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Magnificent Russell power West Indies to 225 for eight

cricket Updated: Jun 12, 2011 00:53 IST
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All-rounder Andre Russell brought up the rear with a magnificent unbeaten 92 as West Indies managed 225 for eight against India after being reduced to 96 for seven at one stage, in the third One Day International in Antigua on Saturday.

Leg spinner Amit Mishra (3/28) and pacer Munaf Patel (3/60) made early inroads but Russell's (92 not out, 64 balls, 8x4, 5x6) power-hitting will atleast give his bowlers a chance to defend a respectable total.

At one stage, West Indies were 65 for one in 14.4 overs. However in the next 14.5 overs, the home team lost as many as six wickets for addition of only 31 runs as they tottered at 96 for seven.

Russell and Baugh (36, 73 balls) then batted sensibly adding 78 runs for the eighth wicket in 15.5 overs as Indian bowlers failed to polish off the tail. Russell repeatedly carted the spinners all over the park including 22 runs from the penultimate over bowled by skipper Suresh Raina.

The home team skipper Darren Sammy after his team's defeat in the first two matches has urged the batsman to up the ante but all they dished out was yet another miserable show with the willow.

Right from the start they never were in control of the situation although there was a 65-run second wicket partnership between Lendl Simmons (45, 68 balls, 4x4, 1x6) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (28, 38 balls, 2x4, 1x6). The duo however couldn't dominate the bowling.

Once Sarwan was run-out as he lost his bat failing to make his ground, Mishra took over as he rocked the middle-order.