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Samuels, Lara lift Windies to three-wicket victory over India

Samuels, Lara lift Windies to three-wicket victory over India

Marlon Samuels and skipper Brian Lara lifted the West Indies to a three-wicket victory after pace bowler Dwayne Bravo's four-wicket burst curbed India's run spree Saturday in the third limited-overs international.
Samuels' authoritative 95-ball 98 and his 127-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Lara (83) helped the West Indies reach 270 for seven in 43.4 overs in reply to India's score of 268 from 48 overs.
Bravo returned career-best figures of four for 34 to stop India's run-feast triggered by brisk half-centuries from opener Robin Uthappa (70), star batsman Sachin Tendulkar (60) and skipper Rahul Dravid (57).
Bravo's four dismissals were among India's last seven wicket that tumbled for 36 runs.
West Indies lost opener Chris Gayle for a first-ball duck and Runako Morton for one before Samuels helped steady the innings through a 65-run partnership with opener Devon Smith (33), whose departure brought Lara into the middle.
Gayle's duck was the 16th time he has failed to get off the mark. He and Lara now share the dubious record for most zero-run dismissals by West Indies batsmen in one-dayers.
The West Indies captain struck two sixes and 10 boundaries from 88 deliveries to take the initiative away from India. The victory brought West Indies back into the four-match series after losing the previous two games.
Samuels struck one six and 12 boundaries from 95 deliveries, but edged pace bowler Ajit Agarkar (3-45) to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik when he appeared on course to a century.
Lara fell to a miscued off-drive, sending a high catch to Uthappa in the covers off Ramesh Powar.
West Indies were just 11 short of India's total when Lara fell, but lost two more wickets before reaching the target.
West Indies had won 4-1 in the one-dayers when India toured the Caribbean islands last year.
Earlier, Tendulkar benefited from two muffed chances to overcome his lean run of scores before the spotlight shifted to Bravo.
Sent crashing for 19 runs in his first over, Bravo struck back his dismiss Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh (10), Dinesh Karthik (8) and last man Shantakumaran Sreesanth (1).
Tendulkar posted his 75th half-century in one-dayers and shared a 106-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Dravid.
Off-spinner Gayle (2-57) was the bowler to suffer on both occasions as wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin muffed Tendulkar's stumping chance on 32 and Lara spilled a catch at short-midwicket when India's star batsman was on 51. He eventually fell to a tumbling catch by Runako Morton at mid-on.
Tendulkar, 33, is the highest scorer in one-day internationals with over 14,000 runs against his name, including a world record 40 centuries.
Dravid also posted his 75th-half century in one-dayers and the second of the current series, while Uthappa pressed for his inclusion in the World Cup squad with an aggressive knock that set India off to a rousing start despite the early departure of left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir for zero.
Uthappa hit two sixes and 11 boundaries, but miscued a drive off Gayle to Lendl Simmons at mid-off.
Uthappa's early belligerence and a brisk 88-run stand with Suresh Raina (23) boosted India's run-rate to more than nine from the first 10 overs.
Tendulkar and Dravid maintained the tempo, but it slumped after they fell in quick succession.


Updated : 2021-05-07 20:34 GMT+08:00