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Sachin Tendulkar sits on 38 not out in his farewell Test match as he helped India to 157-2 in response to West Indies’ 182 in Mumbai.
Tendulkar is bowing out after his 200th Test and he was the star attraction on his home ground, with the 32,000 fans cheering The Little Master’s every run on the first day of the second Test.
The 40-year-old came to the crease in the evening session with India on 77-2 but his typically-composed 38 put his side within 15 runs of the visitors.
West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford (2-46) had struck twice in three balls to claim the wickets of India openers Shikhar Dhawan (33) and Murali Vijay (43) but Tendulkar, whose innings includes six fours so far, offered more resistance – much to the delight of the crowd.
His unbroken third-wicket stand of 80 with Cheteshwar Pujara, himself ending the day 34 not out, means the home side are in charge of the contest heading into day two as they look to seal a 2-0 overall series win.
West Indies lost the toss and were asked to bat by India skipper MS Dohni, and they initially made a bright start with opener Kieran Powell starring as they managed to post 93-2 at lunch.
But left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (3-45) eventually saw him off for 48, to herald the tumble of wickets as Ojha’s spin partner Ravi Ashwin finished with figures of 5-40 and the tourists were all out by tea.
Vijay and Dhawan began well in the reply but they made way for Pujara and the man most had come to see, Tendulkar, as India took charge.