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Check India's track record in Windies

Rajneesh Gupta takes a look at the ODI encounters between the two teams.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2006 15:38 IST
Rajneesh Gupta
Rajneesh Gupta

India have played 15 one-day internationals in the West Indies, winning 4 and losing 11. Out of the four series, India have won only one in 2001-02. We take a look at India's performance in the one-dayers in the West Indies.

Match 1: Port-of-Spain (Trinidad)| March9, 1983

West Indies won by 52 runs

The match was reduced 39 overs a side as excessive sweating under the covers had left the pitch too damp for a prompt start. The West Indian openers did well to survive an early, difficult period and put on 125.

Greenidge was in commanding form, with four 6s, while Haynes seemed to have a century for the taking before being caught at square leg.

India never got on terms with the run-rate and the main excitement for a massive crowd estimated at 30,000 was a sharp but brief earth tremor in mid-afternoon which sent spectators scampering and left a dozen slightly injured.

West Indies 215-4
DL Haynes 97, CG Greenidge 66, IVA Richards 32
Kapil Dev 2/21, M Amarnath 1/39, Maninder Singh 1/62

India 163-7
M Amarnath 27, DB Vengsarkar 27, SM Gavaskar 25
HA Gomes 3/50, AME Roberts 2/27, J Garner 1/39

Man of the Match: DL Haynes (WI)

Match 2: Berbice (Guyana) | March 29,1983

India won by 27 runs, achieving the highest total ever recorded against West Indies in a limited-overs international at a rate of 5.4 an over.

Gavaskar, in his first innings of note on the tour, and Shastri led the way by contributing 93 at 5 an over, but Kapil Dev provided the real momentum by lashing three 6s and seven 4s off 38 deliveries.

The West Indian bowling and fielding were unusually slack, and the early loss of Greenidge, Haynes and Lloyd virtually sealed the match in India's favour. A crowd of 15,000 watched the match in the heart of Guyana's sugar area.

India 282-5
SM Gavaskar 90, Kapil Dev 72, RJ Shastri 30
MD Marshall 1/23, WW Davis 1/40, AME Roberts 1/44

West Indies 255-9
IVA Richards 64, PJL Dujon 53*, SFAF Bacchus 52
RJ Shastri 3/48, Kapil Dev 2/33, BS Sandhu 2/38

Man of the Match: Kapil Dev (Ind)

Match 3: St. George's (Grenada) |April7, 1983

West Indies won by 7 wickets

West Indies won by seven wickets, thus clinching the three-match series. A public holiday was declared for the first international match played in Grenada and over 10,000 spectators crowded the picturesque ground overlooking St George's harbour.

With the exception of Vengsarkar, the Indian batsmen could not find the inspiration they did in the previous one-day match, their total of 166 proving quite inadequate.

India 166
DB Vengsarkar 54, Yashpal Sharma 25, RJ Shastri 17
HA Gomes 4/38, MA Holding 2/15, AME Roberts 2/38

West Indies167-3
CG Greenidge 64, IVA Richards 28, SFAF Bacchus 26*
RJ Shastri 1/10, M Amarnath 1/23, S Venkataraghavan 1/24

Man of the Match: CG Greenidge (WI)

Match 4 : Bridgetown (Barbados) | March7, 1989

West Indies won by 50 runs

West Indies' superiority, founded on their bowling, would have been expressed more forcefully had they not relaxed when the sixth Indian wicket fell with 142 runs still required and only sixteen overs remaining.

By then the issue was beyond doubt. India's crumb of comfort was Kapil Dev's magnificent opening spell of six overs for just 12 runs, during which he bowled Greenidge with a superb ball that straightened, and had Richardson caught. The impact of these two setbacks was softened by Haynes, who batted throughout the innings for his thirteenth one-day international hundred.

Scored from 132 balls, his 117 not out contained five sixes and eight fours. When the Indians batted, Ambrose bowled only three overs at the start of the innings owing to no-ball problems, but such was the restraint imposed by Bishop and Walsh that Baptiste and Richards, who bowled with much subtlety, capitalised on the desperate Indian efforts to accelerate.

West Indies 248-4
DL Haynes 117*, IVA Richards 40, KLT Arthurton 25
Kapil Dev 2/30, AK Sharma 1/26, RJ Shastri 1/43

India 198-8
AK Sharma 43*, KS More 32, RJ Shastri 23
IVA Richards 3/47, IR Bishop 2/30, EAE Baptiste 2/42

Man of the Match: DL Haynes (WI)

Match 5 : Port-of-Spain (Trinidad) |March9, 1989

West Indies won by 6 wickets

India were asked to bat, which is what they would have done had they won the toss, but their prospects of making a challenging score were wrecked when Ambrose removed Srikkanth with a delivery which seamed from leg to off.

Against tight bowling on a slow pitch, they made little headway, and there were signs of desperation in the way Shastri and Sidhu got out. With only 40 scored from twenty overs, Richards put himself on and, supported by accurate bowling from Baptiste, gnawed through the middle order.

Only Kapil Dev, with 44 from 47 balls, prevented a total rout, and when West Indies batted, he bowled an opening spell of seven overs for 4 runs. Of the 149 West Indies needed, 72 came during a second-wicket partnership between Greenidge, who made 70, with six fours and two sixes, and Richardson.

India 148
Kapil Dev 44, M Azharuddin 19, C Sharma 15
IVA Richards 4/42, EAE Baptiste 2/21, IR Bishop 1/22

West Indies 151-4
CG Greenidge 70, RB Richardson 35*, KLT Arthurton 15
K Srikkanth 3/26, RJ Shastri 1/39

Man of the Match: CG Greenidge (WI)

First Published: May 15, 2006 18:34 IST