Crushing defeat puts WI on verge of series loss
ST JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC:
Another abject batting performance sent West Indies tumbling to a 93-run defeat to India in the third One-Day International yesterday, leaving the embattled Caribbean side with their ninth loss in 12 outings and on the verge of another depressing series result. Opting to bowl first at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, they managed to restrict India to 251 for four off their 50 overs, with former skipper MS Dhoni top-scoring with a Man-of-the-Match 78 not out.
Opener Ajinkya Rahane carved out 72 while Kedar Jadhav struck an attacking unbeaten 40 and Yuvraj Singh, 39. Fast bowler Miguel Cummins was the best bowler with two for 56.
In reply, West Indies never looked the part and slumped to a dreadful 158 all out off 38.1 overs - their second lowest total against India in the Caribbean.
Jason Mohammed led with 40 and Rovman Powell chipped in with a breezy 30 but no other batsman displayed the type of enterprise required to put the Windies over the line.
Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin (3-28) and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3-41) claimed three wickets apiece to lead India's attack.
The defeat was also the hosts' 10th in 12 ODIs at the venue, leaving them without form or confidence heading into tomorrow's fourth match here.
With the victory, India took a 2-0 lead and will now target their seventh series win over the Windies in 10 years.
Needing a solid start to their run chase, West Indies got anything but as left-handed Evin Lewis was bowled for two in just the second over of the innings with nine runs on the board, playing back to a quick one from seamer Umesh Yadav which kept a touch low.
The Hope brothers, Kyle and Shai, then came together to add 45 for the second wicket and stabilise the innings. Kyle, on debut, looked at ease in his 19 which included three fours while Shai made 24 off 50 balls with two fours, to be one of only three batsmen to pass 20.
However, Kyle top-edged a hook at pacer Hardik Pandya and was caught at deep backward square in the 13th over, triggering a collapse that saw four wickets tumble for 33 runs in the space of 41 deliveries.
Roston Chase was completely flummoxed by the third ball he received and bowled by Kuldeep for two in the 14th over while Shai Hope got himself in a tangle against a short ball from Pandya and top-edged a return catch in the 17th over.
When captain Jason Holder was smartly stumped down the leg-side off Ashwin for six, the Windies were reeling at 87 for five in the 20th but Mohammed and Powell came together in a 54-run sixth wicket partnership to resist India.
A. Rahane c Bishoo b Cummins 72
S. Dhawan c Chase b Cummins 2
*V. Kohli c K Hope b Holder 11
Y. Singh lbw b Bishoo 39
+M.S. Dhoni not out 78
K. Jadhav not out 40
Extras (lb1, w8) 9
Total (4 wkts, 50 overs) 251
Did not bat: H Pandya, R Ashwin, K Yadav, B Kumar, U Yadav
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Dhawan, 2.4 overs), 2-34 (Kohli, 9.3), 3-100 (Yuvraj Singh, 26.2), 4-170 (Rahane, 42.2)
Bowling: Cummins 10-0-56-2 (w2), Holder 10-1-53-1 (w2), Williams 10-0-69-0 (w1), Nurse 10-0-34-0 (w1), Bishoo 10-0-38-1 (w2)
E. Lewis b Yadav 2
K. Hope c Jadhav b Pandya 19
+S. Hope c & b Pandya 24
R. Chase b Kuldeep Yadav 2
J. Mohammed lbw b
Kuldeep Yadav 40
*J. Holder st Dhoni b Ashwin 6
R. Powell c Pandya b Kuldeep Yadav 30
A. Nurse c Yadav b Ashwin 6
D. Bishoo not out 4
M. Cummins lbw b Ashwin 1
K. Williams b Jadhav 1
Extras (lb6, w17) 23
Total (all out; 38.1 overs) 158
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Lewis, 1.2 overs), 2-54 (K Hope, 12.4), 3-58 (Chase, 13.4), 4-69 (S Hope, 16.4), 5-87 (Holder, 19.3), 6-141 (Powell, 32.4), 7-148 (Nurse, 34), 8-156 (Mohammed, 36.5), 9-157 (Cummins, 37.3), 10-158 (Williams, 38.1)
Bowling: Kumar 5-0-19-0, Umesh Yadav 7-0-32-1 (w5), Pandya 6-0-32-2 (w3), Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-41-3, Ashwin 10-1-28-3 (w3), Jadhav 0.1-0-0-1.
Result: India won by 93 runs.
Series: India lead five-match series 2-0.
Man-of-the-Match: MS Dhoni.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Nigel Duguid; TV - Chris Gaffaney.