India finally got a taste of the West Indies might as they were vanquished by 103 runs in the 4th ODI match on Monday. A look at the consolation but emphatic comeback from the hosts at Antigua. (AP Photos)
Lendl Simmons began well with the bat against India. The opposition had brought in Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra but Simmons scored a fluent 67 despite losing his opening partner in Danza Hyatt early.
Apart from Simmons though, the top-order continued to wobble with Praveen Kumar and Amit Mishra running circles around the hosts with their pace and spin respectively.
While Mishra managed to get rid of Darren Bravo (15) and Marlon Samuels (8), Praveen managed to claim Ramnaresh Sarwan's prized wicket.
R Ashwin too bowled well within himself and had a wicket to show for his efforts. He finished the match with clean bowling figures of 3.90 an over.
Keiron Pollard (70) and the West Indies lower-middle-order however rescued the innings and took the hosts out of murky waters.
Carlton Baugh (left) and Andre Russell too played well for their knocks of 39 and 25 respectively as West Indies managed to set a target of 250 runs for India.
A slow reply in the chase eventually gave way for a sorry batting display by the Indians. Manoj Tiwary fell early and Parthiv Patel (in pic) followed despite getting a start for himself.
Virat Kohli too failed to get going with the bat for the second time running. He scored 22 but Anthony Martin eventually sent him packing.
Even Suresh Raina (10) could not manage to create a rescue act as he fell to Martins, his second of four victims.
Rohit Sharma's knock of 39 off 47 balls was the top-score in the Indian innings as the lower-order too crumbled under pressure.
The 103-run margin of victory gave the hosts some respite from an otherwise difficult tournament. Obviously then, high fives and leaps of joy became common on the field as Anthony Martins walked away with the man-of-the-match award.