Bridgetown (Barbados): India skipper Saurav Ganguly on Wednesday lauded debutant fast bowler Tinu Yohannan for setting up a seven-wicket win over the West Indies in the third One-day International.
Yohannan finished with three for 33 off 10 overs in his first One-dayer to help India restrict the West Indies to a modest 186. The tourists then scored 187 for three with Dinesh Mongia making an impressive 74. Both Yohannan and Mongia played their first big match in nearly two months as they could not find a place in teams for a recent five-Test series, won 2-1 by the hosts. "Tinu bowled very well in this match. He didn't play a lot of cricket in the last two months and it was good to see him keep a tight line and length. The pitch had a bit of carry in the morning and he bowled a very good line," Ganguly said. Ganguly said fielding also was one of the reasons for India's victory. "Young players lifted the fielding standards of the team in this game, but we've to do it consistently," Ganguly said. Indian coach John Wright echoed the captain's sentiments, saying he had not seen his team field so well this year. "We're getting fitter as a group. It's the best fielding side we've put out inside this year. Yuvraj and Kaif were outstanding. The guys have worked very hard on the tour," Wright said. Man-of-the-match Mongia said he was pleased with his first big knock outside the country. "I'm happy with my first big score outside India and I'd like to win more matches for my team," said the 25-year-old, who smashed an unbeaten 159 in his last One- dayer at home against Zimbabwe. West Indies captain Carl Hooper blamed batting for his team's dismal performance. "We just didn't bat well. It was certainly not the 180-odd pitch. It was a good wicket and we should have scored around 250. We then could have tried to defend that total," Hooper said. "The first three batsmen got themselves out. It was very disappointing to lose Sarwan at a crucial stage as we had just started putting up a partnership. Nobody after Sarwan managed to hang around," Hooper said. "We were just kind of flat after making 186. I don't know whether it's because of coming from the high of the Test series win. We had a couple of days off and guys put their legs up, so perhaps we lost a bit of momentum. But this is something we've got to learn from."
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