Sachin Tendulkar defied the pressure of sky-high expectation in his last appearance with a composed 38 not out as India dominated the first day versus West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
Batting in front of his adoring home crowd for possibly the final time, the 40-year-old graced his record 200th Test by occupying the crease for an hour before India closed on 157 for two in reply to a paltry 182.
Tendulkar, who will retire after this last Test of two between the teams, shared an unbroken 70 alongside Cheteshwar Pujara, who has made 34, after Murali Vijay and an aggressive Shikar Dhawan fell in a Shane Shillingford over for 43 and 33 respectively.
West Indies, having lost the opening Test by an innings and 51 runs, initially responded well to being put in by reaching 93 for two at lunch.
However, spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin then wreaked havoc en route to figures of 5-40 and 3-45 respectively. Opening batsman Kieran Powell top-scored for the Windies with 48.
India’s three dropped slip chances mattered little as the last seven wickets fell for 42 runs, including consecutive ducks for Darren Sammy, Shillingford and Tino Best.