Yuvraj Smashes West Indies As India Reach 339
India 339-6 (Yuvraj Singh 131, Karthik 67) v
First One-Day International, Jamaica
By John Pennington
Yuvraj Singh smacked ten fours and seven sixes as his 131 in 102 deliveries set India on the way to making a mammoth 339 for six against the West Indies at Sabina Park.
Yuvraj, who struggled to find any form in the recent ICC World Twenty20 in England, was back to his best in Jamaica, putting on a stand worth 135 with Dinesh Karthik for the third wicket to put India in command after two early wickets had undermined their decision to bat first.
Gautam Gambhir (13) and Rohit Sharma (4) both fell to miscued pulls, Dwayne Bravo the fielder on both occasions as Jerome Taylor and Lionel Baker struck.
Karthik marked his return to the side with a fluent 67 with six fours and a six before he scooped David Bernard in the air for a simple catch to Denesh Ramdin.
Yuvraj and Mahendra Singh Dhoni then took the batting Power Play and carted the West Indians for 62 spectacular runs but the home side hit back when Bravo, playing alongside younger brother Darren who is making his debut, had both Yuvraj and Ravi Jadeja (0) caught by Ramdin in two balls.
Yuvraj flicked the all-rounder down the leg-side while Jadeja feathered an edge through outside off stump as he tried to guide the ball to third man, leaving Bravo the most successful bowler with two for 66.
Dhoni hit one big six off of Taylor before he was run out by an alert Ramdin but a final flourish from Yusuf Pathan (40 not out) and Harbhajan Singh (21 not out), who hit the last ball of the innings for a maximum, enabled India to get well past 300 and set the West Indies a monstrous task if they are not to go 1-0 down in the series.
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