India scrape to one-day victory over West Indies

November 30, 2011 by Kevin  
Filed under Sports News

India have beaten the West Indies by one wicket in the first one-day international of the five match series.

The visitors batted first in Cuttack and although the pitch seemed fine they struggled to a total of 211. It seemed well below par given the groundsman in Cuttack – hosting its first international cricket in two years – had predicted a score of over 300. However, as for much of the series, the West Indians fought hard and came close to defending the total.

Only two of their batsmen scored more than 30, with in-form Darren Bravo top scoring with 60 from 74 balls. It was poor, given that each of the top seven got into double figures, but their failure to capitalise on having made a reasonable start ultimately cost the tourists.

Danza Hyatt second-top scored with 31 as he and Bravo moved the West Indies from 52 runs to 127 before Hyatt was run out. Of the tail, only Andre Russell provided any contribution of note, his 22 at more than a run-a-ball helping his side to their total as the home restricted them with a disciplined bowling performance.

The home crowd would have expected a comfortable victory but Kemar Roach and Russell reduced India to 59/5 and set the game up for an exciting conclusion. Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja put on 83 to swing things back the way of the home side and they looked well in control.

However, more wickets followed and with just three remaining Sharma and co needed 52 more runs as the tourists edged ahead. When Anthony Martin removed Sharma for 72, 11 runs were still required but the tail held its nerve. Umesh Yadav scored the winning runs with a driven four, India winning by one wicket with seven balls remaining to strike first blood in the series.

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