Kingston: Mighty Windies made a strong comeback to series as they thrash India by eight wickets with 15.5 overs to spare in the second one-day cricket international at Sabina Park on Sunday. The four-match series is now level at 1-1.
After bowling out Indians for a modest 188 in 48.2 overs, the Windies rode on openers Chris Gayle (64) and Runako Morton (85) to overhaul the target in 34.1 overs and level the four match series 1-1.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's brilliant 95 run knock helped his side to post a respectable score after India succumbed to 82/8 at one stage.
Indians were faced with the ignominy of being bowled out for less than 100 inside half their quota of 50 overs, Dhoni rebuild the Indian innings patiently, mixing clever batting with the trademark gusto he is renowned for. When he finally fell in the 49th over, India had a much healthier total of 188 runs to defend.
Dhoni"s 130 ball stay was punctuated with 5 fours and 2 sixes, as he agonisingly fell 5 runs short of an extremely well deserved century. He became Jerome Taylor"s third victim, clean bowled of a slower one!
He was the last man to be dismissed as India folded up for 188 runs in 48.2 overs.
Earlier, Rampaul produced a career-best four-wicket haul and combined with Jerome Taylor (3-35) to rip through the top-order before joining hands with Dwayne Bravo (3-26) to polish off the lower order.
Chasing 189 for victory, West Indies were off to a terrific start as they reached in the 50 in the eighth over, with openers Runako Morton and, in particular, Chris Gayle looking utterly dominant.
Gayle's half-century came in 37 balls, and he took his team to 100 with a huge six off Harbhajan Singh in the 15th over.
Windies captain was out for a 46-ball 64 soon afterwards, though, when he clubbed a Rohit Sharma delivery to a scampering Gautam Gambhir on the long-off boundary.
Ramnaresh Sarwan (15) was stumped off Sharma but Morton (85 not out from 102 balls) continued to anchor the innings brilliantly and the target was reached with more than 15 overs remaining - Shivnarine Chanderpaul also still there on 18.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Indians were off to a worst possible start as they lost Dinesh Karthik (4), Gautam Gambhir (0) and Rohit Sharma (0) - to be left tottering at eight for three in 1.4 overs.
Ravi Rampaul who made his debut on Sunday struck twice in his first over but it was his partner Jerome Taylor who drew first blood removing Karthik in the fifth ball of the innings.
Karthik's outside edge found Ramdin, while a lame poke brought Gambhir's demise. Rohit also followed suit when his edge flew to Ramdin, who popped it to Morton at second slip.
Yuvraj Singh (35) and Dhoni then steadied the ship and indulged in singles and twos to take India across the fifty in 11 overs.
Yuvraj played some good shots, which included five boundaries and a flat six off Rampaul in the 10th over, before falling prey to Taylor two overs later.
With India on the back-foot, Skipper Chris Gayle's decided to take the fielding powerplay after 10 overs and it paid off straightaway as West Indies scalped two wickets giving away just 11 runs to reduce India to 57-5 in 14.2 overs.
After Yuvraj was sent packing, new man Yusuf Pathan (0) didn't last long and was done in by a short-pitched delivery off Dwayne Bravo.
Ravindra Jadeja (7) gave catching practice to Denesh Ramdin off Rampaul, while Harbhajan Singh (7) edged one from Bravo. Praveen Kumar (1) was also back in the hut after some time as India were reeling at 82 for eight in 22 overs.
Running short of partners, Dhoni decided to take the third powerplay after the 22nd over and along with RP singh crossed the hundred mark in 27 overs en route to their record partnership.
The series will resume on Friday with the first of two ODIs in St Lucia.