Kochi: West Indies put up a fine all-round show to crush India by a convincing margin of 124 runs in the first ODI at Nehru Stadium Kochi on Wednesday.
After conceding 321 runs to the West Indies, who were led by Marlon Samuels' sixth one-day hundred, and helped to an extent by some wayward bowling that leaked 30 extras - including 17 wides - India collapsed to 197 all out in conditions expected to help the side chasing with heavy dew in the outfield.
Samuels powered the visitors to 321 for 6, the highest total achieved at the venue. Samuels, who belted an unbeaten 126 from just 116 balls, featured in a record fourth-wicket stand of 165 from 139 balls with Denesh Ramdin (61, 59b, 5x4, 2x6) that launched the West Indies into a position of strength.
India began their chase confidently, helped to 49 without loss by Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan before the pair was involved in a terrible mix-up in the ninth over.
Rahane clipped the ball towards backward square and there was always two, but Dhawan was caught ball-watching before the two ended up in the same end, with Rahane having to walk back for 24.
Virat Kohli's travails outside the off-stump were well documented in England, and Jerome Taylor - back playing an ODI after four years - found his outside edge shortly after for 2.
India continued losing successive wickets as Suresh Raina fell for nought, attempting an expansive drive off Dwayne Bravo, soon after Ambati Rayudu had holed out to mid on off Andre Russell for 13.
Dhoni's dismissal for 8, bowled by a Darren Sammy yorker, reduced India to 114 for 5 even as Dhawan went on to compile a patient half-century at the other end, having seemingly forgotten his torrid time in England.
Dhawan's dismissal for 68, brought to an end fittingly by Samuels, however, ended any hopes of a miracle, and despite Ravindra Jadeja holding one end up, the lower order disintegrated to hand the West Indies a thumping victory.
Samuels capped off a fulfilling day with figures of 2 for 10, while every West Indies bowler finished with at least a wicket except for Sulieman Benn, while captain Bravo returned 2 for 28 as the Indian innings ended with nine overs remaining, suffering their fourth heaviest defeat in an ODI at home.
Earlier, Samuels, who was dropped for the home series against New Zealand and Bangladesh, celebrated his return with a typically aggressive innings that contained 11 fours and four sixes, and he and Ramdin had given an explosive West Indies middle order the perfect launch pad.
The Indian seamers, led by Mohammed Shami's late wickets, however, returned to limit the damage that had already taken the visitors to a score that would have taken some chasing, after MS Dhoni had won the toss and inserted them in.
Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo - who had promoted himself to open the innings - got the West Indies off to a steady start against the Indian seamers who found appreciable movement in the air. Bravo's adventure ended on 17 to Mohammed Shami but Smith and Darren Bravo added 63 quick runs to keep the scoring rate up. India had gone into the game with two spinners hoping to do the holding job in the middle overs, but a lightning outfield and small boundaries encouraged the visitors to continue their charge.
Smith and Darren Bravo went for a six too many and perished the following delivery off Jadeja and Mishra, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to complete a tidy spell to finish with 0 for 38, but Samuels and Ramdin - who came in at No. 5 - set themselves up by taking 52 from the batting Powerplay.
WI's biggest wins against India (by runs)
Earlier, India have won the toss and have opted to field.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (Capt. & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma
West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Dwayne Bravo (Capt.), Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Sulieman Benn, Ravi Rampaul, Jerome Taylor
West Indies - 321/6 (Samuels 126*. Ramdin 61, Shami 4-66)
India - 197 (Dhawan 68)
Result - West Indies won by 124 runs
MOM - Marlon Samuels (West Indies)