(Sports) Captain Daren Sammy and his West Indies team formed a guard of honour to salute Sachin Tendulkar as he walked out to bat on day one of the second test match in the ongoing series between West Indies and India.
Significantly, it was the little master’s 200th test match and his much publicized farewell to international cricket.
Members of the massive sellout crowd also stood and cheered wildly, with shouts of ‘Sachin, Sachin,’ coming from the stands.
He did not disappoint. In his early shot exchanges, he played a few of his trade mark drives, none better than an off drive off the bowling of Shane Shillingford, hitting against the natural turn of the delivery.
Every run was cheered wildly.
At the end of the day, he left the match set up for another sellout crowd on day two as he was not out on a well played 38. Batting alongside him is the equally confident Pujara with 34 not out.
Earlier the West Indies batsmen again appeared clueless against the Indian spinners and capitulated to another embarrassing total of 182 all out.
Shane Shillingford picked up the two openers in one over to give the Windies some hope of getting back into the game but Tendulkar and Pujara soon diminished the flames with their solid batting.
Summarized scores at the end of day one: West indies 182 all out: Kieran Powell 48; Daren Bravo 29; Shivnarine Chanderpaul 25; Narsingh Deonarine 21; Marlon Samuels 19
Ojha 5 for 40; Ashwin 3 for 45
India 157 for 2: Vijay 43; Tendulkar 38*; Pujara 34*; Dhawan 33
Shillingford 2 for 46