Tendulkar unbeaten at stumps in Mumbai


India were just 25 runs behind the West Indies's paltry first innings total at stumps on day one of the second Test in Mumbai, sitting on 157 for two and Sachin Tendulkar unbeaten on 38 in his final match.

India were just 25 runs behind the West Indies's paltry first innings total at stumps on day one of the second Test in Mumbai, sitting on 157 for two and Sachin Tendulkar unbeaten on 38 in his final match.

India spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravi Ashwin demolished the West Indies batting order in the afternoon session, with Ojha taking five wickets to see with Windies all out for 182 at tea. India batted at 4.61 to the over in the evening to race towards the target.

Ashwin's three wickets took him to 100 Test dismissals, the fifth fastest and the quickest since 1931. Also reaching a milestone was MS Dhoni, who took his 250th dismissal behind the stumps.

India won the toss and defied expectations, choosing to bowl first and deny the packed Wankhede crowd the chance to see Tendulkar batting as soon as possible. The Little Master came out to huge applause for his 200th and final Test.

India got off to a good start with the ball, removing Chris Gayle for just 11 in the sixth over, with Rohit Sharma taking the catch off Mohammed Shami. The pacemen got some good movement early on, and the spinners generated a surprising amount of spin too.

The wicket continued to provide assistance to the bowlers but Kieran Powell did well to resist. He was helped along by the hosts though, as Ashwin dropped him when his score was on 21. By lunch he had reached 45.

The second wicket of the morning fell shortly before the end of the session, when Darren Bravo was caught by Dhoni off Ashwin. The batsman had made 29, including a six, but got an outside edge off a sharply turning delivery.

Powell's resistance crumbled just four runs into the afternoon session, as he made 48 before becoming the first of Ojha's five victims. this left Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, playing his 150th Test, to steady the ship.

The pair did well for a while, pushing the score to 140 before Samuels was caught by Murali Vijay off Ojha for 19. Chanderpaul fell eight runs later, edging Bhuvneshwar Kumar (who wasn't even born when Tendulkar debuted) to Ashwin for 25.

The rest of the wickets tumbled quickly after that as the visitors had no answers to the spin provided, though they played some ghastly shots, and skipper Darren Sammy's duck was a prime example of this. He was caught by Sharma trying to smash Ashwin.

Ojha took the last three wickets, those of Shane Shillingford, Tino Best and Shannon Gabriel, the first tow of whom went for ducks. This brought about the tea interval as the fans chanted for Sachin as the sides walked off the field.

While India would be annoyed to lose two wickets fairly cheaply, the fans were beyond excited to see him come in to bat in the evening session. Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay put on 77 for the first wicket, before the former was dismissed for 33.

He fell to Shane Shillingford, so impressive in Kolkata, and the spinner also removed Vijay in the same over. He was out for 43, caught by Sammy, though the crowd paid little attention to that as they roared for Tendulkar's arrival.

The West Indies players and the umpires formed an honour guard at the pitch, like the South Africa players did for Ricky Ponting, as the Little Master got to the middle. It went silent as he faced his first ball unscathed, and erupted when he got off the mark.

He and Cheteshwar Pujara put on 80 runs together by the close, with Tendulkar looking superb with many a cover drive and flick off his pads, seemingly shaking off the pressure and poor form that had dogged him in recent months.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Mohammed Shami

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford, Tino Best, Shannon Gabriel