India vs West Indies 1st ODI: India secure easy six-wicket victory

Sharma and Kohli score brilliant half centuries

India secured an easy six-wicket victory over West Indies in the first ODI at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi to lead the series 1-0.

Chasing 212 to win, Rohit Sharma played another fluent knock despite the early loss of Shikhar Dhawan.

Sharma (72) and Virat Kohli (86) dominated the proceedings with both hammering gritty half centuries as it looked all easy for India as they won in the 35th over.

Earlier, Indian spinners dominated the show as India bowled out West Indies for 211 in 48.5 overs.

While Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets, including a stunning catch of his own bowling, part time bowler Suresh Raina also claimed equal number of wickets. Ashwin struck late in the innings to get two.

Darren Bravo top scored with a gritty 59 while Johnson Charles hit a fine 42 for West Indies after the won the toss and elected to bat first.


Yuvraj finishes in style with a boundary. He is unbeaten on 16 and Dhoni on 13. Ind 212-4 in 35.2 overs.

Raina is out. He did not have to do that. Attempts a big one off Narine and edges it to Sammy for a simple catch. Ind 194-4 in 32.4 overs.

S Raina c Holder b Narine 0 (5b 0x4 0x6)

Kohli is gone. He was searching for that century and offers an easy catch. But a splendid knock no doubt. Ind 192-3 in 31.2 overs.

V Kohli c Narine b Holder 86 (84b 9x4 2x6)

India need another 33 to win from 120 balls. It's all too easy now but can Kohli get to his century will be an interesting watch. Ind 179-2 in 30 overs.

Kohli races to 72 while Yuvraj is yet to open his account. Ind 166-2 in 27 overs.

A fine innings come to an end. Sharma must be cursing for not getting the shot right. Anyways he's put India in a strong position. Ind 150-2 in 25 overs.

R Sharma c Simmons b Rampaul 72 (81b 8x4 1x6)

Kohli scores his half century. Began aggressively then slowed down to cautiously reaching to his 50. Ind 144-1 in 24 overs.

India need a comfortable 77 to win from 168 balls. Ind 135-1 in 22 overs.

Both take the partnership over 100. It's becoming all too easy for India. Ind 123-1 in 20 overs.

India are looking in a very comfortable position. Only a few quick wickets can Windies from this situation. Ind 108-1 in 18 overs.

Sharma in impeccable form. Two classy boundaries from that over and he reaches a deserving half century. Ind 104-1 in 16 overs.

Partnership reaches 69. The two are looking in great form. Even Narine is not able to stop them. Ind 86-1 in 13 overs.

Boundaries coming off frequently from Kohli's bat. Ind 72-1 in 12 overs.

A strong partnership building between Rohit and Kohli. India are 63-1 in 11 overs.

Things going smooth for India. Ind 52-1 in 9 overs.

India need 171 in 43 overs. Ind 41-1 in 7 overs.

Kohli going strong. Dealing in boundaries. Ind 35-1 in 6 overs.

India are 27-1 in 5 overs.

Kohli comes in as huge cheer can be heard. He starts off in style with a boundary. Ind 23-1 in 4 overs.

So Windies earn their first wicket. Brilliant stuff from Holder. Ind 17-1 in 3.2 overs.

S Dhawan c Charles b Holder 5 (6b 1x4 0x6)

Good going from Indian openers. They look to be settling down already. Ind 16-0 in 3 overs.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan open for India. They don't have a big target to chase but it's still not easy on this wicket. Rampaul bowls for Windies. Ind 4-0 in 1 over.


So not much contributions from the last pair. A great catch from Dhawan as Windies fold up for 211 in 48.5 overs.

R Rampaul c Dhawan b Ashwin 1 (14b 0x4 0x6)

Ashwin finally is rewarded. He had bowled well in his first spell except his last over that time. He removes Narine for a naught. WI 207-9 in 46 overs.

S Narine c & b Ashwin 0 (6b 0x4 0x6)

Jadeja strikes again. He has been bowling brilliantly as he removes Sammy, who offers an easy catch in the deep. WI 204-8 in 44.1 overs.

D Sammy c Kumar b Jadeja 5 (16b 0x4 0x6)

A rare six for West Indies from Bravo and West Indies are 177-5 in 37 overs

Rohit Sharma continues to bowl well. WI 163-5 in 35 overs.

