India-WI, The ODI series. A recap!
After winning the kolkata test and the Mumbai test. India came back strongly again to the win the odi series against the West Indies, 2-1.
Match 1 - Played at :
Nehru Stadium, Kochi . West Indies won the toss and elected to bat. Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles all set to open the innings for West Indies in the format familiar to them. Things changed soon, when Chris Gayle was run in the second ball of the match and injured him self while trying to put on a dive tor reach the crease. West Indies lose their first wicket and India draw their first blood. Gayle Back to the pavilion. Johnson Charles looked in good touch, he along with Marlon Samuels were building a partnership. Just when the things were going good for the visitors, Jadeja pulled off a blinder in his own bowling and Johnson Charles who was looking dangerous was the second West Indian wicket to fell. Samuels too lost his wicket soon for 24, Darren Bravo was holding the West Indian innings together and scored a half century and he too did not last long and was dismissed for a well made 59. With no big contributions apart from Darren Bravo, West Indies just managed to score 211 and were all out in 48.5 overs. Jadeja and Raina picked up 3 each and Ashwin couple of wickets and a wicket for Shami.
India, who had been quite good in chasing runs, this target never seemed a big total. Openers dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who had been India’s success in recent past, were in great form. Dhawan lost his wicket for 5, edged one to Charles and Holder gets the first breakthrough. Virat Kohli, a champion when comes to chase walks in and along with Rohit added 133 for the second wicket. Rohit lost his wicket after a majestic 72 and he was one of the top run getter for this calender year 2013, along with Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Kohli too lost his wicket and missed out a century and was dismissed for 86. India had to lose Raina as well. Yuvraj and Dhoni were at the middle to finish off things for India and take a 1-0 lead. Virat Kohli was the man of match for his 84 ball 86.
Match 2 - Played at :
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ,Visakhapatnam. West Indies won the toss and chose to field. Not a great start from the openers this time as well, Rohit Sharma had to depart for 12 runs and Dhawan for 35. It was again Virat Kohli who was holding the innings together, he added 48 along with Dhawan, 69 with Yuvraj Singh and 65 with Suresh Raina. Virat was so unlucky when he pulled a bouncer from Rampaul on 99 and was caught at deep by Holder. He had to consider himself un lucky for being missed out a century that day. Down the order there were some fire works from the Indian captain MSD, a quick half century from the captain raised the total to 288 for the loss of 7 wickets. Ravi Rampaul picked up 4 wickets(4/60)
West Indies had to play without Gayle,Kieran Powell was sent as the replacement for Gayle and he did not fail, he scored a steady half century at the top after his partner Johnson Charles lost his wicket early. West Indies batsmen looked solid and there were four half centuries from them , Powell, Darren Bravo, Simmons and a match winning unbeaten 63 from their former captain Darren Sammy. At the end, Sammy almost took the game away from the Indians single handedly and leveled series 1-1. Sammy was adjudged man the match.
Match 3 - Played at :
Green Park, Kanpur and India decided to Chase. India got an early breakthrough, Charles had his leg stump uprooted, a surprise inswinger from Bhuvi. Powell and Samuels looked solid and added 117 for the second wicket. Powell, playing so well, top edged one to the short fine leg and was out for 70. Soon, Marlon Samuels followed Powell for 71. Darren Sammy and Darren Bravo took the Indian attack and runs flowed during the end overs and they managed to score 263/5. Darren Bravo remained unbeaten on 51 and Sammy 37*. Ashwin Picked two for 45.
India was quite confident to chase down the score, but Lost Rohit Sharma too early, caught at slips. Kohli looked impressive, but did not carry on and was out for 19. Yuvraj Singh who had been out of form for quite sometime added 129 for the 3rd wicket along with Dhawan. Yuvi went on to score a patient half century and Dhawan lead the Indian chase with a century and all the five centuries he scored had come in 2013. In quick span of time India lost Yuvraj(55) and Dhawan (119). Raina, the birthday boy, scored 34, had to go back after he edged one to the keeper. Dhoni (23*) had to finish off the formalities. With no much pressure and with ease, India chased down the target in 46.1 and won the series 2-1. Dhawan was the man of the match
Virat Kohli was adjudged Man of the series for scoring 204 runs in 3 matches.
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