Raina, Jadeja spin Windies out for 211
Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina exploited the conditions effectively and shared six wickets between them to bundle out the West Indies for a meagre 211 in the opening match of the three-ODI series, in Kochi on Thursday.
While Jadeja finished with three for 34, Raina took three for 37. R. Ashwin also chipped in with two for 42 at the Nehru stadium.
Darren Bravo was the lone West Indian batsman to cross the 50-run mark, hitting a patient 77-ball 59, laced with four fours and two sixes.
Opting to bat, West Indies lost Chris Gayle off the second ball of the match as the destructive batsman fell short of his ground while trying to take a risky single.
Gayle, in fact, hurt himself while he tried to dive in and had to be carried out of the ground in a stretcher.
But West Indies recovered quickly from the early loss and opener Johnson Charles joined hands with Marlon Samuels to put on a solid 65-run partnership for the second wicket.
The duo played with a lot of responsibility and picked on the loose deliveries to play their shots. Having taken a couple of overs to settle down, the West Indies batsmen chose Jaydev Unadkat for special treatment.
In Unadkat’s second over, Samuels hit a six over cover before Charles took over.
Charles repeatedly chose the aerial route during his 34-ball 42 (7X4, 1X6), which included three consecutive fours in a Bhuvaneshwar Kumar over.
But the introduction of Jadeja, who had been left out of the Tests because of an injured shoulder, in the 11th over produced the desired result for the hosts on the turning pitch.
West Indies: 211 in 48.5 overs (Darren Bravo 59, Johnson Charles 42, Ravindra Jadeja 3/37, Suresh Raina 3/34).