India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Kanpur November 27, 2013

All too easy for India in the decider

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India 266 for 5 (Dhawan 119, Yuvraj 55) beat West Indies 263 for 5 (Samuels 71, Powell 70, Darren Bravo 51*) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

India have been masterful while chasing in ODIs this year, and against a moderate total and a mediocre West Indies attack, they ambled to victory in the series-deciding third ODI in Kanpur. Shikhar Dhawan hit his fifth ODI hundred of his magical year and the struggling Yuvraj Singh hit his first ODI half-century in 11 innings as India cruised to their sixth successive one-day series win of the year.

With a 9am start on a hazy winter morning, the talk at the toss was about how the first hour would be a challenge for the batsmen. West Indies negotiated that phase well losing only one wicket, and half-centuries from Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels took them to a strong 164 for 2 when the batting Powerplay was taken. Perfectly placed then for the power-hitters to come; they nearly squandered that advantage by losing three quick wickets, but Darren Sammy and Darren Bravo provided the late flourish to lift them to 263.

That proved too little, especially as only Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine posed any threat with the ball. Jason Holder had a disappointing day, with Dhawan feasting on the poor lines to take five fours in his first two overs to propel India along early. Dwayne Bravo and Sammy were tame, and midway through the chase - when Dhawan and Yuvraj were killing off the chase - West Indies had turned to the innocuous duo of Veerasammy Permaul and Lendl Simmons.

There was briefly some hope for West Indies early on, when Rampaul dismissed two of India's red-hot top three early. He couldn't get the wicket of Dhawan, though, and Dhawan scored big. As usual, the innings was studded with breathtaking cuts and drives through the off, and without really seeming to make the effort, he had 20 fours to his name was scoring at over a run a ball.

While it was Dhawan's innings that made the game safe, Yuvraj's will gladden Indian fans. A destructive batsman with a penchant for the big stage, Yuvraj hasn't been among the runs in recent months, even during the Australia series which was a bowlers' bloodbath. Australia turned to Mitchell Johnson to dismiss him early several times, and West Indies hoped Narine would have a similar impact. Yuvraj wasn't comfortable against Narine today either, misreading him several times, but he managed to ride out that difficult phase and cashed in against the lesser threats in the attack.

Even though Dhawan and Yuvraj were dismissed with India just under 50 away from the target, it only afforded the chance for India's other out-of-form batsman, Suresh Raina, to play a pressure-free cameo on his birthday, with the result never in doubt.

It was far easier batting in the evening than in the first hour. India's new-ball bowlers posed plenty of questions for West Indies' openers, who were regularly beaten by the movement. Even as late as the 12th over, India had three slips in place.

Powell had grabbed the chance offered by Chris Gayle's absence with a half-century in Visakhapatnam, and built on that with another solid score. He was a bit loose outside off early on but settled in as the innings progressed, showing off his driving skills, with a square drive off Mohit Sharma in the sixth over a highlight. He had reached 70 by the 30th over, but miscued a sweep off R Ashwin - the fifth time in a row that the opener has gone past 40 without reaching triple figures.

His 117-run partnership with Samuels had set West Indies up for a strong total. Samuels was nervy early on, extremely reluctant to get on the front foot against the fast bowlers, and played and missed often. After his initial struggles, he was more at ease against the spinners, stepping out to launch Ashwin onto the temporary roof in the stands beyond long-on. He was reprieved on 60 when Virat Kohli put down a chance at first slip, but was bowled soon after by Ashwin.

That was in the first over of the batting Powerplay, and with Simmons and Dwayne Bravo failing, West Indies had suddenly slipped to 196 for 5. However, Darren Bravo made his third consecutive half-century and Darren Sammy's all-power game worked again this time as they threw the bat around to put on 67 in little over eight overs. It proved to be too little against India's formidable batting though.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Exciting times ahead for the Indian batting lineup though I must admit the stern litmus test awaits the line up over the next one month against Steyn & Co.

    Fantastic display by Shikhar. He has just proved that if you have the talent and perseverence and you have done the hard yards in domestic cricket, success will not elude you at the higher level.

    The beauty of Shikhar & Rohit batting pair is they compliment each other very well. Look how quickly have we forgotten Sehwag & Gambhir from the equation, which is a testimony of the talented duo s overwhelming success.

  • POSTED BY legendscricket on | November 29, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    The better team won. India put in the better effort forward.Bravo still have some technical stuff to work on-his shot placement-and as we all know-shot selection. The selectors must find a place for Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, and Ravi Rampaul.Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Tino Best will have to go.We meed updates on ROACH,S Condition.Good inclusion of Narine in test for NZ TOUR,Team still not balanced Ravi Rampaul looked fit, his experience is needed. Walton needs to work hard to maintain his place in team.Shot selection also.Now a word concerning Ramdin.I have been hard on him, quite rightly so;He is a talented wicketkeeper who can bat much better than what he has been showing-he has been slack at the wicket with his bat-amateurish looking, The team needs to know that he will perform down the order with Chanderpaul. He is EXPECTED TO CONTROL THE LOWER ORDER, HE IS CONSTANTLY LOOKED UPON AS A WINDIES CPT;Thererfore more is expected of him and from him.Ditto Samuel & Bravo.

  • POSTED BY Monoz1976 on | November 29, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Congrat Ind for the victory. I think dew made the difference otherwise it would have been close battle with WA slightly ahead with their victory in the previous match.

  • POSTED BY RameshRayaprolu on | November 28, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    easy pickings for Indian batsmen in home conditions, but real treat is coming soon :)!

    I hope the Indian batsmen can carry the "confidence" to SA....that way we can see healthy competition....

    MSD....watch out for a Steyn storm...all the best to Indian team and hope to see some wonderful cricket...

  • POSTED BY KeshavSeshadri85 on | November 28, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Looking forward to a good competitive series in SA, whatever the result. India must not get complacent because the sternest test of their powers awaits them and will ruthlessly expose any lack of preparation or skill. I hope they just try their best, give a fight, and then let the results take care of themselves. Whatever happens, India must be objective at the end of the series and not blame anyone for a defeat and at the same time not go overboard if the results are encouraging. India has a good ODI nucleus and hopefully their test nucleus will stand up tall too.

  • POSTED BY arjun_chaudhri on | November 28, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Dear Friends , as a independent journalist and Indian citizen, I will express my sincerely view. I'm sorry If any one hurt because my comment. In this cricketing world every team will having they're ecstasy period, look now our team India going through that in high note, but that is normal thing in cricket world and It doesn't mean that we are the all time best . yes, now we are the best ODI team because of our super batting ability but look our bowling and fielding, It's not up to the mark, hence we don't have to over joy or over confident It will add our young team to more pressure, look Australian side, I think they're the all time best team for last two and half decade , they were excellent in all 3 department, they're 4 times world cup winners and 2 times runner-up adds more they're consecutively No.1 test team for two decade BUT see what happen now ?? we have think about it and don't put our team in pressure cooker ! this is young team If they going to fail no one can't stop it.

