Ind vs WI 3rd ODI – India take series with 5-wicket win
Shikhar Dhawan's sensational hundred accompanied by Yuvraj Singh's comeback half-century helped India thump West Indies in the 3rd and final ODI at Kanpur on Wednesday, sealing a 2-1 series win for the hosts.
Earlier, India won an important toss and chose to bowl in hazy conditions at the Green Park stadium. West Indies lost opener Johnson Charles (11) early, but capitalized with a 117-run 2nd wicket partnership between Kieran Powell (70) and Marlon Samuels (71). The duo looted plenty of runs from the spinners, before eventually falling to R Ashwin (2/45) in succession. Darren Bravo (51*) then struck 4 fours and 2 sixes to complete his fifty and took the pressure off the Windies for a while.
However, wickets tumbled at other end as Lendl Simmons (13), Dwayne Bravo (4) fell cheaply in a bid to go for the big shots. West Indies were struggling at 196/5 and once again, it was Darren Sammy (37*) who rose to the occasion, attacking the Indian bowlers in the final few overs. Along with Bravo, Sammy added 67 runs for the 6th wicket and West Indies finished with 263/5 in 50 overs.
It wasn't the start India wanted, as both Rohit Sharma (4) and Virat Kohli (19) fell inside 10 overs. But Shikhar Dhawan (119) hit a swashbuckling century, his fifth in 2013 to orchestrate India's chase on a tricky batting pitch. Yuvraj Singh (55) finally found some form and his 129-run stand with Dhawan was instrumental in putting India in a comfortable position. Yuvraj was caught at slips off Narine, while Dhawan departed to a caught-and-bowled off the Windies skipper. Suresh Raina (34) and MS Dhoni (23) hit the final nail in the coffin as India cruised to a 5-wicket win with 23 balls to spare.