Sharma’s fifty lifts India


Opener Rohit Sharma’s composed knock steadied India after two early wickets against West Indies in the second match of the tri-nation one-day international series at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday. India were 113/3 in 30 overs with Sharma and Suresh Raina unbeaten on 55 and 4, respectively.
In-form batsman Shikhar Dhawan had a disappointing start to the tri-series as he was dismissed early for 11. He was caught and bowled by Kemar Roach. Virat Kohli (11) fell to Darren Sammy, while Dinesh Karthik (23) showed some resistance before being caught and bowled by Marlon Samuels.
Making their entry to the competition a week after defeating England in a rain-reduced Champions Trophy final in Birmingham, India have kept faith with the eleven who took them to the title at Edgbaston.
Earlier, stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard won the toss and put India in to bat. After their comfortable six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first match of the tournament on Friday, the West Indies were forced into making two changes with regular captain Dwayne Bravo ruled out with a groin strain and fast-medium bowler Ravi Rampaul sidelined by a sprained ankle. Devon Smith and Tino Best took their places in the final eleven.
It was reported that Rampaul could be out for as long as three weeks, however Bravo is expected to be fit for the next match. Speaking after the toss, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni suggested that there was a lot of moisture in the pitch which could present a challenge to the batsmen in the early overs.

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