  • POSTED BY NareshPodi on | November 28, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Its really unfair to see the comments about the Indian players(Especially Kohli, Rohit and Shikhar). Instead of encouraging them and wish success as you all wished for Sachin, you all are disappointing by comments. As an Indian we should not be biased. What a competition between these three players. competing in centuries and runs scored in a year. Wow feeling wonderful. Do not discourage them by saying they have been playing on flat pitches and playing against lower garde bowlers.

    In this generation, these guys are talented and they will definitely succeed in forthcoming series as well.Look at their game plans, that I never saw in previous generations.Many cricketers have been learning from Kohli on how to plan their game, I am sure about it. Rohit is one of them. Rohit improved a lot in this current year. Shikhar is naturally talented as Kohli.

  • POSTED BY hurting_westindian on | November 28, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Another series gone.....Another series Lost!!!...And the same old same old continues in WI cricket. Is WI cricket doing anything other than causing ill health to the people of the region. If you look at Pakistan with all the troubles they have and had in the past, are still able to put in good performances against top ranked teams. Why can't WI even come close to that?!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 28, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating.How good he is will be known shortly when he faces Steyn and Morkel.But Bcci has made things difficult by proving just one practice game.Well it is time for politicians and businessmen to stop administrating the game with their myopic vision.

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | November 28, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Why do a flood of 4s n 6s excites us Indian fans more dan a bowler getting pace/bounce or spin? why do most of us want bowlers to be just carted around? why dont we understand dat bowlers are players as well & scores of ~300-350 regularly on flat & even/grassless pitches is damaging the game & dosnt necessarily mean that our batsmen r invincible? A white new ball in typical flat Indian pitch on a hot day moves around for 8-10 overs after which fast bowlers become cannon fodder. Wher is d motivation for being a fast bowler? If its only about 4 or 6s, we might just hav bowling machines and 5 batsmen game. If its nt flat track on hot in ODI, its a square turner wher we see scores of <200. Why nt hav a balanced track wher ~250 is par score, hav std size bats, 80m boundary, 5 fielers on d boundary n something for both bat & ball n then sit back to enjoy d game?

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Exciting times ahead for the Indian batting lineup though I must admit the stern litmus test awaits the line up over the next one month against Steyn & Co.

    Fantastic display by Shikhar. He has just proved that if you have the talent and perseverence and you have done the hard yards in domestic cricket, success will not elude you at the higher level.

    The beauty of Shikhar & Rohit batting pair is they compliment each other very well. Look how quickly have we forgotten Sehwag & Gambhir from the equation, which is a testimony of the talented duo s overwhelming success.

  • POSTED BY legendscricket on | November 29, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    The better team won. India put in the better effort forward.Bravo still have some technical stuff to work on-his shot placement-and as we all know-shot selection. The selectors must find a place for Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, and Ravi Rampaul.Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Tino Best will have to go.We meed updates on ROACH,S Condition.Good inclusion of Narine in test for NZ TOUR,Team still not balanced Ravi Rampaul looked fit, his experience is needed. Walton needs to work hard to maintain his place in team.Shot selection also.Now a word concerning Ramdin.I have been hard on him, quite rightly so;He is a talented wicketkeeper who can bat much better than what he has been showing-he has been slack at the wicket with his bat-amateurish looking, The team needs to know that he will perform down the order with Chanderpaul. He is EXPECTED TO CONTROL THE LOWER ORDER, HE IS CONSTANTLY LOOKED UPON AS A WINDIES CPT;Thererfore more is expected of him and from him.Ditto Samuel & Bravo.

  • POSTED BY Monoz1976 on | November 29, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Congrat Ind for the victory. I think dew made the difference otherwise it would have been close battle with WA slightly ahead with their victory in the previous match.

  • POSTED BY RameshRayaprolu on | November 28, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    easy pickings for Indian batsmen in home conditions, but real treat is coming soon :)!

    I hope the Indian batsmen can carry the "confidence" to SA....that way we can see healthy competition....

    MSD....watch out for a Steyn storm...all the best to Indian team and hope to see some wonderful cricket...

  • POSTED BY KeshavSeshadri85 on | November 28, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Looking forward to a good competitive series in SA, whatever the result. India must not get complacent because the sternest test of their powers awaits them and will ruthlessly expose any lack of preparation or skill. I hope they just try their best, give a fight, and then let the results take care of themselves. Whatever happens, India must be objective at the end of the series and not blame anyone for a defeat and at the same time not go overboard if the results are encouraging. India has a good ODI nucleus and hopefully their test nucleus will stand up tall too.

  • POSTED BY arjun_chaudhri on | November 28, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Dear Friends , as a independent journalist and Indian citizen, I will express my sincerely view. I'm sorry If any one hurt because my comment. In this cricketing world every team will having they're ecstasy period, look now our team India going through that in high note, but that is normal thing in cricket world and It doesn't mean that we are the all time best . yes, now we are the best ODI team because of our super batting ability but look our bowling and fielding, It's not up to the mark, hence we don't have to over joy or over confident It will add our young team to more pressure, look Australian side, I think they're the all time best team for last two and half decade , they were excellent in all 3 department, they're 4 times world cup winners and 2 times runner-up adds more they're consecutively No.1 test team for two decade BUT see what happen now ?? we have think about it and don't put our team in pressure cooker ! this is young team If they going to fail no one can't stop it.

  • POSTED BY NareshPodi on | November 28, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Its really unfair to see the comments about the Indian players(Especially Kohli, Rohit and Shikhar). Instead of encouraging them and wish success as you all wished for Sachin, you all are disappointing by comments. As an Indian we should not be biased. What a competition between these three players. competing in centuries and runs scored in a year. Wow feeling wonderful. Do not discourage them by saying they have been playing on flat pitches and playing against lower garde bowlers.

    In this generation, these guys are talented and they will definitely succeed in forthcoming series as well.Look at their game plans, that I never saw in previous generations.Many cricketers have been learning from Kohli on how to plan their game, I am sure about it. Rohit is one of them. Rohit improved a lot in this current year. Shikhar is naturally talented as Kohli.

  • POSTED BY hurting_westindian on | November 28, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Another series gone.....Another series Lost!!!...And the same old same old continues in WI cricket. Is WI cricket doing anything other than causing ill health to the people of the region. If you look at Pakistan with all the troubles they have and had in the past, are still able to put in good performances against top ranked teams. Why can't WI even come close to that?!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 28, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating.How good he is will be known shortly when he faces Steyn and Morkel.But Bcci has made things difficult by proving just one practice game.Well it is time for politicians and businessmen to stop administrating the game with their myopic vision.

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | November 28, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Why do a flood of 4s n 6s excites us Indian fans more dan a bowler getting pace/bounce or spin? why do most of us want bowlers to be just carted around? why dont we understand dat bowlers are players as well & scores of ~300-350 regularly on flat & even/grassless pitches is damaging the game & dosnt necessarily mean that our batsmen r invincible? A white new ball in typical flat Indian pitch on a hot day moves around for 8-10 overs after which fast bowlers become cannon fodder. Wher is d motivation for being a fast bowler? If its only about 4 or 6s, we might just hav bowling machines and 5 batsmen game. If its nt flat track on hot in ODI, its a square turner wher we see scores of <200. Why nt hav a balanced track wher ~250 is par score, hav std size bats, 80m boundary, 5 fielers on d boundary n something for both bat & ball n then sit back to enjoy d game?

