India vs West Indies 4th ODI: India win by 224 runs, take 2-1 series lead

The Men in Blue recorded a victory by 224 runs against the West Indies having set a target of 378 runs, ensuring a comprehensive 2-1 lead in the series. 

India vs West Indies 4th ODI: India win by 224 runs, take 2-1 series lead
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The fourth ODI between India and West Indies proved to be a one-sided contest with the Men in Blue scoring 377 runs after being put in to bat first with centuries from Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayadu.

The West Indies were never really in the chase and failed to pace their chase well, losing a flurry of wickets in the early and middle overs. 

A rare off-day for Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the visitors who crumbled for a score of 153, losing by a margin of 224 runs. 

Left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed and spinner Kuldeep Ahmed were the pick of the Indian bowlers, picking 3 wickets apiece after opener Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayadu dominated the Windies bowling attack, having opted to bat first. 

India are currently leading the five-match series 2-1 and will be looking to ensure a win in the final ODI as well. 

Here are the  highlights:  

# India win by 224 runs!

# Wicket! West Indies are all out for a score of 144 runs following the dismissal of Kemar Roach who is bowled by lanky spinner Kuldeep Yadav off a googly which goes past the outside edge, clips the off stump. This has been an extremely poor performance by the visitors. West Indies 153/10 (36.2 overs)    

# Kemar Roach is the last man in!

#Wicket! Keemo Paul who seemed to be increasingly comfortable in the middle has been stumped by Dhoni with an excellent move with the Windies just 1 wicket away from an embarrasing defeat. West Indies 132/9(27.5 overs) 

# Keemo Paul walks down to the middle!

#Wicket! Kuldeep Yadav strikes yet again dismissing Ashley Nurse, who was nursing an injury off a googly with the batsman in no position to negotiate the delivery. West Indies 101/8 (22.4)   

# Ashley Nurse is the new man on the crease!

#Wicket! Kuldeep Yadav strikes with the ball, dismissing Fabian Allen for a 17 ball 10 off a googly. West Indies 77/7 (18.5 overs) 

# Fabian Allen is the next man in!

# Wicket! Khaleel Ahmed picks his 3rd wicket by accounting for Marlon Samuels who is dismissed for a 23 ball 18 after attempting an ambitious shot but instead handing a catch to Rohit Sharma at first slip. West Indies 56/6 (13.4 overs)

# Skipper Jason Holder is the next man in for West Indies! 

# Wicket! Powell has been dismissed off a beautiful delivery by left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed who picks his 2nd wicket of the match. West Indies 47/5(11.3 overs) 

# The West Indies are in a spot of bother after the dismissal of their key players in quick succession with the early wicket of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer who have been match-winners for the Windies throughout the series an area of concern. Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be looking to attack the opposition head on with the desire to pick further wickets. India 45/4 (10 overs)

#Wicket! Shimron Hetmyer has no option other than to walk back to the pavillion after being dismissed Lbw by Khaleel Ahmed who got the ball to swing in beautifully. Shimron Hetmyer 13(11), West Indies 45/4(9.3 overs) 

# Can Shimron Hetmyer, the new man in save the Windies? 

# Wicket! Brilliant run-out by Virat Kohli who pounces on the ball at an incredible pace, with a inch-perfect throw dismissing Kieran Powell who perishes for a 12 ball 4. West Indies 20/3 (5.2 overs)

# Marlon Samuels is the new man in for the West Indies!

# The West Indies are off to a poor start, having lost 2 crucial wickets within the initial 5 overs largely due to an excellent spell early on by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar with Powell completely at sea against the former. India hold the advantage early on and will be looking to drive it home in the coming overs  West Indies 20/2 (5 overs)

# Wicket! Kuldeep Yadav strikes with a perfect throw dismissing Hope who failed to get back in time while attempting a quick run. The Indian team is wild with happiness! Shai Hope 0(2)    

#Wicket! Chandarpaul Hemraj has been dismissed by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar after attempting to smash a boundary considering the ever-increasing required run-rate. Rayadu times his jump perfectly to dismiss Hemraj! Chandarpaul Hemraj 14(16), West Indies 20/1 (4.2)

# Hemraj and Powell are all set to kick off proceedings for West Indies in a steep chase. 

# India 377/5 (50 overs) 

# Kedar Jadhav is the next man in! 

# Wicket! MS Dhoni perishes in search of a big hit, flicking the ball straight to short fine leg! India 355/3 (48.3 overs) 

# Ravindra Jadeja makes his way down to the crease!  

#Wicket! Ambati Rayadu has been run out for 100 by fielder Fabian Allen who has been sensational to say the least for India! Ambati Rayadu 100(80), India 344/3 (47.1 overs) 

