Sunday, January 28, 2007

For the record: Windies beat India in Chennai

A Blog Report
The West Indies defeated India in the third one-day international by three wickets in Chennai and kept the four-match series alive. West Indies made 270 for seven in 43.4 overs in reply to India's 268 from 48 overs.
Marlon Samuels and skipper Brian Lara played the crucial roles of run gathering during the chase.
Samuels' 95-ball 98 and his 127-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Lara (83) effectively nullified the electrifying knock the Indian opener Robin Uthappa played earlier in the afternoon.
For India, Robin Uthappa (70), Sachin Tendulkar (60) and skipper Rahul Dravid (57) made significant contributions.
Tendulkar was dropped twice as he crafted his 75th half-century in one-dayers and shared a 106-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Dravid.
Indian captain also posted his 75th-half century in one-dayers and the second of the current series.
Robin Uthappa, the young opener from Bangalore, came up with an electric innings that gave India 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 kept the pace, but Indian innings slumped after they fell in quick succession.

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