West Indies pluck a thriller
India's stand-in-captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bowl first. Vinay Kumar drew the first blood for the hosts as Parthiv Patel took a stunner behind the wickets to dismiss Lendl Simmons for only 1-run.
Motera saw it all. And all in a day. West Indies surrendered, rebelled back, thrashed around while India struck, fell, collapsed, resurrected only to finish second best. Take a look to get a better sense of 50-over-a-side drama.
India's stand-in-captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bowl first. Vinay Kumar drew first blood for the hosts as Parthiv Patel took a stunner behind the wickets to dismiss Lendl Simmons on 1.
Abhimanyu Mithun cashed in on his first chance at playing in this series by dismissing Danza Hyatt (20) to reduce West Indies score to 42/2 in 13.1 overs.
Marlon Samuels played a careful knock of 58 runs in 93 balls to give the Windies score the much needed impetus. R Ashwin though, had his own plans ready.
Ashwin eventually claimed Samuels, his only wicket. Samuels in a hurry to accelerate the scoring started dancing around his crease, exposing all 3 stumps even before the ball was delivered. Ashwin noticed it and fired a quick and flat delivery to disturb his off stump.
The colourful home fans erupted in joy as the Indian bowlers struck with a few quick wickets
Umesh Yadav broke the crucial fourth wicket partnership between Denesh Ramdin and Pollard when the former tried to cut a rather wide delivery behind the wickets, but Parthiv Patel dived to his right to take a beauty.
In spite of a dominating display of bowling by the Indian bowlers for most part of the match, a relentless display of power hitting by captain Darren Sammy (41) and Andre Russell (40) took the West Indies score to a respectable 260/5.
The Indian bowlers' inexperience showed in the death overs, and most of them had absolutely no answers to the scintillating stroke-play by the West Indian lower-middle order.
After the brilliant display of batting by their lower-order batsmen, the West Indian bowlers fired in unison to romp through the Indian top order and reducing the score to 105/6 in 20.5 overs.
Ravi Rampaul delivered a lethal spell to dismiss three of Indian batting's main stays - Virender Sehwag (0), Gautam Gambhir (0) and Suresh Raina (2).
West Indian spinners too joined the party with Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels clinching one wicket each.
It was Rohit Sharma's 95 that took the hosts within touching distance of what otherwise looked like an impossible target.
Sharma hit 10 boundaries and a six but was eventually run-out by Darren Sammy. Abhimanyu Mithun slapped two sixes and two boundaries but West Indies finally prevailed to stay alive in the 5-match series.