The 4th ODI between India and West Indies started with both the teams looking forward for an undefeatable lead in the series. Little did they know that this will be the last match of the series. Dwayne Bravo won the toss and decided to bowl first. MS Dhoni accepted that he also wanted to bowl first. A strange thing happened during the toss, with the West Indian team lined up behind Dwayne Bravo to oppose the West Indies Players Asociation.
Indian team started well , with both Dhawan and Rahane looking solid. Dhawan was the first to depart after scoring 35 runs at run a ball. He was done by a short ball by Russell. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli too the innings forward. Rahane was looking comfortable and Kohli did start a bit slowly. But, suddenly some dot balls and Rahane lost his patience. He started using slog sweep quite too often and was traped leg before of Sulieman Benn, only to realise that it was a bad ecision. Rahane scored 68 of 79 balls.
But what followed then did bring smile on the faces of Indian fans. Raina was promoted up the order so that he could up the tempo and he did not upset the team management. He, along with Kohli started a counter attack . Kohli notched up his century and signalled his form . Raina also palyed his part with 71 of just 58 balls. Dhoni and Raina could do nothing significant and scored 6 and 2 runs respectively. Kohli was run out on the last ball of the innings , after he scored 127 of 114 balls, leaving Rayudu not out on 12 runs. India went on to score 330 runs and the biggest positive was Kohli’s innings.
West Indies bowling looked way ward in the initial overs. But the spinners did even it up, not by picking many wickets but did keeping it tight when the batsman were looking to go after the bowling. The fast bowlers went for plenty and Dwayne BRavo was unable to leave any impression with his slow balls and went at more than 8 runs per over. None of the bowlers apart from Sulieman Benn had an economy less than 5. Among the fast bowlers, Jason Holder, who replaced Ravi Rampaul in this match was good , especially in the 2nd spell of his. Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor , Sulieman Benn