<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Played to my strength against India, says Johnson Charles" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130701160147.jpg" title="Played to my strength against India, says Johnson Charles" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Johnson Charles hit eight fours and four towering sixes off 100 balls as West Indies recovered from 26 for 3 to reach their target of 230 for 9 to win with 14 balls left © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Kingston: Jul 1, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Johnson-Charles/post" target="_blank">Johnson Charles</a> made a stroke-filled 97 to lead the <a href="/tags/West-Indies/post" target="_blank">West Indies</a> to sensational <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Johnson-Charles-powered-West-Indies-edge-India-by-one-wicket-in-tri-series/28467" target="_blank">one-wicket victory</a> over <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a> in Match 2 of the CELKON Mobile Cup tri-nation tournament on Sunday at Sabina Park.<br /> <br /> The 24-year-old opener Charles hit eight fours and four towering sixes off 100 balls as West Indies recovered from 26 for 3 to reach their target of 230 for 9 to win with 14 balls left. The win was the second in a row for the home side following the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Chris-Gayle-rsquo-s-ton-powers-West-Indies-to-comprehensive-6-wicket-win-over-Sri-Lanka-in-1st-ODI/28412" target="_blank">six-wicket win over Sri Lanka</a> last Friday.<br /> <br /> West Indies now lead the table with nine points in two matches.<br /> <br /> Charles shared a fourth-wicket stand of 116 with left-hander <a href="/tags/Darren-Bravo/post" target="_blank">Darren Bravo</a>, who returned to form with well-polished knock of 55 off 78 balls with five boundaries and a six.<br /> <br /> After that <a href="/tags/Darren-Sammy/post" target="_blank">Darren Sammy</a> lashed three big sixes in 29 off 26 balls. It however required the calm heads of last pair Kemar Roach and Tino Best to see the Windies home.<br /> <br /> Roach hit the winning run to celebrate the victory on his 25th birthday and sparked celebration among the large, colourful crowd.<br /> <br /> Speaking after the match, Charles said his simple approach was to put bat to ball.<br /> <br /> "I did my thing! I felt nice and relaxed at the crease. I didn’t really feel any pressure, I was told to go out and play my natural game and that is what I did. In the last game [against Sri Lanka] I had no rhythm but this game I came out with a bit more intent and I knew exactly where I wanted to score. I played to my strength and played shots according to the fields India set," said Charles after the match.<br /> <br /> "When you get out for 97 it is always going to be a disappointing feeling but I have to say "well done" to Tino and Roach for getting us across the line. When we got across the line... that was huge pressure off my shoulders."<br /> <br /> Charles added: "We bowled well against the Indians and reduced them to a score we knew we could chase down. The pitch improved a bit, it got flatter and was more of a batting pitch. I would have liked to reached three figures and carry my team to victory but I’m happy we made it two wins in a row."<br /> <br /> Sunday’s innings was Charles’ second half-century against India in as many matches. Earlier this month he made a run-a-ball 60 in the <a href="/tags/ICC-Champions-Trophy-2013/post" target="_blank">ICC Champions Trophy 2013</a> at the Oval in England. He is a graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre and said his aim is to get better with every trip to the crease.<br /> <br /> "I was at the Sagicor HPC for a year and I did a lot of batting drills while I was there. I learned a lot during my time there... playing straight was the one area where I improved and I want to keep improving as I go along," Charles said.