# Century! Ambati Rayadu brings up his century as well with a single in a fine performance by the batsman who has been an effective performer for India so far in the series. Rayadu brings up his 3rd ODI hundred and will be looking to push on, set a competitive total. India 336/3 (46.4 overs)   

# India are all set to post a total close to 350 with 5 overs to go. Dhoni, Rayadu are on the crease for India and will be looking to score as many runs as possible.  India 324/3(45) 

# MS Dhoni makes his way down to the crease! 

# Wicket! Sharma who seemed all set for a stunning double century has been dismissed by Ashley Nurse for 162 after handing a simple catch to Chandarpaul Hemraj. The opener deserves all the plaudits he can get after a spectacular show. India 312/3 (43.5) 

# 200-run partnership comes up between Ambati Rayadu and Rohit Sharma! 

# 150 for Rohit Sharma!

# The West Indies bowling has been rendered effective when handed the responsibility of accounting for the key wicket of Rohit Sharma who has been sensational to say the least. Can Rohit Sharma get another 200 in his kitty? India 275/2 (41 overs)  

 # Half-Century for Ambati Rayadu who has been the perfect partner for Rohit Sharma ensuring quality support through thick and thin in a crucial clash within just 51 balls! India 223/2(36.2)  

# Century! 100 for Rohit Sharma off 98 deliveries in a knock consisting of 13 boundaries and a huge six into the stands. India are inching closer to a total in excess of 300! India 198/2 (32.4)   

# Sharma is all set for a well-deserved century with the duo dominating proceedings at this stage following a fine partnership between Rohit and Rayadu. The Windies are under pressure yet again and need to dismiss Sharma as soon as possible in order to enjoy a moderate target. India 175/2 (30 overs)

# Rohit Sharma holds the key for India and seems all set for a huge knock considering his dominant performance with the bat. Ambati Rayadu has been quite solid at the same time, putting a price on his wicket which augurs well for the home team. India 137/2 (25)  

# 50 for Rohit Sharma off 60 balls in a knock comprising of five boundaries and a six. India 119/2 (21.2 overs)

# Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayadu need to stitch an effective partnership for India during the middle overs with a total short of 300-350 difficult to defend on the current track. The West Indies bowling attack has been disciplined so far which will certainly make it difficult to go about scoring runs at will. India 110/2 (20 overs) 

# Ambati Rayadu makes his way down in a tough scenario!

# Wicket! Kemar Roach has struck for West Indies with an excellent delivery which forced Kohli to play on, handing an edge to wicketkeeper Shai Hope who makes no mistakes. A rare failure for Virat Kohli who is dismissed for a 17 ball 16. India 101/2 (16.4 overs)    

# 100 for India off 16.2 overs! India 100/0 (16.2 overs)  

# India are off to a positive start despite the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan who seemed to be in good nick, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli looking to score runs at a consistent pace.The West Indies bowling attack has so far indicated a desire to bowl short deliveries in order to generate a lucky edge. India 93/1 (15 overs)   

# Virat Kohli makes his way down at No 3!

# Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan attempts to smash a delivery off Keemo Paul for a boundary but fails to generate any proper contact, handing an easy catch to Kieran Powell who makes no mistake. Shikhar Dhawan 38(40) India 71/1 (11.5 overs)  

# India are off to a confident start in this crucial clash with Dhawan and Sharma combining aggression and caution to ensure a steady flow of runs. The Windies need quick wickets at this stage. India 56/0 (10 overs)

# 50- run partnership between Dhawan and Sharma with the pair looking increasingly comfortable in the middle. India 51/0(8) 

# Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will be looking to ensure a steady partnership up front for India, with the duo in fine form so far. West Indies on the other hand will be looking to dismiss them early which seems wise considering the damage they are capable of when left unchecked. Rohit Sharma 16(14), Shikhar Dhawan 8(16), India 25/0 (5)    

WI XI: Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope (wk), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul

# IND XI:  Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

# India win toss and opt to bat first

The third ODI between India and West Indies proved to be a thriller with Virat Kohli scoring yet another century, making it 3 centuries in as many ODIs. India were handed a target of 283 following a handy cameo from Ashley Nurse in the last few overs with the Windies all set to be restricted below 250 at one stage.

With Virat Kohli in the middle, India were expected to romp home but his unexpected dismissal permitted the West Indies to make a comeback resulting in a maiden win by 43 runs. 

Veteran spinner Marlon Samuels was the pick of the West Indian bowlers, with figures of 3/12 dismissing key batsman Virat Kohli when it mattered the most.

However, India will be looking to make it 2-1 by registering a win at any cost in the Mumbai ODI with all-rounder Kedar Jadhav expected to feature in the lineup. The Windies on the other hand would now hope that the momentum from the third clash carries them past the finish line in the matches to come. 

Squads for 4th ODI: 

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey. 

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas and Obed McCoy.