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India vs West Indies 2017: Clinical IND thrash WI by 93 runs, take 2-0 lead

India rode on fine bowling performances from Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 5-match series against the West Indies.

india-vs-west-indies-2017 Updated: Jul 01, 2017 02:53 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, North Sound (Antigua)
India captain Virat Kohli (C) celebrates with teammates after defeating West Indies at the end of the third ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in St. John's, Antigua.
India captain Virat Kohli (C) celebrates with teammates after defeating West Indies at the end of the third ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in St. John's, Antigua. (AFP)

For a brief moment it looked like the West Indies might finally put up a fight and give their small home contingent something to cheer about. The early wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli gave them hope as India were reduced to 34 for 2 in the 10th over.

Both the in-form batsmen were back in the pavilion after failing to get on top of the bounce.However, these proved to be false hopes as their bowling crumbled in the death overs and their batting unraveled as the team lost by 93 runs.

If the second ODI was about how poor bowling put undue pressure on their batsmen, the third was more about their batting failing to put up a fight. Barring Jason Mohammed, who made a gritty 40 and Rovman Powell, who looked fluent scoring his 30, none of the batsmen put up much of a resistance.

It was a poor display of batting witnessed by both Sir Vivian Richards and Andy Roberts legends from West Indies’ heyday. It definitely wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on, but the Windies’ lack application made things more difficult for them.

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Evin Lewis was bowled by a delivery that was made to look unplayable by the batsman’s inability to cover the stumps.The Hope brothers look settled at one point but debutant Kyle played a hook shot that he wasn’t in control of and was caught.

Meanwhile, Roston Chase missed the line of the ball entirely and Shai Hope just couldn’t get a hang of the bouncer at him. Holder was soon out stumped. That left Jason Mohammed and Rovman Powell with plenty of hard work which proved to be too big of a task.

Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and R Ashwin shared six wickets.

Earlier in Indian innings, the ball bounced more than usual and was a challenge for the batsmen to navigate.That didn’t stop Yuvraj Singh from getting dismissed via LBW to a leg-spinner. His recent dismissals against leggies are looking like replays of each another.

READ | India vs West Indies match scorecard

The southpaw, under pressure to retain his place in 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.

But such has been Yuvi’s reputation against spinners that no sooner had he walked in than Holder decided to bring in Ashley Nurse. Nurse didn’t let him cut loose but Yuvraj managed to pick part-timer 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 lack of judgement against spinners caught up with him.

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

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However, on the second instance, the home players asked for a review and Yuvi was given out.

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

But he made use of the opportunity, scoring his 63rd half-century to help India finish at 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.

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The duo put on unbeaten 81 runs for the fifth wicket in just over seven overs. Kedar Jadhav hit 30 off just 20 deliveries whereas Dhoni compensated for his slow start and finished with 78 off 79 deliveries.

Dhoni also shared a 70-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, who made an impressive 72 off 112 balls to see off the initial nervy phase when the ball was bouncing around.

First Published: Jul 01, 2017 02:51 IST

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