West Indies v India

  • Last Updated: June 30 2013, 23:52 BST

The West Indies completed a tense one-wicket win over India to make it two victories in as many matches in the Tri-Nation Series

Johnson Charles: Made 97 runs
Johnson Charles: Made 97 runs

Opener Rohit Sharma made 60 and Suresh Raina 44 in India's 229 for seven, with Kemar Roach, Tino Best and Darren Sammy taking two wickets apiece.

Johnson Charles kept a faltering chase together with an excellent 97 and though his wicket looked likely to be the crucial blow, Roach, Sunil Narine and Best ground out the 18 runs still needed as the Windies followed up Friday's win over Sri Lanka.

India were put in and were 39 for two after Shikhar Dhawan's fierce straight drive was parried and then caught by bowler Roach and Virat Kohli was well held at slip by a diving Chris Gayle off Sammy.

Rohit and Dinesh Karthik put on 59 before the latter chipped a simple return catch to Marlon Samuels, leaving India 98 for three just after the midway point of their 50 overs.

Rohit brought up a 77-ball half-century with a leg-side two off Sammy but then hoisted the same bowler to Johnson Charles at long-off. He hit four fours and a six.

Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on 48 but the captain needed treatment after injuring his hamstring and Raina was dismissed next ball, cutting tamely through to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

Dhoni, still hobbling, was bowled by a Best yorker for 27 and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in 15 before under-edging Best onto his stumps.

An expensive last over yielded 17 runs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar giving India something to bowl at with a six and a one-bounce four off the last two balls of the innings.

And the West Indies lost early wickets as Gayle smashed a full delivery straight at Raina at short cover-point and Devon Smith was given lbw to Umesh Yadav.

When Samuels played on off Kumar for one, the Windies were in deep trouble at 26 for three.

The rebuilding work was started by Charles and Darren Bravo - who made three from his first 18 balls and 10 from his next three, tripling his tally with a straight six off Ravindra Jadeja before hitting the last ball of the over for four.

Charles completed a 60-ball half-century featuring six fours and a six and celebrated by swatting a second maximum contemptuously over bowler Jadeja's head.

The century partnership came up with an off-side two from Bravo, who reached 50 with a boundary off Yadav but reached only 55 before cross-batting Ravichandran Ashwin straight to Dhawan at silly mid-on.

Kieron Pollard made just four before falling to an excellent catch from Karthik, deputising impressively behind the stumps for the injured Dhoni.

And Ashwin superbly bowled Ramdin to leave the hosts 161 for six, still needing 69.

A huge straight six got Sammy off the mark and another, pulled behind square off Yadav, helped the chase along.

He made 29 from 25 balls before a wild top-edge off Ishant Sharma was taken at third man by Ashwin, leaving his side on 197 for seven.

Charles had a let-off when Karthik blotted his copybook, beaten hopelessly by Ashwin's turn to miss an easy stumping chance and give up four byes.

Charles mowed Ishant for four before he and Roach knuckled down to the task of picking off runs.

But Charles was too quick to target the returning Yadav, toe-ending a catch to Ishant at mid-off to miss out on a century and leave his side sweating.

His 100-ball vigil contained eight fours and four sixes and Raina ran after him as he departed to offer a deserved pat on the back.

The Windies got within nine before Narine (five) chipped Raina straight to mid-on, bringing Best to the crease.

But he and Roach (14no) held their nerve, nudging singles and a solitary two as they finished the job surprisingly calmly. Best finished three not out.

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