T20: India vs West Indies
The opening match of India's tour to the West Indies did not begin well for stand-in skipper Suresh Raina. He lost the toss and was asked to bat but his openers were soon removed by Darren Sammy.
The start of the opening match of India's tour to the West Indies did not begin well for stand-in skipper Suresh Raina. He lost the toss and was asked to bat but his openers were soon removed by Darren Sammy.
Shikhar Dhawan became the first victim of the West Indies skipper and was dismissed on a personal score of 5 in the third over.
Parthiv Patel on the other end looked in slightly edgy touch as he scored 26 from 20 balls with two boundaries and a six.
Sammy though remained unperturbed as he removed Virat Kohli and followed it up with two more wickets to dent India's top-order.
Subramanium Badrinath was the only saving grace for the visitors as he held the innings together and scored 43 off 37 balls which included five boundaries.
There were small contributions from Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan (in pic) who scored 26 an 15* respectively as India put up 159 runs on the board.
The hosts could not replicate their start with the ball once they came to bat. R Ashwin struck the first blow when he removed Lendl Simmons in the fourth over.
Munaf Patel followed it up by getting rid of Andre Fletcher in the next over to put West Indies on the back-foot from which they could just not recover.
Darren Bravo played a good knock worth 41 off as many balls coming in at number three and he partnered a 66-run stand with Marlon Samuels though the pace was not close to T20 standards by far.
Though Christopher Barnwell struck three sixes towards the end of the innings, it was not good enough as Raina's men sealed the match in their favour to make their aggressive intentions clear.