Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:37:41 GMT

Rohit stars in India thrilling one-wicket win over West Indies

Cuttack: Rohit Sharma starred with a match-winning half-century as India clinched a thrilling one-wicket win against the West Indies in a low scoring first ODI of the five-match series at the Barabati Stadium here Tuesday.

Rohit stars in India thrilling one-wicket win over West Indies

Chasing a target of 212, India made a good start with Virender Sehwag (20) and Parthiv Patel (12) slamming 37 runs in the first five overs. But fast bowlers Kemar Roach (3/46) and Andre Russell (2/29) ripped apart the top-order as India were reduced to 59/5 by the 12th over.

Rohit (72) and Ravindra Jadeja (38) then brought the innings back on track with their 83-run stand for the sixth wicket. Rohit, who is making a comeback to international cricket from a finger fracture, held the fort and smacked three fours and a huge six over long-off.

He was adjudged as the Man of the Match.

West Indies, however, came back into the match after Jadeja threw away his wicket, chasing a wide delivery from Keiron Pollard to Lendl Simmons at point. Rohit then joined forces with Ravichandran Ashwin (18) for fight back but a freak run-out cost Ashwin his wicket.

Rohit was bowled by leg-spinner Anthony Martin by a straight delivery that kissed his pads before crashing on to his stumps and in the next over, R.Vinay Kumar scooped West Indies skipper Darren Sammy to mid-off only to find Roach leaving the last wicket needing 11 runs to win from 28 balls.

Umesh Yadav (6 not out) and Varun Aaron (6 not out) then held their nerves and hit Sammy for two fours in the penultimate over as India reached 213/9 in 48.5 overs.


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