting, fielding. Rest of the players, from both the teams participated with the spectators to pay their respect to Sachin.
Despite all the roars for Sachin, the real hero of the match was Mohammad Shami, who took as many as 9 wickets in this match with fifth wicket in the second innings. West Indies collapsed from 101 for 1 to 168 all out, plummeting to an innings defeat inside three days at Eden Gardens. R Ashwin, who completed his second Test hundred in the morning, made key incisions in the West Indies top order before Mohammed Shami blew the rest away with another controlled display of reverse swing. Shami took nine wickets in the game, the most by an India fast bowler on debut. Six of them were bowled, all with the old ball.
Ashwin ended with five wickets to go with his hundred. The batting landmark came in the first session when he and debutant centurion Rohit Sharma stretched the lead past 200. West Indies had nearly halved the deficit for the loss of only Chris Gayle when they were demolished either side of tea by Ashwin and then Shami.
West Indies lost their last nine batsmen in 23.3 overs, a reflection of how quickly a Test can turn on the subcontinent with reverse swing and spin. West Indies would have been eyeing a decent lead when Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo put on 68 for the second wicket. The new ball did little and the spinners were toiling without too much bite and luck.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sachin's 1st Innings was cut short by a doubtful LBW decision at Eden Garden, Kolkata

The worst fear came true here at Eden Gardens, Kolkata when Sachin Tendulkar, the retiring cricket legend was declared out just for 10 runs due to a doubtful LBW decision. Sachin is playing his 199th Test Series and a lot of arrangements have been made to pay tribute to the little master here in Kolkata.

In fact really it is the end of the party at Eden Gardens. Despite his two confident shots to the fence – Sachin was dismissed on 10 by West Indies in what was a controversial verdict against the batsman.

The ball was turning dangerously at the Eden pitch but Tendulkar had looked extremely confident - batting at No. 4 - during the course of his brief stay. He had even dispatched Shane Shillingford for two boundaries in an over.

It was a Shillingford doosra that 'outfoxed' Tendulkar and struck the Little Master high on his back-leg - replays suggesting too high to have crashed into the stumps. The Eden crowd though stood up to give the departing batsman a standing ovation, much like they has when he had walked in. This time though, they were far more silent.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

West Indies win toss, choose to bat in the 1st Test Series between India vs West Indies, Eden Gardens, Kolkata

For the 2st Test series between India and West Indies, the West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bat against India, here at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.  in the first Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday. 

While for the Indian team, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami make their Test debuts for India, in the West Indies side Sheldon Cotterrell will make his Test debut. 

After losing the toss, 
MS Dhoni calmly said that the Sachin Tendulkar-factor isn't much of a distraction yet, possibly will be during his 200th Test in Mumbai. Says that it is quite demanding to change from ODI plans to Test plans within the space of a few days. 

After winning the toss, Darren Sammy said that it's tricky to assess how the surface will play but all the guys are ready. 

There are a few cracks on the surface but the dominance of black soil is clearly evident on the surface. The surface could start assisting spinners to a great extent from Day 3 onwards and batsmen's skills could be tested to the limits.