Shami takes five to lift to India to big victory
India pacer Mohammed Shami took five wickets to help India crush West Indies by an innings and 51 runs, on Day 3 of the first Test at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Friday.
Debutant Shami claimed five for 47 in 13.1 overs in front of his home fans, to bowl out the visitors for a paltry 168 in their second innings. The Bengal pacer finished the match with a haul of nine wickets for 118 runs.
Earlier, India posted a huge 453 in their first innings courtesy of centuries from Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin, which helped the hosts secure a big first innings lead.
Rohit Sharma hit a sparkling innings of 177 on his debut and Ashwin contributed with a fluent 124 to help India take a sizeable lead of 219 runs.
Image: Mohammed Shami
Ashwin continues good batting run against West Indies
Ashwin took a single off Tino Best on the off-side to complete his hundred, from 159 balls with the help of 11 boundaries, in the fourth over of the day.
This was Ashwin's second century in Test cricket and both of them have come against the West Indies.
The 27-year-old had scored 103 in the third Test in Mumbai in November 2011.
Image: R Ashwin
Rohit hits 150 on debut
Rohit became only the second Indian batsman after team mate Shikhar Dhawan to score 150 runs on his debut in Test cricket.
He reached the landmark with a single to fine leg region off left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, in the 110th over of the innings.
Image: Rohit Sharma celebrates after completing 150
Rohit-Ashwin's record partnership boosts India
Rohit and Ashwin swelled India's lead as they put on a record partnership of 280 runs -- India's best for the seventh wicket.
They went past the previous record of 259 between VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni against South Africa at the same venue, in 2010.
Image: R Ashwin (right) with Rohit Sharma
Permaul gets maiden Test wicket
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul got his first wicket in Test cricket, when he trapped Rohit leg before wicket for 177.
Sharma offered no stroke to a delivery which looked to be turning away but umpire Richard Kettleborough ruled him out as the right-hander walked back in disbelief.
Image: Veerasammy Permaul appeals for the wicket of Rohit Sharma
Rohit dismissed for 177
Rohit smashed 23 fours and a six in his splendid innings of 177 during which he spent a little over six hours at the wicket.
He became the second Indian after Shikhar Dhawan to score a 150 on debut.
Rohit put on a record 280-run partnership for India for the seventh wicket with Ashwin, who stroked 124.
The duo surpassed the Indian highest seventh wicket partnership of 259 runs between V V S Laxman (143 not out) and M S Dhoni's (132 not out) vs South Africa in February 2010 at the same venue.
Image: Rohit Sharma walks back after his dismissal
Shillingford takes 6, India bowled out for 453
Off-spinner Shane Shillingford was the most successful bowler for the visitors, returning figures of six for 167 in 55 overs.
Resuming at overnight 354 for six, India added 99 runs for the loss of four wickets in the morning session before they were bowled out for 453 which gave them a huge first innings lead of 219 runs.
Image: Shane Shillingford
Bhuvneshwar dismisses Gayle
West Indies opener Chris Gayle got off to a flying start, as he hit seven boundaries to race to his 30s in as many balls.
However, Gayle mistimed a pull shot off Bhuvneshwar Kumar only to get a top edge as Virat Kohli completed an easy catch on the leg side.
Image: Chris Gayle
Powell falls for 36
Kieran Powell took 31 deliveries to get off the mark but looked far more confident once he got his first run.
Ashwin provided India with the second wicket a few minutes before the tea break when he trapped Powell leg before wicket for 36.
Image: R Ashwin celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of Kieran Powell
Shami traps Samuels leg before wicket
Mohammad Shami then followed it up with the wicket of Marlon Samuels in another dubious lbw decision by English umpire Nigel Llong.
Samuels was dismissed for four as West Indies slipped to 112 for three at the tea break.
Image: Mohammad Shami celebrates as Marlon Samuels is given out leg before wicket
Shami destroys West Indies
Dhoni called up Shami to bowl after the tea break from the High Court end and he triggered the lower order collapse.
The pacer was extracting good amount of reverse swing which proved the downfall of West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who was bowled for eight.
Image: Darren Sammy is bowled by Mohammed Shami
West Indies lose by an innings and 51 runs
In the same over, Shami produced another wonderful delivery to get rid of Shane Shillingford, who was also done in by the lethal reverse swing from Shami.
He finished of the West Indies innings bowling lastman Sheldon Cottrell for five as the visitors were bowled out for a paltry 168 in 54.1 overs. West Indies collapsed from 101 for one to 168 all out in their second innings as their batsmen let them down.
India won by a huge margin of an innings and 51 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The next match will be played in Mumbai from November 14-18, which will be Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final match of his career.
Image: Mohammed Shami