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ODI: Sammy's 63 help WI beat India

Visakhapatnam, Nov 24 : A heroic unbeaten knock of 63 runs by Darren Sammy helped West Indies beat India by two wickets in the second One Day International (ODI) and level the series 1-1 here on Sunday.


Chasing India's challenging 288 for seven, West Indies lost eight wickets to reach 289 runs.

The visitors lost early wickets as the scorecard showed 23-2 at the end of 5.4 overs but

Kieran Powell (59) and Darren Bravo (50) added 100 runs in the third wicket partnership to stabilise their innings.

Darren Sammy played a memorable 45-ball 63 and remained unbeaten till the end as he helped his side win the target. He hit four boundaries and equal number of sixes.

Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and R Ashwin took two wickets each. Ashwin bowled tight and gave away 37 runs in his 10 overs.

Sammy challenged Indian bowlers well and attacked them whenever needed.

Earlier, Virat Kohli's 99 and skipper MS Dhoni's unbeaten 51 helped India score 288 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first. The visitors picked up the wicket of opener Rohit Sharma (12) to give India an early blow.

Shikhar Dhawan (35) and Virat Kohli put up some resistance against West Indies and added 48 runs in the second wicket partnership after losing Sharma in the fifth over of their innings.

After Dhawan departed, Kohli continued his good form and Yuvraj Singh (28) joined him to add 69 runs in the third wicket partnership.

Kohli played a sensible knock of 99 off 100 balls where he punished the loose deliveries well. Kohli, however, missed his oppurtunity to score another century as his wicket was picked up by pacer Ravi Rampaul.

Kohli hit nine boundaries in his knock.

Suresh Raina scored 23 runs but MS Dhoni smashed unbeaten innings of 51 off 40 balls, which was laced by three boundaries and four sixes, to help India reach 288 runs at the end of 50 overs.

Rampaul took four wickets for West Indies.

--IBNS (Posted on 25-11-2013)

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