India restricts West Indies to 211-9 in first ODI

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India's Varun Aaron, second left, and Rohit Sharma celebrate the dismissal of West Indies' Marlon Samuels, right, during their first one day international cricket match in Cuttack, India, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

CUTTACK, India (AP) — Pace bowlers Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron bagged two wickets each as India restricted West Indies to 211-9 in the first one-day international of a five-game series on Tuesday.

Yadav claimed 2-33 and Aaron took 2-47 as India produced a fine bowling display, justifying the decision of captain Virender Sehwag to bowl first at Barabati Stadium.

In-form left-hander Darren Bravo top-scored for the visiting side with 60 and was in a 75-run stand for the fourth wicket with Danza Hyatt, who chipped in with 31.

No. 4 batsman Bravo, who scored two centuries in the three-test series which India won 2-0, batted himself in with singles before opening up. Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin dropped a return catch when the batsman was on 26.

Bravo struck six fours off 74 deliveries before he was bowled playing the wrong line to part-time spinner Suresh Raina.

Bravo and Hyatt came together when the top three in the lineup were removed by the young India pace attack after showing initial promise.

Adrian Barath was the first to go as he fished outside the off stump to be caught behind off Vinay Kumar for 17. Marlon Samuels was bowled off the pads by Aaron for 10 while Lendl Simmons played on off Aaron when on 19, leaving West Indies struggling at 52-3.

Following the Bravo-Hyatt partnership, the best score was by No. 9 batsman Andre Russell, who knocked a 20-ball 22.

India rested regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the series while star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was rested for the first three games. Yuvraj Singh opted out of the series due to an illness.

Praveen Kumar was withdrawn from the squad after a chest injury and subsequently ruled out for 5-6 weeks, including for the upcoming test series in Australia. Abhimanyu Mithun came into the squad but was not included in the playing 11.

West Indies was boosted by one-day specialists Kieron Pollard, Hyatt, Anthony Martin and Russell.