Kingston: With a magnificent show by bowlers, Team India wrapped up the first cricket Test with a comfortable 63-run victory inside four days and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series at Sabina Park in Kingston on Thursday.


Match Report: Day 1

Match Report: Day 2

Match Report: Day 3

For his outstanding century in the second innings, Rahul Dravid was adjudged man of the match.

Chasing a victory target of 326, West Indies never recovered from the twin-blow by debutant Praveen Kumar dismissing Darren Bravo (41) and Shivanarine Chanderpaul (30) as they were all out for 262 in 68.2 overs.

The final pair of Devendra Bishoo (26, 33 balls, 2x4, 1x6) and Fidel Edwards (15 not out, 54 balls, 1x4) frustrated the Indian bowlers for around 10 overs after lunch. It was Suresh Raina who effected a freak dismissal with the ball rolling onto the stumps after hitting Bishoo's thigh-pads to bring an end to the proceedings.

It was a clinical performance by the Indian bowlers with Praveen being the pick snaring three for 42 and ending with a six-wicket haul in his very first Test match.

Ishant Sharma (3/81) bowled some poor deliveries but got crucial breakthroughs. The Indians blew away the middle and lower-middle order in the morning session where the home team needing a further 195 for a victory lose six wickets with an addition of 95 runs.

This was India's second victory at the Sabina Park having clinched the series with a win during their tour of 2006. This is also their fifth overall win on Caribbean soil.

The two teams now travel to Barbados where the second Test match will be held at Kensington Oval from June 28.

West Indies tail-enders Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo resumed the West Indies second innings after lunch on Day 4 with India needing only one wicket to win the first Test.

West Indies were reeling at 226 for nine at lunch with Edwards and Bishoo at the crease.

Needing a further 195 runs to win with seven wickets in hand, the West Indies lost six wickets for an addition of 95 runs in the morning session.

Praveen Kumar (3/41) struck a couple of decisive blows during his morning spell removing Darren Bravo (41, 89 balls, 7x4) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (30, 73 balls, 4x4) in quick succession after their 68- run stand for the fourth wicket stand. From 148 for three, the hosts were suddenly struggling at 149 for five.

With the track deteriorating with some deliveries jumping from the good length spot while a few keeping very low, it was a struggle for survival for the West Indian batsmen. None of the lower-middle order batsmen save Ravi Rampaul (34, 32 balls, 6x4, 1x6) showed stomach for fight.

The first half an hour didn’t have any indication of what was to follow as Praveen got into the act. Bravo who had looked confident shuffled across the stumps as Praveen angled one into him that sent his leg-stump for a toss.

Chanderpaul was one man who could have been depended for his doggedness but he too perished when a Praveen delivery stopped and came onto him as he committed onto a cover drive.

All he could do was to lob a simple catch to Suresh Raina as it was virtually all over for the Caribbeans.

West Indies made a jittery start to the chase, reaching 131 for three at stumps on Wednesday.

An intriguing battle is on cards as the match is expected to be decided on fourth day itself with West Indies requiring 195 runs and visitors needing another seven wickets.

Darren Bravo (30 batting) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (24 batting) added 51 runs for the undefeated fourth wicket stand after the Caribbeans were reduced to 80 for three.

The West Indian openers Adrian Barath (38, 36 balls, 4x4, 2x6) and Lendl Simmons (27, 41 balls, 3x4, 1x6) started put together a whirlwind 62 runs in 10.5 overs.

Barath, in particular, was in Twenty20 mode as he hit Ishant Sharma for a couple of sixes and four in one over before Praveen Kumar made him flash at an away going delivery to be caught by Suresh Raina at slips.

Next man in, Ramnaresh Sarwan (0) was snapped up brilliantly by Virat Kohli off Ishant Sharma. Simmons was beaten by a delivery that held its line to hit the off-stump.

The day, however, belonged to Dravid, who notched up his 32nd career hundred.

His effort of 112 (274 balls, 10x4, 1x6) had its worth weight in gold as the battle-hardened veteran brought up one of his most satisfying three-figure marks on a track where batting was difficult.

Dravid was the last man to be dismissed after nearly six and half hour vigil as he tried hit Devendra Bishoo (4/65) out of the park.

The wicket was a two-paced one where the other top-order batsmen struggled for survival.

But the 38-year-old former India captain was a picture of confidence as he brought up his hundred in 252 balls when he jabbed a Fidel Edwards delivery to scamper home for a single.

Amit Mishra (28, 60 balls, 4x4), whose sensible batting at the other end helped Dravid reach his individual milestone, also deserved credit.

The duo added 56 runs for the ninth wicket after Harbhajan Singh (5) and Praveen Kumar (0) departed early after lunch with India reeling at 183 for eight.

When Mishra departed at 239, India had stretched their lead past 300 which looked to be a formidable one considering the nature of the track.

Dravid showed that when the circumstances are adverse, there is no substitute to watertight technique and concentration. The effort was even more laudable as he displayed a lot of gumption while batting with the tail.

This is Dravid's fourth century against the West Indies, and he has now surpassed 1500 runs against the Caribbeans. If the first session belonged to the West Indies who pegged India back with triple strikes of Virat Kohli (15), Suresh Raina (27) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16), the post lunch session till tea was all about Dravid's patience and Mishra trying to counter attack.

During the post-lunch session, Harbhajan Singh (5) curbed his natural instincts to play shots and dropped anchor at one end.
However, a debatable decision from umpire Daryl Harper saw him back in the hut. The delivery from Sammy hit him on the left thigh and was clearly heading over the stumps.

A cautious Dravid tried to shield him initially by refusing singles early in overs but it didn't take him long to develop trust on Mishra who even looked good against the second new-ball.

Dravid was on 80 when Mishra joined him but the pair frustrated the hosts immensely and stretched the lead beyond 300 runs.

Once Dravid reached his hundred, Mishra hit a spanking cover drive as if to celebrate the feat of his senior. It also followed with a solid square cut as the West Indians got increasingly frustrated.

It was Bishoo who finally got his seventh victim of the match when Dravid tried an uncharacteristic ugly hoick that was easily caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan.

It was an effort that saw him get standing ovation from his teammates.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma.

West Indies:
Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons and Ramnaresh Sarwan.