India gifts Test series to Tendulkar

Mumbai: One could not have asked for a better end to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s 24-year-long illustrious cricketing career as the hapless West Indies were handed over an innings and 126 runs defeat for a whitewash by the Indians during the second and the final Test match played at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. Resuming the third day on 43 for three, the West Indies were bundled out for a mere score of 187 in their second innings.

India gifts Test series to Tendulkar

Sensing the inevitable, large number of people thronged Wankhede since early morning to be a part of the historic moment and to see their ‘God’ for the very last time donning the white and in action.Even the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni knew what the crowd wanted and rightfully brought in Tendulkar to bowl couple of overs when the play was extended for 15 more minutes and when visitors had already lost their eight-wicket. The luck didn’t favour the ‘Master’ as it did during the first Test at Eden where he managed to get a wicket but he once again gave a great display of his bowling skills with a googly and few loopy half volleys.

Chris Gayle, Kieron Powell, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Chanderpaul failed to deliver for their team for the second time in the match. The otherwise smashing Gayle managed to score only just 35 off 53 balls, his highest in the series. In the entire series he managed to score mere 97 runs, which speaks volumes of his poor form. Chanderpaul was the lone fighter for the visitors managing to take upon Ashwin and Ojha by building up a 50 run partnership with Ramdin.

He completed his 50 off 60 balls with 10 fours and a six, which he hit over deep midwicket off Ashwin’s bowling. Shane Shillingford (8) hung in there for sometime dangerously and helped Ramdin complete his half-century. But it was only a matter of time before Shillingford finally got an off-break from Ashwin that turned sharply to trap him plumb in-front. Shanon Gabriel was the last man to walk in with the West Indies board reading 185 runs.

And then the moment of mixed emotions came at 11:47 am when Mohammed Shami knocked off the stumps of No.11 Shillingford.  First, the crowd erupted in celebration over India’s thumping victory over West Indies.

And the very next moment the entire stadium was in pin drop silence, for they had realised this last wicket had brought an end to the illustrious career of Tendulkar and this was the last time they were seeing the ‘God’ in action.

Wi 1st innings: 182

India 1st innings: 495

Windies 2nd innings:
C Gayle c Dhoni b Ojha………………35
K Powell c M Shami b Ashwin………9
T Best lbw b Ojha……………………….9
D Bravo c Vijay b Ashwin……………11
M Samuels st Dhoni b Ojha………..11
S Chanderpaul lbw b Ashwin……..41
N Deonarine c&b Ojha…………………0
D Ramdin not out…………………….53
D Sammy lbw b Ojha………………….1
S Shillingford lbw b Ashwin…………8
S Gabriel b Shami……………………….0
Extras: (b4, lb5)………………………..9
Total: (all out in 47 overs)……….187
Bowling: B Kumar 3-0-4-0;
M Shami 7-0-28-1; R Ashwin
17-4-89-4; P Ojha 18-6-49-5;
S Tendulkar 2-0-8-0.

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