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Pollard, Martin help Windies pull one back vs Ind

Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 8:46 [IST]
 
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Resolute Windies pull one back vs Ind

North Sound, Antigua, June 13: At last Team West Indies have something to smile about - a win against the World Champions India! Indeed, the Windies pulled out all the stops to trounce the visitors by 103 runs in the 4th one-dayer. The encounter bore hallmarks of a game of cat and mouse, before the Windies dealt the knock-out blow. In their innings, the hosts were in serious bother at 103/5 before steady hand from Kieron Pollard (70 off 72 balls), got them out of jail and onto a challenging total of 249/8. India's reply was anything but competitive as they slid to 111/5 and folded for 146 in 39 overs with Rohit Sharma top-scoring on 39. Windies leg-spinner Anthony Martin stamped his worth on the game by returning figures of 4/36 (scoreboard).

In their chase, India seemed confident at first with Parthiv Patel assuming the role of aggressor, while Manoj Tiwary was content biding his time. But his time came to an end when Windies' captain Darren Sammy had him caught behind in the 6th over for 2 off 17 balls. India may have been 20/1 in 5.5 overs, but Parthiv pressed on with gusto. However, he too ran out of steam when Sammy had him caught and bowled in 10th over. Parthiv was on his way for 26 off 32 balls and India were 38/2.

Subramaniam Badrinath settled in with a four off Kemar Roach and together with Virat Kohli took India past 50 in 12.4 overs. But the former batsman was out caught behind when Andre Russell got one delivery to bounce and climb. The departed had scored just 12 off 27 balls and the Indian innings was looking precarious at 62/3 in 16.3 overs. Then in the 21st over, it was VIrat Kohli's turn to leave the crease when leg-spinner Anthony Martin had him stumped for 22 off 33 balls. India had slipped to 82/4.

But Rohit Sharma hit back by carting Kieron Pollard for a six in the 22nd over. Sharma and captain Suresh Raina then guided India past 100 in the 25th over. But Raina played one shot too many when he tried to pick Martin over midwicket, getting caught at the boundary.

The Indian skipper was headed back to the pavilion for 10 off 19 balls. Just one over later, Lendl Simmons sent back the destructive Yusuf Pathan for 1 as the score read a dismal 114/6 in 27.4 overs.

In the 31st over, Sharma's fruitful stay in the middle was brought to an end by Martin. Rohit had thus been dismissed for the first time in the series as 39 runs off 47 balls read alongside his name. India had lost their 7th wicket for 124 runs on the board.

But new batsmen Praveen Kumar and R Ashwin held out hope of a recovery, before the former was removed by Andre Russell for 6 off 13 balls. Then in the 38th over, Andre Russell picked up his third wicket by getting rid of R Ashwin for 15 off 27 balls. India were 145/9 at that juncture. Just one more run was added before Martin sealed the match by getting Ishant Sharma stumped for a duck.

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