West Indies scrambled to a 1-wicket win with 14 balls to spare over India in the second match of the Celkon Mobile Cup Tri-Nation ODI Series.
Birthday boy Kemar Roach and last man Tino Best ensured the West Indies did not complete their own obliteration, turning in match saving performances. The home side had to reply to the World Cup and Champions Trophy holders' Indian team total of 229 for 7.
They tottered from the comfort of 142 for 3 in the 28th over via a rash of irresponsible shots, even with Johnson Charles battling to hold the innings together. However the opening batsman joined the apparent suicide pact: he was 8 out for 97 and when Sunil Narine also gifted his wicket at 220 for 9.
It was left to the Barbadian fast bowling pair of Roach on his 25th birthday and Best to see the West Indies home amid in a nail-biting finish. India was deprived of the calming influence of M S Dhoni in the field after the captain was hobble while batting by a suspected right hamstring strain.
But, under the supervision of Kohli, the visitors refused to give up, even when Charles and Darren Bravo (55) appeared to be tilting the balance decisively the home team's way. Their 4th-wicket partnership of 116 lifted the Caribbean side from the early discomfort of 26 for 3.
Umesh Yadav, who removed the dangerous Gayle and Devon Smith in his opening burst, added the main wicket of Charles to keep his team's hopes alive in the match. He finished with the best figures of 3 for 43.West Indies were themselves without their regular captain throughout the match.
India- 229/7 (50)
R Sharma -60(89)
S Raina -44(55)
K Roach, T Best, D Sammy Each 2 Wickets
West Indies- 230/9 (47.4)
J Charles -97(100)
D Bravo -55(78)
Player of the match
J Charles (WI)