Kingston, Jamaica: Johnson Charles, shedding his turgid display of the previous match, destroyed the Indian bowling on his way to an impressive 97 as the West Indies pulled off their second straight win in the Celkon Mobile Cup, a thrilling one-wicket victory, at Sabina Park on Sunday (June 30). (Scorecard)
West Indies had done extremely well to restrict India to a manageable 229 for 7, but made heavy weather of the chase despite Charles's pyrotechnics and his crucial associations with the two Darrens, Bravo and Sammy. R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma procured late breakthroughs to set up a tense finish but the last-wicket partnership of Tino Best and Kemar Roach, the birthday boy, took the team over the line with 14 deliveries to spare as West Indies reached 230 for 9.
If India were to mount any defence of their modest total, they needed to get Chris Gayle early. Gayle surpassed Desmond Haynes to become the third highest run-getter for West Indies in One-Day Internationals but India, led by Virat Kohli after Mahendra Singh Dhoni sustained a hamstring pull while batting, struck straightaway as Gayle was caught at short cover by Suresh Raina off Umesh. (Stats: Rohit's feat is not enough for an Indian win)