Despite an impressive main pavilion and an open ground, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium stands pretty much in no man's land compared to the old Antigua Recreation Ground right in the middle of capital St. John's, a few kilometres away.On Saturday, it reflected the state of West Indies cricket for most part as the team plunged towards another embarrassment before a late revival saw them finish on 225 for eight. The series sponsors had put out a contest for journalists, asking them to predict the score after 30 overs. West Indies were seven down at that stage before skipper Suresh Raina took the foot off the pedal.
He introduced the part-timers including himself and both number nine Andre Russell and ’keeper Carlton Baugh (36) cashed in. The pair added 78 before Munaf returned and dismissed Baugh straightaway.
The paceman also finished with three wickets but conceded 60 runs. However, Russell grew in confidence as he bludgeoned his first ODI fifty. He was eventually unbeaten on 92, after taking 22 runs of the 49th over bowled by Raina when Yusuf Pathan still had five overs left. The tall Jamaican hit eight fours and five sixes in his 64-ball knock, giving himself and his partner in the end, paceman Kemar Roach, some total to put pressure on the Indian batsmen.
Amit Mishra continued to pile on his mystery as he knocked off three batsmen in successive overs. The leggie, who grabbed four wickets in the second ODI, confounded the batsmen with his flight and turn.