Cricket: India broken as West Indies open with win

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West Indies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273-5 India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .177 West Indies win by 96 runs THE West Indies gained an important psychological edge at the start of their tour of India yesterday with a 96-run humiliation of the home side in the first of six one-day internationals.

With Phil Simmons (76), Stuart Williams (61) and Carl Hooper (61 not out) in commanding form, the tourists rattled up 273 for 5. Then their pace attack went to work, bundling out the top four Indian batsmen for 21 runs within the first 12 overs.

Sachin Tendulkar was caught behind without scoring in the first over chasing a Courtney Walsh away swinger and Manoj Prabhakar, trying to take his bat away from a pacy Walsh lifter, edged the ball on to his stumps.

The Indian captain, Mohammed Azharuddin, and Vinod Kambli then went in identical fashion, slashing at the newcomer Cameron Cuffy outside the off stump and India were sunk.

A stubborn Navjot Sidhu (52) and belligerent left- hander Atul Bedade (51) tried to inject some hope into a lost cause, but both fell within 15 balls of each other after a 96- run stand.

Not even the wily Kapil Dev - sporting a little pony- tail for the first time and batting with a runner after straining a hamstring while conceding 37 runs in five overs - could change the course of the match.

Simmons and Williams, who showed no signs of nerves on his one-day debut, gave the West Indies an excellent start, putting on 132 for the first wicket.

FARIDABAD: West Indies won toss.

WEST INDIES P Simmons c Mongia b Chauhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 S Williams c Kumble b Srinath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 B Lara c Azharuddin b Kumble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 C Hooper not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 K Arthurton hit wkt b Srinath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 A Cummins c Badade b Srinath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 J Adams not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Extras (b6 lb12 w5 nb2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Total (for 5, 50 overs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273 Fall: 1-132 2-148 3-164 4-254 5-254.

Did not bat: S Chanderpaul, K Benjamin, *C Walsh, C Cuffy.

Bowling: Prabhakar 10-1-45-0 (1nb); Srinath 10-2-42-3 (5w); Kapil Dev 5-0-37-0; Kumble 10-0-54-1 (1nb); Tendulkar 5-0-32- 0; Chauhan 10-1-45-1.

INDIA M Prabhakar b Walsh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 S Tendulkar c Lara b Walsh . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 N Sidhu c Cummins b Benjamin . . . . . . . . . . . .52 *M Azharuddin c Lara b Cuffy . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 V Kambli c Adams b Cuffy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 A Bedade c Adams b Benjamin . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Kapil Dev c Walsh b Simmons . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 A Mongia not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 A Kumble c Simmons b Hooper . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 R Chauhan c Adams b Arthurton . . . . . . . . . . . 20 J Srinath c Simmons b Hooper . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Extras (lb2 nb9 w2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Total (45 overs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Fall: 1-2 2-5 3-12 4-21 5-117 6-129 7-135 8-149 9-176.

Bowling: Walsh 5-0-11-2 (nb-2); Cuffy 7-2- 19-2 (w-1); Cummins 7-0-27-0 (nb-3); Benjamin 8-0-48-2 (nb-3 w-1); Simmons 10-1-38-1 (nb-1); Hooper 6-0-23-2; Arthurton 2-0-9-1.

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