Bravo scores a gritty half century as West Indies are 161 for 5 in 34 overs.

Dhoni is only giving his ball to the spinners. So he tries Rohit Sharma who bowls a decent over conceding only two runs. WI 155-5 in 33 overs.

That was a totally unnecessary shot from Deonarine. Raina is bowling brilliantly as he picks his third wicket. WI 152-5 in 31.2 overs.

N Deonarine b Raina 4 (14b 0x4 0x6)

Just three runs off that Ashwin over. He has bowled well but not lucky with the wickets. WI 151-4 in 31 overs.

If Windies are to eye a big score they need some quick runs coming in. WI 148-4 in 30 overs.

Raina picks his second wicket to breaks a threatening partnership. Celebrations al over. WI 142-4 in 28 overs.

L Simmons lbw b Raina 29 (40b 1x4 1x6)

West Indies are 131 for 3 in 26 overs.

Half way through West Indies don't have a great score to boast of, but this pair, who share a partnership which has crossed 50 should boost Windies. WI 128-3 in 25 overs.

Bravo looking strong. He reaches 34 and Simmons giving him company on 19. WI 126-3 in 24 overs.

West Indies are 118 for 3 in 23 overs.

The slow but steady partnership reaches 34 in 52 balls. WI 111-3 in 22 overs.

Fine over from Ashwin. WI 109-3 in 21 overs.

Eight runs including a boundary and West Indies cross the 100-run mark. WI 106-3 in 20 overs.

Ashwin comes in to bowl. He is getting the turn right away. That's good signs for the spinners. WI 98-3 in 19 overs.

Drinks break. India look good at this stage. Windies have a good run rate but need to keep their wickets in tact. WI 91-3 in 17 overs.

Windies 87-3 in 16 overs.

Runs slowing down for West Indies. They can't afford to lose wickets at this stage. WI 81-3 in 15 overs.

Simmons comes in. WI 80-3 in 14 overs.

West Indies lose another. Samuels should consider himself unlucky. The ball kept low and the stumps are rattled. Raina celebrates. WI 77-3 in 13.2 overs.

MN Samuels b Raina 24 (35b 2x4 1x6)

West Indies are 77 for 2 in 13 overs.

Oh! What a stunning catch from Jadeja off his own bowling. Dives flat on to this left side to take a lowly catch. Charles is shocked but has to leave. WI 65-2 in 10.4 overs.

J Charles c & b Jadeja 42 (34b 7x4 1x6)

Windies reach 63-1 in 10 overs.

The partnership crosses 50. Put Windies back on track after the early big loss. WI 55-1 in 9 overs.

Charles is on 34, while Samuels on 12. WI 47-1 in 8 overs.

Charles gets three fine boundaries as West Indies looking in a good position. The best over so far for Windies. WI 41-1 in 7 overs.

Good comeback from Unadkat after that early boundary. WI 28-1 in 6 overs.

Windies are 22-1 in 5 overs.

Two powerful sixes from each of the batsmen and Windies race to 19-1 in 4 overs. Unadkat not impressed.

Runs are not coming easy for Windies. Good work from the Indian pacers, just one run off the over. WI 6-1 in 3 overs.

That boundary from Charles should give Windies some confidence. WI 5-1 in 2 overs.

Positive start for India. WI 1-1 in 1 over.

India strike early, but it's not good news for West Indies. Gayle rushed for a single and fails to make the run and stumbles. He looks to be in deep pain. Good work from Bhuvneshwar Kumar WI 0-1 in 0.2 overs.

C Gayle run out 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)

Playing XI

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Narsingh Deonarine, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder, Ravi Rampaul

Bravo happy to be batting first. He wants his boys to post a big total and the spinners can exploit the conditions later in the day.

MS Dhoni said he would have chosen to bat too.

India will be looking to roll over West Indies in the three-match one-day series after having swept over their rivals in the two-Test series.

However, skipper MS Dhoni is wary of the Windies in the shorter format.

"In ODIs, they have a slightly different squad where they play expressive cricket which really suits this kind of format. They have some wonderful all-rounders in the squad and that gives more strength to them and it will be a challenging series for us," he said.

Indeed, the Gayle factor will be there while spinner Sunil Narine returns the squad for Windies.

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