Badrinath And Sharma Set Up Indian Victory
India 159-6 (Badrinath 43, Sammy 4-16) beat
West Indies 143-5 (Bravo 41) by 16 runs
Twenty20 International, Trinidad
India opened their tour of the West Indies with a 16-run win over their hosts in the one-off Twenty20 International at Queen's Park in Trinidad.
A 71-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Subramaniam Badrinath marshalled them to a score of 159 for six before the home side were restricted to 143 for five in reply.
India started shakily when Shikhar Dhawan (5) edged Darren Sammy to wicket-keeper Andre Fletcher and Virat Kohli was deceived by a slower ball from the same bowler and was caught by Danza Hyatt for 14.
Opener Parthiv Patel made a fluent 26 in 20 balls but when Sammy dismissed both him and captain Suresh Raina (2) in quick succession, India were facing a challenge at 56 for four.
Sharma and Badrinath, both players coming into the match on the back of good form in the Indian Premier League, then put the World Cup champions into a winning position, Sharma scoring 26 in 23 balls and Badrinath a fine 43 in 37 deliveries.
The West Indies did not help themselves with Ashley Nurse missing a chance to catch Sharma off his own bowling and Ravi Rampaul having him caught from a no ball.
Christopher Barnwell eventually removed both men before Harbhajan Singh and Yusuf Pathan both hit innings of 15 not out as India finished with a flourish and despite Sammy returning figures of four for 16, India had a winning score.
Fletcher (11) and Lendl Simmons (9) then bogged down at the start, unable to break free as India used seamer Praveen Kumar and off-spinner Harbhajan to open the bowling.
Their dismissals, Simmons caught by Kohli at slip and Fletcher bowled by Munaf Patel, brought Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels together but they too were unable to step up the scoring rate, the former making 41 in as many balls and Samuels 27 in 29 before Harbhajan snaffled them both.
After Sammy was caught by Kohli off Kumar, acceleration finally arrived in the form of Hyatt, who hit 14 in seven balls and Barnwell, who blasted two fours and three sixes in brutal effort of 34 in 16 deliveries.
It was spectacular, but came too late to effect the result and the two sides now switch their attentions to the five-match One-Day International series which begins at the same venue on 6th June.
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