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India vs West Indies 2017, 3rd ODI: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane fifties bolster IND

MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 78 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 18th fifty propelled India to 251/4 against the West Indies in third ODI of the five-match series in Antigua.

india vs west indies 2017 Updated: Jun 30, 2017 23:28 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Antigua
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MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 78 propelled India to 251/4 against the West Indies in third ODI of the five-match series in Antigua. (Reuters )

The ball bounced more than usual at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Friday, troubling all Indian batsmen, but Yuvraj Singh still managed to get out leg before to a leg-spinner in the second ODI. (WI vs IND LIVE UPDATES)

Yuvraj’s recent dismissals against leggies are looking more like replays. (WI vs IND LIVE SCORECARD)

The southpaw, under pressure to retain his place in the India squad, had survived anxious moments from pacers early on after disconcerting bounce had scalped the in-form Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli early, leaving India at 34/2 in the 10th over.

But such has been Yuvi’s reputation against spinners that no sooner had he walked in Holder decided to bring in Ashley Nurse. The off-spinner didn’t let him cut loose but Yuvraj did manage to pick debutant pacer Kesrick Williams for boundaries. Williams had to be bowled as WI went in with two spinners and looked short on pacers.

Those boundaries helped him get to a start and make 39 before a lack of judgement against spinners caught up with him.

In the Champions Trophy final, Shadab Khan got him out with a leg-break, and in the previous ODI, Devendra Bishoo got him out again with a leg-break that hit his pads as he tried to defend. On Friday too, Bishoo got him in similar fashion.

Yuvraj was lucky in the first instance, on 28, when an appeal was turned down on a similar strike. West Indies did not push for a review even as replays showed he would have been out.

However, in the second instance, the home players asked for a review and Yuvi had to return.

Fellow senior MS Dhoni struggled too and in the 39th over survived a couple of chances against Bishoo --- one of his shots landing in no man’s area while another mistimed shot was dropped at short third man.

Dhoni’s fifty

But he made use of the opportunity, scoring his 63rd half-century to help India finish on a competitive 251/4.

Kedar Jadhav gave him company, playing some outrageous shots with the West Indies bowlers erring by not being able to read his premeditated strokes.

The duo put on an unbeaten 81 runs for the fifth wicket in just over seven overs. Jadhav hit 30 not out off just 20 deliveries whereas Dhoni compensated for his slow start and finished with 78 off 79 deliveries.

Dhoni had shared a 70-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, who made an impressive 72 off 112 balls to see off the initial edgy phase.

First Published: Jun 30, 2017 19:58 IST