Friday, November 2, 2018

Bully boys India romp home to a 3-1 series win

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It might not have been as obvious because the six iceberg warnings dealt out to large in 1912, however there have been enough might tips to why batting first in Thiruvananthapuram could have Triticum spelta doom. under overcast skies, on a sticky pitch, and with condensate expected later, Jason Holder's call to bat initial against impressed hosts chaperoned Windies to 104 all-out, their lowest total against India, who won the fifth and last ODI by 9 wickets to romp home to a scintillating 3-1 series win.

Chasing 105, the foremost India had to contend with was Oshane Thomas's pace. The 21-year-old fast bowler accounted for Shikhar Dhawan in his initial over, getting the left-hander to play on for the second time within the series, then extracted outside edges from 2 of India's best: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. whereas Kohli's edge was dropped by Jason Holder initially slip, Rohit's caught-behind was overruled by a nasty front-foot no-ball.

Once Thomas's pace was behind them, india rattled to the target like a superfast train. Rohit topped 200 sixes on the way to his 37th ODI fifty, and with Kohli's over run-a-ball 33 helped overhaul the 105-run target with 35.1 overs to spare.

It was India's bowlers who did everything however win the sport in the initial innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were again fantastic with the new ball, which swung for the primary time within the series to limit Windies's strokeplay, that was already inhibited  by the slow pitch on supply. Windies might tally only 10 runs for the loss of Kieran Powell and Shai Hope in the initial six overs, with each the batsmen departing for ducks.

It took Marlon Samuels to show things around, if only for a short while. 2 boundaries in Bhuvneshwar's over was followed by a planned counterattack in Khaleel Ahmed's 1st over. to place things into context, it was Khaleel United Nations agency had taken Samuels's wicket in the last match and celebrated it with a demerit point-inviting send-off. Today, it was Samuels's turn.

Ravindra Jadeja's introduction in the tenth over, and rightly on a pitch with some moisture to help spin, was what seeded a middle-order meltdown. The left-arm spinner stricken double in his marathon eight-over first spell, that witnessed him get rid of Associate in Nursing attacking Samuels and then Shimron Hetmyer, before returning to complete with four wickets. Jadeja's airtight lines and lengths also allowed Khaleel and Bumrah to attack from the other finish. while Khaleel got the wicket of Rovman Powell, who was promoted to open the batting in place of born Hemraj Chandrapaul, Bumrah picked Fabian Allen's wicket - both wickets coming back off miscued pull shots - to depart the Windies reeling at 66 for 6.

It was to be Khaleel once more who place an finish to mythical being Holder's 33-ball twenty five, an innings that secure to require Windies to something price defensive. trying to hit in the air, Holder was caught at mid-off and it all went awry for Windies, if it wasn't already. Such was India's dominance at the start, in confessedly smart conditions for bowling, that Kuldeep Yadav wasn't even referred to as upon to bowl till the 23rd over of the innings. Eight Windies batsmen scored in single-digits, and the range of extras in the game outscored six of them.

The fact that india did not need the 35.1 overs at their disposal, which is 4.4 overs more than what Windies lasted during this ODI, belies what this series witnessed: a tied game, a rare loss for Republic of India at home, and more importantly a restoration of the idea that there is some hope for this Windies side after all. With world cup just months away, both india and Windies walk away with more answers than questions, that is what both sides would have hoped for.

Brief scores: Windies 104 in 31.5 overs (Jason Holder 25, Marlon Samuels 24; Ravindra Jadeja 4-34) lost to india 105/1 in 14.5 overs (Sharma 63*, Kohli 33*; Thomas 1-33) by 9 wickets

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