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IND vs WI 5th ODI: Bravo, Sarwan Help West Indies End ODIs On High

By on June 17, 2011

West Indies 255 for 3 (Bravo 86, Sarwan 75* retd) beat India 251 (Kohli 94, Rohit 57, Russell 4-35) by seven wickets…

Darren Bravo hit a career-best 86 as West Indies comfortably defeated India by seven wickets in the fifth and final ODI here.

Chasing a target of 252, Bravo’s clean hitting helped West Indies reach the target in 48.4 overs to reduce the series score to 3-2.

Interestingly West Indies had lost the first three ODIs against Pakistan in the earlier series before winning the last two.

Cheered by local hero Chris Gayle from the stands, Bravo (86, 99 balls, 3×4, 6×6) who many believe is a ‘Brian Lara clone’ launched into Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra hitting as many as five out of his six sixes off the two.

The Batting Powerplay proved to be the turning point for Windies as Indian bowlers gave away 57 runs between overs 43 and 47. When Bravo was finally out in the 46th over with 39 still to get, Kieron Pollard (24, 13 balls, 3×4, 1×6) and Marlon Samuels (28, 25 balls, 3×4) plundered 42 runs in only 3.3 overs to seal the issue.

Credit should also be given Ramnaresh Sarwan (75 retd hurt, 94 balls, 5×4, 1×6) who anchored the innings to perfection before he couldn’t carry on due to cramps. Sarwan and Bravo added 103 runs for the third wicket before the right-hander retired hurt.

Bravo took his time to settle down but with wickets in hand, he waited for the batting Powerplay to explode. The other turning point was India losing seven wickets for 62 runs despite Virat Kohli’s solid 94.

India failed to build on 94 from Virat Kohli and 57 from Rohit Sharma, and were dismissed for 251 in 47.3 overs.

Kohli struck 10 boundaries from 104 balls, and Sharma hit two fours and one six from 72 deliveries in a 110-run stand for the second wicket, propping up the Indians after they were sent in to bat on a hard, bouncy Sabina Park pitch, and stumbled to 79 for three in the 17th over.

When Kohli was run out in the 36th over, failing to beat Ramnaresh Sarwan’s throw to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr going for a second run, the visitors batting collapsed under mean, purposeful West Indies bowling.

The world champions lost their last seven wickets for 62 in the space of 70 deliveries, as Andre Russell, playing an international match for West Indies on home soil for the first time, captured four for 35 from 8.3 overs.

Yusuf Pathan threatened to turn the tide for India, but Russell had him caught behind for 30 in the 46th over at the height of the carnage.

Kieron Pollard took two for 39 from eight overs, and Kemar Roach two for 52 from his allotment of 10 overs to support Russell in the demolition of the Indian batting.

West Indies made one change to their line-up for the match, with opener Adrian Barath making his return, following a five-month injury lay-off, nursing a damaged hamstring.

The Indians made two changes – Subramanian Badrinath and Praveen Kumar are not playing, so Shikhar Dhawan returned after missing the previous match, and Vinay Kumar plays his first match on the tour.

The visitors were looking to sign-off the ODI series with a resounding victory, after they stumbled in the fourth ODI two days ago, losing by 103 runs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

Source: Yahoo Cricket

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