India’s Tour Of West Indies: West Indies Stop India Juggernaut

Highlights:

  • West Indies won by 11 runs
  • India were bowled out for 178
  • India lead the series 2-1

West Indies defended a below par total of 189 to defeat India in the fourth match of the five match ODI series in Antigua. India self destructed to hand the West Indies a win by 11 runs and also a chance to draw the series going into the fifth ODI. Despite Ajinkya Rahane and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scoring half-centuries India were not able to cross the finishing line. West Indies fought back with a bang to keep the series alive whereas India lacked the intent to win the series.

 

Winning the toss, West Indies decided to bat first in the second match of the series being played in Antigua. Woes with the bat continued for the West Indies as they kept losing wickets regularly after a decent start to lose 8 wickets for just 68 runs. Openers Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope top scored for the West Indies with both scoring 35 eaach.Indian pacers Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya bowled a mean spell to pick up 3 wickets each and ensure that the West Indian innings was limited to a small total of 189.

 

Chasing 190, the mighty Indian batting lineup was expected to make short work of the target. A win and with it a series win looked on the cards but the West Indian bowling lineup had different ideas. Despite losing all his partners at regular intervals, opener Ajinkya Rahane continued his fine run to score 60 runs and ensure that India were well on course to chase the target. The Indian innings came to halt once Rahane departed and at 116 for 5, West Indies were right back in the game.MS Dhoni played a gritty innings to score the slowest half-century of his career. Despite staying till the end and playing a mammoth 157 balls for his 54 runs, Dhoni could not finish things off this time. Trusting his instincts, Dhoni decided to go for the big one with 16 needed off 2 overs but was unable to clear the line, bringing an end to the Indian chase. Captain Jason Holder lead from the front as he bowled one of the best spells of his career to pick up 5 wickets for 27 runs to ensure that the West Indies pulled one back and pegged the series at 2-1.

 

West Indies will be going into the final match of the series on high spirits, having won a match they were clearly out off. The Indians will be heavily wounded and will be looking to bounce back stronger and seal the series with a win. All of this ensures that the fifth and final match of the series to be played on July 6 in Kingston will be a cracker.

 

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