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West Indies end India’s winning streak in thriller

08:16 PM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Kingston: The Indian cricket team’s nine-match winning run came to an end after the West Indies held nerve to snatch a thrilling one-wicket victory over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men in their ODI tri-series preliminary match here. Chasing a modest target of 230, West Indies made heavy weather of the chase despite a sparkling knock of 97 by opener Johnson Charles but finally managed to register their second win in the tournament with 14 balls to spare.

With nine points from two matches, West Indies are in with a bright chance of making it to the finals. It was sweet revenge for the hosts, who had lost to India in the course of their unbeaten Champions Trophy triumph.

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Kemar Roach (14 not out) got himself a perfect birthday present as he guided West Indies by keeping cool lower down the order. He flicked Umesh Yadav (3/43) towards square leg to bring up the victory in a match where fortune swung like a pendulum.

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The foundation of the victory was laid by opener Charles who faced 100 balls hitting eight boundaries and four huge sixes.

He added 116 runs for the fourth wicket with Darren Bravo (55) and the victory didn’t look out of sight. The Indian bowlers made a fantastic comeback as they got some quick breakthroughs before Roach finally sealed it for the hosts. At the start of the chase, West Indies were in dire straits as they lost both Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels within the first five overs and were precariously placed at 26 for three.

Yadav removed the opposition’s best batsman Gayle (11) and followed it up with the wicket of Devon Smith (0) while Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled Samuels (1) to reduce West Indies to 26 for three.

Gayle was dismissed when a delivery from Umesh rose awkwardly and it hit the upper portion of his bat. The resultant catch was taken by Suresh Raina stationed at short cover.

In his next over, Yadav removed left-hander Smith with an inswinger while Samuels dragged one from Kumar back onto his stumps.

Opener Charles, however, batted positively. The first six scoring strokes were boundaries as he punished both Yadav and Kumar. With minimum backlift and least footwork, Charles successfully hit through the line whenever it was slotted in his zone. He found an able ally in Bravo as the duo resurrected the innings.

India
Rohit c Charles b Sammy……………60
S Dhawan c&b Roach………………..11
V Kohli c Gayle b Sammy……………11
D Karthik c&b Samuels……………..23
S Raina c Ramdin b Roach………….44
M S Dhoni b Best………………………27
R Jadeja b Best…………………………15
R Ashwin not out……………………….5
B Kumar not out………………………11
Extras: (b5, lb6, w9, nb2)…………22
Total: (For 7 wkts in 50 overs)…229
Bowling: Roach 10-2-41-2, Best 10-0-52-2, Sammy 10-3-41-2, Pollard 1-0-8-0, Narine 10-0-56-0, Samuels 9-1-20-1.

West Indies
C Gayle c Raina b Yadav……………..11
J Charles c Ishant b Yadav…………..97
D Smith lbw b Yadav…………………..0
M Samuels b Kumar……………………1
D Bravo c Dhawan b Ashwin………55
K Pollard c Karthik b I Sharma………4
D Ramdin b Ashwin……………………4
D Sammy c Ashwin b I Sharma…..29
K Roach not out……………………….14
S Narine c Dhawan b Raina………….5
T Best not out……………………………3
Extras: (lb2, w5)……………………….7
Total: (For 9 wkts in 47.4 overs).230
Bowling: Kumar 7-1-36-1, Yadav 9.4-2-43-3, Jadeja 10-1-50-0, Ishant 9-0-51-2, Ashwin 10-0-44-2, Raina 2-1-4-1.

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