India claimed an ultimately comfortable five-wicket win in the opening Test against West Indies, but Sachin Tendulkar's wait for a 100th international century goes on.
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The 38-year-old Mumbai great on Tuesday became the first man to reach 15,000 Test runs but remains on 99 centuries after being dismissed for 76 by Devendra Bishoo.
But his partnerships of 67 with Rahul Dravid (31) and 71 with VVS Laxman (58 not out) helped put India on the road to victory and the hosts secured the win - their first in seven Tests - just after lunch on the fourth day as they reached their target of 276.
The day's first over went for eight, with two leg-side deliveries from Darren Sammy ending up at the fine leg boundary via the pads and then the bat of Tendulkar.
But a huge reverse inswinger from Fidel Edwards superbly bowled Dravid through the gate, ripping out two stumps, to give the Windies the early wicket they so craved.
Laxman got moving with two boundaries to fine leg to bring the target below 100, and Tendulkar reached his 62nd Test half-century with an off-side push for one off Edwards.
The pair brought up their 50 partnership from 69 balls, a significantly faster scoring rate than when Dravid was alongside Tendulkar.
But Bishoo ended dreams of a second Tendulkar landmark of the match when the "Little Master" rashly tried to pull a ball which did not get up enough and was trapped plumb lbw, silencing the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. His 148-ball innings contained 10 boundaries.
That was a disappointment for the home side, but it did little to change the course of the match with Laxman and Yuvraj Singh adding 42 runs for the fifth wicket.
India needed just one run to win when Yuvraj saw his stumps pegged back by Sammy, but Laxman secured the win in the next over as
the home side extended their superb record at this venue, with nine Tests since 1993 having now yielded eight wins and a draw.
It was also India's first Test win since June, having drawn twice with West Indies in the Caribbean and then losing 4-0 to England.
The second Test takes place in Kolkata, starting on November 14.