Rajkot: Ramnaresh Sarwan led a West Indies run-spree with a brisk career-best 84 in the third One-day International against India here on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old put on 149 for the fourth wicket with fellow-Guyanese Shivnarine Chanderpaul (74) as the West Indies posted a mammoth 300 for five after being sent to bat. The West Indies, 2-0 up in the seven-match series, was led by Ridley Jacobs in the absence of Carl Hooper, who was rested due to a knee injury. The tourists hardly missed their captain as Sarwan, Chanderpaul and opener Chris Gayle (72) dominated the Indian attack on the easy paced pitch. Sarwan hit two sixes and six fours during his second half-century in three matches as the West Indies' batting flourished throughout the innings. Left-handed Gayle had put his team on course for a big total as he smashed two sixes and 12 boundaries in his 68-ball knock. Sarwan and Chanderpaul then consolidated the West Indies' position with their exciting stroke-play. India, which had failed to defend 283 and 279 in the previous two games, was yet again let down by their bowlers as none could put pressure on Sarwan, Chanderpaul and Gayle. Seamer Ajit Agarkar was hammered for 63 runs in six overs and frontline spinner Harbhajan Singh conceded 59 runs from his 10 overs. Gayle brushed aside the early dismissal of Wavell Hinds (10), who was caught in the slips off Javagal Srinath, to keep a brisk run rate. India skipper Saurav Ganguly, bowling for the first time in the series, struck with his fifth delivery when he had Marlon Samuels caught by Rahul Dravid for 16.
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