Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar kept his cool and showed his class for one last time in front of his home crowd as he scored an unbeaten 38 to help India take early control of his 200th and final Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
After India lost two wickets, the batting legend walked in to the middle amid thundering cheers and huge roar from the crowd.
He was given guard of honour by the West Indies side and skipper Darren Sammy shook hand with him to which master thanked by raising his bat.
At stumps, India were comfortably placed at 157/2 after bowling out the West Indies for 182 by tea time.
Sachin scored 38 off 73 balls and smashed six elegant boundaries to please the cheering crowd. He along with Pujara (34 off 49) completed 80* runs unbeaten partnership for the third wicket.
The Caribbean side lost eight wickets for just 89 runs in a single session much to the delight of the Wankhede crowd who were waiting to see Sachin bat.
Even Amir Khan was back in the stadium after the Windies collapsed.
It was a magnificent moment when Sachin’s mother, Rajni Tendulkar, wearing cream shawl was shown on giant screen, it was a great moment for the master himself as it was the first time she came to see her son bat live in a stadium.
Replying strongly, Indian opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay lost their wicket after a good opening stand against West Indies.
First to go was Dhawan, he scored 33 runs off 28 balls and smashed seven boundaries before being caught by Chanderpaul at deep square leg off Shillingford on the second ball of the 14th over.
On the fourth ball of the same over Shillingford struck again to send back Vijay. He scored 43 runs off 55 balls and smashed eight boundaries before being caught by Darren Sammy at short leg.
Indians were 77/2 in 13.4 overs.
This is the first time we have seen a stadium erupts after fall of a wicket as this was obvious as the next batsman was none other than Sachin Tendulkar.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed his sixth five-wicket haul as India saw West Indies side bundled out for a paltry 182 at tea on the first day in Mumbai.
Ojha rapped West Indies side when he had Shannon Gabriel caught by Dhoni behind the stumps in the 56th over.
West Indies batsmen were looking uncomfortable against both pace and swing of Indian bowlers.
Ojha was pick of the Indian bowlers as he grabbing 5-wicket and gave away 40 runs in 11.2 overs, While Ashwin completed 100 wickets in Tests, had figures of 3-45 in 15 overs.
Ojhas five wickets include Kieron Powell, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Shannon Gabriel and Tino Best.
Ojha removed Kieron Powell in the 31st over to claim his first wicket. Powell who missed his fifty scored 48 runs off 80 balls and hammered five boundaries including a six before being caught by Shikhar Dhawan at short leg.
West Indies were struggling at 140/4 in 40.4 overs at this stage of the game.
Marlon Samules scored 19 runs off 59 balls and smashed three boundaries before being caught by Murali Vijay at slips in the 41st over.
Opener Keiran Powell (48) was the top-scorer as most of the other batsmen found it difficult to survive even for 20 minutes.
After being asked to bat first, West Indies scored 93 runs and lost two wickets till lunch break in their second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Kieran Powell (45* off 72) and Marlon Samules (0* off 16 balls) were still playing at the crease.
West Indian batsmen negotiated some quality fast bowling in the first session.
Earlier, Indian spinner R Ashwin claimed the wicket of Darren Bravo in the 25th over. He scored 29 runs off 63 balls and smashed six boundaries before being caught by MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
Powell and Bravo weres involved in 56 runs partnership for the second wicket.
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami struck early in the innings to claim the wicket of dangerous West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle.
He scored 11 runs off 17 balls before losing his wicket. It was back of a length delivery which was angled right at his body with a little away movement, ball hit the shoulder of the bat and Rohit Sharma at gully completes the catch.
Gayle's poor show in the series continued having failed in both innings at Kolkata. He now has scores of 18, 33 and 11 from three innings of this ongoing Test series.
He looked rusty and unusually bogged down. Playing too much T20 has taken a toll on Gayle the Test batsman.
West Indies completed 50 runs in 18.1 overs with Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo still at the crease.
At toss, Indian skipper MS Dhoni invited Darren Sammy led West Indies team to bat first in Sachin Tendulkar's last Test at the Wankhede Stadium.
"To the disappointment of the fans, we will be bowling first against West Indies," said Indian skipper at toss.
Dhoni's decision to bowl first invited boos from the Mumbai crowd at the Wankhede stadium as they were expecting to see Sachin bat on Day 1.
BCCI President N Srinivasan also came for the toss and presented the coin to Dhoni, which had Tendulkar's image embossed on one side. It was minted a coin to commemorate Tendulkar's 200th and final Test.
India side is unchanged from the Kolkata Test, on the other hand West Indies have brought in Narsingh Deonarine and Shannon Gabriel in place of Sheldon Cottrell and Veerasammy Permaul.
The Mumbai is gripped with Sachin fever as the India's biggest sporting icon is playing his last Test on his home ground.
India won its first Test by an innings and 51 runs, thanks to Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
Team India will be focusing on defeating the Caribbean side to give a winning farewell to SRT.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pragyan Ojha.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dinesh Ramdin, Shane Shillingford, Narsingh Deonarine, Shannon Gabriel, Tino Best.