BHARJAH, Reuter: India beat ‘West Indies by 23 runs in the opening match of the champion’s trophy Cricket Tournament on Sunday.

Scores: India 238 for five (50 overs), West Indies 215 all out (48.3 overs).

Earlier a whirlwind century by opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth lifted India from a sluggish start to 238 for five in their quota of 50 overs against West Indies in the champion’s trophy cricket tournament on Sunday.

Srikanth, missed before he had scored, lashed five sixes and 10 fours in an innings of 112 from 113 deliveries as India recovered in style after being 42 for two.

India had been put in to bat on a pitch expected to be full of runs when Gordon Greenidge, leading West Indies in the absence of the injured Viv Richards, won the loss in the opening match of the three nation competition

Initially, it seemed Greenidge’s move had paid off as India struggled against the new ball attack of Patrick Patterson and Curtley Ambrose, only 14 runs coming off the first 10 overs for the loss of Navjot Sidhu

India could have been in dire straits if Greenidge had accepted a simple slip chance offered by Srikkanth before he had opened his account.

Srikkanth made the most of his reprieve, tearing into the attack when the off spin of Roger Harper was introduced. He hosted the slow bowler for three consecutive sixes in his fourth over.

Srikkanth was eventually bowled by occasional off spinner Carl Hooper’s first delivery, having put on 120 for the third wicker with his Captain Dilip Vengsarkar, who finished with an unbeaten 76.

Article extracted from this publication >> October 21, 1988