Sachin Tendulkar ended the opening day of his farewell Test match on 38 not out as India reached 157-2 in reply to West Indies’ paltry 182 in first innings. Tendulkar, who is playing in his 200th Test on his home ground in Wankhede, Mumbai, was given a touching and emotional reception by a partisan 32,000 crowd when he came to the crease in a session after tea with India on losing Shikhar Dhawan, who holed out in deep to a sweep shot, and Murli Vijay, who was caught at leg-slip by Sammy, when the team score was on 77. West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford (2-46) had struck twice in three balls to get rid of India aforementioned openers.
Tendulkar starting his innings positively blocked out his first two deliveries before getting off the mark in Shillingford’s next over with a heave into the leg side for a single. From there on, the man with 51 Test centuries to his name, showed array of strokes, finding the boundary three times in quick succession, the last of which was a flowing cover drive off fast bowler Shannon Gabriel. And he added three further fours – including a trademark straight-drive late in the day – during an unbroken third-wicket stand of 80 with Cheteshwar Pujara contributing 34 runs. West Indies, who are already 1-0 behind in the series after losing the series opener in Kolkata last week inside three days, had a trademark collapse in the afternoon session losing 8 wickets. MS Dohni won the toss in the morning and much to dismay of Indian fans he decided to field first. West Indies opener Kieran Powell led from the front for visitors to a promising 93-2 at lunch. Chris Gayle (9) was caught at gully off the bowling of Mohammed Shami and Darren Bravo (29) gloved it to wicket-keeper MS Dhoni off the bowling of R Ashwin.
But left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (5-40) removed Powell for 48, the first of eight West Indies wickets to go down in the middle session. Ojha’s partner in crime Ravichandran Ashwin finished 3-45 as West Indies were all out on the stroke of tea. Vijay and Dhawan took an attacking approach in the early stages of India’s reply before Shillingford’s double strike in quick succession brought Tendulkar onto centre stage.