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India cruise to comprehensive 16 run victory

Harjit Mehat | cricket20

India got their Caribbean tour off to a perfect start thanks to a 16 run victory over the West Indies in their one off t20 International at the Queen's Park Oval in the Port of Spain.

Subramaniam Badrinath led the way, scoring 43 runs after the visitors had been reduced to just 56-4 after West Indies skipper Darren Sammy tore through the Indian top order, picking up four wickets.

Despite the setback, Badrinath and Rohit Sharma (26) shared a vital 5th wicket stand of 71 to help India set the West Indies a victory target of 160.

Faced with a tricky run chase, the home side got off to a disappointing start after they lost Lendl Simmons (9) and Andre Fletcher (11) within the space of four deliveries to leave the West Indies 22-2 after 4.2 overs.

Simmons was the first to go after he was adjudged to have edged a delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin through to Virat Kolhi in the slips, although TV replays showed the ball missed both bat and glove and instead had brushed the batsman thigh.

If Simmons wicket was controversial, Fletcher’s was straight forward after the batsman failed to defend a yorker from Munaf Patel which crashed into the stumps.

Despite the setback Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels led the West Indies fight back with a 3rd wicket stand of 66, but having taken 61 balls to compile it the Indian’s were able to take control of the match as the home side slipped behind the require run rate.

With the pressure building Bravo (41) and Samuels (27) were dismissed by Harbhajan Singh within the space of three deliveries to leave the West Indies 92-4 with another 68 runs needed from just 25 deliveries.

Sammy (0) quickly followed before Christopher Barnwell (34) enjoyed a cameo innings which saw him dispatched Ashwin for back to back sixes at the end of the 18th over.

Despite Barnwell’s fire works India held on to complete a comprehensive victory after the West Indies off to a great start thanks to Sammy who picked up four wickets to leave the Indians in trouble after stand in skipper Suresh Raina had won the toss and elected to bat first.

The West Indies skipper struck to remove Shikhar Dhawan (5) Parthiv Patel (26), Virat Kohli (15) and Raina (2) to leave India 56-4 at the end of the 9th over.

Despite the loss of four quick wicket Badrinath and Sharma led the fight back until Barnwell struck to remove Sharma (26) at the end of the 18th over.

Badrinath quickly followed before Harbhajan Singh (14) and Yusuf Pathan (15) added 24 runs during a quick fire 7th wicket stand to leave the game evenly poised ahead of the West India’s run chase.

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