Indore, Dec 9: Windies found themselves lost while chasing a mammoth 419 as Indian bowlers put pressure on them, picking wickets at regular intervals as the visitors lost by 154 runs. Debutant Rahul Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja grabbed three wickets each while others too pitched in to demolish a batting track that had blossomed a few weeks ago. Virender Sehwag, the man who entertained the world with his amazing batting display was awarded the man of the match.
[Scorecard: 4th ODI; India Vs West Indies, Indore]
Virender Sehwag set a world record during his hurricane innings of 219, to become the first batsman to score over 200 in an innings, marking the highest ODI score by any batsman on Thursday after surpassing Sachin's record of 200*. The match was indeed full of records, definitely a memmorable one as India registered a score past 400 for the fourth time in ODIs. Needless to say, it was Sehwag's day at Indore, as it rained boundaries and landmarks throughout the match.
Riding high on a top class batting display, India set Windies a target of 419 to win. Chasing a mammoth 419 to win, Windies struggled since the first ball, as they lost wickets in quick succession, as they needed big partnerships to survive in the match. Though the 2nd wicket partnership did pose a fight back, it did not last long as Simmons was dismissed by Jaddeja for 36 after piling up 50 runs for the 2nd wicket.
Debutant Rahul Sharma was at his best as he picked up wickets on the last ball of the over for 3 consecutive times making his career-best 3/43 helping India win the series at Indore.
Rahul Sharma dismissed Marlon Samuels, Danza Hyatt and Pollard to leave Windies reeling at 100/5. Then came the two youngsters, Russell and Ramdin who piled 40 runs for the 6th wicket by hitting hard, tried to reduce the pressure which eventually back fired as they could not last long as the partnership lasted only 7 overs.
Ramdin still stayed at one end while others attempted a few bad shots and Indians took advantage of the pressure situation as they created more problems for the Windies. Sammy and Rampaul who had created a flutter a few days ago were dismissed for 2 and 10 by Ashwin and Jadeja respectively.
This ensured that Windies will be bundled out for 200 but the 10th wicket partnership does have a lot to offer as Ramdin and Sunil Narine added 64 runs for the last wicket helping the team reach 265 as Ramdin fell for 96, 4 short of his maiden hundred. With that dismissal, India sealed another series by winning 3-1, awaiting the last encounter at Chennai on Dec 11.
Earlier in the day, Windies were hit by a storm called Sehwag, as they were tired of bowling to Sehwag as he smashed every delivery making it look like watching the highlights of a match. Probably, Sammy would have prayed for the Indian innings to get over soon as it rained fours and sixes throughout the innings even after Sehwag's innings.
Dashing opener showed the world that he is back with a bang, as he scored 219 which includes 25 boundaries and 7 sixes. What else can the crowd as for? An enticing match, a run fest, watching a tornado 'Sehwag' hit Windies is something that doesn't happen daily and to beat it a series of world records everything in one match, its fantabulous.
Sehwag was at his usual best, aggressive to the core as he smashed every ball, punishing the bowlers ruthlessly. It was a delight to watch the Delhi dasher bat, as he mesmerised all cricket buffs to watch him play leaving their pending work behind. Thanks to Darren Sammy for dropping the Delhi opener while he was on 170, as he helped Viru score his maiden double century.
Darren Sammy would have cursed himself for dropping a sitter as Sehwag was unstoppable and when the given opportunity was floored. But a fine innings of 219 came to an end as he mis-hit the ball attempting a six over long-off, nevertheless, the damage rather a massacre has already been made, knowing that his innings has come to an end, raised his bat to acknowledge the crowd while they were more than happy as they sang to his tunes throughout his innings.
Rohit Sharma made a quick fire 27 off 16 balls, while Virat Kohli made another brisky 23 off 11 balls taking India to their highest score in ODIs and the fourth time they surpassed 400 in ODIs as they post 418/5 against West Indies at Indore.
Sehwag (219) and Raina (55) put on 140 runs for the second wicket against Windies in the 4th one day international played at Indore on Thursday.
India won the toss and elected to bat, as Indian top order came alive scoring loads of runs. The run machine scored 219 while Raina and Gambhir posted half centuries to help India reach 418/5.
Guess, the change in the opening pair made the difference as the Delhi duo posted 176 runs for the first wicket. Virender Sehwag (219) and Gautham Gambhir (67) were in punishing mood as they it rained boundaries, while the run rate was also in check.
As it looked like Gambhir will also score a century, even an impossible run seemed to be possible for Sehwag, as he called Gambhir after driving the ball to long-off, misjudged the distance for a single, while a great job by Samuels at straight extra cover forced Gambhir back to the non-striker's end by fell short by a mile as the bails came off and the umpire signalling out.
Unfortunately a great knock by the stylish left-hander came to an end as India lost their first wicket after scoring 176 runs.
Sehwag was outstanding as a captain and as a player on Thursday as he made the right moves every time, starting with the toss and the decision that followed later, going with tested and tried opening pair, announced his arrival ahead of the Australian tour, setting a world record for the highest individual ODI score surpassing Sachin's record, picking Rahul Sharma ahead of Irfan Pathan all these did matter a lot.
Totally, another day full of records, written in the history books and to be treasured for a lifetime as these records do not happen everyday, especially the highest individual ODI score. This is probably going to be in the record books forever as Sehwag has set a landmark that's impossible to achieve and even the thought of breaking it seems to give goose bumps to many. If someone had to break that record, it has to be Sehwag himself as only he can make it possible again.