India bowlers restrict Windies to modest 214
The rain kept away despite a gloomy forecast as India began their reign as World Cup champions under the bluest of Caribbean skies in the first one-dayer at the Queen’s Park Oval on Monday.cricket Updated: Jun 07, 2011 01:42 IST
The rain kept away despite a gloomy forecast as India began their reign as World Cup champions under the bluest of Caribbean skies in the first one-dayer at the Queen’s Park Oval on Monday.
India, having restricted West Indies to 214 for nine, themselves found that a lot of application would be needed on a slow pitch where the hosts showed an early sense of purpose.
Ravi Rampaul’s express pace from one end did keep the openers Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan guessing a bit and with Kemar Roach rested, tall leg spinner Anthony Martin did a good job opening the attack from the other end.
But it was a needless single attempt that led to Parthiv’s run out, to a sharp throw from Dwayne Bravo, and Kohli edged a wide ball from Rampaul behind the stumps. Subramaniam Badrinath fell to young leggie Devendra Bishoo’s brilliance, gloving a cut through to ‘keeper Carlton Baugh.
After 22 overs, India were 82 for three with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma batting.
Vice-captain Harbhajan Singh grabbed three for 32 to lead the way for the visitors.
Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Marlon Samuels put on 82 runs for the fourth wicket to rescue West Indies after skipper Darren Sammy elected to bat on a pitch that had weathered heavy rain after Saturday’s T20 game and on Sunday afternoon.
India looked sharp on the field with Harbhajan pulling the strings, guiding young skipper Suresh Raina on field placements and bowling changes.
The West Indies opener Lendl Simmons top-edged an attempted pull against Praveen to Harbhajan at mid-off. Darren Bravo slashed a Munaf Patel delivery to Rohit Sharma at slip.
Opener Kirk Edwards was dropped by Sharma, not a regular slip fielder, dropped him on five, off Munaf. On 16, a nick off Harbhajan bounced off ‘keeper Parthiv Patel’s gloves and Badrinath at leg slip. The Barbadian finally miscued one off Harbhajan that dropped into the slip fielder’s hands.
Sarwan struck his 36th ODI fifty while Samuels found his timing at the other end. Just when they looked to launch the final assault, Sarwan flicked Munaf down the leg and Parthiv took a sharp catch diving to his left; and Samuels was bowled trying a big heave against Raina.