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Cricket match@Eden Gardens dominated by the Test debutants !

Mohammed-Shami

Mohamed Shami followed up his 4/71 performance in the first innings with a 5/47 show in the second innings to claim an enviable match haul of 9/118 in all – the best ever by an Indian pacer on debut. Mohamed Shami’s performance propelled India to an innings and 51-run victory in the first Test at the iconic Eden Gardens. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin followed up his exploits with the bat (124) with admirable figures of 3/46.

Needing 219 runs to escape the ignominy of an innings upset, the West Indies collapsed like a pack of cards in the final session – to be bundled out for 168. Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (31 not out; 101 b, 2 fours) put up a gritty resistance, but in the end ran out of partners.

A match that was expected to showcase the legend Sachin Tendulkar’s batting genius turned out to be a ‘celebration of talent’ for the test debutants – pace bowler Mohamed Shami, hitman batsman Rohit Sharma (177 runs off 301 balls ) and Off-spinner R Ashwin. How ironical ? Lets make room for the new talent .. I can imagine what thoughts must be running in Sachin’s mind ?

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About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.

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