Windies launch strong reply against India

Published: Sunday, March 20, 2011, 20:16 [IST]
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Chennai, March 20: The Windies were in the middle of a robust riposte chasing India's 268 all out as they had reached 132/2 in 25 overs. The side from the Caribbean was on course for victory thanks to an admirable stand of 57 between Darren Bravo (22) and an unbeaten Devon Smith (70*) who was motoring along with Ramnaresh Sarwan at 25 overs. R Ashwin and Suresh Raina were the only two bowlers to get a wicket.

Windies launch strong reply against Ind

Off-break Ashwin opened the bowling for India, but was unable to make any immediate impact as the West Indies openers began their side's innings effectively. Devon Smith took two fours off Zaheer Khan, one in the 2nd and one in the 4th over, while Kirk Edwards knocked a boundary off Ashwin in the 3rd. In between, Edwards was actually run-out by Virat Kohli, but the umpire didn't refer it upstairs and the batsman survived.

Harbhajan Singh was greeted into the attack by a huge six over long off from Edwards. But in the very next over, Ashwin had the same batsman trapped in front from a decision that was referred for review. Edwards was on his way for 17 and the Windies were 33/1 in 6.2 overs.

Darren Bravo and Smith took their side to past 50 in the 12th over. In the following over, Bhajji bowled four byes after which Smith smacked him for a four. The momentum kept swinging the Windies' way as Bravo lofetd Aswin for a six and then swatted him for a four as his the visitors climbed to 73/1 in 13 overs.

But Suresh Raina then got the breakthrough in his first over when he had Bravo caught by Bhajji at long on for 22 off 29 balls. The Windies were 91/2 in 17 overs. In the 19th over, Smith smacked Rain for a four and then ran a single off him to notch up a half century off 64 balls. In the same over, the batting duo had brought up the Windies' 100.

Yuvraj Singh was brought on to bowl in the 21st over and was straight away cut for four by Smith who carted the same bowler for a six in his next over. The Windies had reached 132/2 in 25 overs.

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