WI tame India; salvage pride despite series loss
Sabina Park: A spineless Indian bowling attack on a bouncy pitch helped Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard to slam their way to a win at Sabina Park, ending the five match ODI series 3-2 in the favour of the visitors.
The seven wicket win salvaged pride for the Caribbean outfit as they started the series being favourites to lose 0-5 and also robbed India off any psychological edge they might have had win the win in the final.
It was Darren Bravo’s blitz of 86 runs towards the end that brought the home team within whiskers of the win. A centurion partnership between Sarwan and Bravo saw Windies nurturing hopes of a face saving win. Sarwan was particularly in good form as another fifty flew from his bat. His gritty innings was brought to a halt with the only way possible, he was retired hurt.
The Indian batsmen could not consolidate on the hard work of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as they were bundled for 251 runs by the West Indies bowlers in a matter of 47.3 overs.
Andre Russell (4-35) was the pick of the West Indies cherry wielders and was given apt support by Kieron Pollard (2-39) and Kemar Roach (2-52).
Rohit Sharma was done-in to a straight one from Anthony Martin after he had slammed a fifty to take the Indian scorecard past the 200-run mark.
Before the fall of the sixth wicket, skipper Suresh Raina had to bear the ignominy for getting out for a duck in the final ODI as he was guilty of playing a loose shot, giving Pollard his second scalp of the day.
Just before the fall, Virat Kohli had run out of crease while trying to sneak a quick one after he had played a pivot role in setting up a good platform for the later batsmen. He missed a much deserved century as he ran for the second run chancing the arm of Sarwan who proved the former wrong with a fiery fast return.
The duo of Virat and Rohit had forged a centurion partnership stand to bail India out after Manoj Tiwary could not stand up to the disciplined home attack, getting out to Kieron Pollard for a score of 22 runs, giving the West Indians their third breakthrough.
India were in trouble early-on on the bouncy Sabina Park turf, losing openers Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Parthiv Patel (6) to the West Indian pacers who looked comfortable for the first time in the series.
West Indies: LMP Simmons, AB Barath, DM Bravo, RR Sarwan, MN Samuels, KA Pollard, CS Baugh, DJG Sammy, AD Russell, KAJ Roach, A Martin.
India: PA Patel, S Dhawan, V Kohli, MK Tiwary, SK Raina, RG Sharma, YK Pathan, R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, A Mishra, I Sharma.