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Indies One-Day International captain Dar-
ren Sammy led a West Indies fightback to
beat India by two wickets in the second
ODI here yesterday.
West Indies pulled off a nerve-racking
victory to draw level in the three-match
series as they bounced back from a six-
wicket loss in the first ODI.
West Indies scored 289 for eight from
49.3 overs in response to India s 288 for
seven off 50 overs.
As many as four batsmen---Kieran Powell,
Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Darren
Sammy hit half-centuries as the West Indies
won the game but not before few hiccups.
The West Indies made a shaky start in
their chase of 289, losing their opening
batsman Johnson Charles early in the third
over. India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar
took a sharp return catch---in the process
hurting himself as the ball hit him in stom-
West Indies slipped further when their
batting mainstay Marlon Samuels also fell
early. After Mohit Sharma was thrashed for
two boundaries in the sixth over of their
chase, Indian captain and wicketkeeper MS
Dhoni made a good tactical move to stand
close to the wickets. The move worked for
India as Samuels nicked the fourth ball and
the West Indies were reduced to 23 for two.
With their side under pressure with a
shaky start, Kieran Powell and in-form Dar-
ren Bravo were required to steady the ship
and get them back on track. Powell and
Darren Bravo did exactly that---they added
100 runs for the third wicket. Both Powell
and Darren Bravo read the conditions well
and kept the Indian bowlers at bay, not
allowing them to make any more damage.
Powell began the partnership with three
boundaries off Bhuvneshwar in the seventh
over, and his partner followed him with
three consecutive fours off Mohit in the
10th over to help their side achieve some
As the pressure lessened on the West
Indies, Darren Bravo and Powell began taking
singles and picking boundaries on loose
balls. They stitched a strong 100-run part-
nership which not only bailed the West
Indies out of trouble, but also put them in
a strong position from where they could
comfortably achieve the target.
Darren Bravo had luck on his side---the
Indians missed as many as three chances
in four deliveries to dismiss the southpaw.
Dhoni, in the 20th over of Ashwin spilled
a simple chance, and one delivery later,
Suresh Raina failed to grab a tough catch
at the slip. On the first delivery of the next
over, Mohammed Shami stretched his hand
but could not grab the ball off his own bowl-
The left-handed Bravo looked comfortable
at the crease as he swatted eight boundaries.
But the good luck was over finally when
Dhoni took a sharp catch in the 23rd over
of Ashwin. West Indies were 123 for three.
Darren Bravo s dismissal brought Lendl
Simmons at the crease, but his partnership
with Powell did not last long as Ashwin got
the latter stumped in the 27th over to leave
the Caribbean side in trouble.
Dwayne Bravo fell soon---a short of a
length delivery by Bhuvneshwar was hit in
the air by the West Indian captain was
caught by Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-
wicket. The West Indies were 188 for five
after 35 overs.
Simmons by then had raced to 33 not
out, hitting four boundaries. Darren Sammy
was at the crease with him and this was
when the Indians started tightening the
noose. The boundaries dried up as they took
the mandatory powerplay, as only 15 runs
came off five overs.
Simmons too was provided a lifeline. In
the 42nd over, Yuvraj Singh spilled a catch
at the long-on position as the batsman went
for a big heave off Bhuvneshwar. Sammy
was quick to rub some salt in India s injury
a six on the last ball of the over. Simmons
got the same result on the first ball of the
next over off Ravindra Jadeja, and the West
Indies were well on top.
Sammy played a fine knock, putting away
bad balls over the ropes for couple of sixes
and rotated the strike well to take West
Indies close to the target. While Simmons
looked a little unsettled at the crease with
the required run-rate going up, Sammy kept
cool and kept West Indies on the track.
KANPUR---Kanpur is abuzz with prepa-
rations for the One-Day International
cricket match between India and West
Indies, to be played at the Green Park sta-
dium on Wednesday.
Since no international match has been
played in the city since 2008, the excitement
in the city for the ODI is at its peak. So,
how is Kanpur preparing to woo the crick-
As the saying goes, the way to a man s
heart through his stomach, Narendra Yadav,
executive chef of the hotel where both the
teams will be staying, has prepared an elab-
orate menu for the players to enjoy during
their stay in the city.