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | November 28, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    WI playing with their A team? big joke. Its the best team they can get. have a look at the following: Chris Gayle: Out of form in ODIs since last 12 months, only one 50 in last 22 innings played outisde WI..... Dwayne Smith: averages 16 with bat in ODIs...... Pollard: averages 24 with bat after 85 ODIs..... Andre Russell: Himself doesn't know whether he is a bowler or batsman..... Chanderpaul: has not played ODI since 2011.... Badree: a spinner who bowls short pitch balls (ODI eco rate 5.8), raina is much better bowler.......... Edwards: is not considered good enough for ODIs by WI selectors........ Roach: eco rate 5.43 against India...

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | November 28, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @ambrosefan is that why ind beat WI in WI earlier in test series?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 28, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Pakistan became the first Sub-Continent team to brat S.Africa in S.Africa. Good Luck India

  • POSTED BY Monoz1976 on | November 28, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Congratulations India for the great victory!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    great series win for india. Finally the most awaited series is about to start- SA VS ind. ODI's may go either way as pitches at this time would b pretty flat. The real stage would b the test matches where it would b the acid test for a new indian line up. Both rohit & kohli got out in a similar fashion in the Kanpur odi and should take their guard who definitely will exploit this tendency to fish outside off-stump. well lets wait & watch.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 28, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Welldone shikhar

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 28, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    That's super cool

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | November 28, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Top Notch performances from the India to bag the series 2-1. India Top is order is clicking so well and so consistently. The opening partnership of Rohit & Shikhar have given good starts to India(specially in big match situations and huge chases),followed by the destructing Kohli. Sometimes despite the loss of an early wicket, the scoring rate has been rapid because of Kohli. Yuvraj despite looking rusty against Narine,seems to getting his confidence back. And the ever so dependable MSD is there to finish things off or provide a burst at the later end of the Innings,when needed.

    Ashwin is getting his Rhytym back and focusing more on Off Spin(and less on variations) Jadeja's variations on SA pitches would be interesting to see. With India's Pace bowing Department doing well with Shami & Bhuv,plus the inclusion of Zak will provide more bite to this Indian bowling.

    With 6 Consecutive Series Wins(3Home/3 Away) & with their Safari to SA coming up,a Series victory would be Real sweet.

  • POSTED BY shrikant200 on | November 28, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    India's succesful journey in ODI this year continues with another series win over west indies.What is most exciting is the PERFORMANCE OF the FORMIDABLE TOP THREE,Rohit,Shikhar & virat,as all of them have amazed over 1000 runs in the calender year.SA tour,definitely is a huge challenge but even Steyn & co. would be wary of this Trio....The trio seems to be in no mood to let the good form slip and its good to see one of them take the chalenge in case the other two have a bad day in office.SA will definitely come up with a game plan against the trio and try to expose the under confident Yuvi and raina,who are most vulnerable to short balls

  • POSTED BY Yousuf.hatim on | November 28, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    its time for SA !!! Best of luck to indian guns!!

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | November 28, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully- They couldnt even chase around 210 in their own backyard. They should be more worried about their own team's batting. But they care too much about India's batting. How kind of them ? These Usual haters never sease to amaze me.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | November 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @ scottyg- Obviously, ODIs dont matter to you because your team is going to choke in ODIs anyway. But Hey,Thats a good excuse for your failures in big tournament,also the recent one. Barring AB,Amla(who was well set on 98 and couldnt score 10 off two overs),SA batting lineup doesnt have matchwinners and is very vulnerable. Chokers.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 28, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @scottyg. No issues. Indians are the no:1 ODI team. So, ODI series win is important to us. Just like test series win is important for No:1 test side.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 28, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Yes we had problems with pace on and off in the past. Atleast we make the western players run hard to earn our wickets unlike these sheepish western players who struggle to put bat on ball in subcontinent pitches. Yes you don't have to run hard and sweat, just walk and throw the ball and see them bamboozled.

  • POSTED BY scottyg on | November 28, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    India, give up, you are going to get hammered in the tests in SA. You can't play pace bowling- England 2011, Australia 2011-12. You'll win the ODIs, but they don't matter anyway.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 28, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Most south african grounds have just 60 meter boundaries. ICC must interfare and make sizes bigger as it saves poor player of spin bowling by slogging over the top. SOuth africa are , no doubt, one of the worst players of spin.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    We won 6 series in a row including 3 overseas wins. So, nothing to prove anyone. India played with bench players like Yusuf Pathan, Parthiv Patel and Piyush Chawla in the last 3 odis of SA series last time. But you never mentioned that when laughed about a 3-2 loss! When ever India lost, we were playing with available resources only. Missing players due to injury is the part of the game and nothing the opposition can do with it. If you do not have proper replacement, thats your fault! But actually, Kieran Powell who replaced Gayle, played well for WI scored 59 and 70 . You cannot expect even that much from Gayle based on his previous records against India.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Time for Indian bowlers to take advantage of specially doctored pitches that will be prepared to counter Indian Batsmen in South Africa. To me it snot the batsmen but the bowlers who will decide the winners. This is because even with good technique you can expect steyn etc to get you out on good delivery (especially on specal doctored pitches). But India will put up enough score, and bowlers then has to take advantage of those conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Don't know what Indian Cricket team haters want, love it or hate it, Dhoni and his boys are ruling cricket All the teams take home advantage see ashes the team which white washed in india and last ashes team how they dominated in first test pakistan beat SA in SA why can't india our batsman are far better then them and new bowlers will surely give 100% and eventually they will prove, we have enough time for next WC to breed new bowlers And indian team is the best fielding unit in the cricket world so we have chance there who knows even steyn and philander might be getting scared because kohli and dhawan are coming after them so pressure is on both sides

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 28, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    You know If South Africa beat India, it will be a "HUGE ACCIDENT". As far as consistency is concerned, winning series after series is concerned, winning big tournaments and matches are concerned, India is a proven Champion Team. South africa has done well against India only in SOuth africa and not in neutral venues. The reason being they can prepare doctored pitches in bilateral series without having a danger to face another team with quality pace bowling. But this time India have good pacers as well who did brilliantly in champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Next 15 months , India Will show why they deserve to be the no 1 team in all format of this game... Can't Wait for the hardcore battles to begain

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 28, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Indian fans should learn to appreciate their cricketers. If you can't appreciate when your team in number 1, when will you appreciated? Blind criticism has no value. And please don't overrate teams like south africa in ODI cricket, it does them no good! We know what happens to them in major tournaments.

  • POSTED BY Pentyala--vkabd on | November 28, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Virat is in outstanding touch be careful steyn & co

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    After Narsingh Deonarine concluded a A Team Tour of India two days before the WI first Test with India the WI selectors and coach Gibson refused to select him for the first Test and played him in the Second Test which he fails...........Total madness!!!!

