India Vs West Indies fourth ODI match highlights:
- India defeated West Indies by 224 runs to record their biggest ever win against them
- India was powered to 377-5 with centuries from Rohit Sharma and Rayadu
- Three wickets apiece for Kuldeep and Khaleel helped India dismiss West Indies for 153
- India have taken a 2-1 lead in the series ahead of the final ODI
Coming back to India Vs West Indies fourth ODI match highlights, the 12-year hiatus for a cricket match at the Brabourne Stadium was well worth the wait with the venue being treated to powerful hitting by the Indian batsmen when India took on West Indies in the fourth ODI of the series. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayadu put on 211 runs for the third wicket in a partnership that blew apart West Indies, taking India to a massive 377-5 off the 50 overs. In reply, West Indies were bundled out for an embarrassing 153 with Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav picking up six wickets between them.
India’s innings was defined by Rohit Sharma who was in red-hot form on the day. After losing Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, Rohit took the onus on his shoulders to guide India to a massive total. Having played his entire life at the Brabourne Stadium, Rohit who was aware with every nook and cranny of the stadium used his extensive knowledge to hammer the ball around all sides of the ground.
The innings by Sharma was a typical one. Taking time to get to his hundred, Rohit opened his arms once he had reached his 21st century. Looking to go for his fourth 200 he started smashing the ball around the park, sparing no one. Taking just 32 balls to reach his next 62 runs, Rohit finally faltered as he looked to hit another one out of the park.
Rayadu took over from where Rohit had left, reaching this hundred soon after Rohit’s dismissal. His 100 off 81 balls came to an end with a run-out after he tried to steal a quick one with Dhoni at the other end. He and Sharma had however done enough before their dismissal to ensure that India piled on a skyscraper target at the end of their innings.
The chase was expected to be a close one given the batting-friendly conditions at hand. A red wicket and extremely small dimensions of the park paired with West Indies’ exploits in the first three ODIs all pointed towards another fierce chase come the second innings.
Totally contrary to expectations, West Indies faltered come their chance to have a go at batting, putting on a diabolic show with the bat. Calamity struck quick with Hemraj departing to Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be followed up by two run outs courtesy of abysmal running between the wickets.
The introduction of Khaleel Ahmed into the attack proved nerve wreaking for West Indies who were unable to play him on the day. A four-over spell by Khaleel saw him pick up three wickets to break West Indies’ chase with Kuldeep Yadav cleaning up the tail.
Reeling at 101-8, a Jason Holder half-century helped delay the inevitable for the hosts who ended up slipping to their biggest ever defeat against India and falling behind in the series ahead of the fifth ODI.
Man of the Match Rohit Sharma: “I’ve been doing slip catching for a while. I can hear Virat laugh but I’ve been catching in the slips for a while now. It’s important to hold on to them. Catches come all the time but when you’re in the slips for Kuldeep, it’s not easy to read the ball off his hand. I have learnt to be ready for his googly. Very clinical performance from us after losing two early wickets.
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