Second One-Day International

West Indies v India, 2005-06

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

At Kingston, May 20, 2006. West Indies won by one run. Toss: India.

West Indies prevailed in a gripping encounter that produced the 18th instance of a one-run victory in one-day internationals. Two batsmen passed 90 on a sluggish pitch where the next-highest score was 27: Sarwan, whose 98 Brian Lara described as "extraordinary", helped West Indies stagger to 198, then Yuvraj Singh, with a splendid 93, hauled India within touching distance. Both sides lost early wickets, both were revived by useful fifth-wicket partnerships, and both sides' left-arm seamers (Pathan and Bradshaw) exploited the slow pitch well. Sarwan took 48 deliveries to reach double figures, but upped the pace towards the end. Yuvraj nearly matched him: with ten needed off the last five balls, and one wicket in hand, he thundered two fours - but a near-perfect slower yorker from Bravo bowled him, and West Indian cricket had one of its now-rare celebratory moments. There was a bizarre incident early in the West Indian innings when Sarwan pushed Pathan for a quick single. Raina's return from short midwicket hit the stumps, and the Indians appealed... to no one. Squareleg umpire Doctrove was on the boundary sorting out an issue with the sightscreen, and nobody had seen him go. Dead ball was called - and replays showed that Lara was just in, anyway.

Man of the Match: R. R. Sarwan.

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