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | November 28, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Ctd..... I seriously doubt Pujara will do well in SA tests after seeing how he failed to get bat to ball facing Steyn with the ball literally missing by 1 ft many times. No SRT makes things worse. Dhawan & Rahane are untested abroad. Vijay flopped in WI being gulped by Rampaul 5/6 times in the series. MSD isnt d same force in Tests as he is ODI/T20. Bowlers will do well. SA having lost ODI series vs Pak r expected to tighten up vs India. So, nt expecting much frm ODI team as well. But wud love to be proven wrong by MSD & Co. this time.

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | November 28, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    why do i see so many compatriots extrapolating ODI form(World cup Champions, Champions Trophy winners) to Test form. Our current lot of batsmen have done nothing in away Tests. Our ODI kings (MSD,Kohli) have been paupers in test cricket. Our bowlers have always done well abroad. Its the batsmen who fall short. I expect only Rohit to scratch around in SA, while others have no patience/technique to fight it out on such wickets. On bouncy tracks, u need to be confident cutter/pullers. Donno if anyone has noticed, Kohli never cuts fast bowlers to the off-side & plays pull only to showoff on slow/low tracks of india. But wont succeed in SA/AUS/Eng.

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | November 28, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    @GVR..., why you compare India to Pakistan team...if I remember today, I just see Pakistan beat SA to take the series.lol In reality, Pakistan vs WI in the late 70-80's is the best test cricket as most cricket fans around the world know.

  • POSTED BY BangbangKohli on | November 28, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Well done India! sabash, congrats for winning another series. Virat the new Viv.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    WI cricket is still in crisis. The inclusion of the so-called " 8 missing payers" would not make a blind bit of difference, at least in Test cricket and the limited overs game. Gayle,Kieron Pollard, Smith, Dwayne Brave etc. etc are glorified sloggers suited for T20 matches. Our demise needs a far deeper analysis of the whole structure of WI cricket and central to that is the mediocrity of The WI cricket board. India, Australia, South Africa, Sri lanka and England are far superior to us technically and mentally - the Indian players are a joy to watch. Many good reports have been written on this parlous state of WI cricket - we await their implementation.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin: So mate you're suggesting that England, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are minnows? Guess the only great teams of international caliber then are India, Bangladesh and Windies? Is that what you're trying to say? Keep your heads high, your team is doing good but you're nowhere near the dominating Aussies of the 1999-2010 or Windies of 70s 80s. I'm a Pakistani,I truly appreciate good cricket but I'd suggest you better start taking more interest in cricket, watch the highlights of the first ashes test and the call Australia as minnows. I'd like to hear some constructive criticism about other teams, many of my Indian brothers post some logical comments but obviously they have a brain in their heads and they control their adrenaline rush well. Don't get carried away, I'm also looking forward to a good contest between bat and ball in SA vs IND but I won't call SA a minnow specially not the number one test team in the world by a longer margin than you're in ODIs

  • POSTED BY TryHarder on | November 28, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    WI is woefully lacking of good effective bowlers. we must find at least 2. Holder is way too slow and undisciplined. I think he is a lazy bowler!

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | November 27, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist - your idea on SAF batsmen will be worried is like saying Indian Batsmen were worried by Warne....Indians feasted on Warnie....Similarly I don't think Umesh who is thinking more length and line in his latest interview will be bowling like venkatesh Prasad(guy is scared to get injured... a genuine quick will never worry about it)....Shami did not do great in Zimbabwe as much as he did in Calcutta because of SG ball reverse-swing.

    Bhuvi will be effective initially with kookubura new ball then he will not be in equation....So don't get excited by the result of WI's tour...same set of bowlers didn't do good in Zimbabwe...so keep your hopes little low.

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | November 27, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    @sameer_warun: For ur kind information Shikhar Dhawan was the highest run scorer in Champions Trophy not Kohli or Dhoni. AND Jadeja got the most number of wickets in Champions Trophy......Bhuvi won Man of Series award in WI tri-series not Dhoni or Kohli...... Rohit Sharma was Man of Series against Australia not kohli or dhoni.....So wat to say man?

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | November 27, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    @vvbr on (November 27, 2013, 17:35 GMT): You are not serious r u??? Smith, Kallis, Amla, Develliers scoring triple centuries...when & where? in your dreams. Lolz... For me it would have been a big surprise if Smith scores a fifty in any of the four possible innings as most probably Zak gonna get him inside first 10 overs itself. Anyways Best of Luck to all your 'triple centurions' and don't be surprised if your triple centurion end getting out without bothering the scorers.

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | November 27, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    This is a new Indian team, 5 out of playing 11 have not played more than 30 ODIs. When India won the world cup there were players like Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Bhajji & Nehra, all were main pillars of Indian team. India went to Champions Trophy with only five settled players, raina, virat, dhoni, ashwin and jadeja. The remaining 6s umesh, ishant, shikhar, dinesh, bhuvi and rohit were not regulars & were trying to find their feet in International cricket. India won each & every team there; New Zealand was lucky not to get a match against India. India in Champions Trophy beat all 6 big teams Aus, SA, SL, Pak, WI and Eng. It was more than enough for us, we were at the top of the world when our players lifted the champions trophy. Indian team has done what no one has ever done in the history of cricket, winning all 3 ICC trophies T20 world cup, champions trophy (2 times), 50 overs world cup (2 times) and tasted world's number 1 test status.

  • POSTED BY BellaCricket on | November 27, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo commented that he had a bad series and thus failed his team...who would have taught it? Where are all the commentators such as Lara and Holding that were promoting him above Darren Sammy, I am not hearing anything from these guys. It amazes me that when Sammy had a bad series that he was highly ridiculed and not one word is being said of Bravo's performance.

    So happy that Sammy has learned how to accept and grow from criticism... two well played games.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I am really surprised as I read that Yuvraj back in form, he is great player if he fails only in two games BCCI gets worried and think of dropping him and when Sachin failed in 10 games never got worried, thank god he is GONE.

  • POSTED BY PrathameshYamgar on | November 27, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Guys, i am very bored of bilateral series. Cant we have English Premier League style series with all 10 teams in the series, played home and away and over a duration of 8 months. Atleast a t20 format should be experiment if not the one day and test.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    The real test for Indian Bats will be Steyn and Morkel. The WI are a sorry side. A pale shadow of its former past.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    if Steyn and Philander play both tests then India be ready for a real test but the problem is that teams seldom play their best players against India, I don't know why.

  • POSTED BY KeshavSeshadri85 on | November 27, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    It's unfair to write off India before the SA series has even started. Also, the main problem is going to be with the tests, not the ODIs. All I am looking for in the series is application and a willingness to try their best, beyond that the results matters little, the trick is to learn and adapt. India looked jaded when they lost to Eng and Aus abroad and as long as they look hungry this time, that should be enough for any fan. India is the top team and that is rightly deserved - they won the WC, an Asia cup before that, have routinely beaten SL home and away (that not many teams manage), have smashed SA and Eng at home, beat Aus at home as well, won the CB series in 2008, in the WI and NZ. The only blips were the 2009 Champions Trophy and 2 Asia cups. Dhoni has done a great job as captain and has now built a pretty formidable side that recognizes which matches are key and goes for the kill in finals. Only Aus and Ind have routinely won abroad in ODIs, no other team has done that.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | November 27, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Yes the WI serious ends in style! next focus shifting to SA the much awaited tour of India! The SA ODi side is looking clue less but can't take it lightly, the only worry is that two Test matches where how this new Test team gonna look, All the players have played only less then 25 tests other then MS & Zak, so the real test is for test team and ODI team has good chance to win the first serious in SA!! Best of luck India!!

