Tendulkar farewell ends in huge win

India

Spinner Pragyan Ojha's 10-wicket haul completed India's hefty innings and 124-run triumph over the West Indies on day three of the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday – and afforded the retiring Sachin Tendulkar a fitting farewell.

Spinner Pragyan Ojha's 10-wicket haul completed India's hefty innings and 124-run triumph over the West Indies on day three of the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday – and afforded the retiring Sachin Tendulkar a fitting farewell.

The Windies, who were dismissed for 182 in the first innings, were dismal in reply to the hosts' formidable 495 all out – built on the back of fine centuries from batsmen Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Resuming on 43 for three overnight, opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Marlon Samuels offered stern resistance. An impatient dance down the wicket in a vehement attempt to strike Ojha down the ground, though, eventually resulted in Samuels' departure.

Gayle followed soon thereafter and the struggling Narsingh Deonarine perished for a duck. The veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, meanwhile, was unable to mark his 150th Test match with an innings of lengthy respite.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin refused to go down without a fight, but with little to no support, his unbeaten half-century was in vain. While Ojha and fellow slow bowler Ravichandran Ashwin shared nine wickets, fast bowler Mohammad Shami was at hand for the final blow.

Indeed, Shami's pace and lateral movement were too good for tail-ender Shannon Gabriel, with the stumps duly castled and the two-nil series whitewash subsequently sealed.

The outgoing Tendulkar was given a standing ovation by the adoring crowd and a heartfelt guard of honour by his 10 team-mates, who were later joined by the rest of the squad and plenty of support and coaching staff – in collective appreciation of the prolific stalwart's outstanding 24 years in international cricket.

Ojha was named Man of the Match – thanks to telling figures of 10 for 89 in 29.2 overs. Rohit took the Player of the Series accolade – on the back of 288 runs in two innings.

The Indians and Windies will contest three ODIs later this month, the first of which will get underway at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. The Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam and Green Park in Kanpur will host matches two and three respectively.

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