Kumble bowls India to historic Test win

Kingston, July 3 :

Anil Kumble took 6-78 to bowl India to its first Test series victory in the Caribbean in 35 years, beating West Indies by 49 runs in three days.

West Indies, set 269 to win, was all out for 219 with eight balls remaining in the day on Sunday.

After three draws, India won the finale to take the series 1-0 for only its 10th series triumph on foreign soil, and the second in the Caribbean after Ajit Wadekar’s 1971 team won a five-match series 1-0.

Kumble led the way with his 33rd five-wicket haul and fast bowler Shantha Sreesanth contributed crucial top-order wickets on his way to 3-38.

West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin hit a defiant, unbeaten 62 and Ramnaresh Sarwan contributed 51.

Earlier, Corey Collymore completed a five-wicket haul as India stretched its second innings from 128-6 to 171 all out. Jerome Taylor took 4-45.

West Indies was quickly on the back foot as Sreesanth struck. Chris Gayle fell to the second ball of their run chase. Daren Ganga (16) and Lara (11) added 27 before they perished within two runs. Sreesanth dismissed Ganga while Munaf Patel traped Lara leg before.

Kumble trapped Shivnarine Chanderpaul (13) leg before at 56-4. Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo played with flourish to revive Caribbean hopes in a stand of 70 for the fifth wicket.

Sarwan lashed seven fours before Sreesanth struck again. Sarwan snicked to first slip where Dravid pouched a fine catch. One over later, Kumble bowled Bravo, and India sensed victory at 128-6.

Ramdin shared hopeful stands of 36 and 39 with Taylor (20) and Pedro Collins (3) before running out of partners. Taylor and Collins both went leg before to Kumble, who finished off the match dismissing Collymore (0).

It was only India’s fourth victory in 42 Tests in the Caribbean.