Pollard's heroics in vain, as India win series 4-1

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Published: Sunday, December 11, 2011, 13:27 [IST]
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Tiwary's maiden ton helps India win

Chennai, Dec 11: Manoj Tiwary's maiden ton steered India to victory as they beat Windies by 34 runs after restricting them to 233. A late knock by Kieron Pollard, 119 off 110 balls brought Windies close to victory but could not register a win in the fifth and final one dayer at Chennai.

[Scorecard: 5th ODI; India Vs West Indies, Chennai]

Though it was a dead rubber, there was a lot to watch out for in the match as Manoj Tiwary's innings proved his worth and also helped him to convince the selectors to make him a permanent member of the side while Irfan Pathan too, made a comeback as he picked the dangerous Simmons' wicket off the first ball of the innings. After a long time we could witness the same rhythm and swing that disturbed the batsmen during his stint with the Indian team earlier.

Though India top four one day batsmen weren't a part of the playing XI, the younger generation led by Manoj Tiwary and Virat Kohli made it look very easy on a Chennai pitch which remains low and slow throughout.

Windies on the other hand, chasing a target of 268, lost early wickets as they were reeling at 36-4, that is when Pollard walked in, and the crowd witnessed a stellar performance as he played a fine innings of 119 off just 110 balls. His performance needs an applause as stroke play was difficult on that pitch as it remained low through the course of the game. When people thought Windies would not cross 150 mark, Russell joined Pollard in the mission of taking Windies home.

Though the partnership lasted long, it wasn't enough for Windies as they fell short by 35 runs to go 1-4 down in the series but have many positives to carry from this tour of India.

Abhimanyu Mithun too finished the ODI with 2/32 while Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers, picked up 3 wickets though quite expensive, his effort was lauded by everyone as he finished with 3/62.

Pathan dismissed Simmons (0) and Powell (15) while Jadeja dismissed Sammy, Ramdin and Roach. It was indeed a great comeback as we witnessed a great deal of strength int he pace attack after Irfan Pathan's arrival.

Pollard's amazing 119 included 4 boundaries and 10 huge sixes. Though the crowd missed Virender Sehwag at the beginning of the fifth one-dayer, they forgot his absence as Pollard and Tiwary played amazing knocks to help their teams to pose a fight in the final one-dayer at Chennai.

Pollard (119) and Russell (53) piled up 89 runs for the 6th wicket off just 13.1 overs. After Russel's dismissal, Pollard did not get much assistance else, it would have been an amazing victory for the Windies. After the top order were dismissed, Pollard and Russell dominated the Indian attack as they scored most of the runs, but once Russell got out, tapering the tail was an easy task for the Indian bowlers. Pollard's wicket ensured a win for the hosts as he fell for 119 in the 45th over.

Earlier, riding high on Manoj Tiwary's maiden century and Virat Kohli's defiant 80 India scored 267/6 off 50 overs. The duo contributed 117 runs for the 4th wicket. With the series in hand, Windies were set a target of 268 to win.

Manoj Tiwary, the comeback man, scored his maiden century as India scored 201/3 after 38 overs in the fifth one day international against Windies at Chennai. Manoj Tiwary's century knock included 10 boundaries and a six. He retired from the field after playing a magnificient knock as he had a few cramps and that troubled him during his knock of 104*

Virat Kohli played another superb knock as he scored his 18th fifty as he fell 20 runs short of another century. His knock included 5 boundaries. Kohli played a fine knock of 80 before being dismissed by Martin as he tries to hit a six over long-on to give an easy catch to Samuels.

With this knock of 80, Kohli has over took Jonathan Trott to become the highest run scorer in ODIs in the calendar year as he was the second highest run scorer last year, indeed showing the class of the batsman and his consistency over the past 2 years.

Soon after Kohli's dismissal, Rohit Sharma followed suit as he scored 21 off 26 balls before being dismissed by Sunil Narine.

Suresh Raina (16*) off 12 balls was accompanied by Irfan Pathan during the last few overs as they managed to get past the 250 mark.

Irfan Pathan, who had not played a one dayer since Feb 2009, managed to score only 4 runs being being run out while risking for a second run, as he fell miles short of the crease.

India managed to score 33 runs in the batting powerplay which was taken in the 36th over and the run flow gradually reduced after Kohli's dismissal. Windies had their share of joy as they celebrated the fall of the three Indian wickets early in the innings. Roach being the pick of the bowlers as he gave a perfect start for the Windies by picking two wickets in the first over, while Antony Martin too finished with 2/47. Sunil Narine though managed to claim only one wicket, finished with 1/41 off 10 overs.

After losing two early wickets, India got the much needed partnership in Gautam Gambhir (31) and Manoj Tiwary (90*) as the duo added 83 runs for the 3rd wicket providing resistance. As it looked like Gambhir is going to take over from where he left in the previous one dayer, fell for 31 after being trapped leg before the wicket off Martin's delivery.

Kemar Roach's first over of the innings was spectacular as he dismisssed two batsmen in two balls. Earlier, Sehwag was rested to accomodate Ajinkya Rahane and give the youngster a chance. But the move did not work as Ajinkya Rahane faced the first delivery of the innings to get back to the pavillion after being plumb, was out for a nought.

Within a minute, another wicket fell as Parthiv Patel, who has been struggling to score runs, attempted to take a single as the ball remained low as it got an inside edge and within a fraction of a sec, disturbed the stumps, marking an end of Parthiv Patel's innings, as he fell for a nought.

Manoj Tiwary was awarded the man of the match for his maiden ton as Rohit Sharma was adjudged the Man of the series for his consistent performance in the series. With this victory, India finish the year on a high and has gained confidence ahead of Australia tour starting later this month.


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