New Delhi: After taking an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five match ODI series, the youth Indian brigade went complacent giving the opportunity to West Indies cricket team to refurbish some pride. Despite the humiliating seven wicket loss in the fifth one day international match at Sabina Park on Thursday, India lifted the series 3-2.


Albeit, the WI side after winning the last two ODI matches will have a moral advantage over the visiting side when the two teams lock horns in the test match series starting from June 20.

WI pacer Andre Russell was named the man of the match in the fifth one dayer for picking up four wickets in 8.3 overs. The fine display of seam bowling by Russell restricted the Indian team to 251 runs, while they appeared to be oncourse for a 275 plus score when Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were at the crease.

Indian middle order batsman Rohit Sharma bagged the man of the series award. In the five one day games at WI, he scored 257 runs with a staggering average of 128.50. Dismissed only twice in the series, Sharma have three half-centuries.

Chasing a target of 252 runs, WI team had a poor start as they lost opener Lendl Simmons for six runs in the fifth over following a slow start. The 103 run stand between Ram Naresh Sarwan (75) and Darren Bravo (86) for the third wicket guided the host nations towards victory. Sarwan strike four hits to the boundary and a massive six in his 94 ball inning before retiring due to cramps.

Left-handed Bravo hit three boundaries and six sixes in his 99 ball knock, before being stumped by Parthiv Patel off Amit Mishra’s bowling.

Marlon Samuels (28 not out0 and Kieron Pollard (24 not out) ensured that the hard work put in by Sarwan and Bravo did not go in waste. Samuels hit the winning run off Ishant Sharma’s bowling with eight balls to spare.

Inept batting by middle and lower-order saw India lose seven wickets for only 62 runs in 11.3 overs as they were shot out for 251 in 47.3 overs against the West Indies despite a solid 94 from Virat Kohli.

Apart from the duo, the rest of the top and middle-order Indian batsmen played poor shots show as Caribbean bowlers led by Andre Russell (four for 35) did well to keep the target within reach.

Kohli who looked good for a three-figure mark was unfortunately run-out at 94 (104 balls, 10x4) but his fourth wicket partnership of 110 runs with Rohit (57, 72 balls, 2x4, 1x6) laid the foundation for the visitors to put up a stiff total.

But another failure from skipper Suresh Raina (0) and Yusuf Pathan''s (30, 29 balls, 2x4, 1x6) failure to make it count after getting set put paid to India''s hopes of posting a huge total.

From 189 for three in 35.5 overs, Indian batsmen blew away a golden opportunity to post a 300 plus total on a wicket where the ball was coming onto the bat.

If Virat was unlucky as he was beaten by fantastic throw from the deep by Ramnaresh Sarwan going for a second run, Rohit was guilty of throwing it away after doing all the hard work.

Skipper Raina would like to forget this series in a hurry as he compiled a poor 74 runs in five matches. Yusuf on his part was looking good to fire all cylinders but failed to handle the extra bounce.

India Tour of West Indies-2011
Team India Squad West Indies Squad

West Indies: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Carlton Baugh (wk), 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Anthony Martin, 11 Andre Russell

India: 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 M Tiwari 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina (capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 R Ashwin 9 Amit Mishra, 10 I Sharma 11 V Kumar.