"Since the players of both the teams will
be staying at our hotel, my duty is to provide
them with the best food.
Though we have already received the diet
schedule from BCCI for the cricketers, our
kitchen staff will also be serving the crick-
eters their favourites dishes.
Our management has decided to welcome
the cricketers with a huge stadium-shaped
cake. This cake will weigh somewhere
between 10 and 12 kgs.
Our bakery chefs have decided that they
will make a replica of the Green Park Sta-
dium. It will have a pitch too along with
the models of the captains of both the teams
shaking hands, informs Yadav.
The players will not be treated to just a
huge cake, there s more in store for them.
On the menu will be dishes named after
a few cricketers.
"In order to show our warmth towards
both the teams, we have decided to dedicate
some dishes to them. Our team has decided
to serve cricketers of both the teams with
specialties like Mahi Chicken Korma ded-
icated to Indian skipper MS Dhoni, Gayle
Nazakat Kebab, Gayle Galawati Kebab,
named after Chris Gayle, Shikhar seafood
sizzler dedicated to Shikar Dhawan. As crick-
eter Rohit Sharma recently scored a double
century in a match against the West Indies,
we have decided to dedicate a dish named
Rohit Ke Sholay to him which is also a kebab
platter," says Narendra.
(Times Of India article.)
Two-time reigning Tobago champion, Spey-
side Secondary will have the home advantage
today, when it hosts Central Zone champion
Chaguanas North, in the Coca-Cola National
InterCol quarterfinal, in the second fixture of
a double-header, at Shaw Park, Tobago, from
The opening match will see St Augustine Sec-
ondary and Scarborough Secondary, winners of
the East and Tobago Zone InterCol competition,
respectively, face off in the National Schoolgirls
InterCol final, at 3.30 pm.
The second match, today, is the lone quarter-
final in the National InterCol. Up for grabs is a
place in the semifinal against North Zone cham-
pion, Fatima College, which defeated East Mucu-
rapo on penalty kicks (4-2) after a 2-2 stalemate
in the zonal final, last Thursday.
As confirmed by the SSFL, both semifinal fix-
tures will be played on Friday in a double-header
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain.
Both teams have already been confirmed for
the first semifinal, the regular faces in East Zone
champion, St Augustine Secondary, and South
Zone surprise package Princes Town Secondary.
The first semifinal on Friday is carded for 3.30
pm, before the clash between Fatima College
and the winner of today s boys fixture, which
is scheduled for a 5.30 pm, kick-off.
Speyside, which came out on top in the SSFL
Tobago league competition went on to win the
Tobago InterCol competition for the second
straight year, this time with a comfortable 4-2
win over Mason Hall (league runner-up) in the
final, last Monday. Brandon Benjamin led the
way with a brace (74th and 90th), while Weah
Adams (23rd) and Marcus Caesar (82nd), both
added one goal each in a come-from-behind
The Tobago school s opponent, Chaguanas
North, meanwhile, finished runner-up in the
league competition, after a deduction of points,
before taking the Central Zone InterCol com-
petition, 3-2, against arch-rival Carapichaima
East Secondary, last Tuesday. Chaguanas North
fell behind twice in that encounter, before taking
the win just after the hour-mark through a goal
from Dion O Garro.
Kanpur to woo teams for ODI
Windies to victory
West Indies batsman Darren Sammy hits through the offside during his unbeaten 63 in
the second ODI against India yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY CRICINFO
Girls InterCol Final
St Augustine (East Zone) v Scarborough
Secondary (Tobago), Shaw Park, 3.30 pm
National InterCol quarterfinal
Speyside (Tobago) v Chaguanas North
(Central), Shaw Park, 5.30 pm
National InterCol semifinals
St Augustine v Princes Town, Hasely Crawford
Stadium, 3.30 pm
Fatima College v Speyside/Chaguanas North,
Hasely Crawford Stadium, 5.30 pm
COCA-COLA NATIONAL INTERCOL
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