India stumble to 251 vs Windies in 5th ODI

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 23:45 [IST]
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Ind stumble to 251 vs Windies in 5th ODI

Kingston, June 16: Fortunes swung and the momentum changed sides as India ended up posting a challenging total of 251 all out in 47.3 overs in the 5th ODI. Overcoming an unimpressive start, Virat Kohli (94 off 103 balls) and Rohit Sharma (57 off 71 balls) bailed India out with a magnificent 100-plus run stand for the fourth wicket. The visitors however, lost a flurry of wickets at the death and folded for 251 in 47.3 overs with Andre Russell emerging as a hero for the Winides with figures of 4/35.

Being put into bat first, India got off to a poor start. In just the fourth over, Andre Russell had Indian opener Parthiv Patel caught at square leg by a running, tumbling Anthony Martin. Parthiv had paid the price for attempting a shoddy pull and was on his way back for 6 off 11 balls as the score read 16/1. Then two overs later, Kemar Roach struck to remove the other opener Shikar Dhawan for 12 of 26 balls, having him caught at first slip with the score now at 21/2. The two new batsmen - Virat Kohli and Manoj Tiwary - tried to put the house in order, as the score crawled along to 39/2 in 10 overs.

Runs were hard to come by as eventhough Kohli hit a few boundaries, the hosts' attack was keeping up the pressure. But that changed in the 15th over, when Kohli smashed a four and a six off Windies captain Darren Sammy. However, in the next over, there was trouble at the other end when Kieron Pollard had Tiwary caught behind for 22 off 22 balls and India had slipped to 79/3 in 16 overs. That's when the in-form Rohit Sharma walked to the crease and together with Kohli, took India past 100/3 in the 21st over with Kohli striking Martin for a boundary to bring up the 3-digit firgure.

The two lifted the run-rate to 5, reaching 125/3 in 25 overs and wresting back some of the momentum. As the batting duo continued to take the innings forward, Kolhi ran a single off Martin to bring up India's 150/3 in the 31st over. With the initiative clearly in India's hands, Sharma clobbered Roach for six to notch up a century partnership with Kohli in the 36th over. India had sped to 183/3 in 35.1 overs. But soon afterward, the Windies struck. First Ramnaresh Sarwan ran out Kohli for 94 and then Pollard dismissed new batsman Suresh Raina for a duck as India slid to 190/5 in 37 overs.

Yusuf Pathan joined Sharma in the middle and struck a four off Lendl Simmons to take India over 200 in the 40th over. But three overs later, Martin pegged back the visitors by removing Sharma for 57 offf 71 balls. India were now at 225/6 in 43 overs. However, Pathan wouldn't back down, straight off hitting Russell to the boundary.

Then R Ashwin teamed up with Pathan to knock a six and a four off Roach. However almost immediately, Russell brought Pathan's cameo to an end for 30 off 29 balls and two balls later, dismissed Amit Mishra for a duck as India's score now read 246/8 in 45.4 overs. Roach then sent back Vinay Kumar for 2 and removed last batsman Ishant Sharma for a duck as India were bowled out for 251 in the 48th over.

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