India as an ODI outfit isn’t renowned for making a meal of easy situations, but as it is commonly said, cricket often springs up several surprises. That is what precisely happened on a sunny day in Antigua, s the Jason Holder led West Indies managed to strangle India in a low scoring thriller.
Having to defend just 189, the Windies gave it their absolute all, and aided by some atrocious strokeplay from the Indian batsmen, went on to keep the series alive.
With just 189 in the bank to defend, getting early wickets was the key, and the Windies did just that. MS Dhoni didn’t look comfortable in the middle but held up an end. Little did he know, that just holding up an end would eventually come to haunt him, as his 114 ball knock of 54 proved quite costly for India.
With just Dhoni and Rahane scoring half-centuries, and then the former getting out, things got tricky for India and thanks to Holder’s five-fer, the hosts stole the game by 11 runs. The loss brings some serious embarrassment for the Indians with the final game now left at Kingston.
Post the loss, skipper Virat Kohli admitted that something needs to be done before the last game.
“We bowled really well to restrict them to 189. But our shot selections was not great. Low scoring games can be tricky. Credit to Windies bowlers bowled tight lines and caused the mistakes. I don’t think there was much in the pitch,” said Kohli.
“Definitely the batting and something that will have to look into going into the final game (issues that need to be addressed). The bowlers were right up to the mark and the fielders as well. We just have to put it behind us and come back stronger,” the Indian captain said.