Marlon Samuels’ Ton Aids West Indies To Whirlwind Win Against India

Marlon Samuels smashed an unbeaten century as the West Indies inflicted an emphatic 124-run hiding on India in the first One Day International at the Nehur Stadium in Kochi on Wednesday.  The hosts won the toss and sent the tourists in to bat.  Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith put on 34 for the opening stand before Bravo was caught by Shikhar Dhawan off Mohammed Shami for 17.  A 64-run second wicket partnership ended when Smith was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja (1/58) for 46 from 45 balls, including four fours and two sixes.

Amit Mishra (1/72) had Bravo caught by Dhawan for 28 and it was 120/3 after 22.3 overs with the Windies looking decent.  An outstanding 165-run stand followed by Marlon Samuels and Dinesh Ramdin.  The wicketkeeper-batsman was eventually out for 61 from 59 deliveries when he was caught by Jadeja of Shami after hitting five fours and a pair of maximums.

At 285/4 with 4.2 overs still to come, the platform was set for the visitors however wickets starting falling fast.  Shami (4/66) bowled Kieron Pollard for 2 before having Andre Russell caught by Virat Kohli for 1.  Samuels blasted 126 off just 116 balls with 11 fours and four sixes along the way as the Caribbean islanders posted 321/6.

In response, the Indians started well enough with a 49-run stand between Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane.  The latter was first to go when he was run out for 24.  Kohli did not last long before departing for just 2, caught by Darren Sammy off Jerome Taylor (1/50).

The home side were 82/2 but were soon 83/4 after Ambati Rayudu was caught by Sulaiman Benn off Russell (1/21) for 13 and Suresh Raina was bowled by Dwayne Bravo for a duck.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni hung around before he was bowled by Sammy for 8 and at 114/5 the signs were not looking good for India.

Opening batsman Dhawan’s resistance eventually ended when he was bowled by Samuels for 68.  The 28-year old hung around for 92 balls and struck nine fours.  Bhuvneshwar Kumar was next to go after adding just 2 when Samuels (2/10) had him caught by Sammy.

Mishra faced 13 balls for his 5 but he would be a LBW victim of Dwayne Bravo (2/28).  Mohit Sharma contribued 8 from 7 balls but he was caught by Taylor off Ravi Rampaul as the Windies closed in on a famous victory.  Jadeja and Shami threw caution to the wind to put on a tenth wicket stand of 42 but ultimately it was in vain.

Shami was last man out bowled by Rampaul (2/48) as the home side were all out for 197 with Jadeja stranded on 33.  The visitors ran out winners by a massive 124 runs.