West Indies beat India by 16 runs, win third ODI
West Indies kept their hopes in the 5 match ODI series alive, beating India by 16 runs in the third ODI at Ahmedabad on Monday night. It was a poor night for Royal Challengers Bangalore supporters as Virat Kohli was reprimanded by the Match Referee and Abhimanyu Mithun conceded 47/1 in just 7 overs on his return to the ODI squad.
Going into the third game 2-0, WI faced the possibility of conceding the series and made a few changes in the team to address shortcomings in the team line up. Opener Adrian Barath was dropped to bring in off spinner Sunil Narine who had impressed earlier in the Champions League T20.
WI lost their openers early, Abhimanyu Mithun claiming Danza Hyatt as his first in ODIs. Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels made slow progress at the beginning but Samuels began freeing his arm to pull off a few big shots Bravo retired hurt on 26 in the 26th over. The innings slowed down a second time and Samuels was eventually dismissed after he reached his fifty. Pollard and Ramdin were slow together too and it looked like WI wouldn’t post a big enough score when they were reduced to 181/5 in the 45th over. Excellent death overs slogging from Sammy and Russell coupled with a mental breakdown from Mithun and Yadav however meant that WI plundered 93 runs from their last 7 overs including 52 from the last 3. Sammy finished on 41 off 17 balls and Russell on 41 off 18 as WI posted 260/5.
India got off to the worst start possible, losing Sehwag and Gambhir off successive deliveries in the 2nd over of the chase, Ravi Rampaul doing the honours for WI. Parthiv Patel looked in good touch but couldn’t last long. On either side of his dismissal were two wickets lost to poor judgement from the umpires, Kohli adjudged lbw to debutant Narine and Raina caught behind off Rampaul.
Both batsmen made their discontent known, Kohli rather aggressively and a charge of showing dissent at the umpire’s decision was brought by on field umpires Tony Hill and Sudhir Asnani and third umpire Vineet Kulkarni. He was reprimanded when he pleaded guilty to the Level 1 offense, 2.1.3 as per the ICC Code of Conduct, accepting the proposed sanction from the Match Referee David Boon.
Rohit Sharma kept the chase alive, hitting his third consecutive half century and building a 91 run partnership with R Ashwin but his dismissal on 95 left India at 216/9 in the 45th over, killing most hopes of a win. Mithun turned that notion around, slamming 23 off 25 with two 4s and 6s each but his dismissal at 244 in the 47th finally ended the game and India’s undefeated streak since February 2010 when they had last lost an ODI in a bilateral series at home.
The series scoreline could very easily have been 2-1 in the favour of West Indies but it’s to India’s credit that it’s not. They have been made to work hard by West Indies for their lead in the series this defeat will undoubtedly push them hard to come out all guns blazing on Thursday at Indore and take the series with a match to go.