Thursday 16 June 2011 

West Indies Take Second Straight ODI Victory

West Indies Take Second Straight ODI Victory
West Indies Take Second Straight ODI Victory
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West Indies 255-3 (Bravo 86, Sarwan 75) beat
India 251 (Kohli 94, Russell 4-35) by 7 wickets
Fifth One-Day International, Jamaica

Darren Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan scored half-centuries as the West Indies ended the One-Day International series against India with a seven-wicket win in Jamaica.

Andre Russell had earlier performed superbly with the ball to take four for 35 to bowl India out for 251 and in reply, the West Indies scored 255 for three in 48.4 overs.

India, however, took the series 3-2 although the world champions lost the final two matches on the bounce having surged into a 3-0 lead in Trinidad and Antigua.

Batting first, their opening partnership of Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Parthiv Patel (6) failed before Virat Kohli's 94 and Rohit Sharma's 57 put them on course for a competitive total.

However, Manoj Tiwary (22) and Yusuf Pathan (30) were the only other players to reach double figures as Russell bowled with hostility to rip through the lower order and with Kemar Roach and Kieron Pollard both taking two wickets, India were dismissed in 47.3 overs.

The West Indies then made an unsteady start to their run chase, Lendl Simmons falling for six and the returning Adrian Barath making a frenetic 17 in 46 balls - an innings in which he was dropped twice and should have been run out before he finally fell, trapped in front by Amit Mishra.

Sarwan (75) then combined with Bravo (86) and the pair built a big partnership for the third wicket before Sarwan was forced to retire hurt.

Bravo continued, hitting three fours and six sixes in a flamboyant innings that took his side to the brink of victory when he was stumped as Mishra kept India in the game.

However, Marlon Samuels coolly guided the home side over the finishing line by making 28 not out in 25 balls while Pollard smashed 24 not out in 13 balls to close out the game, winning it with a boundary off Ishant Sharma.

© Cricket World 2011

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