Bravo stars in memorable win

Kingston, Jamaica, CMC – Darren Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan followed up Andre Russell’s career-best spell with contrasting half-centuries to usher West Indies to a seven-wicket victory over India in the Fifth Digicel Pearls One-Day International on Thursday.


Bravo struck three fours and six sixes in a career-best, top score of 86 from 99 balls, and Sarwan hit five fours and one six in 75 before retiring hurt, as West Indies, chasing 252 for victory from their allocation of 50 overs, reached their target with 14 balls remaining.


Kieron Pollard carried West Indies over the finish line, when he dragged a short delivery from Ishant Sharma through mid-on for four. The result meant West Indies regained some pride with their second consecutive win, with India winning the five-match rubber 3-2.


Russell had continued his impressive work rate, collecting four wickets for 35 runs from 8.3 overs, as India were dismissed for 251 in 47.3 overs after being sent in to bat. 


Virat Kohli struck 10 fours in the top score of 94 from 104 deliveries for the visitors, and Rohit Sharma made 57 from 72 balls that included two fours and one six. They added 110 for the fourth wicket to give India’s innings some backbone.


However Russell, playing his first international match on home soil, ran through India’s lower order batting – the visitors losing their last seven wickets for 62 in 70 balls.


West Indies were 53-2 in the 16th over, after Lendl Simmons was caught at third man off Vinay Kumar for six, and Adrian Barath was lbw to Amit Mishra for 17.


Bravo came to the crease, and got West Indies on track with Sarwan in a third-wicket stand of 103 when fortune smiled on India. Sarwan was crippled with severe cramp in his right leg, and trudged off the field after the 38th over, leaving West Indies needing 96 from 72 balls.


Bravo reached his 50 from 78 balls, and then took charge in the Batting Power Play, smacking Mishra for two leg-side sixes, and Kumar for a six over long-off. The left-hander was stumped off Mishra in the 46th over, leaving Pollard and Samuels to gather the remaining 39 from 29 balls.


Earlier, Russell made the breakthrough for West Indies, when he had Parthiv Patel caught at backward square leg for six hooking in the fourth over, and Kemar Roach had left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan caught at slip for 11 in the seventh over, leaving the Indians 21-2.


West Indies were put on their heels, when Manoj Tiwary joined Kohli, putting on 58 for the third wicket before he was caught behind off Kieron Pollard for 22. The home team continued to feel the pressure for the next 20 overs, as Kohli and Sharma repaired the damage for India, with steady batting.


A single to point off leg-spinner Anthony Martin brought Kohli to his 50 from 64 balls in the 23rd over, but he was run out in the 36th over, and this triggered the Indian batting meltdown.


Pollard had the visitors’ captain Suresh Raina caught at deep cover for a “duck” in the following over, and the wickets continued to tumble for India at a regular rate, with Russell removing Yusuf Pathan for 30, as well as Mishra and Ishant both without scoring.


West Indies now face India in the first of three Digicel Tests, starting on Monday at the Sabina Park.

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