The India versus West Indies series has made headlines for the wrong reasons but from a cricketing point of view, Team India's domination in the 50-over format has once again beenÂ reiterated. Following their 59-run win in Dharamsala on Friday night, India clinched the truncated five-match ODI series 2-1. India have won six successive bilateral series versus the West Indies in ODIs since January 2007. (Sri Lanka fill in as West Indies pullout)
Playing only their second ODI at Dharamsala, India (330/6) scored the first total of 300 or more at HPCA Stadium, outstripping England's 227 for three against India on January 27, 2013. West Indies' 271 is now the highest losing total in an ODI at this picturesque venue. West Indies' highest total while chasing successfully in ODIs is 300 for three in reply to South Africa's 297 for four at Centurion on February 1, 2004.
India's total is their fifth highest versus West Indies in ODIs, the highest being 418 for five at Indore on December 8, 2011. India became the first team to reach 300 or more in ODIs 80 times.
There were personal milestones and partnership records too.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the eighth Indian player to have played 250 games or more in ODIs
# Shikhar Dhawan (35 off 35 balls) took his tally to 739 (ave.46.18) in 17 games in the sub-continent in ODIs. His tally includes two hundreds and five fifties.
# For the first time against an opponent in ODIs, Dhawan has completed his 500 runs -- 514 vs West Indies at an average of 42.83 in 13 innings, including two hundreds and three fifties.
# Ajinkya Rahane (68 off 79 balls) has posted his first fifty vs West Indies, his seventh in ODIs.
# During the course of his above innings, Rahane completed his 1,000 runs in ODIs - his tally being 1050 (ave.28.37) in 37 matches. He is the 35th Indian batsman to achieve the distinction in ODIs.
# Rahane's innings is his second fifty in ODIs in India, the first being 91 vs England at Mohali on October 20, 2011.
# Dhawan and Rahane were involved in a stand of 70, the highest opening stand in ODIs at Dharamsala, obliterating the 53 between Ian Bell and Alastair Cook for England vs India on January 27, 2013.
# Rahane and Virat Kohli put on 72, the highest second-wicket partnership in ODIs at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala.
# Kohli and Suresh Raina were associated in a partnership of 138 for the third wicket, the first century stand for any wicket in Dharamsala, bettering the 84 (unbroken) for the fourth wicket between Bell and Ian Morgan for England against India on January 27, 2013.
# The aforesaid partnership is a third-wicket record for India vs West Indies in ODIs, eclipsing the 135 between Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik at Kingston on June 26, 2009.
# India's previous highest partnership for any wicket at this venue was 78 for the sixth wicket between Raina and Ravindra Jadeja vs England on January 27, 2013.
# Fifteen stands of fifty or more, including eight 100-plus, have been recorded for the first wicket for India - the most by a team during the last two years in ODIs. The next best tally being 14, including a century stand, by England.
(With inputs from Rajesh Kumar)