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Opener Johnson Charles slammed 97
but it was left to West Indies last wicket
pair of fast-bowlers Kemar Roach and Tino
Best to scramble a thrilling one- wicket
victory over India in the second game of
the Tri-Nation ODI series at Sabina Park
Chasing 230 off 50 overs, after India post-
ed 229 for seven off their 50, West Indies
struggled to reach the target for the lost of
nine wickets, off 47.4 overs.
Having steered a pivotal middle-order
recovery with left-hander Darren Bravo (55),
Charles fell short of what appeared a certain
century in the 41st over with an ill-advised
aerial drive off paceman Umesh Yadav .
With three singles needed to convert a
well-composed innings into his third ODI
century, Charles needlessly sought another
boundary and was the eighth batsman to
perish with West Indies needing 19 runs
from 10 overs.
He was later named man-of-the match
for his aggressive and defiant innings , which
came off 100 balls and included eight fours
and four sixes.
After India took an early grip on the
match, dismissing opener Chris Gayle ,
Devon Smith and Marlon Samuels cheaply
and leaving West Indies on 26 for three,
young Charles and Bravo pulled around the
hometeam with a 116-run fourth-wicket
partnership that laid the foundation for the
narrow win over the World champions.
They came together in the fifth over and
resisted the Indians until the 28th with a
commanding mix of imperious stroke-play
, regular boundaries, and good running
between the wickets.
However, once the partnership was broken
with the score on 142, as Bravo tried an
ambitious pull to a shortish ball from Ashwin
, the Indians clawed their way back with
the wickets of captain Keiron Pollard (4),
Denesh Ramdin (4) and Darren Sammy (29).
At that stage West Indies slipped from a
commanding position to 197 for 7 in the
37th over. Spinner Sunil Narine also went
quickly , leaving the last-wicket pair needing
10 runs from 6.4 overs .
Best and Roach then saw the team to vic-
tory, with Roach hitting the winning run to
coincide with his 25th birthday celebrations.
Seamer Yadav claimed 3 for 43 from 9.4
overs. India were earlier sent in and opener
Rohit Sharma top scored with 60 in the
face of good bowling from Kemar Roach,
Daren Sammy and Narine.
The champions were also given some
momentum with 44 off 55 balls by Suresh
Raina and later 27 off 35 balls by captain
Mahendra Singh-Dohni, who did not take
the field because of a leg strain sustained
The Indians were led by Virat Kholi while
Denesh Khartik kept wickets in the West
Tino Best, Sammy and Roach all picked
up two wickets to restrict the Indians and
in the end West Indies managed to just
reach the modest target.
India by one wicket
The national Under-17 cricket team may
be counting on Jeron Maniram s experience
when they open their account against the
Leeward Islands today in the West Indies
Cricket Board U-17 Regional 50-over tour-
nament at Shaw Park, Tobago.
Maniram, the only surviving member of
the 2012 team that finished second to
Jamaica, showed some form in the home
team s final warm-up match last Wednesday.
Many of the members of last year s team,
have moved on to the national U-19 team.
In a rain-shortened 30-over match, Maniram
scored 36 in his team s comfortable five-
wicket win over Powergen U-17. Fast bowler
Anderson Phillip also performed well, taking
3/18. T&T will be depending a lot on Phillip,
as another fast bowler Shane Smith, cannot
participate in the tournament again due to
an injury. Off-spinner Amrish Rampersad
replaces Smith in the 14-man squad.
The team, which has been training five
days a week since May 27, will be counting
on their fitness in the competition. The
youngsters will play five matches in the
seven-day round-robin tournament, which
concludes on July 7.
The team that finishes with the most
points at the end of the round-robin, will
win the tournament.
In other matches today, Guyana will face
Windward Islands at Bon Accord and
defending champion Jamaica, tackles Bar-
bados at Louis D Or.
T&T SQUAD: Varendra Jagroop
(Captain), Amir Jangoo, Carl Vialva, Jyd
Goolie, Clevon Kallawan, Jeron Maniram,
Shaquille McDavid, Brandon Jaggernauth,
DeJourn Charles, Bryan Boodram, Afdal
Khan, Jerlanie Seales, Anderson Phillip,
Reserve: Kerron Simmons, Dasrath
Maharaj (coach), Stephen Martel
T&T vs Leeward Islands at Shaw Park
Guyana vs Windward Islands at Bon
Barbados vs Jamaica at Louis D'Or
T&T U-17s look to Maniram against Leewards
Olympic finalist Jehue Gordon clocked a sea-
son s best time of 49.02 seconds in taking fourth
place in the men s 400 metres hurdles at the
Samsung Diamond League seventh leg at the
Sainsbury s Summer Series in Birmingham,
England yesterday. The 2010 World Junior cham-
pion improved on his previous best of 49.05 set
in Guadeloupe on May 8.
