Sarwan, Samuels lead Windies to 214-9

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CMC – Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels stroked half-centuries as West Indies mustered 214-9 off their 50 overs in the opening Digicel Pearls One-Day International against India on Monday.


Opting to bat after winning the toss at Queen’s Park Oval, West Indies were struggling at 59-3 in the 19th over before Sarwan hit 56 and Samuels, 55, to pull the innings around.


The two stylish right-handers posted 82 for the third wicket, laying the platform for a late innings rally but that never materialised as India’s varied attack kept a tight rein on scoring.


Off-spinners Harbhajan Singh (3-32) and Suresh Raina (2-23) led the attack while seamers Praveen Kumar (2-37) and Munaf Patel (2-47) snatched two wickets apiece. Sarwan faced 94 balls and stroked five fours while Samuels struck three fours and two sixes in an innings that required 75 balls.


They seemed set to push on when Sarwan flicked a leg-side catch to the wicketkeeper off Munaf in the 38th over and Samuels followed him soon after, bowled between his legs trying to pull a straight one from Raina.


Allrounder Dwayne Bravo then cracked 22 from 20 balls with a six but when he was stumped off Harbhajan in the in the 45th over, West Indies could only scrape 23 runs from the last five overs.