Kohli, Sharma Set Up Handsome India Win
India 212-4 (Kohli 86, Sharma 72) beat
West Indies 211 (DM Bravo 59) by 6 wickets
First One-Day International, Kochi
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma scored sparkling half-centuries as India scored a comfortable six-wicket win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International in Kochi.
In helping lay the foundations for India to overhaul the West Indies' total of 211 all out, Kohli matched Sir Viv Richards' record in making 5,000 ODI runs in just 114 innings.
He reached the milestone with a six shortly before he departed for 86 in 84 balls while Sharma showed no sign of ending his golden run of form with 72 in 81 deliveries.
Earlier, Suresh Raina had taken career-best figures of three for 34, Ravindra Jadeja three for 37 and Ravichandran Ashwin two for 42 to skittle the West Indies out as they failed to come to terms with a slow pitch with variable bounce.
Marlon Samuels could be excused, however, as the ball that Raina delivered to bowl him rose no more than 20 centimetres after pitching.
The West Indies innings got off to a terrible start when Chris Gayle was run out attempting a short single off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and his attempt to get in left him with a torn hamstring and having to be carried off the field of play, his participation in the series over.
Johnson Charles played some fine strokes including one six and seven fours, hitting 42 in 34 balls before he was brilliantly caught and bowled by Jadeja, flinging himself full length to his left to clutch on to a leading edge.
When Samuels fell to Raina he returned a look of sheer disbelief but he had to go and the tourists were on 77 for three.
That became 142 for four when Lendl Simmons was trapped in front by Raina for 29, leaving Darren Bravo as their only hope of posting a competitive score.
Raina completed career-best figures when he also bowled Narsingh Deonarine (4) but after their pace bowlers had struggled, spin proved the way to go for India and they wrapped up the rest of the innings.
Jadeja had Dwayne Bravo stumped for 24 and Darren Sammy caught by Bhuvneshwar for five before Ashwin caught Sunil Narine off his own bowling without scoring and had Ravi Rampaul caught by Shikhar Dhawan for one.
Darren Bravo made 59 in 77 balls with four fours and two sixes but his wicket, bowled by Mohammad Shami, looked like it would be the turning point in the innings and so it proved. From 183 for five, the West Indies lost their remaining five wickets for just 28 runs.
Dhawan was caught behind by Charles off Jason Holder for five and that brought Sharma and Kohli together, who proceeded to take the game away from the West Indies.
They coped outstandingly well with the two-paced pitch, nullifying the threat posted by both West Indies quick and slow bowlers.
Such was their mastery of conditions that Sunil Narine conceded more runs (57) than he ever has done before in an ODI and the pair put on 133 together in a little more than 20 overs.
Sharma fell when he was caught by Simmons off Rampaul, looking to go aerial but finding the only fielder in the area he was aiming for.
Kohli then pressed on, seemingly concerned more with reaching a century than equalling Sir Viv's record and a huge six took him past 5,000 runs only for him to fall attempting a repeat, caught by Narine off Holder.
When Raina charged Narine and chipped to Holder it was left to India's new 'old guard' of Yuvraj Singh (16 not out) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13 not out) to finish off the job, which they did with 14 overs and four balls to spare.
The second game is on 24th November in Vishakapatnam.
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