The  West  Indies  cricketers  are  now  licking  their  wounds  after  suffering  a  massive  innings  and  51  run  loss   to  India  inside  of  three  days  in the  first  test  at  Eden  Gardens  in  Kolkata  to  give  the home team  a 1-nil  lead  in the  two  test  series.

Another  dramatic  batting  collapse  led  to  the  West  Indies’  demise as  they  fell  from  101  for  1  to  168  all  out  after  trailing  India  by  219  runs  on  first  innings.

lose cricket match in 3 days, west indies wins vs indiaChris  Gayle  slammed  seven  fours  on  his  way  to  33  and  Kieron  Powell  hit  5  fours  in his knock  of  36.

However  apart  from  Darren  Bravo  who top-scored  with  37  and  Shivnarine  Chanderpaul  who made 31  not  out,  the  Windies  were  bundled  out  with the  last  9   wickets  falling for  just  67  runs in  just  23  overs  and  4  balls.

Test  debutant  Mohammed  Shami  was  the  destroyer   for  the  home  team  bagging  5  for  4, for  an  overall  nine wickets in the game, the most by an Indian fast bowler on debut, to  hand  India their fifth successive win.

The West Indies meanwhile were suffering their first loss after six consecutive wins against New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Shami  was  supported  by  Ravichandran Ashwin  who  took  3  for  47.

Earlier Ashwin  and  Rohit  Sharma  extended  their  7th  wicket  partnership  to  280  after  India  resumed  on  their  overnight  354 for 6.

Sharma  ended on 177 a  knock  which  included  23 fours and  a  six while Ashwin hit 11 boundaries  on  his  way  to  124 as India piled up 453 before they were bowled out just before lunch on the third day.

It was a gutting end to the match for Shane Shillingford, who laboured 55 overs to pick up 6 for 167. Veersammy  Permaul meanwhile  grabbed  2  for  57.

A  disappointed  captain Darren  Sammy , while  giving  credit  to  the  Indian  batsmen  chided  the  West  Iindies  batsmen  for  their  approach.

Final  scores  in the  match  West  Indies  234  and  158,  India  453

The second and final test starts Wednesday night Jamaica time at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the home city of the hosts’ batting megastar Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing the 200th and final test for his homeland.

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