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India lose first ODI series in more than a year

India, after a gap of almost a year, have lost three matches in a row - all to the West Indies.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 22:09 IST

The ODI honeymoon of the Men in Blue was snapped by the West Indies as they handed India its first bilateral series defeat since the loss to Pakistan in April 2005.

India, thrashed Sri Lanka 6-1 at home, drew 2-2 with South Africa before beating Pakistan 4-1 in their own den and drubbing England 6-1.

India, after a gap of almost a year, have lost three matches in a row -- all to the West Indies. Between April 9, 2005 and July 30, 2005, India lost five in succession -- four to Pakistan in India followed by one to Sri Lanka in the emerald island.

But amidst the disappointment, Ajit Agarkar became the fourth Indian bowler and the 14th overall to claim 250 wickets or more in ODIs (250 in 163 matches at 27.19 runs apiece).

Among Indians, Agarkar reached the milestone in the fewest matches.

Saqlain Mushtaq holds the record having taken only 138 matches to complete 250 wickets, followed by Waqar Younis (148), Allan Donald (148), Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne (both 161).

Anil Kumble (329 in 264 matches); Javagal Srinath (315 in 229) and Kapil Dev (253 in 225) are the other three Indians in the 250-wicket club.

West Indies' six-wicket triumph at Port of Spain was their fourth ODI series win against India on home soil.

The West Indies have now won eight out of their last 10 ODIs, their only defeat was a five wicket loss to India at Kingston.

First Published: May 27, 2006 22:09 IST