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India vs West Indies: Dhoni, Spinners Power India to an Easy Win

Cricketnext Staff |July 1, 2017, 2:46 AM IST
India vs West Indies: Dhoni, Spinners Power India to an Easy Win

Antigua: India defeat West Indies by 93 runs in another one sided contest, and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five match series.

Fighting half centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Mahendra Singh Dhoni allowed India to post a competitive 251 for four against the West Indies after a slowish surface tested the visitors' high profile batting line-up in the third ODI here on Friday.

Indian batsmen found the run-scoring tough before the efforts of Rahane (72 off 112) and Dhoni (78 not out 79) took India past the 250-run mark.

Kedhar Jadhav (40 not out off 26) too played his part well while batting alongside Dhoni as India amassed 100 off the last 60 balls.

West Indies kept on losing early wickets, and were never in the game. Umesh Yadav produced a brilliant in-swinger to dismiss opener Even Lewis.

West Indies vs India - As It Happened

The Hope brothers - Shai and Kyle put up a 45-run stand to give some hope to the Windies, but Pandya accounted for both of them.

Then it was the spinners turn to get among the wickets, as both Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav picked up three wickets each.

Ashwin also collected his 150th ODI wicket in the match - by dismissing Cummins.

Jason Mohammed showed some fight, as he scored a gutsy 40, he was supported by Powell who made 30. These were the only two batsmen who showed some fight.

It was not a surprise that West Indies captain Jason Holder chose to put the opposition in to bat after overnight rain left moisture in the pitch, also delaying the match start by 45 minutes.

The wicket offered spongy bounce early on and its slowness made batting difficult. The heavy rain last night also made the outfield slow.

The conditions led to India feeling the heat for the first time in the series with the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (2) and skipper Virat Kohli (11) back in hut by the 10th over, leaving the visitors at 34 for two.

Dhawan was caught while trying to guide a short ball off Miguel Cummins over the third man boundary.

Kohli was out to a brilliant catch by debutant Kyle Hope at gully after the premier batsman poked at a Holder delivery that rose off the pitch sharply.

Last match's centurion Rahane then resurrected the innings alongside Yuvraj Singh (39 off 55) as the duo shared a 66-run stand.

However, with the odd ball stopping on the batsmen, run scoring did not get any easier as the innings progressed.

When Yuvraj fell lbw to leggie Devendra Bishoo (1/38) after a successful review, India were 100 for three in 26.2 overs.

What followed was a 70-run stand between Rahane and Dhoni.

Rahane, playing in place of the rested Rohit Sharma, continued from where he left off at Port of Spain.

Stroke-making was tough but the Mumbai batsman still found a way to score his 18th ODI half century, and his third 50- plus score in as many games.

His innings comprised just four boundaries, showing it was all hard work out in the middle.

Dhoni took the innings forward after Rahane perished to a spectacular running catch from Bishoo in the deep, making it 170 for four in 42.2 overs.

The onus was on Dhoni to provide the final flourish and he did that in his trademark style .

He completed his 63rd half century with a single. The former India captain had hit only three fours until then but need of the hour was the big hits from his bat.

He finally cut loose in the 47th over, smashing Holder for consecutive sixes, one over the bowler's head and the other over square leg after picking it from outside off.

Jadhav too supported him well in the death overs, smashing four boundaries and a six.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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