India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Kochi

Spinners set up easy win for India

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

November 21, 2013

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India 212 for 4 (Kohli 86, Rohit 72) beat West Indies 211 (Darren Bravo 59, Raina 3-34, Jadeja 3-37) by six wickets
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Ravindra Jadeja finished with 3 for 37, India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Kochi, November 21, 2013
For Indian bowlers, the Kochi pitch brought respite as they finally exerted some control over the batsmen © BCCI

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli continued their prolific runs to set up India's chase with effortless half-centuries after India's spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina, had taken eight wickets to bowl West Indies out for a below-par total in Kochi.

Shikhar Dhawan was caught behind off a rising Jason Holder delivery in the fourth over, but Rohit and Kohli were unfazed by the dual nature of the pitch, and kept scoring freely throughout their 133-run partnership in 21.4 overs.

It was Kohli who did the bulk of the scoring in the first 10 overs, hitting five boundaries against Rohit's one. But as soon as Sunil Narine was introduced in the 11th over, Rohit took over the role of aggressor. The next seven hits to the boundary came from Rohit's bat, as he used a wide array of shots - from powerful slog-sweeps to deft late-cuts - to zoom past Kohli. During the course of his innings, he went past Misbah-ul-Haq to become the leading run-scorer in 2013, but just when a century looked certain, he pulled one straight to deep midwicket to be dismissed for 72, with his tally of international runs since October standing on 859.

Kohli had been happy to turn over the strike to Rohit during their partnership, but he switched gears as a struggling Yuvraj Singh - not Raina - joined him in the middle. A couple of powerful pulls were unleashed against the fast bowlers - the second one making him the joint-fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs along with Viv Richards, in 114 innings. But just like Rohit, he too was dismissed when a hundred appeared for the taking.

India needed 20 runs at that stage off 18.4 overs, which despite a brief flutter, was not enough for the West Indies to defend. Apart from Rohit and Kohli, none of the batsmen from either team found it easy to bat.

For Indian bowlers though, the Kochi pitch brought a respite, soothing the wounds they endured during the series against Australia last month, as they finally exerted some control over the batsmen.

West Indies had recovered from the loss of Chris Gayle in the first over to get to 63 for 1 after ten overs when spin was introduced. Jadeja, who had been left out of the Tests to nurse his injured shoulder, took only four balls to make an impact. Johnson Charles, trying to whip a flighted delivery to the leg side, got a leading edge towards Jadeja, who dived full length to his left to pull off a one-handed blinder.

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  • Virat Kohli completed 5000 ODI runs in this match, in his 114th innings, equalling Viv Richards' record as the fastest batsman in ODIs to 5000 runs. For India, Sourav Ganguly was the previous batsman fastest to 5000 ODI runs, having reached the landmark in 126 innings.
  • Kohli has won five Man-of-the-Match awards in ODIs in 2013, the most by any batsman this year. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Misbah-ul-Haq are next in that list with four awards each.
  • Ravindra Jadeja has become the leading wicket-taker in ODIs in 2013 going ahead of Saeed Ajmal. Jadeja has taken 49 wickets at 22.22 from 29 ODIs this year as opposed to Ajmal's 48 wickets at 19.77 from 25 ODIs. Click here for a list of the leading wicket-takers in ODIs this year.
  • Rohit Sharma has become the highest run-scorer in ODIs this year. He has scored 1143 runs at 60.15 from 23 matches. Kohli is joint-second in that list; he has scored 1119 from 26 innings at 55.95 and is tied with Misbah.
  • The 133-run partnership between Kohli and Rohit in this match was the second highest for India for the second wicket against West Indies.
  • Raina's bowling figures of 3 for 34 were his best in ODIs and the first time he took three wickets in an innings. His previous-best ODI figures also came against West Indies, in Indore in 2011, when he took 2 for 17.
  • West Indies' opening partnerships have added all of 85 runs in their last ten ODIs against India in India. The highest they have put together for their first wicket in the last ten ODIs is 34, added by Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Smith in the 2011 World Cup league match.

