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Rohit Steers India To Four Wicket Win Over WI In 1st ODI

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Jun 6 :Rohit Sharma scored an unbetaen 68 as India overcame a shaky start to notch up an easy four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International of

PTI [ Updated: June 07, 2011 11:25 IST ]
rohit steers india to four wicket win over wi in 1st odi
rohit steers india to four wicket win over wi in 1st odi

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Jun 6 :Rohit Sharma scored an unbetaen 68 as India overcame a shaky start to notch up an easy four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International of the five-match series at the Queen's Park Oval here today.


Chasing a modest 215-run target, Rohit anchored the Indian innings and together with captain Suresh Raina (43) raised 80 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home in 44.5 overs after the visitors lost their first three wickets for just 61 runs.

Rohit's unbeaten knock came off 75 balls during which he struck three fours and a six while Raina scored his 43 from 50 deliveries with the help of four boundaries.

At the top, opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 off 76) notched up his maiden half-century and guided the chase initially to help India's cause.

Leg-spinner Anthony Martin (2/39) was the best bowler in action for the home team while pacer Ravi Rampaul also snarred two wickets but gave away 58 runs in the process.

Earlier, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels scored hard-earned half centuries as West Indies struggled to score a modest 214 for nine.

Opting to bat, West Indies witnessed a wobbly start to their innings as they lost their first three wickets scoring just 59 runs in 18.2 overs.

But Sarwan and Samuels then paired up to resurrect the innings with a 82-run fourth-wicket partnership that came of 118 balls. PTI

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