Ind vs WI: India pocket ODI series 4-1 against West Indies

first_imgManoj Tiwary scored his maiden ODI ton as India won the final ODI of the five-match series by a convenient 34-run margin. Score | PhotosThe victory have give India a 4-1 victory in the ODI series. Earlier India had won the three-match Test series 2-0.Electing to bat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, India got off to a rather poor start losing early wickets before Manoj Tiwary, who scored 104 before retiring hurt due to cramps and Virat Kohli (80) put on 117 runs for the fourth wicket to help India post a decent 267 runs on board.It was because of their efforts and some impressive bowling by India bowlers, especially Irfan Pathan, which paved the way India’s win. The India bowlers undid Kieron Pollard’s effort that saw him score a fine century (119).Chasing 268, West Indies, like India started off poorly with their opener Lendl Simmons falling to Pathan on the first ball of the innings.It was a superb trademark delivery from the India paceman, who is making a comeback after a long hiatus, that did the trick. The good length ball that curved in left the opener searching for an answer even as it trapped Simmons leg-before on a naught.But Pathan was bent on enjoying his comeback to the hilt. Soon he came around with another impressive delivery with some great seam movement that got rid of the other opener Kieran Powell with the ball removing his stumps on 15. In a blink the visitors were reduced to 23/2.Not to be left behind the other pacer Abhimanyu Mithun struck. First he removed one-down batsman Marlon Samuels cheaply and then came around to dismiss Jason Mohammed to put West Indies on the mat with 36/4 on board.advertisementAfter a brief lull, India struck again to remove the fifth batsman Denesh Ramdin. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja trapped the batsman leg-before to reduce West Indies to 78/5 in the 16th over.Finally, Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard stemmed the rot helping Windies sail past the 150 runs mark. In the process they put on fine half-centuries.The two had put on 89 runs for the sixth wicket when Russell ended up throwing his wicket, run out on the last ball of the 29th over. He fell for 53 and Caribbeans to 167/6.Captain Darren Sammy, more equipped with the ball than the bat could only manage to add three runs to the score before Jadeja send him back.Rest was easy for the hosts as they went for the kill even while Pollard continued to hold fort. Pollard went on to complete his ton and was the last wicket to fall on the day as India won the match by 34 runs.India innings Manoj Tiwary scored his maiden ODI century as India posted a fine 267/6 against West Indies.Earlier, India captain Gautam Gambhir, won the toss and elected to bat. However, India did not get the start that they had got in the last match. More so as Virender Sehwag, who had hit the highest ODI score in men’s cricket with 219 runs on board in Indore, wasn’t playing. In his absence Gautam Gambhir was leading the side. Sehwag was rested for the game.Kemar Roach got rid of opener Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane in the first over of the match to reduce India to 1/2. Post those two early wickets, India captain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary got on with a steady partnership.However in the 19th over, their partnership that had amassed 83 runs fell apart with Windies leg-spinner Anthony Martin trapping the skipper leg-before on 31. India lost their third wicket on 84.But Manoj Tiwary, who was batting steadily went on to complete his half century. Tiwary continued scoring at an steady pace batting alongside Virat Kohli. The two gradually increased the scoring rate.Soon Tiwary completed his century, but no sooner did he reach the mark, off a four in off-spinner Sunil Narine’s over that he decided to walk off the field, retired hurt. His cramps were troubling him rather too much to carry any further and decided to end his innings on a high of 104. India score was 201/3 at the stage. And Kohli, batting on 56, was joined by Rohit Sharma in the middle.India were on their way for a big total and would have reached there had they not lost a few wickets at death.First to depart was Kohli on 80. Kohli wanted to play Martin over the long-on boundary, but he was cramped for room and as a result ended up giving a catch to Marlon Samuels in the deep. India lost their fourth wicket on 241.advertisementNext it was the turn of Rohit Sharma, another batsman who is having a good go with the bat in the series, to take a walk. He failed to read the doosra from off-spinner Narine and the ball crashed against his stumps on 21. India were five wickets down for 250.However, India were able to post good 267/6 against the Windies in their stipulated 50 overs.last_img