Rohit Sharma ensures easy win for India over Windies

First one-day international, Port of Spain:
India 217-6 (44.5 overs) beat West Indies 214-9 (50 overs) by four wickets
Match scorecard
Sharma struck 68 not out in 75 balls to help his team reach their victory target

Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 68 to steer India to a comfortable win over West Indies in their opening one-day international in Trinidad.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat, but were limited to 214-9 despite Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels both scoring half centuries.

World champions India were reduced to 104-4 in reply but Sharma and Suresh Raina put on 80 for the fifth wicket.

Harbhajan Singh smashed a six to seal victory with 31 balls to spare.

India, who were playing in their first ODI since winning the 50-over World Cup on home soil in April, defeated their opponents in a Twenty20 match on Saturday and looked in control of Monday's contest when Samuels departed in the 42nd over with the West Indies on 177-5.

Harbhajan took 3-32, including the crucial wickets of Dwayne Bravo, who was stumped by Parthiv Patel, and Carton Baugh, who was trapped lbw while attempting a sweep.

India lost three early wickets and then saw Shikhar Dhawan depart for 51 but Sharma and skipper Suresh Raina provided some middle-order stability.

Raina eventually departed for 43, caught at deep midwicket off the bowling of Anthony Martin to leave India at 184-5 but, despite a bout of cramp for Sharma, victory was in sight and Singh finished the job with more than five overs left.

The second of the five one-day international series takes place in Trinidad on Wednesday.