MS Dhoni‘s superb innings helped India set up a 93-run win over West Indies in the third One-Day International (ODI) at The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at Antigua. Dhoni top-scored for India with an unbeaten 78 off 79, to help set West Indies a target of 252, under testing conditions.
However, Dhoni did get some help at the other end – first from Ajinkya Rahane and then from Kedar Jadhav. Rahane continued his impressive form in the series into this game and played a steady innings. After India lost Shikhar Dhawan (2) and Virat Kohli (11) early, Yuvraj Singh and Rahane steadied the innings to a certain extent. Out of form Yuvraj, scored a useful 39 off 55 and in the process bulit a 64-run stand for the third wicket with Rahane.
Rahane and Dhoni further consolidated putting on 70 for the fourth wicket, before Rahane fell for a patient 112-ball 72. India were going at under 4 an over at that stage, but the tables turned when Jadhav came on to bat. Jadhav was looking in excellent touch right from the first ball as he and Dhoni tore the West Indies bowling apart. Jadhav remained unbeaten on 40 off just 26 and 81 for the fifth wicket with Dhoni.
India managed to add exactly 100 in the last 10 overs, which was perhaps the turning point of the match. The wicket was not an easy one to bat on and it was a commendable effort from India to put a good total on the board.
West Indies in their run chase never really got going. There was a good partnership for the sixth wicket between Rovman Powell (30) and Jason Mohammed (40), who added 54 runs. Shai hope played a patient innings of 24 off 50. Barring that there was nothing to talk about West Indies’ performance. Kuldeep Yadav and R Ashwin were the pick of the bowlers for India, finishing with three wickets apiece.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first. West Indies had made a few changes to their side. They brought in Kesrick Williams and Kyle Hope were handed ODI debuts. Kyle and Shai Hope became the first brothers to play together in a West Indies side. The hosts also roped in Rovman Powell to add to their batting firepower, which was not up to the mark.
India 251-4 in 50 overs (MS Dhoni 78*, Ajinkya Rahane 72; Miguel Cummins 2-56, Devendra Bishoo 1-38) beat West Indies 158 in 38.1 overs (Jason Mohammed 40, Rovman Powell 30; R Ashwin 3-28, Kuldeep Yadav 3-41) by 93 runs.
Player of the match: MS Dhoni