Written by Staff Writer
09 Oct, 2014 | 11:41 am
Marlon Samuels’ unbeaten century set up a crushing 124-run victory for West Indies over India in the first one-day international in Kochi.
Samuels (126 not out) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 165 with wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin (61) as the tourists blasted their way to 321-6 after being put in to bat in the day-night fixture.
The West Indies had been sending out distress signals before this first match of five, as a player dispute threatened to rob them of a full-strength team.
But they made light of those difficult circumstances – and although captain Dwayne Bravo had to deploy himself as a makeshift opener because of others’ injuries, they always appeared on course for a decent total.
Samuels and Ramdin joined forces at 120-3 and built up the momentum as the Jamaican passed his sixth ODI hundred and ended up hitting 11 fours and four sixes from 116 balls.
Seamer Mohammed Shami finished with figures of 4-66, but did not get through his full 10 overs and – like leg-spinner Amit Mishra – conceded more than seven-an-over.
India, beginning their home international season after the recently-concluded Champions League and 3-1 series victory in England, never threatened a successful chase under lights.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan (68) top-scored but received little lasting support.
Only a defiant last-wicket stand of 42 between Ravindra Jadeja and number 11 Shami narrowed the margin as India were bowled out in just 41 overs.
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