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | November 27, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Excellent win by India. I'm sick and tired of some who downplays our victories and claiming real test lies elsewhere. Chasing is never a straight forward one as SA showed in last 2 matches in their own backyard. SA couldn't chase 260 odd on a flat PE track against not a world beating Pakistan bowling attack. What a team with Smith, Amla, Kallis, AB, Duminy couldn't achieve this young Indian team is making it look ridiculously easy. P.S This article is about an emphatic Indian win, I don't know why fans of minnow teams are commenting here.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | November 27, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    @sameer_warun, did you forget that Chanders and Chris Gayle played in test series and lost utterly? In fact WI is won the only ODI when there Chris Gayle and Chanders were not there. So does it prove that WI had better team than you thought. You have every right to criticize any team including your own but if you do too much speculation then you will become pessimistic. Not sure if you have forgotten that most of the current Indian players are young and upcoming.

    @Thilankak, looks like your only goal is to prove India is not great. I don't what is your motive but I would agree that India is worst team only when SL beats India.

  • POSTED BY senator333 on | November 27, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    @ ThilankaK Dude Don't worry about India they can beat any team you must worry about your SL team which lost to weak NZ C-team.

  • POSTED BY StreetView on | November 27, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Good win India :) Keep rocking :)

  • POSTED BY AsherCA on | November 27, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    @all those jokers talking about how bad the Indian bowling is - these bowlers got the WI side all out 4 times in approximately 3 days. Before you guys set-off about the dust-bowl pitches, remember - Shami got a lot of wickets & the West India Quicks got almost no wickets. Also - remember on Indian pattas, the quicks had no assistance & still stood their grounds well. Bouncy Green-tops in SA - yes Steyn, Morkel & Kallis will get Indian wickets, but then we have Shami, Bhuvi & Zak who get wickets on Indian Pattas often enough. Ishant might be a bunny for all bats on Indian pattas but bouncy green tops...it's a different ball game. Remember - these batsmen were picked to face Steyn, Morkel, Kallis & Tahir, bowlers were picked to bowl at Smith, Kallis, AB, Amla.... I am sure Sandeep Patil & his team know a thing or two more about Cricket than we do, just wait & watch.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    @vvbr- You might eat your own words after this Indian tour of SA.. Be prepared.. There is a reason why people say that one should always keep their words sweet and lovely otherwise they might just have to eat their own words..

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | November 27, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    The usual bunch of Lanka fans coming on here and seemingly reveling. I can only imagine their behaviour had India lost. This was another solid performance at home. To the naysayers, India has won far more ODI series outside India than people give them credit for.

    Most importantly, legendary India wins in 1983 World Cup (England), 1985 B&H World Championship (Australia), 2007 T20 World Cup (SA) and 2013 ICC Champs Trophy (England again). Most nations can only DREAM of this achievement.

    Pity the fools that ruin it for the majority. I enjoy watching Lanka and often root for them but this kind of stuff often leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

  • POSTED BY rogues13 on | November 27, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @ThilankaK : India playing without the top 8 will still manage to beat a full strength Sri Lankan team thats for sure... As far as WI being without certain players, they were either injured or out of form....unlike the New Zealand side that visited Sri lanka where the top players were rested...even NZ knows that its no use sending their full side to face MINNOWS like SL....

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | November 27, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @ Iceman29 ; Brother, the truth is for longer a period AUS was the best team in last two decade, AUS is the No 1 team in the cricketing world & we have to accept that & IND like soda bottle gas will there for short time like maximum two to three years ! all other 7 nations in the second category & recently Bangladesh also came to the second category, In my view on they're day BAN can beat IND also even SL , It's not a problem ! but for the last two decade Australia was the BEST far from the others !!!

  • POSTED BY cricktwins on | November 27, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    If pakistan can score 262 in 45 overs then india can do much better.. indian fans be optimistic.. Hope bowling also comes good..

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | November 27, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    And for the guys that are arguing here. Cricket is not played in pitches but on pitches. Haha

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Haters will be haters. Those criticising the Indian team and calling them masters of their own backyard, I would like to remind them that this same Indian team won the Champions Trophy in England this very year. And those calling this bowling attack a weak one, Bhuvaneswar Kumar may not be the quickest but presently the best swing bowler around, Jadeja the no1 ODI bowler, Ashwin as good as he is and Shami is coming up the ranks. And not to predict what will happens in SA tests but in the ODIs the SAcans will find it tough against the Indians.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | November 27, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Well India has won World Cup and Champions trophy in home and away conditions so no doubt they are doing perfectly well in One Day Cricket at-least.However this was huge opportunity for WI, whose players are quite talented but lack confidence. They were 137-1 and finished at 263, while they could have got 20-30 runs more if they applied themselves properly. For India Raina and Yuvi are cause for concern, India's chances in SA will depend hugely on the performances of these players as their just top order runs will not be enough. About Indian bowling, fellow fans should calm down a bit and have patience. Shami and Bhuvi are good and quite fit, so they will learn with time just like it happened with Rohit , Dhawan and Jadeja. All the best to India for SA. Great comment@ Harmony111

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 27, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    India will be fine in South Africa. Personally I would replace Raina and Yuvi wit Pujara, to give a bit more stability (but as he isn't in the squad maybe Rahane is an option), and Rayudu, because I think he is better at finishing than Raina and Yuvi against pace. But India have a good bowling unit of Bhuvi, Yadav, Shami and Jadeja in particular. Jadeja doesn't turn the ball in dust bowls, therefore doesn't need turn, therefore will be fine in South Africa. Dhawan and Rohit play the short stuff well. Dhoni plays the pull well and is the master of finishing ODI innings.

    Hopefully South Africa can make the ODIs a contest, like the Test Series is guaranteed to be.

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | November 27, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Good win for us. Time to win first ever series in SA now. Add ZaK to this bowling attack and its one of the best combinations for India.

