Monday, June 13, 2011

West Indies crush India by 103 runs in fourth ODI

West Indies Bowling produced a clinical benefit after Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons laid the foundation with liquid fifties as India crushed by 103 runs in the  4th One-day International.

The Indians lead the five-match series 3-1, after taking an unbeatable lead in the series with a three-wicket victory last Saturday at the same place.

Sent into bat after winning toss Suresh Raina, Pollard's top scorer with a typically aggressive 70 off 72 balls while opening Simmons won a fluent 67 off 78 deliveries to lift the hosts to 249 for eight, their highest total in the series after Indian Bowling had them in a spot of bother at 89 for four.

In reply, India crumbled in light of a job covered by the host Bowling, especially Antonio Martins and Andre Russell, who shared seven wickets between them to end the visitors to 146 in 39 overs.

The victory not only broke a sequence of three consecutive defeats, but also restored some pride for the hosts. India made three changes to the team lead in Aswin Ravichandran, Ishant Sharma and Manoj Tiwary.

Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan to play in place, failed to capitalize on the opportunity to edge Darren Sammy Baugh in Carlton, but Parthiv Patel took a few good boundaries to set it up for India.

But after getting his eye, Patel headed a uppishly for Sammy to complete a beautiful left-handed catch of his bowling. This was the case with Virat Kohli (22 off 33 balls) came out, courtesy of a clever piece of work Baugh off the bowling of leg-spinner Martin.

As for Subramaniam Badrinath was concerned, looked out of his mind from the start and the Caribbean Bowling, especially Russell, tormented him with knitted card before all-rounder had batsman caught behind Chennai.

If the order was the top back in the pavilion with not much on the card, there was still hope for India until the fittest Rohit Sharma and skipper Suresh Raina were at the crease.

But Martin had other ideas as Raina drew a fuller length delivery which batsman hit straight to mid wicket Pollard.

Yusuf Pathan, who has a reputation for throwing away his wicket, he lived up to billing, playing a shot useless against Simmons, who has not been clear long-off. When Sharma top-edged a Martin delivery to give Darren Bravo a simple catch in the circle, it was as good as over for India.

Former Pollard smashed six fours and two sixes in the highest score of 70 from 72 balls to spark a revival of West Indies, after having stumbled to 103 for five, more than 27 Simmons supported with 67 from 78 balls, Carlton Baugh Jr for 39 and Andre Russell, the hero of the West Indies beat the previous game, added 25th

The new ball pair of Ishant Sharma and Kumar, one of three changes for India in the lineup for the race, hit early, leaving the hosts on 12 for two. Sharma had opener Danza Hyatt caught in arrears to a point in the second over, and Ramnaresh Sarwan Kumar was caught in the same position with the same score in the fifth over.

The Indians met with opposition in the form of a 53-run stand between left-hander Darren Bravo and Simmons first Mishra sparked another mini-crisis, the Caribbean lose pair, as Marlon Samuels for 38 over 65 deliveries.

The visitors were again placed in the back-foot when Pollard and Baugh added 96 - largely peaceful - for the sixth wicket Caribbean is moving in the right direction.

But off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Pollard was caught long in the 45th over - most of the second Powerplay Batting - before Baugh and Russell continued attacks intention West Indies, abruptly putting on 41 for the seventh wicket.

Kumar returned to his final spell and removed Baugh and Russell from each other balls in the final against her - the penultimate of the inning - but the West Indies would feel reasonably satisfied with their final total.

India made three changes, bringing Sharma, Ashwin, and left-handed batsman Manoj Tiwary, Munaf to replace Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Shikhar Dhawan. West Indies made two changes, exchange Bravo and leg-spinner Anthony Martin Kirk Edwards and Devendra Bishoo respectively.

Praveen Kumar was the most successful bowler with three for 37 from 10 overs in India, and leg-spinner Amit Mishra captured two for 56 from 10 overs as the visitors again maintained beaten West Indies in control over another hard, true Vivian Richards Cricket Ground pitch .

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