At which cricket ground did India win for the first time against West Indies in a test match ?

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At which cricket ground did India win for the first time against West Indies in a test match ?



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India achieved its  demoiselle Test palm against the West Indies in a  major match held at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, during the 1971 Test series. This palm wasn't just a palm but a watershed moment in Indian justice history.   

The series, which started on March 1, 1971, was the fifth and final Test. Going into this match, India was  running 0- 1 in the series, with the first Test ending in a draw and the West Indies winning the alternate Test. The third Test was also drawn, and the fourth Test saw India's  notorious palm at Bridgetown, Barbados, which leveled the series at 1- 1.  

 In the fifth Test, India faced the  redoubtable West Indies  platoon led by Rohan Kanhai. India  maundered first and posted a aggregate of 352 in their first innings, with Sunil Gavaskar scoring a century( 124). The West Indies responded with 294, with Eknath Solkar's exceptional fielding and medium- bellwethers like Abid Ali making a significant impact. India secured a vital 58- run lead.   

In their alternate innings, India posted 223, with Dilip Sardesai top- scoring with 60 runs. The West Indies were left with a target of 282 runs to win the Test and the series.   India's spin brace of Erapalli Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi spun their magic, taking lattices at regular intervals. Prasanna claimed a  pivotal 5- gate haul. The West Indies was  sailed out for 261, and India won by 48 runs.   

This  major palm was a turning point in Indian justice, signifying India's capability to  contend and win on foreign soil. Sunil Gavaskar's debut series and his  harmonious performance throughout were necessary in this achievement.   

The palm wasn't just about the series but also about the  tone- belief  inseminated in Indian justice. It laid the foundation for  unborn successes, including India's first- ever Test series palm in England in 1971, just a many months  latterly. The 1971 series against the West Indies is flashed back  as a  vital moment that  gestured India's emergence as a cricketing  hustler.