  • POSTED BY Eclipse0990 on | November 27, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    @ThilankaK.. You're funny. Those 8 players you're talking about are nothing but a burden. Ask any WI fan! eg. Chanderpaul has strike rate of 70 and Smith's batting average is less than 17 after 87 matches. So get real. Also, even I can tell you 8 players India is playing without. Then what? Go focus on SL team who give lose to India every other day it seems. ;)

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | November 27, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    @doesn't matter what happens in SA because out of 16 members in test squad except ishant,Zak,dhoni nobody played more than 20 test matches and dhawan,rohit,rahane,jadeja,bhuvaneswar,shami,Rayudu,Umeash played less than 10 test matches but if they shown good signs thats enough to get better in future because SA is no.1 team

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | November 27, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    @Harmony11- Couldn't agree more. Some of the Ind fans(and by some "motivation" from some overseas fans),they start thinking,its THE MIGHTY SA. Comeon. They are beatable.India did it in England and has done on previews occasions.Cant believe some of the fans are so naive and have such a Pessimistic approach towards their own team. India did prove that they can perform overseas with this Youth Brigade. India's Top order is Solid(in ODIs) & Pujara,Kohi,Rohit will come even more hungry in Tests. They"ll be tested,but they'll fight for sure, India has found a new ball bowler in Bhuvi and Shami who can get movement both ways(On India Pitches,so certainly will only get better on seaming conditions) I know the 3rd Seamer is missing,but Zak is back to fill that void. Lets get optimistic. As I said,you take out AB,Amla, that batting line uo is very much Vulnerable.Kallis is struggling,so is Smith. Stop overhyping teams. Yes,SAs No.1,but if any team can do it,its the Men in Blue

  • POSTED BY I_Love_My_India on | November 27, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    I see there are many people who were doubtful on India's bowling ability and SA's batting abilities. Check the stats http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/463137.html

  • POSTED BY ambrosefan on | November 27, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Unless, bowling dept improves, Indian team can not do well outside subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 27, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    South African batsmen will be worried about their own pitches now. India have Shami and Umesh - pace, bounce and skiddy customers and Bhuvi with swing as his main weapon. This is real test for SA batsmen facing Indian pacers on pace friendly pitches. Steyn and Philander have to face world class young batsmen of Team India. Real test for those two bowlers. They enjoyed too many freebies by playing against minnows like England, Australia, Sri Lanka and NZ for a while now. I won't be surprised if Proteas get pasted in their own backyard. We almost beat Proteas the last time. We have a mission to complete now. Proteas must consider themselves fortunate that this is a 2 test tour with just 3 ODIs. Saves them from huge embarrassments of a long series. If Ishant is in the team in any format, I won't be surprised if we get beaten black and blue in all the formats. They lose to minnows Pakistan and stand no chance against this Champion Young Team India.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 27, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @vvbr, You are making judgements about Indian bowling by seeing their performances in Subcontinent. Same thing said about bowling in Champions trophy and we all know what happened. Indian bowlers this time have pace. Umesh, Shami, might not look threatning on Indian pitches, but mind you any bowlers above 145 KPH (which both shami and umesh can be) would cause lots of trouble to any team on responsive pitches. South Africa also shown weakness against swing bowling lately, so watch out for BHUVI. Anyway south africas poor ODI record only means that it will be only by accident thet they will beat India (if they do). As far as consistency is concerned, winning big tournaments is concerned, India is way ahead of South Africa.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    By the time i am posting this comment,pakistan have scored a miraculous one run win over South Africa.Consequently the hosts have lost the series which was highly unexpecte.This shocking loss will prompt them to gel together and give a tough fight to the Indians to rule out the possibility of any back to back series loss in the upcoming series.Indian players therefore are warned against any complacency.Even the law of averages will be against them because they in all likelihood would win the series against west Indies.One more thing, the success of shahid Afridi in SA portends the necessity to play Amit Miahra in as many games as possible.The south African batsmen are vulnerable against away spinning deliveries.Good luck Team India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    @sameer_warun- Last time I checked India is the no.1 ODI team in the WORLD!! Is it bothering you that SL is languishing at 6? Well, We didn't say to WI to bring their so called "A" team.. and no country fields their "A" team in an international match.. Even our A team would have beaten them..But SL team looks like an A team even with the big 3.. Be happy..

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 27, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    WI were competitive and won last match so they don't need Gayle or Pollard.

    Well played India and Dhawan. Raina just doesn't look like an international batsmen in my opinion. Surely there are many others who deserve a go instead like Rayudu, Rahane or Pujara?

    Good comeback for Narine, but I still think he's overrated. What's interesting is that before today he had taken less wickets in ODIs in 2013 than James Tredwell despite having played 6 more matches and mainly on turning pitches.

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 27, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    @GRVJPR.. This Indian ODI team is good but that doesn't make them the best. The bowling is ever so bad. But seeing the way SA is losing against Pak. It's because of Pak's good bowling attack. Indian batting vs SA bowling might stand I would give it 50:50 but Indian bowling vs SA Batting it is going to be another slug fest. We might even see Smith, DeVilliers, Kallis, Amla scoring a triple century! I don't think anybody is blindly criticising cos everybody knows the truth truth of Indian capacity. Lions in Indian pitches.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | November 27, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    @ThilankaK: Whether we get thrashed in SA or anywhere it doesnt matter, we already proved our strength when we played in SA last time....The reality is SL cant win a single trophy or match anywhere when India play against them that is the bitter truth that you should accept...

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | November 27, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Every Indian Fans ; Only two three times mate & only last one & two years actually since 2011 ! wait this will not long last ! because It will take two or three series to take purple patch to red patch !! & believe me with this bowling line up It will happen soon !!!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 27, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I am sick of a few eternally pessimistic Ind fans here. It is ok to be skeptical about your teams chances on an away tour but it is foolish and detrimental to be totally unsure & to not show any trust in your own team. India are the World Champions, World #1 & have even won the Champions Trophy. The weak bowling attack that we are all so critical of, that same bowling attack saw us limiting Pak & SL to way under 200 scores & helped us defend a really low score of 130 vs the Home team Eng in the Finals. We defended 167 vs Pak & were limiting Eng to ~150 scores in the last home ODI series. Our bowling is weak but now that Ishant is out, we should do better. Keep in mind BK & Shami are newbies.

    We scored 300 THRICE in Eng & we chased 350 like anything - TWICE. Why didn't Watson, Bailey etc get 100s while chasing 383? They slogged a bit, then got out while Kohli scored a 63 ball 100 with ONE 6.

    SA are good but not unbeatable, certainly not vs India. We may lose but we may win too.

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | November 27, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    @ sameer_warun ; 100% agree with you mate & I can't believe Is there Indian fans like you !!!

    WELL DONE WI !

    1. with out Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Roch, Samuel Badree & Fidel Edwards ( 8 players ) they're drag to this series & this match in to 46th over & I think we have to appreciate that.

    2.actually this is WI A team without main 8 players ,

    3.If IND playing without they're main 8 players I can't think what will happen !!!

    4.MS's captaincy going through hard period &

    5.they're relying heavily on they're batting !

    6.NOT GOOD ALL ROUND TEAM ! now they have to think about that !

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | November 27, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @ ThilankaK According to you only India prepares flat tracks and always find it difficult to play in conditions where ball does something. So you are implying that SL offers juicy or spinner friendly then how come you India won 4-1 in SL last year, Then India defeated SL in AUS as well, Then in England, then in WI. And recenly we saw NZ c team was able to chase 198 in 23 overs on a juicy SL track against Malinga, Herath. How did that happen? How many tournaments has SL won outside suub continent? And how many has India won? Please check the stats and then comment. In march BD scored more than 600 runs in one innings in SL. Was it a juicy track? What you do is you think u have to pull India down so they can come down to your level coz you have not been able to improve to keep up with top teams in the world.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 27, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    @ThilankaK, May I ask you why that didn't happened last time when India toured??? It's not that wickets were any different.

