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Marlon Samuels Marks Return With Match-Winning Century

Marlon Samuels hits out
Marlon Samuels' fifth ODI century set the West Indies up for a crushing win over India
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West Indies 321-6 (Samuels 126no) beat
India 197 (Dhawan 68) by 124 runs
First One-Day International, Kochi

Marlon Samuels marked his return to One-Day International cricket with a match-winning century as the West Indies beat India by 124 runs in the first game of a five-match series in Kochi.

Prior to the match, West Indian players had threatened strike action but they put their differences with the board to one side to produce an emphatic display.

Samuels was at the heart of it, hitting 126 not out in 114 balls as the tourists piled up 321 for six, a score which proved well beyond India.

Shikhar Dhawan hit 68 before they faded and were bowled out for 197 in 41 overs as the West Indies went 1-0 up in the series with four matches still to play.

Samuels, playing his first international match since June, and first limited overs international since April, hit 11 fours and four sixes during his fifth ODI century.

He built on a good start to the innings from Dwayne Smith, who made 46 and after Dwayne Bravo (17) and Darren Bravo (28) had fallen, Samuels put on 165 for the fourth wicket with Denesh Ramdin.

The wicket-keeper made 61 in 59 balls, hitting five fours and a brace of sixes before India, largely through Mohammad Shanii's four for 66, launched something of a late fightback to dismiss Ramdin as well as Kieron Pollard (2) and Andre Russell (1).

Samuels powered on and Darren Sammy hit 10 not out in six balls at the death. Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra were the others to take a wicket.

India also made a good start to their innings, Dhawan making 69 in 92 balls and Ajinkya Rahane 24 in 22 but after they added 49 in good time for the first wicket, the West Indies wrested back control.

The much-vaunted middle-order of Virat Kohli (2), Ambati Rayudu (13), Suresh Raina (0) and MS Dhoni (8) managed a handful of runs between them and with the West Indians sharing the wickets among them, India were quickly in trouble at 134 for six when Dhawan was bowled by Samuels in the 29th over.

And although Jadeja hit a few lusty blows in making 33 in 36 balls, India were soundly beaten when a last-wicket stand of 42 between Jadeja and Shami (19) was broken by Ravi Rampaul.

He returned two for 48, Jerome Taylor one for 50, Dwayne Bravo two for 28, Russell one for 21, Sammy one for 23 and Samuels two for 10 as he was an obvious choice for the man-of-the-match award.

The second game is at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Saturday 11th October.

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