Yuvraj ton helps India win Kingston thriller

Published: Saturday, June 27, 2009, 7:14 [IST]
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Yuvi's ton helps India's win

Kingston: Yuvraj Singh scored a blistering 131 as India beat West Indies by 20 runs in an an edge-of-the-seat thriller to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series at Sabina Park on Friday.

He smacked 10 boundaries and seven sixes on the way to his blistering century. He was well-supported by Dinesh Kathik, who scored 67 runs.


In a powerful batting display that overshadowed their recent pathetic show in the Twenty20 World Cup, the Indian batsmen came out firing on all cylinders as they trampled the West Indies attack to reach an intimidating 339 for six after opting to bat.

However, Windies made a decent fist of their reply, Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scoring with 63 from 59 balls, but none of their batsmen could stay at the crease long enough to see them home.

It was Dinesh Karthik who did the early damage for India, overcoming the losses of Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma to strike 67 off 76 balls.

The openers dished out some harsh treatment in Lionel Baker's first over before a Jerome Taylor bouncer accounted for Gambhir (13).

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (41), Yusuf Pathan (40 not out) and Harbhajan Singh (21 not out) also made useful contibution to the Indian score.

With the wicket of Chanderpaul in the 36th over it looked all over for the hosts but their lower order batted with steely resolve and made it an absolute thriller.

West Indies required 21 off the last two overs with one wicket in hand but Ashish Nehra dismissed Ramdin with the first ball of the 49th over to bring a huge relief for his side.

Ramnaresh Sarwan (45) and Runako Morton (42) did well and got the starts for the West Indies but could not convert those into big knocks.

Jerome Taylor (21) and David Bernard (19), batting at number seven and nine respectively did their best but their effort went in vain in the end.

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For India, Nehra (3-49) and Yusuf Pathan (3-56) were the leading wicket-takers.

It was raining sixes as 23 of them were hit in the match. Only thrice a one-dayer has witnessed more sixes.

The West Indies run chase began in the right earnest with Chris Gayle (37) and Morton quickly putting up 65 for the first wicket before comeback man Ashish Nehra got rid of the skipper.

Gayle miscued a pull off the left-armer and Harbhajan took a smart running catch at mid-on. Morton's entertaining knock in which he hit for fours and a six ended when Yusuf had him caught behind.

Even though Windies maintained a good run-rate to keep their hopes alive but they lost wickets at regular intervals.

The big-hitting Dwayne Bravo (8) though was extremely unlucky as he got out on a high full toss off Ishant Sharma which the umpires ruled was below waist-height.


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