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Windies stumble past India

West Indies were indebted to their final pair as they completed a tense one-wicket win over India at Sabina Park in the tri-nation series also involving Sri Lanka.

When opener Johnson Charles departed for 97, the Windies were eight down and still 19 short of overhauling India’s 229 for seven.

Sunil Narine subsequently fell for five with 10 still needed, but Kemar Roach and Tino Best made sure Charles’ hard work did not go to waste, shepherding their side over the line with 14 balls to spare.

Charles, who struck eight fours and four sixes in his 100-ball innings, had earlier put on 117 with Darren Bravo to help the hosts recover from 26 for three.

Umesh Yadav was responsible for two of India’s early scalps and returned to have Charles caught at mid-off as West Indies stumbled over the line.

Kieron Pollard’s men performed well in the field after winning the toss.

On a damp pitch, India struggled to build momentum, despite setting a decent platform through Rohit Sharma’s 60.

Suresh Raina added 44 and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni 27, but wickets fell at regular intervals in the closing overs to prevent any decisive acceleration.

Roach and Darren Sammy each returned 2-41, while Marlon Samuels conceded just 22 in nine overs and also picked up the wicket of Dinesh Karthik.