Cuttack: Rohit Sharma struck a timely 72 before Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav – India's two new pace sensations – held the willow and their nerves for the last 11 runs to earn India a nail-biting one-wicket win over the West Indies in the first ODI here on Tuesday.
Chasing 212, India were reduced to 59 for 5 before Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja (38) combined to revive the run-chase with an 83-run partnership.
India began well with a 37-run opening stand between Virender Sehwag and Parthiv Patel but then they lost five wickets in the space of 22 runs to give West Indies more than a hope for an upset victory.
The Indian top order was guilty of playing some rash shots, showing signs of complacency while chasing a moderate target. Kemar Roach stepped up for West Indies as he removed Parthiv (12), Gautam Gambhir (4) and Virat Kohli (3) cheaply....more
01:17 AM, Mar 26, 2008