West Indies defend 189 to stun India in a thriller

West Indies, India, ODI, Antigua

India’s hopes of an early finish to the series were shattered by the hosts in Antigua, as West Indies snatched an unlikely 11-run win over the visitors on Sunday (July 3) in the fourth ODI to leave the series well-poised at 1-2.

A spirited bowling display from West Indies, inspired by skipper Jason Holder’s 5 for 27, bundled out India for 178 in 49.4 overs on a slow pitch at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India’s lack of intent to score runs in the middle orders and strategy to bat through 50 overs when it wasn’t really required cost them badly as a flurry of wickets late in their pursuit left them with too much to do in the end.

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With 16 required off the last 2 overs, India needed a Dhoni finish. Instead, he faltered after consuming 114 balls for his 54 — India’s second slowest half-century ever in 50-over cricket — in the penultimate over, handing a simple catch to Alzarri Joseph at long on as the hosts put the final nail in the coffin.

Ajinkya Rahana made the most of his drop chance by scoring a 60 off 91 deliveries, while Virat Kohli (3), Shikhar Dhawan (5) and Danish Karthik (5) — who replaced the injured Yuvraj Singh — all failed to respect the slowness of the surface.

Earlier, West Indies limped to 189 for 9 after opting to bat first, with Evin Lewis and Kia Hope top scoring with 35 each. All of the top five West Indies batters got to at least 20 before being dismissed. They slumped from 136/4 in 34.6 overs to 162/7 in 41.2 overs, and from then on could only add 27 runs more to their tally to finish on a sub-par 189.

Kuldeep picked up figures of 2-31, while Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya picked up three wickets each.

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Match Summary:

West Indies 189 for 9 (Lewis 35, Kyle Hope 35, Umesh 3-36, Pandya 3-40) beat India 178 (Rahane 60, Dhoni 54, Holder 5-27) by 11 runs

Captains’ Comments:

 “Extremely pleased with the guys. It took a big effort. Credit must go to all the bowlers. I thought the fielding was very supportive. We knew we could beat India. Just needed some application. Batting is an area of concern. We were thinking 250 was the par score on this ground. I always believe in myself.” Jason Holder, captain West Indies, said.

“Credit to the West Indies bowlers. They created those dot balls that induced those mistakes. It felt a bit two-paced. Apart from that I don’t think there was anything else in the pitch. The bowlers were on the mark, and the fielders as well. With the bat we faltered and that can happen in this game. We just have to put this behind us and come back fresh for the next game.” Virat Kohli, captain India, said.

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