India suffers humiliating defeat; WI wins series

Published: Sunday, November 24, 2002, 23:04 [IST]
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Vijayawada: Marlon Samuels smashed an unbeaten 108 off 75 balls as the West Indies thrashed India by 135 runs in the seventh and last One-day International to clinch the series 4-3 on Sunday. India, chasing 316, floundered against fast bowler Jermaine Lawson before being shot out for 180 in the 37th over to lose its first One-day series this year despite a fighting 68 from Yuvraj Singh. The West Indies owed its series win to Samuels and Lawson who produced its best in a pressure match to stun an experimental Indian side. India was without star batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly, and bowlers Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Man-of-the-match Samuels, 21, put the Indian attack to the sword in an awesome display of clean and hard hitting as he cracked five sixes in his maiden century in 36 One-dayers. His fellow Jamaican Lawson, 20, then drove home the advantage as he ran through the top-order Indian batting with four wickets in his first seven overs to make sure the target remained elusive for the hosts. "Samuels played an exceptional knock. It was one of the best innings I've seen in One-dayers," said West Indies captain Carl Hooper. "Lawson then bowled very well, especially after coming back from a back injury. The toss was important, but we knew once we had a big total on the board that we could win if we grabbed our chances." The match deviated from the norm in that it was the first time in the series a team lost while chasing the target. Lawson played a big role in reversing the trend as he dismissed Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Venkat Sai Laxman and Rahul Dravid to send India reeling at 67-4 in only his third One-dayer, and the first since December 2001. "We were outplayed," said stand-in India skipper Dravid. "It was never easy after losing early wickets while chasing a big total. That put pressure on us, but they played better cricket than us." Spinner Chris Gayle (3-22) and paceman Corey Collymore (2-30) also chipped in as the West Indies raised the level of its performance when it mattered most. In contrast, Indian bowlers were on the receiving end as Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan (83) and opener Wavell Hinds (58) all made merry on an easy-paced track after their team had been put in to bat. Off spinner Sharandeep Singh was the only bowler to command respect, giving away 31 off 10 overs in his first match of the series. Samuels put the Indian bowling in proper perspective after the dismissals of Gayle and Shivnaraine Chanderpaul for 16 runs. He went on the rampage in the closing stages to help his team plunder 120 in the last 10 overs. He ruined paceman Javagal Srinath's bowling figures with 21 in one over during his 109-run stand for the fifth wicket off 10.1 overs with Ricardo Powell (30). Samuels consolidated his team's position after Sarwan had steadied the innings with his impressive fifth half-century. Sarwan added 116 for the third wicket with Hinds and 50 for the next with Samuels after early setbacks. He received valuable support from Hinds, who hit seven fours in his 10th half-century. Sarwan was adjudged leg before while attempting to cut a straight ball from seamer Ajit Agarkar, but not before creating a pressure-free situation for Samuels.

Scorecard of Match 7
Samuels goes on rampage, Windies posts 315

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