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11-21-2013, 04:27 PM
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Ind vs WI: Kohli, Rohit Fifties Help India Beat West Indies By 6 wickets in 1st ODI
Fifities from Virat Kohli (86) and Rohit Sharma (72) helped India beat West Indies by 6 wickets in the first ODI at Nehru Stadium, Kochi.



Earlier, Indian spinners: left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and part-time off-spinner Suresh Raina took three wickets each to bowl out the West Indies for 211 in the first ODI at Nehru Stadium, Kochi.



Jadeja finished with three for 34 and Raina took three for 37. R Ashwin also chipped in with two for 42. The spinners thus accounted for eight wickets.



India were never flustered in the run-chase. After losing Shikhar Dhawan early for 5, Rohit and Kohli put on 133 for the second wicket. The feature of the partnership was positive intent. The duo has been in terrific form and had a fantastic ODI series against Australia.



Rohit was dismissed against the run of play for 72. He pulled Ravi Rampaul straight to deep mid-wicket. In walked Yuvraj Singh at No. 4 and not Suresh Raina - who batted at that position in the Australia series.



Virat, in the meanwhile, was blossoming. He needed 81 at the start of the innings to be the fastest to reach 5,000 ODI runs. He did that in his 114th innings thus equalling the record with Vivian Richards. He brought that feat by hitting Jason Holder for a six. Virat was dismissed off the next ball but by that time India were in a commanding position to win the game.



Raina fell to Sunil Nairne trying to take on the mystery spinner. He was dismissed for a duck. Skipper MS Dhoni and Yuvraj took India home albeit not in a comfortable manner.



Dhoni survived a close caught-behind appeal while Yuvraj failed to read Narine but hung on. In the end Yuvraj finished the game with a streaky four off Dwayne Bravo.



Earlier West Indies were disappointing, scoring 211 in 48.5 overs. Darren Bravo top-scored with 59 off 77 balls.



West Indies, who won the toss, lost Chris Gayle off the second ball of the innings as he called for a risky single. The opener fell short of the crease and also hurt himself trying to go in for the dive. He had to be taken back in a stretcher.



Openers Charles and Marlon samuels stitched a partnership of 65 for the second wicket. Jadeja ended the promising enterprise picking up Charles. Samuels was lost soon after and visitors were in danger of losing their way like they did in the recently-concluded Test series.



Darren Sammy became Jadeja's third victim as Indian spinners wreck havoc for the Windies batsmen.



Simmons was trapped leg before in the 28th over to Raina, after the right-hander put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket with Darren Bravo to lead the Windies fightback.



Bravo and Simmons steered West Indies across 100-run mark after they were reduced to 77/3 in 13.2 overs.



Jadeja and Raina dented Windies charge by dismissing Johnson Charles (42) and Marlon Samuels (24) respectively in quick succession.



Jadeja struck in his first over to give India a crucial breakthrough as he dismissed Charles. Charles was caught and bowled by Jadeja, who dived full length to his left to take a blinder.



The visitors never looked in command of the game and the hosts dominated the game all throughout.



After demolishing the West Indies in Sachin Tendulkar's emotionally draining farewell Test series, the Indian team have taken a crucial lead in the ODI series as well.



Brief scores:


West Indies 211 in 48.5 overs (Darren Bravo 59; Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 34, Suresh Raina 3 for 37) lost to India 212 for 4 in 35.2 overs (Virat Kohli 86, Rohit Sharma 72; Jason Holder 2 for 48) by 6 wickets.