Hosts West Indies levelled their four match ODI series with India on Sunday with an emphatic eight-wicket victory, despite a magnificent 95 by India captain MS Dhoni.
Dhoni struck six fours and two sixes from 130 balls, as he almost single-handedly led an Indian revival, but West Indies’ final target of 189 was never going to be difficult.
India bowled steadily, but West Indies reached the target with 95 balls to spare, following a workmanlike 85 from 102 balls from Runako Morton, and a typically robust 64 from 46 balls from Chris Gayle. India have only themselves to blame for their defeat, after they plunged to 82 for eight in the 22nd over after choosing to bat.
But Dhoni staged a rearguard action in the form of a 101-run, ninth-wicket stand with Rudra Pratap Singh before they both fell in the space of six balls as India were dismissed for 188 in 48.2 overs. RP made 23 got 35, and was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
When Yuvraj square drove Ravi Rampaul for the last of his five fours, he became the fifth Indian batsman to score 7,000 runs in ODIs. But India were undermined by Rampaul who snared a career-best four wickets for 37 runs. India were in trouble from the outset in defending their total, when Gayle and Morton put on 101 for the first wicket inside the first 16 overs. Rohit Sharma made the breakthrough, when he had Gayle caught at long-off, and gave India a boost, when Ramnaresh Sarwan was stumped for 15 to leave West Indies 132 for two. But an unbroken stand of 60 between Morton and Chanderpaul carried West Indies over the threshold. Earlier, India were on the back-foot when Dinesh Karthik was caught behind for four off Taylor in the first over. Gautam Gambhir was also caught behind for a duck off Rampaul.
India: Karthik c Ramdin b Taylor 4, Gambhir c Ramdin b Rampaul 0, Rohit c Morton b Rampaul 0, Yuvraj c Ramdin b Taylor 35, Dhoni b Taylor 95, Yusuf c Gayle b Dwayne Bravo 0, Jadeja c Ramdin b Rampaul 7, Harbhajan c Ramdin b Dwayne Bravo 7, Praveen c Gayle b Rampaul 1, RP Singh c Benn b Dwayne Bravo 23;
Extras (lb-4, w-12) 16;
Total (all out in 48.2 ovrs) 188 ;
FoW: 1-4, 2-6, 3-7, 4-54, 5-57, 6-70, 7-81, 8-82, 9-183;
Bowling: Taylor 9.2-0-35-3, Rampaul 10-2-37-4, Bravo 9-0-26-3, Benn 10-1-37-0, Bernard 7-0-36-0, Gayle 3-0-13-0;
WI: Gayle c Gambhir b Sharma 64, Morton not out 85, Sarwan st Dhoni b Rohit 15, Chanderpaul 18*;
Extras (lb-5, w-4, nb-1) 10;
Total (for 2 wkts in 34.1 ovrs)192;
FoW: 1-101, 2-132;
Bowling: Praveen 7-1-37-0, Nehra 4-0-36-0, RP 3-0-15-0, Yusuf 2-0-15-0, Harbhajan 8.1-0-45-0, Rohit 8-0-27-2, Jadeja 2-0-12-0.