Windies hold nerves to beat India by 1 wicket
The match could have swung either way but in a nerve-wrecking match the West Indies held theirs to beat India by 1 wicket in Kingston on Sunday.
India put up a modest target of 230 for the opponents built on Rohit Sharma’s glorious 60. Umesh Yadav played havoc with the ball early on in the West Indies innings getting Chris Gayle and Devon Smith while Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Marlon Samuels to reduce WI to 44/3 after 10 overs.
Captain MS Dhoni couldn't take to the field to defend the total having injured himself while batting but Virat Kohli stepped in admirably to do the big job, setting aggressive fields to control the WI batsmen. At 44/3, it looked like the West Indies were in deep trouble, but Johnson Charles and Darren Bravo counter-attacked in 116 run partnership for the fourth wicket before Bravo fell to Ashwin on 55. Then came intense drama with the match swinging wildly.
Both sides missed their regular captains, Pollard leading instead of Dwayne Bravo and the injured Dhoni being replaced by Kohli and both teams felt the heat. The Indian bowlers, each pitching in for wickets fought back to see WI go from 142/3 to 161/6 but Darren Sammy provided Charles much needed support to take them closer. Ultimately India’s batting failure and Charles’s aggressive 97 set the base for a slim West Indies win, their first 1 wicket against India in ODIs.
Kohli was complimented for his captaincy but he admitted that he missed Dhoni’s calmness in the pressure situation.