India downs West Indies, clinches One-day series
Published: Monday, June 3, 2002, 8:45 [IST]
Sachin Tendulkar Man-of-the-series:
Scorecard of Match 5 - India vs West Indies
Tendulkar, Ganguly prop up India in 5th ODI
India clinched the Cable and Wireless One-day series 2-1 when it defeated West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday by a comfortable margin of 56 runs. Chasing a revised target of 248 of 44 overs at 5.63, West Indies was never in the hunt. West Indies suffered early setbacks and from then on it was catch up game for the West Indies who never quite did get back on track, until a late surge by the sixth wicket saw West Indies send shivers down India's spine. However, the surge was too late in the day as the huge task of getting 160 of 20.4 overs proved too long a haul for the later order. West Indies lost both its openers for just 12 on the board. Although Sarwan kept chipping in with useful runs Lara laboured to get runs at the other end, which meant the pair did take its time and in the process sent the run rate close to the seven mark. With things running out of proportions, West Indies needed some desperate stuff. And that is what Sarwan and Hooper tried to do but in vain - West Indies 76 for four. West Indies, then, were to lose Lara, who hit a juicy Tendulkar-full toss down Mongia's throat at deep square-leg - West Indies 88 for five in the 24th overs. Then, out of no where came an explosive partnership between Chandrapaul and Jacobs, which caught India unawares. The pair put on 71 runs in 9.1 overs to stage a recovery of sorts. Chandrapaul who has been in the thick of things through out this series played a blinder getting 51 off 40 balls. Jacobs, then, tried his level best to keep the good thing going but having to take risks virtually every ball meant that one was going to hold up against him. He departed at 184 for eight, wonderfully caught at third man by Harbhajan. His effort fetched him 37 off 31 balls. Earlier, for India Ganguly (56) and Tendulkar (65) notched up individual fifties to help India post a competitive 260 in fifty overs. Ganguly led at the top of the innings, while Tendulkar dominated the second half. Sehwag (32) and Mongia (28) chipped in with useful knocks. Dillon picked up his second five wicket haul in ODIs which restricted India at the death, otherwise the score could have been 280 plus. Gayle impressed with 3 for 26. Initially, 260 was considered a touch short but in the end it turned out to be good enough.