- India defeated West Indies by 93 runs
- Rahane and Dhoni hit half-centuries
- India is 2-0 up in the series
India rolled passed a hapless West Indies to beat them by 93 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni slammed half-centuries as India put on 251/4 in their allotted 50 overs.The hosts were never in the run chase as they bowled out for a petty 158 runs.
Being asked to bat first by West Indies, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan early. This was a huge pick for the West Indies team given the form Dhawan has been in since the last 2 months. Captain Virat Kohli also departed quickly, with the West Indies bowling unit tightening things up for India with some wonderful bowling. Opener Ajinkya Rahane(72) once again justified his selection in the team as he went to hit another half-century as he and Yuvraj Singh stabbed the Indian innings.MS Dhoni was again showed why he’s considered one of the coolest customers in world cricket as he played calm and composed innings in a pressure situation. A late onslaught by Dhoni (78) and Jadhav (40) lifted India’s run rate and saw them post 251 for the loss of 4 wickets.
Chasing an above-par total on a slow wicket, the West Indies team never looked to be in the chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Jason Mohammed (40) and Rovman Powell (30) looked good for a brief period but nothing that would suggest that they would have taken the match away from the visitors. With 5 down for 87 in the 20th over, the game was all but finished for the West Indies.Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav spun India to victory as the West Indians were unable to play their tricky bowling. Both ended up picking three wickets as the West Indian team was bundled for only 158.
MS Dhoni was adjudged the man of the match for his outstanding innings on a difficult wicket. India will play the fourth match of the series on the same ground on July 2.