Sharma, Kohli at their best again

2013-11-22 00:00

ROHIT Sharma and Virat Kohli combined to give India a comfortable six-wicket victory over the West Indies in Kochi in the first one-day international yesterday.

The pair put on 133 for the second wicket, after the visitors had made an encouraging start when they picked up the wicket of Shikar Dhawan (5) in the fourth over, to end on 212 for four at the Nehru Stadium.

Their stand lasted 21.4 overs at a scoring rate of 6,13 runs to the over, until Ravi Rampaul got Sharma to go after a short delivery, which he attempted to pull, but failed to stay in control of the shot and got caught at deep mid-wicket for 72.

The 26-year-old, who is in the form of his life, notched up his 19th limited overs half-century and hit eight fours and one maximum in his innings.

Kohli then partnered the returning Yuvraj Singh for a rapid 42-run third-wicket partnership which all but guaranteed victory for the hosts.

Kohli had made 86 which included nine fours and two sixes when he miscued one from Jason Holder trying to go over the bowler’s head.

Sunil Narine picked up the wicket of Suresh Raina for a duck, but the damage had already been done and India’s captain MS Dhoni saw his side home alongside Yuvraj.

Earlier, India’s spinners restricted the West Indies to 211 after the visitors won the toss and opted to bat first. Ravi Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin took eight wickets collectively, after danger-man Chris Gayle (0) was run out in the first over.

India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the next game at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

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