The London Olympic sixth place finisher was
beaten to the line by Olympic bronze medallist
Javier Culson of Puerto Rico (48.59), Rhys Williams
of Great Britain (49.93) and Olympic runner-up
Michael Tinsley of the USA (48.94).
The Belmont Boys/QRC graduate finished ahead
of reigning world champion David Greene of Great
Britain (49.55), who was fifth and London Olympic
gold medallist Felix Sanchez of the Dominican
Republic (49.68) who finished seventh.
Gordon is racing in his first meet since capturing
his fifth national title at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium on June 23. Gordon s time is short of his
national record of 47.96 set in the semifinals of
the London Olympics in 2012. He is now ranked
15th in the World standings. .
National record-holder Mikel Thomas missed
out a spot in the men s 110m hurdles when he
was 12th in the heats. Thomas clocked 13.61 in
heat two to finish fifth. The two-time Olympian
was well off his national record of 13.19 set in
Ryan Brathwaite, the 2009 World Champion,
continues to impress this season and beat Olympic
champion and World record-holder American
Aries Merritt in the event.
National 100 metres champion Keston Bledman
bowed out in the men s 100m semifinals. The
2005 World Youth bronze medallist was fifth in
the first heat in 10.32 but was 10th overall. The
top eight advanced to the finals which was won
by Jamaican Nester Carter (9.90).
The veteran Kim Collins finished third (10.06)
behind Briton James Dasaolu (10.03). Jamaicans
Kimmari Roach (10.17) and Julian Forte (10.26)
were seventh and eighth respectively.
Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
was upset in the Women s 200 metres, finishing
behind Nigeria s Blessing Okagbare in the 200m
even though the pre-race hype was billed between
the Jamaican and American Carmelita Jeter.
Okagbare produced a late surge to win in 22.55,
ahead of Fraser-Pryce 22.72. Sherone Simpson,
also of Jamaica, was sixth and Jeter finished last.
Bahamian Anthonique Strachan was disqualified.
In other results, Novlene Williams and Stephanie
McPherson of Jamaica were third and fifth respec-
tively in the Women s 400m.
season best in
...Bledman misses 100m final
TOTAL:(for7wickets.50overs) . . . . . . . .229
FOW: 1-25, 2-39, 3-98, 4-124, 5-182, 6-197, 7-212.
Did not bat: Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
Bowling: Kemar Roach 10-2-41-2 (3w), Tino
Best 10-0-52-2 (4w, 2nb), Darren Sammy 10-3-
41-2, Kieron Pollard 1-0-8-0 (1w), Sunil Narine
10-0-56-0 (1w), Marlon Samuels 9-1-20-1.
WEST INDIES INNINGS
JCharlescIshantSharmabYadav . . . . . . . . .97
KPollardcwkKarthikbIshantSharma . . . . . .4
D Ramdin b Ashwin 4
DSammycAshwinbIshantSharma . . . . . . .29
TOTAL: (for 9 wickets. 47.4 Overs) . . . . . .230
FOW: 1-13, 2-25, 3-26, 4-142, 5-155, 6-161, 7-197,
Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7-1-36-1 (1w),
Umesh Yadav 9.4-2-43-3 (2w), Ravindra Jadeja
10-1-50-0, Ishant Sharma 9-0-51-2 (2w),
Ravichandran Ashwin 10-0-44-2.
Result: West Indies won by one wicket.
To ss : West Indies. Umpires: Ian Gould, England,
and Peter Nero, T&T. Third/TV umpire: Joel
Wilson, T&T. ICC Match Referee: Jeff Crowe,
New Zealand. Points: West Indies 4, India 0.
Man Of-The Match: Johnson Charles (West
West Indies' Tino Best, left, and his batting partner Kemar Roach shake hands after they
team beat India by one wicket in their Tri-Nation Series cricket match in Kingston,
Jamaica, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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