India restrict West Indies to 211 in the first ODI

Indian players celebrate the fall of a West Indies wicket in the first ODI AFP

Cuttack: Nov 29, 2011

India’s young bowling attack performed creditably and justified stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag’s decision to field as it restricted the West Indies to 211 for nine in the first One-Day International on Tuesday.

The bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to unsettle the Windies’ rhythm and the visitors never really took charge despite maintaining a decent run-rate for some part of the innings.

The West Indies were at one stage in danger of being bowled out for under 200, but a cameo from Andre Russell (22) towards the end lifted them to a modest total.

The batsmen showed lack of application on what appeared to be a batting-friendly track.

Darren Bravo was the top-scorer with 60 (74b, 6×4) but the stylish left-hander could not convert his knock into a big one. He was involved in a 75-run fourth-wicket partnership with Danza Hyatt (31 from 54 balls; 2×4, 1×6).

It was upto Russell, who hit two fours and a six from 20 balls, to take the visitors past the 200-mark.

It was a flop show by the much-fancied Kieron Pollard who scored 13 from 33 balls in an uninspiring display.

Umesh Yadav (two for 33 form eight overs) was the pick of the three-pronged Indian pace attack, which ensured that the team did not miss Praveen Kumar who was ruled out of the series due to a fractured rib.

Varun Aaron also picked up two wickets in a disciplined show by the pace attack.

R Vinay Kumar was the most experienced of the three pacers as they bowled in tandem for 14 overs, unsettling the top order.

The trio picked one apiece initially, with the top three of the Windies batting — Lendl Samuels (19), Adrian Barath (17) and Marlon Samuels (10) — making their way back to the dressing room with the scoreboard reading 52 for three.(PTI)

Brief Scores: West Indies 211 for 9 in 50 overs (Darren Bravo 60, Danza Hyatt 31; Umesh Yadav 2 for 33, Varun Aaron 2 for 47) vs India

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