New Delhi: An unbeaten knock of 86 runs by Rohit Sharma in the third ODI match played at Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua on Saturday, helped India seal the series win against West Indies. In the five match ODI series, India has taken an invincible lead of 3-0 against the host nation.

Chasing a modest target of 226 runs, Indian team was reduced to 92 for six wickets. A 88-run stand between Sharma and Harbhajan Singh (41 runs, 1X6, 1X4) for the seventh wicket helped India remain in the chase. However, Singh was caught by Baugh off Russell’s bowling, with Indian score card at 180 runs.


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Pravin Kumar yet proved his overall skills by making a valuable contribution of 25 not out with the bat. Along with Sharma, Kumar complied an unbeaten partnership of 48 runs to guide the visitors to the third successive win with 22 balls to spare.
 
Apart from Parthiv Patel, the other top order batsmen failed to impress. Yet again Patel chipped in with a significant contribution. His knock of 46 runs came of 56 balls including four boundaries and a six.

The in-form Virat Kohli became a victim of a poor leg before decision as the ball appeared to by drifting down the leg side. Yusuf Pathan’s dismal run in the series continued as he could manage to score only one run.

Skipper Raina followed the well-settled Parthiv Patel (46) who became the fourth victim of the Caribbean bowlers as he tried to play a sloppy shot on Bishoo’s bowling to give an easy catch to Andre Russell. India lost an important wicket at a crucial moment as S Badrinath fell short of crease and went back to the pavilion on 11 runs.

Badrinath was half-way down the track for a single and tried to rush back a magnificent throw by Andre Russell to the wicketkeeper Baugh created trouble for the batsman. Team India were off to a terrifying start as they suffered two early jolts in the form of Shikhar Dhawan (4) and Virat Kohli for ‘duck’.

Earlier, Indian skipper Suresh Raina has won the toss and elected to bowl against West Indies. Despite the favourable conditions and a good contribution by Simmons and Sarvan, WI side was reduced to 96 runs for seven wickets in 30th over.

A scintillating 92 off 64 balls by Andre Russell propelled West Indies to set a respective total of 226 runs against India. West Indies tail-ender Andre Russell struck eight fours and five dazzling sixes in his unbeaten knock.

The number nine player Russel completed his career’s first half century in 50 balls against India.

West Indies tail-ender Andre Russell struck his maiden fifty against India, propelling Caribbeans towards a muscular total in the third ODI match at Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua on Saturday.

The number nine played in the squad Russel completed career’s first half century in 50 balls with the help of five fours and two sky-rocketing sixes in his ongoing knock.

Earlier, Windies wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh and Andre Russell held the fort with their magnificent partnership after the loss of seven wickets.

Both the batsmen did a healthy fifty runs partnership and helped their team to get a respective total.

Indian spinners played a spoilsport for West Indies batsmen as the host’s top order tumbled before the Indian tweaks.

The most successful, Amit Mishra took three wickets in his allotted 10 overs with a healthy economy of below 3. His leg spin and ‘googly’ combination continued troubling the Caribbeans.

Earlier, India gave two back to back jolts to West Indies as the well-settled Ramnaresh Sarwan (28) fell short of crease and marvelously run out by Munaf.

Where, the newly arrived Marlon Samuels bamboozled by Indian spinner Amit Mishra and with a great effort by the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel pulled his bails off.

West Indies opener Lendl Simmons took the charge after the first shock in the form of Edwards.

Simmons and the Caribbean’s devastating batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan took the team’s total to post 50 runs mark in 11 overs.
Indian speedster Munaf Patel has got the first breakthrough for India as he scalped Kirk Edwards for duck.

Edwards tried to play an out out-swing by Munaf, but got an edge and it straight went into Parthiv’s gloves. Earlier, Indian skipper Suresh Raina has won the toss and elected to bowl against West Indies.

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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 Devendra Bishoo.

India: 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 S Badrinath, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina (capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Munaf Patel.

(JPN)