NEW DELHI: Veerasammy Permaul broke the 280-run stand between Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin by trapping the debutant centurion plumb in front of the wicket on the third day of the first Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. 


Sharma shouldered arms to a delivery that pitched around off and turned slightly away from him, that might have missed off stump because the impact on the pad seemed to be outside off, but umpire Richard Kettleborough didn't think so and obviously Sharma looked very disappointed. 

Sharma hit a six and 23 fours in his superb innings that marked his arrival in the Test arena. 

Sharma became the second Indian to reach 150 on debut soon after Ashwin reached his second century. 

The first Indian batsman to cross 150 on Test debut was Shikhar Dhawan achieving the feat against Australia in March 2013. 

The day's play started with debutant centurion Rohit Sharma and Ashwin resuming the Indian first innings at 354/6. 

With a healthy lead of 120 runs, India hold a firm advantage over the West Indies, keeping in mind the pattern of pitch-behaviour which could hamper batting anytime soon. 

On Day 2, Sharma buried his inconsistent past in limited-overs cricket with a classical unbeaten century (127*) to launch his Test career in style. In the process, he became only the third Indian batsman after Deepak Sodhan (110 vs Pakistan in 1952) and Mohammad Azharuddin (110 vs England, 1984) to hit a century on debut at the hallowed Eden Gardens. 

It was a baptism by spin for Sharma, who replaced his mentor Sachin Tendulkar at the crease with India reeling at 82/4 and West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford threatening to run through the innings. 

Sharma found a good ally in skipper MS Dhoni (42) with whom he added 73 runs for the sixth wicket before linking up with Ashwin, who looks good enough not only for a few more but also for making the bowling all-rounder's slot his own in the near future.


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