West Indies crush India by 124 runs in Kochi

West Indies beat India.										 (©GettyImages)

The West Indies emerged triumphant by 124 runs at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi in the first of their One-Day internationals against India.

Both sides will use this five-match series as crucial preparation for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but it was the West Indies who emerged the more satisfied of the two teams from this match.

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Form out of the window

Heading into the game, India had won 18 of the 25 previous ODIs between the two sides
and the West Indies had started their tour of India in poor fashion, losing their two opening fixtures against an India A side. However, this match did not run to form.

Having won the toss, India decided to ask the West Indies to bat first. The Windies began their innings in solid fashion as they reached 120-3 in the 23rd over with Dwayne Bravo hitting a run-a-ball 46.

However, it was the fourth-wicket stand between Marlon Samuels (126*) and Denesh Ramdin (61) that turned the tide in the visitors favour. Their partnership was worth 165 in just 23 overs as they pushed the Windies score towards the magical 300 mark with some wonderful batting.

Samuels was unbeaten at the end as a late flurry of runs ensured the West Indies reached 321-6 after their 50 overs. Samuels innings was one of his brutal best coming off just 116 balls with 11 fours and four sixes.

India struggle

In reply, India struggled to challenge the West Indies formidable total after their opening partnership between Ajinkya Rahane (24) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) was ended when a mix-up between the pair resulted in Rahane being run out with the score on 49.

From this moment onwards, India lost regular wickets. Virat Kohli (2) once again failed and the in-form Suresh Raina was dismissed for a duck. Once captain Dhoni was out with the score on 114-5, India were heading towards defeat.

After Dhawan was out with the score on 134-6, India's lower-order collapsed to 155-9 before a last wicket stand of 42 between Ravindra Jadeja (33*) and Shami Ahmed (19) gave India's final total of 197 all out some respectability.

Marlon Samuels (2-10) and Dwayne Bravo (2-28) were the pick of the West Indies bowlers as they eased to a 124-run victory.

Unhappy hosts

India, undoubtedly one of the favourites to capture the World Cup next year, will be extremely unhappy with their all-round performance in this match whilst the West Indies will be more than happy with how they applied themselves and their positive body language on the pitch.

India will want to bounce back quickly in the second ODI on Saturday whilst the West Indies will want to continue their positive start to their international tour as both teams look to gain some positive momentum in ODI cricket before the World Cup.

Following on from the ODI series, the two sides will also compete in a one-off T20 game
followed by three Test matches.

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