Windies beat India to keep ODI series alive
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): West Indies stunned India by 11 runs in a bizarre low-scoring encounter here yesterday to snap their losing streak and haul themselves back into the five-match series.
All but written off after struggling to an inadequate 189 for nine off their 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side bounced back spectacularly to bowl the tourists out for a shocking 178 with two balls remaining.
At the heart of the effort was skipper Jason Holder, who snatched a career-best five for 27 while fellow fast bowler Alzarri Joseph claimed two for 46.
Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 60 - his fourth consecutive score over fifty - while wicketkeeper MS Dhoni chimed in with 54, but none of the other batsmen showed any enterprise.
Kyle Hope and Evin Lewis had earlier both top-scored with 35 in a 57-run opening stand, while Shai Hope made 25 and Roston Chase, 24.
Seamers Umesh Yadav (3-36) and Hardik Pandya (3-40) hurt the innings with three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up two for 31.
SLOW OPENING STAND
The opening stand was a slow one, requiring 87 balls, and Kyle Hope had struck four boundaries in a 63-ball knock when he holed out to deep cover off Pandya in the 18th over.
His opening partner, Lewis, followed in the 22nd over after counting two fours and two sixes off 60 deliveries when he tugged Kuldeep to Virat Kohli at short mid-wicket at 80 for two.
Shai Hope and Chase then added 41 for the third wicket in a promising stand before West Indies suffered a dramatic decline and lost six wickets for 63 runs.
A string of soft dismissals followed. Holder (11) gloved a leg-side catch behind off Umesh in the 39th over, Rovman Powell top-edged a swing and was caught at point for two in Umesh's next over before Jason Mohammed (20) picked out point with Pandya in the 42nd over.
Tottering on 162 for seven, West Indies then scraped together 27 runs from the last 52 balls in a meek end to the innings.
India started poorly in reply, losing three quick wickets to slump to 47 for three in the 13th over.
Joseph struck when he had Dinesh Karthik caught at the wicket off a short ball for two, as West Indies took the initiative.
Rahane and Dhoni then came together to halt the slide in a 54-run, fourth-wicket stand which saw India past the 100-run mark.
Right-hander Rahane faced 91 balls and struck seven fours while Dhoni uncharacteristically hit a single four in a 114-stay at the crease.
Rahane completed his 18th One-Day International (ODI) half-century in the 26th over before departing in the 31st over, caught at the wicket sweeping at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and with with 15 runs added, off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed Kedar Jadjav for 10 to a catch at the wicket to leave India 116 for five in the 36th over.
India needed 16 runs from the last 12 balls and seamer Kesrick Williams, in only his second ODI, bowled a superb penultimate over which cost just two runs and delivered the wicket of Dhoni - caught at long on by Joseph.
And with India requiring 14 from the final over, Holder performed the final rites with the scalps of Umesh (0) and Mohammed Shami (1) to seal a sensational win.
India lead the series 2-1 ahead of the final match at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Thursday.
E Lewis c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 35
K Hope c Jadhav b Pandya 35
+S Hope c wkp Dhoni b Pandya 25
R Chase b Kuldeep Yadav 24
J Mohammed c Jadeja b Pandya 20
*J Holder c wkp Dhoni b Yadav 11
R Powell c Jadeja b Yadav 2
A Nurse c & b Yadav 4
D Bishoo run out 15
A Joseph not out 5
K Williams not out 2
Extras (lb1, w10) 11
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 189
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (K Hope, 17.2 overs), 2-80 (Lewis, 21.5), 3-121 (Chase, 31.2), 4-136 (S Hope, 35), 5-154 (Holder, 38.1), 6-161 (Powell, 40.5), 7-162 (Mohammed, 41.2), 8-179 (Nurse, 47.2), 9-184 (Bishoo, 48.4)
Bowling: Mohammed Shami 10-2-33-0, Umesh Yadav 10-1-36-3 (w6), Jadeja 10-0-48-0, Pandya 10-0-40-3 (w4), Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-31-2.
A Rahane c wkp S Hope b Bishoo 60
S Dhawan c Holder b Joseph 5
*V Kohli c wkp S Hope b Holder 3
D Karthik c wkp S Hope b Joseph 2
+MS Dhoni c Joseph b Williams 5
K Jadhav c wkp S Hope b Nurse 10
H Pandya b Holder 20
R Jadeja c Powell b Holder 11
K Yadav not out 2
U Yadav b Holder 0
Mohammed Shami c Chase b Holder 1
Extras (w 10) 10
TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs) 178
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Dhawan, 2.1 overs), 2-25 (Kohli, 6), 3-47 (Karthik, 12.4), 4-101 (Rahane, 30.5), 5-116 (Jadhav, 35.4), 6-159 (Pandya, 45.1), 7-173 (Jadeja, 47.3), 8-176 (Dhoni, 49), 9-176 (Yadav, 49.1), 10-178 (Mohammed Shami, 49.4)
Bowling: Joseph 9-2-46-2 (w4), Holder 9.4-2-27-5 (w2), Williams 10-0-29-1 (w3), Bishoo 10-1-31-1, Nurse 10-0-29-1, Chase 1-0-16-0 (w1).
Result: West Indies won by 11 runs.
Series: India lead five-match series 2-1.
Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, Joel Wilson; TV - Kumar Dharmasena.