India beat West Indies by 5 wickets to win ODI series
Shikhar Dhawan stole the show with a sensational century as India beat the West Indies by five wickets in the third and final ODI at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur to clinch the three-match series 2-1.
Shikhar Dhawan stole the show with a sensational century as India beat the West Indies by five wickets in the third and final ODI at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur to clinch the three-match series 2-1. After the 2-1 series defeat to Pakistan in December-January, India have now won six one-day international tournaments on-the-trot. (All BCCI images)
An early start in misty conditions meant that pacers could expect movement in the early overs and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami duly obliged. West Indies could manage just 39 runs in the first 10 overs for the loss of one wicket after being sent in to bat.
Half-centuries by Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo powered West Indies to 263 for five wickets in 50 overs.
Marlon Samuels, who was dropped by Virat Kohli at slips when on 60, was bowled by Ashwin soon after for 71.
Darren Bravo notched up his 15th fifty to ensure West Indies put up a challenging total.
Ravichandran Ashwin took 2 for 45 and Ravindra Jadeja bagged 1 for 49 to peg the Caribbeans back.
In the chase, West Indian medium pacer Ravi Rampaul dismissed the two in-form batsmen Rohit Sharma (4) and Virat Kohli (19).
Shikhar Dhawan's 95-ball 119 guided India home with 23 balls to spare. The 27-year-old was involved in a 129-run third-wicket stand with Yuvraj Singh, who scored 55, his 51st ODI half-century.
Shikhar Dhawan became the first batsman in the world to score five ODI centuries this year.
Yuvraj Singh, who was involved in a 129-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan, slammed his 51st half-century. This was his first fifty since January 2013.