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06-07-2011, 09:17 AM #1
India beats West Indies by four wicketsRohit Sharma bats with dare and flair. At the Queen's Park Oval here on Monday, the elegant right-hander also displayed a commodity that has often been missing from his batsmanship – Temperament.
Rohit held centre-stage with a well-compiled unbeaten 68 as India, pursuing 215, defeated the West Indies by four wickets in the first ODI. Suresh Raina's men lead the five-match series 1-0.
The surface was sluggish and batting demanded application. Rohit was not found wanting.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan (51) and Raina (43), both left-handers, also donned crucial roles as India nailed the chase.
The West Indies could have put India under greater stress in the end overs had Anthony Martin held on to a return catch off Yusuf Pathan with the score at 189 for five. Martin, a steady leg-spinner who does not turn the ball much, buried his head in anguish. The opportunity had appeared and disappeared in a flash.
By the time Yusuf offered another return catch – paceman Ravi Rampaul made no mistake by pouching a low, hard drive – the contest was all but over. Soon, Harbhajan Singh put a full stop to the match by swinging West Indian captain Darren Sammy beyond the square-leg fence.
Rohit was around when India went past the finishing line. From a mental perspective, the innings here was critical for the batsman. This was an innings where he applied himself, relying on singles and twos. When India required to up the tempo in the final stretch, Rohit put his foot on the accelerator.
He waltzed down the track, created room and eased Darren Sammy over the cover fence. This was a rousing stroke. Rohit essayed another shot that underlined his inventiveness. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo spun the ball away from him but Rohit still managed to wrist him over mid-wicket to find the fence....being a human...