Vijayawada: Marlon Samuels hit 21 in an over during his unbeaten 75-ball 108 as the West Indies recovered from a shaky start to post 315 for six in the seventh and decisive One-dayer against India on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Jamaican smashed five sixes and 11 fours in his maiden hundred in 36 one-dayers to put the Indian attack in proper perspective after the West Indies had been reeling at 16 for two. The series is currently tied 3-3. Samuels went on the rampage in the closing overs as he ruined fast bowler Javagal Srinath's bowling figures with 21 in one over just after punishing seamer Sanjay Bangar for three successive fours. The hard-hitting batsman put on 109 off 61 deliveries with Ricardo Powell (30) as the West Indies plundered 120 in the closing 10 overs to set a stiff target for India. Samuels consolidated his team's position after Ramnaresh Sarwan had steadied the innings with an impressive 83 for his fifth half-century. Sarwan added 116 for the third wicket with opener Wavell Hinds (58) and 50 for the next with Samuels to prop up the innings after early setbacks. The West Indies was in trouble after losing in-form opener Chris Gayle and Shivnaraine Chanderpaul (6) in the opening six overs after being put in to bat. Gayle, who scored 450 in the last six matches with three centuries, was deceived by a slower ball from Srinath and offered a simple catch to Mohammad Kaif in the covers. Chanderpaul, promoted in the batting order, fell playing one shot too many as he drove Ajit Agarkar to Murali Kartik at mid-off. Sarwan paced his innings remarkably well, initially relying on singles and twos before stepping up the run-rate with some big shots. Hinds provided valuable support from the other end, hitting seven fours in his 10th half-century before being bowled off a faster one from off spinner Virender Sehwag. Sarwan was adjudged leg before while attempting to cut a straight ball from Agarkar, but not before creating a pressure-free situation for Samuels.
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