Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma script Indian win after spinners destroy West Indies

India won the first ODI in Kochi by six wickets as Virat Kohli became the joint-fastest with Viv Richards to reach 5000 ODI runs.

updated: November 22, 2013 00:31 IST
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Kochi: West Indies' poor run on their Indian tour continued as India thrashed them by six wickets in the first ODI in Kochi on Thursday evening. Needing to score 212 for a win, Virat Kohli slammed an 84-ball 86 in his 120th game to become the joint fastest with Vivian Richards to score 5000 ODI runs. In his bid to race to his 18th ODI ton, Kohli threw his wicket away but his nine fours and two sixes put India on the threshold of victory. India won with 14.4 overs to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Yuvraj Singh (16 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13 not out) completed the formalities after India suffered a mini hiccup, losing Suresh Raina for zero. It was Rohit Sharma's 72 that set up India for an easy run chase after quickie Jason Holder sent Shikhar Dhawan back for five. Kohli and Sharma produced a 133-run second wicket partnership to take the stuffing out of the West Indian challenge. (Dhoni praises spinners)

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