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West Indies Inflict Humiliating 124-Run Defeat on India in Kochi ODI; Marlon Samuels Shines with Striking Ton

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West Indies Inflict Humiliating 124-Run Defeat on India in Kochi ODI; Marlon Samuels Shines with Striking Ton

October 09
12:02 2014

west indiesNew Delhi, Thursday, October 9 – West Indies inflicted humiliating defeat of 124 runs on India in the first One-Day International in Kochi on Wednesday. Nothing could have been a better start than a victory for Caribbean cricketers over Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Indian cricket team. Despite winning the toss, India were sent at the back foot right from the beginning. The decision to bowl first against WI did not turn fruitful.

The openers Dwayne Smith (46 runs of 45 balls; 4 x 4 and 6 x 2) and skipper Dwayne Bravo (17 runs of 24 balls; 4 x 4) started West Indies’ innings in style. Though Mohammed Shami made Bravo to leave the crease, four classy boundaries from him was adequate to give a solid hint to the Indian squad that they are in no mood to loose any match in this season. His dismissal made Darren Bravo arrive on the 22 yards pitch and contribute some runs in the team’s total, together with Smith, who later on lost his wicket to Ravindra Jadeja. With a couple of fours and a six, the left-handed batsman Bravo scored 28 runs prior succumbing to Amit Mishra when 23rd over was in progress.

However, at the other end, it was experienced player Marlon Samuels who was all set to crush India’s bowling attack with his destructive batting style. Rounding off an amazing unbeaten knock of 126 runs of 116 balls, inclusive of 11 boundaries and 4 sixes, the 33-year-old cricketer imparted terrific role in letting West Indies gain foothold in opposition to India in the 1st match of the 5-match ODI series that held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi. Wicketkeeper batsman Denesh Ramdin hit a striking half-century before losing his wicket to Mohammed Shami, who even made Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell depart at the scores of 2 and 1 run, respectively. Darren Sammy was not out at 10 runs of 6 balls, which included a six. After 50 overs, a humongous total of 321 runs was put on the score board.

While chasing the total, India kicked off well. But Ajinkya Rahane turned a run out victim when the ball hit the stumps when the youngster was away from the crease. Indian innings began to collapse exactly from that spot. Virat Kohli, who earned huge popularity amongst the cricket fans across the world, wasn’t in form. Jerome Taylor dismissed him when he was batting the score of 2. Ambati Rayudu (13 runs), Suresh Raina (0 runs), captain Dhoni (8 runs) lost their precious wickets to Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy. Shikhar Dhawan, who scored brilliant 68 runs (4 x 9), didn’t get the support what he was looking for from middle-order batsmen and threw his wicket to Marlon Samuels.

The crumple story continued further as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami were correspondingly out at 2, 5, 8 and 19 runs. Ravindra Jadeja played a not out inning of 33 runs, which comprised 2 fours and a six. In view of the fact that wickets fell at different time intervals, India were not in game at all. Except the opening pairs Rahane & Dhawan and all-rounder Jadeja, none even went beyond the mark of 20 runs. Ravi Rampaul, Bravo and Samuels got 2 wickets each, while on the other hand, Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy had 1 wicket apiece. With this triumph, West Indies took a lead of 1-0 against the ‘men in blue’. All eyes are on 2nd ODI which has been scheduled for Saturday, October 11, at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. It will be interesting to watch whether Dhoni’s boys equalize the series or let the match go in the opponent’s hand without pouring 100 percent efforts. Let us wait and watch.

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