That the ball had stopped a touch on the batsman was an indication for MS Dhoni to introduce spin at both ends. Raina didn't have to wait for long either. His eighth delivery barely bounced, hitting the base of the middle stump to dismiss a well-set Marlon Samuels.

Raina added two more wickets - Lendl Simmons was adjudged lbw to one which was probably spinning down the leg side while Narsingh Deonarine had himself to blame for playing across the line to a straighter one - and ended up with his best ODI figures of 10-1-34-3.

Darren Bravo, though, fought back with 59 off 77 deliveries. He manoeuvered the strike around in company of Simmons - both adding 65 for the fourth wicket - while being severe on anything that was pitched up. Twice, he hit flighted deliveries from Jadeja into the stands. However, he too was dismissed by one that stayed low from Mohammed Shami during the Powerplay. His dismissal signaled the end of resistance from West Indies as the rest of the batsmen could only manage 28 more runs. Jadeja finished with three wickets that also propped him up to the top of the ODI wicket-takers' charts this year.

Spin was thought to be a factor at the start of the match because of the presence of cracks on the pitch. West Indies chose to bat, hoping to build the pressure in a format they are more comfortable with.

The change to coloured clothing was supposed to bring relief for Gayle, who had endured a difficult time in the Test series with a top score of 35. But he didn't give himself a chance to settle. He dabbed the second delivery of the match towards the non-striker and called straightaway for a risky single. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has dismissed Gayle four times this year already, sprinted to his right, swiveled and threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, catching Gayle well short.

But as Gayle tried to make his ground, he took a tumble and injured his hamstring that is likely to keep him out for up to four weeks.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by GreenBouncySpin on (November 23, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Indian ODI team is at its peak now. Yes, it was not long ago that our bowlers conceded 300+ runs against Australia almost every match. But the combination of Bhuvi, Shami, Ashwin & Jadeja will be a decent attack, if not a threatening one. If India can continue to restrict the opposition to 260-275 consistently, then rest is assured our batsmen will make a mockery of the chase on ANY SURFACE in ANY COUNTRY against ANY BOWLING. And in MS Dhoni, we have one of the greatest ODI captains and best ODI finisher. I certainly believe this team will go down into the books as one of the best ODI teams ever.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

rohit sharma is great. I hope he gets big hundred in second ODI. He had wonderful chance here but threw his wicket. I hope this ODI belongs to rohit

Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

well done india ! Dissappointment from WI to their fans. Being 100 odd runs for 3 down & getting bowled out for 211 doesnt enthuse much. they just dint apply. Another fine performance from rohit & virat. together they r bcoming a deadly combination ! touch wood ! But either of them should have gone for a century. Its high time yuvi & raina pull their socks up or else they will have no one to blame. this is the time to roar back to form against a relatively inexperienced bowling. i think rayudu needs a look in if india go 2-0 up.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

Dhoni needs to use Bhuvaneshwar, Shami and Mohit. Unadkat is decent but he lacks pace and does not seam or swing. Unless unadkat can get one of those three i dont see him surviving in the international league for too long. If we are going to play Ashwin and Jadeja then either or both Yuvi and Raina need to make space for two batsman who are in form. Thats my two cents

Posted by YS_USA on (November 22, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Now, I am watching T20 match between Pakistan and SA. It is vert interesting because SA has to chase a big score. So to conclude, test matches are interesting only if Bowlers have advantage and taking a lot of wickets

Posted by android_user on (November 22, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

I would like to remind u guys who r criticizing abt Indian team winning in their own back yard , well it hasn't been a long ago when india beat every single team right through warm up matches including south africa and beating west indies in west indies in tri angular.

Posted by ramli on (November 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

I don't understand ... 2 people have crossed a milestone in same number of matches ... how does this gets affected by playing more ODIs? What is the sin by comparing X with Y by the same yardstick? VK is certainly on par with Viv at least in this statistic ... and there will equal number of arguments for and against ... just relish the feat and move on

Posted by ramli on (November 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

@nampally ... MSD certainly has good figures batting at no. 4 ... only he can't do it now is simply because his services are much required for match-finishing rather than in the run-building phase ...

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Let us see what will the world best team do at South Africa?

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