The West Indies' miserable tour of India continued as they suffered a 6-wicket loss in the 1st ODI of the series in Kochi on Thursday.
The format and venue might have been different but the resounding defeat was all too familiar.
The tourists chose to bat but, apart from Darren Bravo (59), no batsman crossed 50 as the innings petered out to a disappointing 211 all out.
India set about it with gusto and a partnership between Rohit Sharma (72) and Virat Kohli (86) all but settled the contest.
Both fell with the finish line in sight, but India still had 14.4 overs to spare by the time they overhauled the West Indies' score.
|West Indies - 211 all out, 48.5 overs|
|CH Gayle||run out (Kumar)||0||2||0|
|J Charles†||c & b Jadeja||42||34||7|
|MN Samuels||b Raina||24||35||2|
|DM Bravo||b Mohammed Shami||59||77||4|
|LMP Simmons||lbw b Raina||29||40||1|
|N Deonarine||b Raina||4||14||0|
|DJ Bravo*||st †Dhoni b Jadeja||24||28||2|
|DJG Sammy||c Kumar b Jadeja||5||16||0|
|JO Holder||not out||16||27||2|
|SP Narine||c & b Ashwin||0||6||0|
|R Rampaul||c Dhawan b Ashwin||1||14||0|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 6)||7|
The news got worse for the Windies, too—leading batsman Chris Gayle, who hurt himself in a runout to the second ball of the innings, was diagnosed with a hamstring tear and it looks set to rule him out of the remainder of the series.
Chris Gayle diagnosed with a hamstring tear that could rule him out for the rest of the #IndvWI ODI series.— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 21, 2013
The visitors staged something of a recovery from that early loss to reach 142 for three wickets, but they surrendered their last seven wickets for less than 70 runs, and the match was lost in that passage of play.
Spin proved king, with Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja and even Suresh Raina amongst the wickets.
But the West Indies could not find that same penetration with the ball even through Sunil Narine, who boasts an impressive record in Indian conditions.
|India 212-4, 35.2 overs|
|RG Sharma||c Simmons b Rampaul||72||81|
|S Dhawan||c †Charles b Holder||5||6|
|V Kohli||c Narine b Holder||86||84|
|Yuvraj Singh||not out||16||29|
|SK Raina||c Holder b Narine||0||5|
|MS Dhoni*†||not out||13||7|
|Extras||(b 5, w 15)||20|
Shikhar Dhawan fell early, but thereafter the run chase was serene. There was even time for Virat Kohli to equal an ODI landmark—the batsman matching Viv Richards as the fastest to score 5,000 ODI runs. Both managed to pass that number in their 114th innings.
Quickest to 5000 ODI Runs 114 Richards, KOHLI 119 Lara 121 Greenidge 124 AB de Villiers 126 Ganguly 128 D Jones— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) November 21, 2013
The three-match series continues at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
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