India eye series victory against Windies

Published: Sunday, July 5, 2009, 12:49 [IST]
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India eye victory over WI in final ODI

St Lucia: Team India aims for a historic series win at West Indies whey they they take on the host team in the fourth and final here on Sunday.

Six wicket victory in third one-dayer has given India an invicible 2-1 lead in the series and a win on Sunday would give the team a second series triumph here and partly make amends for the early exit from the Twenty20 World Cup in England.

The last time India won an ODI series in West Indies was 2002 when Sourav Ganguly led them to a 2-1 triumph in a five-match series, two games of which were abandoned due to rain.

But the hosts extracted revenge in 2006 when they hammered the Rahul Dravid-led Indians 1-4.

In the ongoing series, the visitors, under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have not been too convincing.

The hosts almost chased down the over 300 runs target that the Indians had set in the first match.

The next game was total humiliation for Dhoni's men when pace surprise Ravi Rampaul exploited the Indian susceptibility against the short ball and wrecked havoc with a career-best four-wicket haul.

The visitors were humbled by eight wickets before scraping through in the final over to win the third match on Friday.

Had it not been for Dhoni's last-over heroics, the team might just have ended on the losing side in a match where target was revised twice after five rain interruptions in all.

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