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06-05-2011, 05:14 AM #1
India beats West Indies by 16 runs
Subramanium Badrinath's solidity, the depth in the Indian batting and then some disciplined bowling enabled a new-look Indian side to defeat a young West Indies outfit by 16 runs in the one-off Twenty20 international here on Saturday afternoon.
Pursuing 160, the West Indies finished at 143 for five.
Coach Duncan Fletcher has begun his India tenure with a win. This was also the 200th Twenty20 international.
Badrinath was adjudged Man of the Match for his fighting 43 in an adverse situation after the West Indies pacemen had made early inroads. For the host, skipper Darren Sammy – four for 16 - contained and struck with his seamers.
The tight Indian bowling and alert fielding choked the home batsmen for most parts. Praveen Kumar began with an immaculate maiden to Andre Fletcher. Then, Harbhajan Singh gave little away.
The pressure produced a wicket although it came under dubious circumstances. Off-spinner R. Ashwin turned one into Lendl Simmons and the ball travelled off 'keeper Parthiv Patel's glove, then helmet, to Virat Kohli at slip. The Indian appeal was upheld; a batsman cannot be dismissed if the ball bounces off a fielder's helmet. Worse, the delivery had not made contact with the West Indian opener's bat.
Soon, seamer Munaf Patel yorked Fletcher. The Indians had struck at the start.
The left-right combination of Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels revived the innings without ever threatening India. Samuel's straight drive off Munaf, followed by a lofted cover-drive, underlined his class. Southpaw Bravo put away Praveen when the bowler erred in line and swept Harbhajan. Yet, this association lacked thrust and focus.
The experienced Harbhajan took out both the batsmen. Bowling from round the wicket, the off-spinner forced Samuels to top-edge a sweep. Then a quicker, fuller ball was inside-edged by Bravo on to his stumps.
Christopher Barnwell biffed a few past the ropes in the end overs but the host was never really in with a chance....being a human...