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
Rohit Sharma
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.

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