Thursday, 21 November 2013

1st ODI: India beat West Indies by 6 Wickets - Kochi, Nov 21, 2013

India won by 6 wickets with 88 balls remaining against West Indies in the 1st ODI Cricket Match Played at Kochi on November 21, 2013. Jadeja and Raina picked up 3 wkts each before some tremendous batting by R Sharma and V Kohli helped India thrash the WI by 6 wickets. Click here for the Full Scorecard Update

Yet another convincing performance from the Indians and once again it was the top order who set them up for this chase. Rohit Sharma looked a bit iffy at the start, but then settled down to play some fine shots. He lost Dhawan early, but Kohli was once again in his elements. They made batting look easy on what was a difficult surface. Both made fifties, with Kohli also completing 5000 career ODI runs, becoming the fastest Indian and the joint fastest along with Sir Viv Richards.

Previously West Indies havewon the toss and elected to bat but they lost Gayle early who was run-out thanks to some brilliance by Bhuvneshwar. Samuels and Charles stitched together a nice partnership before spin was introduced. Jadeja and Raina got the two men in quick succession. Then it was the younger Bravo and Simmons who steadied the ship and added 65 runs for the fourth wicket. But Raina once again provided the wicket and broke the partnership. The skipper joined his brother and were looking solid until the batting powerplay was taken. The visitors lost both of them in the powerplay and never came back.

West Indies 211 (48.5 ov)
India 212/4 (35.2 ov)
India won by 6 wickets (with 88 balls remaining)


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