Thursday, 6 July 2017

India wins series, defeats West Indies by 8 wickets

Jamaica: In the last match of the five-match series, India defeated the West Indies by eight wickets to take the series 3-1. After winning the toss, the West Indies made 205 runs in 50 overs losing nine wickets. In reply, India lost two wickets in the 37th over and reached the target of 206 runs. India's highest run-getter was Virat Kohli. He scored a superb unbeaten century, scoring 111 runs in 115 balls with the help of 12 fours and two sixes. Dinesh Karthik scored an unbeaten 50 in 52 balls with 4 fours.

The Indian team, chasing 206 runs, was not looking good at the start. India had already choked in the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan in the over. Dhawan made four runs in three balls. Rahane scored 39 runs in 51 balls, at that time India's score was 84 runs. After this Kohli and Karthik came to bat and played and won the game.

The Caribbean team, trailing 1-2 in the series, chose the bat first before winning the toss, although losing nine wickets in the stipulated 50 overs could have scored 205 runs. The start of the West Indies was very slow, which did not get any further after the dismissal of opener Avin Lewis (9) on the second ball of the ninth over.

Indian bowlers kept the Caribbean batsmen in the dock from start to finish and did not let the shot open. The whole Caribbean team could only have taken three sixes and achieve 19 boundaries. On account of small partnerships, the West Indies could only score a score of 115 by losing four wickets in 30.3 overs. The Indian bowlers continued to take wickets at regular intervals. West Indies could add 42 runs in the last five partnerships.

Kyle Hope (46) and Sai Hope (51) in the top-order and captain Jason Holder (36) and Rowman Powell (31) in the middle order played useful innings for the West Indies.
For India, Shami 4 and Umesh Yadav got three wickets. Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav got one success each. Ravindra Jadeja could not get wickets, but he gave only 27 runs in 10 overs including a Maiden and tied the Caribbean bowlers in his entire bowling spell. Kuldeep Yadav also bowled and conceded just 36 runs.
                                                                                                 --Ashish Jha


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