West Indies win 5th ODI but India take series 3-2

Published: Friday, June 17, 2011, 7:36 [IST]
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Windies win match, India series

Kingston, June 16: The West Indies put on a robust show to beat the visiting Indian side by 7 wickets with 8 balls remaining and thus rounded off the one-day series 2-3. After an ordinary start with the hosts making 53/2 in 15.2 overs, they recovered well in their chase of 252 with a 103-run stand between Ramnaresh Sarwan (74 off 94 balls) and Darren Bravo (86 off 99 balls). Then the latter lead a final charge before Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels wrapped up the match. Earlier in day, Andre Russell took 4/35 as the Indians stumbled to 251 all out in 47.3 overs with Virat Kohli top-scoring with 94.

The Windies chase began in sluggish fashion with just 11 runs coming off the first four overs. Then Indian pacer Vinay Kumar got the opening breakthrough when he had Lendl Simmons snapped up by third man for 6 off 16 balls. The Windies were 12/1 in 4.2 overs. The surviving opener Adrian Barath and new batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan consolidated, but rather slowly, taking the Windies to 53/1 in 15 overs. Soon afterward however, Amit Mishra struck to remove Barath for 17 off 46 balls as the score read 53/2 in 15.2 overs.

Then Darren Bravo and Sarwan dug in their heels, pushing for ones and twos and welcoming the occasional boundary, as they took the Windies score to 100/2 in 27 overs. In the 33rd over, Sarwan upped the ante, striking part-time off-spinner Suresh Rain for a four and a six as the hosts moved to 131/2 in 33 overs. In the next over, Bravo got Ishant Sharma away for two consecutive fours. The hosts went past 150/2 in 37 overs. But soon afterward, Sarwan retired hurt on 75 off 94 balls as the Windies were 156/2 in 28 overs.

At the end of the 40th over, the West Indies required 85 off 60 balls with Bravo having just notched up his 50 off 79 balls. Two and a half-overs later, Bravo clobbered Ashwin for two back-to-back sixes, reducing the equation to 65 runs required off 42 balls. In the next over, the same batsmanb subjected Mishra to similar treatment as the Windies crossed 200 in the 44th over. Then Bravo struck Vinay Kumar for another six, before getting stumped off Mishra for 86 off 99 balls.

New batsman Kieron Pollard kept up the momentum, hitting boundaries off Mishra and Ashwin as the hosts moved onto 229/3 in 47 overs, needing 23 off the last 3 overs. That's when Marlon Samuels and Pollard laid into Vinay Kumar, smashing the hapless pacemen for 3 fours and a six. The Windies needed just 3 runs off the last two overs before Pollard struck the winning four off Ishant. Pollard was not out on on 24 off 13 balls and Samuels was unbeaten on 28 off 25 balls.

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