Kohli, Rohit secure easy win for India

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India took a one-nil series lead against the West Indies in Kochi on Thursday, winning the opening ODI by six wickets thanks to a century stand between the very in form duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

India took a one-nil series lead against the West Indies in Kochi on Thursday, winning the opening ODI by six wickets thanks to a century stand between the very in form duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

The West Indies found themselves all out for 211, with seven balls to go, with spinners Ravi Jadeja and Suresh Raina claiming three wickets each for the hosts. India then chased down the score with 88 balls to spare.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first, perhaps envisioning a 300-plus score like the Australians managed during their recent series in India. But they got off to the worst possible start when Chris Gayle was out in the first over.

The opener found himself run out for a duck, and as a result picked up a hamstring injury that saw him stretchered off the field, and ruled out of the rest of the tour. This left Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels to advance the score to 65 over the next 10 overs.

Johnson was the next to fall, out for 42 when he was caught and bowled by Jadeja, and Samuels followed three overs later with just 12 runs added to the total. He was bowled by Raina for 24.

Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons then mounted a rescue operation over the next 14 overs, pushing the score to 142. Bravo made the innings' only half century, recording 59 off 77 balls before being bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Simmons was trapped LBW by Raina shortly before that though, as the Windies last seven wickets fell for just 69 runs. Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin made short wort of the tail as the wicket played slower and slower as the knock progressed.

India's knock was smooth sailing aside from the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, and then a late flurry of three wickets when the damage had already been done by Kohli and Rohit, who became 2013's top run-getter in ODIs.

The pair put on 133 runs together over the course of 21 overs, coming together with the score on 17 and breaking up when Rohit departed for 72 off 81 balls. He fell to Ravi Rampaul, while Jason Holder removed Dhawan and Kohli.

The latter made 86 off 84 balls, including two sixes, and fell just before the end, leaving Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni to get the final runs required. The second ODI will be played on 24 November in Visakhapatnam.

<b>India:</b> Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat.

<b>West Indies:</b> Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder.

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