It was the fourth ODI of the series between India and West Indies and it was great one for India. Perhaps it was the last ODI of the series as the West Indies team had pulled out their remaining series. And as a matter of fact, the entire West Indian team gathered at the time of the toss to express their unity. Initially West Indies won the toss and opted to field first. So it was the time for the Indians to bat.
The pitch looked quite in the favour of the batsmen and it was quite a great start made by Rahane and Dhawan up in the order. Both were batting quite well and the first powerplay overs went pretty good for India. It was in the 12th over of the innings when Dhawan was caught in the hands of Bravo from a delivery of Russell. Rahane was playing brilliantly on the other end though. Today, the captain showed his faith back in Virat Kohli and he was shifted back to his original place at number 3. He was bubbling with sheer confidence today and things went pretty good for him. Rahane and Kohli built a good enough partnership. But Rahane was deceived by Benn in the 27th over of the innings. Rahane scored a well made 68 runs off 79 balls with 7 fours. Then was the time for the great partnership between Raina and Kohli. This partnership turned the game for India in the previous match and today the scenario was even better. Both Raina and Kohli played brilliantly. Today Kohli was even aggressive too which did set the path for the team. Finally in the 44th over of the innings, Raina edged a ball of Jerome Taylor and which was caught comfortably by Ramdin. Raina scored 71 runs off 58 balls with 5 sixes and 3 fours. Kohli continued his good work. He eventually scored his century. He is certainly back in form now. He scored 127 runs off 114 balls with 13 fours and 3 sixes. He was run out in the last ball. India reached to a total of 330 runs for the loss of 6 wickets after 50 overs.
Chasing 331 was too difficult and West Indies looked to be in a spot of bother right from the start. The destructive Dwayne Smith was dismissed right in the second over of the innings at duck. It was a tight start by the Indian bowlers in the likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. After Smith’s dismissal, Pollard came in but he could not stay for long. He was dismissed by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the 11th over of the innings. It was a very slow start for the West Indies and the required rate was climbing sky high. Marlon Samuels was playing well and there was quite a short partnership being built on between Samuels and Darren Bravo after which Bravo was unluckily bowled by Akshar Patel while he tried to hit a ball through the fine leg region. He score 40 runs. Wickets kept falling for West Indies. But Samuels was firm on one end. Ramdin, Bravo and Samuels could not make much of a mark and West Indies seemed to have given off in the game. Finally there was quite a decent partnership between Samuels and Russell. He started playing a blistering innings and the hopes of the West Indies awoke in no time. He was bowled by Umesh Yadav in the 41st over of the innings. He scored 46 runs off 23 deliveries with 6 fours and 3 sixes. Samuels eventually scored a century. He lacked support from the other end. Finally Samuels was dismissed at a score of 112 off 106 balls with 9 fours and 6 sixes. West Indies were bundled at a score of 271 runs. It was a great display of bowling by the Indian bowlers. Each of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Akshar Patel, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets each.
Thus India lead the series by 2-1 and they likely win the series if no further changes are made to West Indies’ decision.
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