Wednesday, 27 November 2013

3rd ODI: India beat West Indies & Won the Series by 2-1

India won by 5 wickets with 23 balls remaining against West Indies in the 3rd ODI Cricket Match Played at Kanpur on November 27, 2013. Shikhar Dhawan scored his fifth ODI century of the year while Yuvraj Singh (55) found form as India defeated West Indies by five wickets to take the three-match series 2-1.

This was a professional performance by the Indian batsmen. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli fell cheaply but Dhawan was in sublime form. Yuvraj Singh was an able foil, he wasn't at his best, struggling notably against Narine, but managed to fight along. The pair all but took the match out of the visitor's hands. Dhawan completed his 5th ODI hundred, Yuvraj went past fifty after a long time. Raina played a sweet little cameo while Dhoni was there to play the winning shot. For West Indies, Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine were exceptional with the ball, but they got no support from the rest of the bowling attack. India win the series 2-1 and will now go to South Africa in an exuberant mood.

Previously India have won the toss and chose to bowl. West Indies  started well, thanks to a century partnership between Powell and Samuels. Both batsmen got starts, passed fifty but failed to convert it into bigger knocks. The spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja brought India back into the game in the middle overs and at 196/5, the visitors looked like they had frittered away a strong start. Darren Bravo held firm though, and Sammy used the long handle to good effect as the duo added 67 runs for the 6th wicket.

West Indies 263/5 (50 overs) Samuels 71, Powell 70, Darren Bravo 51*)
India Innings - 266/5 (46.1 overs) (Dhawan 119, Yuvraj 55)
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Dhawan was the Man of the Match for his 119 off 95 balls.
Kohli got the Man of the Series for a series aggregate of 204 runs.


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