Marlon Samuels leads West Indies to massive win in Kochi ODI | Micromax Cup 2014

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West Indies comprehensively defeated defending World Champions India by a massive margin of 124 runs in the first ODI of the Micromax Cup 2014 at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Wednesday. Marlon Samuels led the West Indies with a superb 6th ODI century to help the tourists to a big total. India failed in its run chase to crash out to a second defeat in a row.

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The toss was won by MS Dhoni and he opted to field first with the pitch having some moisture and rain expected to hit Kochi later on in the evening. India made just the one change to its last team with Amit Mishra taking the vacant place of R Ashwin.

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India’s pacers got the ball moving but an early breakthrough was deserting them. In the 8th over, Skipper Dwayne Bravo (17 from 24 balls) in a new role as an opener got out when he edged his expansive drive off Mohammed Shami to first slip with the score at 34 for 1. The hosts managed to peg back the tourists with two more wickets with Dwayne Smith (46 from 45 balls) bowled by Ravindra Jadeja after missing a slog and Darren Bravo (28 from 45 balls) smacking Amit Mishra straight into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at long off.

West Indies were 120 for 3 in the 23rd over when Denesh Ramdin joined Marlon Samuels. Despite some turn from the wicket, the Indian spinners struggled to create any impression on the pair and ended up getting hit all over the park.

The pair of Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin added 165 runs for the 4th wicket in about 23 overs to set up West Indies towards a big total. Denesh Ramdin got out for a well paced 61 from 59 balls (with 5 fours and 2 sixes) when he heaved a full toss from Mohammed Shami to long on. Big hitters Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell were dismissed cheaply by Mohammed Shami in the final overs but that did not stop the West Indies from running away with a total of 321 for 6.

Marlon Samuels remained unconquered with 126 not out from 116 balls with 11 fours and 4 sixes. India conceded as many as 30 extras which included 17 wides! Bhuvneshwar Kumar was pretty alright with figures of 10-1-38-0 but failed to make early inroads. Mohammed Shami bowled superbly to get four wickets but went for 66 in his 9 overs. Mohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja looked ordinary while Amit Mishra with 10-0-72-1 looked absolutely dreadful bowling a lot of low bouncing half trackers!

India was going along nicely in their chase of 322 until Ajinkya Rahane got run out because of Shikhar Dhawan’s mistake of ball watching in a second run from squareleg. Both the batsmen finished on the same end to produce a school cricket run out. Ajinkya Rahane looked in fine touch with 24 from 22 balls in an opening stand of 49 in 8.4 overs.

The hosts lost their second wicket when Virat Kohli (2 from 5 balls) found a James Anderson in Jerome Taylor to edge a late outswinger to first slip in the 10th over. Ambati Rayudu (13 from 21 balls) succumbed to the pressure and dragged a mindless slog off Andre Russell to mid on in the 16th over. Three balls later, it was knock out punch for India as the in-form Suresh Raina got out for a duck dragging a booming cover drive off Dwayne Bravo on to his stumps.

At 83 for 4 in the 17th over, Skipper MS Dhoni joined a well set Shikhar Dhawan but nothing great was expected from this pair to pull India out of the woods. At this point of time, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn was bowling with great control to strangle both the batsmen. Eventually, MS Dhoni got out, bowled playing all around a full ball from Darren Sammy for a 21-ball 8. Shikhar Dhawan got out next in the 28th over after missing a slog sweep to Marlon Samuels to get bowled around off.

India slipped to a losing position at 134 for 6 with Shikhar Dhawan departing for a 92-ball 68 which came with 9 fours. It was only a matter of time before the Indians collapsed completely and by the end of the 41st over, they were bowled out for 197. Ravindra Jadeja provided some resistance with 33 not out from 36 balls.

For the West Indies – Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Ravi Rampaul took two wickets each while it was Sulieman Benn who was outstanding with figures of 5-0-16-0. Marlon Samuels as expected was the Man of the Match.

The action in the Micromax Cup ODI Series 2014 now shifts to Delhi from Kochi with the second ODI on the 11th of this month.

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