  • POSTED BY Cricfan_99 on | November 27, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @ ThilankaK - well mate even 2-1 is not so bad - considering your team got flogged 4-1 when India last visited SL "at home".. Poor SL'kan fans are still suffering from the VK & Co dementia from that drubbing..feel sorry for you folks really.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 27, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Indian fans should learn to appreciate their cricketers. If you can't appreciate when your team in number 1, when will you appreciated? Blind criticism has no value. And please don't overrate teams like south africa in ODI cricket, it does them no good! We know what happens to them in major tournaments.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    East or west India is the best. Westindies never had any chance in this series. Had it not been dew in second odi. indies would have never won it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    @samroy have u forgot the tour of south africa in 2010 where we dealt steyn and morkel......

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | November 27, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    prediction for India Vs SA - ODI SA 2 IND 1 & Test SA 2 IND 0 (this is the reality & IND not playing in flat pitches, they're playing in swing, seam & bouncy wickets ) , WILL SEE !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    why does not the wi select dwayne smith. he is a match winner

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 27, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    @ketaann, You are wrong in saying that Raina threw his wicket away today. Was it a slog? Was it a reverse sweep or some funny switch hit or dilscoop he tried to play. It was an off stump delivery and Raina tried to defend that (just got the bat a bit away from body) and it happens with all batsmen. Bowlers are there to ball as well and take wickets. The way people comment in India it seems no batsmen can get out without making his own mistake. And I am afraid if you think that Steyn and company needs batsmen to throw wickets to get them wickets, you are staring down the wrong lane. Good bowlers forces batsmen to make mistakes, and this is happening from 1st day when cricket was started playing. Other wise one would have needed only openers and no batsmen.

  • POSTED BY sameer_warun on | November 27, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    WELL DONE WI ! with out Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Roch, Samuel Badree & Fidel Edwards ( 8 players ) they're drag to this series & this match in to 46th over & I think we have to appreciate that. actually this is WI A team without main 8 players , If IND playing without they're main 8 players I can't think what will happen !!! say If they're missing MS & Kholi they will lose every last series without any hesitation including last SL series CLT , Tri series , AUS 7 match series & this series !! I love MS's & Vira'st batting & the way they finish the game but I must tell this MS's captaincy going through hard period & they're relying heavily on they're batting ! NOT GOOD ALL ROUND TEAM ! now they have to think about that !

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 27, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @SamRoy, This is the proble with Indians. You are just overrating a pretty normal South African Team. I bet you, India will beat South Africa easily in ODI's this time. Last time with much poor team India managed much respectable 3-2 vs South Africa in ODI. That time also it was told that Yusuf pathan is a waste, yet he score 2 brillaint centuries.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 27, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    @wapuser, Yes the real test might be aginst steyn and morkel, but it is the same other way round as well. Real test for steyn and morkel vs India. Hope they don't get nervous getting hammered at home.

  • POSTED BY ThatsJustCricket on | November 27, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    I said this before and will say this again. Sammy was removed from captaincy in the wrong format. His style of economic, at times nonthreatening, bowling and all power no defence batting is well suited for ODIs. It's the tests where he doesn't belong.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | November 27, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Well India can win in SA if 1. Ishant Sharma only carries drinks 2. All fast bowlers perform to potential 3. Ashwin does a decent holding job and does a good job with the bat 4. India score 275+ in each of the 4 innings. 5. No Jadeja in Wanderers and if Durban offers no turn, no Jadeja in Durban also. . All fast bowlers remain fit throughout both tests Out of these the 4th one is the toughest. Truthfully this is the toughest tour India has undertaken since Australia in 1999-00. In the Australia Tour of 2003-4 and 2007-8 there was no Glenn McGrath to contend with.

  • POSTED BY ketaann on | November 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    it is far often that raina throws his wicket away like today. He should learn from ms how to finish.

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 27, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    SA tour sounds like another few tons for Kohli, Dhawan and Sharma.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 27, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    This is d time for pujara to prove himself in one days also. He has already proved himself in test matches. Selectors must be looking at him for a promising middle order odi batsman.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    @Manoj1234- I agree with ur comment that Murli Vijay will be exposed but not with other that India will lose.. India will beat SA and win the series too.. Just wait and watch..

  • POSTED BY SL-USA-Lions on | November 27, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @ Everyone:

    Well Done India. You guys have a great team. Wish you the best.

    As a life long WI fan and supporter I think it's time for a REAL CHANGE. A real change in all aspects. It's been too long of a struggle. Close to 20 years now.

    Looking at the raw talent that's available in the Islands why is it so difficult to come out of this rot? All we have are the memories of a once powerful side... But we can't live in the past. The Present is here. The future is yet to be decided.

    I'm hoping for a SPARK from somewhere. As Lloyd did in the late seventies. Look how great ENG team came out of the bad years. Look how India is nurturing young talent. Look how SL been a small Island always fielding a good side.

    Life and Cricket is always full of Ups and Downs. But the ones who adjust, adapt and evolve will always find a way to reach the peak.

    I just want to see Glory Days back in WI. Everyone admired and loved WI when they were the best.

    @Ross O'Brien: I'm looking for that PHOENIX too.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 27, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @BigGeorgeMehemood, That would not happen becasue India is not Pakistan who gets defeated easily without giving up fight. South africa will have to doctor the pitches to beat India. Even on last tour India was leading the series 2-0 when India lost crucial playes like sehwag, gambhir, zaheer, yuvraj due to injuries which allowed south africa to win matches. Yusuf pathan fought well and got 2 centuries against much wanted steyn and company.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | November 27, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Good effort by Powell though he should stop sweeping - just like we tell Sarwan not to hook!

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | November 27, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Yuvi and Raina are still the weak point in Indian team...they will fail miserably in SA for sure...either DK, Rahane, Tiwary should be in the middle order...the selectors will learn only when these two fail miserably in SA...

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | November 27, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    @Posted by Scott Robbins on (November 27, 2013, 13:03 GMT) ....

    Yeah mate...we all are waiting for SA tour. But having seen these guys in the last few series I guess they will give SA some tough time.Contest will be close whoever wins it. For India to succeed IMO team selection has to be spot on. No place for Jadeja in ODI and tests. Fast bowling all rounder should have been better but no one was selected. In tests we can go with extra batsman like Rahane at six with four specialist bowlers.But in ODI I guess we have no option but to play him as pitches will be more batsman friendly than bowler friendly. But knowing Dhoni he will play Jadeja even in tests and ODI even if the match is on green tops. that will surely a big nail in the Indian team's coffin.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 27, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    India wins comprehensively. Can't wait to see the hilarious posts of the usual suspects and their trolls! But for that extra-ordinarily heavy dew, this series should have been a clean sweep. Windies should forget about flair. First, try to last the distance. Thanks for coming to India for SRT 200 and being part of history forever. You showed some guts in facing this Champion Team India. Weather gods were graceful in gifting you one match for your bravery. Lot of things need to be addressed in the Caribbean. Pacers Roach, Jerome and Fidel need to be wrapped in wool and taken care of. Kirk Edwards need to be persisted with. Shiv should bat at no.4. Sammy's role as a Test team captain needs to be revisited (I have immense admiration for Sammy but team should come first). All the best Dear Windies Brothers. I hope your board, selectors, sponsors and the team do the right things off the field which will reflect in better results on the field. Wish you all the best for NZ tour. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | November 27, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    South Africa will beat India easily...Sheikar Dhawan and the rest cannot face Steyn on those hard wickets which are dangerous...especially Yuvraj- Steyn will pepper him with short ball that he doesnt know how to play. I think it would be a miserable tour for India.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 27, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    The real test is against Steyn n Morkel. Performance in SA will either turn boys into men or will showcase the true potential of famed Indian batting line up.

  • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | November 27, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Well done TEAM INDIA.......... My only concern is of a medium pace allrounder. We need a seam bowling allrounder to successfully defend the WC in Aus and Nz. Irfan pathan will do the duty if he is fit but who else do we have to do that if he is not fit during WC. Rishi Dhawan looks a good prospect and has a good height which indian pacers generally lack. He should be given a go in few one dayers before WC so that he can fill the void if Irfan is not available. Rishi Dhawan should concentrate on being a useful No 7 with good control on line and length, with his height he can extract bounce on Aus tracks. Two spinners in those conditions is a gamble as atleast one of them will be attacked by opposition in those conditions and moreover Jadeja is not doing any well with the bat to keep his place.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Even after this half century, I believe Yuvraj needs to be dropped and a more accomplished batsman needs to take his spot. Raina should also be on notice.

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | November 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    @opto_pus in terms of bowling not much difference monty panesar and jadeja in terms of how they bowl. both need a little help from the tracks but jadeja is more accurate IMO, so suits to idi's as well

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    I would love to have the opportunity to advise the coach of the West Indies on how to build a winning team. But that is just wishful thinking. It is an area that desperately needs to be better, unquestionably.

    From the lack-luster, anemic start to their innings today, it was obvious that they were not going to put up competitive, winnable score on the board.

    They consistently blocked the ball without aiming to rotate the strike and to keep up a competitive run-rate. They gave the impression that they had unlimited time and overs to play with and that all will be well in the end.

    What a crying shame to see this once powerful West Indies side now reduced to a mere shadow of their heyday. Perhaps someday the Phoenix shall rise again from the ashes to give future fans a taste of the magic and majesty of those halcyon days of great, entertaining West Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | November 27, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    dhawan is a run machine ,just like kohli. real test is in sa though. yuvi is still lacking conviction and he needs to improve to play in wc2015. ashwin bowled good ,for a change. wi were never in the game after squandering the good opening that they got.didnt even watched the game. aus india run fest was far better than this series.now have to watch the predictable english demise in ashes.sa tour could not come any quicker.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | November 27, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Yuvi is a match winner. All the talk of him struggling against short pitch stuff is just because he was so badly out of form. We've seen him play short ball with ease, and he has played quicks like Shoaib before. Yuvi's major problem is spin, for years and years. For a bowler like Narine, whose actions for doosra and regular spin are so distinguishable, its a pity Yuvi finds it difficult to read him. I guess watching videos of Narine bowling could have helped him, and they didn't do that. Wonder what the coach is doing. India's top 3 have rescued them and the day they fail, India will fail. That is why we need Gambhir at #3 and Virat at #4

  • POSTED BY Sirupa on | November 27, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Virat ensuring that the team is up for South Africa's challenge....As a cricket fan ,it is exciting to hear those sort of statements.More than anything, it adds to the build up of a big series and certainly IND Vs SA is a big one!

  • POSTED BY madhugaire on | November 27, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    to me more special was the half century of yuvraj than the fifth century of the uear from Dhawan. Dhawan, i think, has secured his place for at least a couple of yrs. in the cricketing world, if anybody wants run badly then it is yuvraj and today's half century might as well be proved as the life drop for him. How can one watch the world cup 2015 without the man of the series of the previous world cup being included. congrtas yuvi

  • POSTED BY MANEESHROY on | November 27, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    International cricket returned to KANPUR after few years. Ground staff, Uttar Pradesh government did good planning for the match. Harsha Bhogle,Ravi Shankar Shastri, Sunny Gavaskar, Arun Lal, Navjot Siddhu,Ian Bishop, Rameez Raza, Narottam Puri on doordarshan presented cricket in great style. Yuvraj,Shikhar Dhawan glided Indians to victory. Also it was nice to see ranchi rhino Indian skipper scoring winning runs. Some adjustment is required in Rohit Sharma's new ball technique. All in all, this series victory was another feather in the cap. Now when Indians tour South Africa and New Zealand, new cricket rule of 'five fielders inside thirty yard circle' might effect bowlers adversely. On many cricket stadiums especially in New Zealand, where the ground are small, this new rule only adds to the woes of bowlers and fielders. What is required is new rule about 'Standard dimensions of International Cricket Ground' and quashing of this rule of 'five fielders inside thirty yard circle'.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    WI always gives heartbreak to its fans. WI fans are fed up with this kind of performance. they were in good position but lost few wickets at crucial time. they have to learn from Indian players how to play cricket.

  • POSTED BY Manoj1234 on | November 27, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Yuvraj innings on this track was sub par. IMO SA will expose him and might be his last series in ODI for india. IN tests, Murli Vijay will be humiliated. Rest may manage to hold dignity but India will still lose. Kohli will excel. Thank gor SRT is retired with his billions and BR. At least we don't have to worry about him now.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 27, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Certain people had to wait a long time for Sammy to shine now they talking lol where were you all this time?

  • POSTED BY opto_pus on | November 27, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja is a very limited cricket whos ok for one day cricket, but would never cut the grade as a test batsmen or bowler. The tests in south Africa should open with Dhewan, Kartik, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rehane, MS Dhoni, Ashwin,B Kumar, Mohamed Shami, Yadev.

  • POSTED BY widelongon on | November 27, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Congrats and really well done Team India, u did a very good job. No matter it was the home series but one has to be good enough to win one day series one after the another not only against West Indies but also against Australia and England.

    But now everyone will see how good they really are. Whether they can win only at home or they can win Test Matches abroad also and be the overall dominant team like Australia and West Indies did in the past.

    Best of Luck Team India

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    India are their usual dominant selves on home soil. Some of the next generation of batsmen such as Pujara, Vijay, Dharwan, Kohli and R.Sharma look like great prospects for India's future. But as others have suggested, i'd like to see how they'll measure-up on the tour of South Africa. Completely different conditions to what they're used to, with fast, bouncy wickets and the small matter of contending with the allround class of Steyn, the awkward bounce of a good length from Morkel and the underrated seam-movement of the skiddy Philander. Should be a fascinating contest.

  • POSTED BY jokerbala on | November 27, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Problem with this Wi side is the bits and pieces players - Dwayne Bravo and Sammy. Sammy had good series with the bat but at number 7 you must be able to bowl decently like Jadeja atleast . Bravo has been disappointing bat and ball . He is good enough for T20 but not for other formats.These players are neither specialist bowlers or batsmen and cannot be relied on doing either properly, If it comes off ok great but if not, then they hide under the allrounder tag and escape as multi purpose players. This is where India does better They make having one skill compulsory for any player before entrusting him with the other duty. Eg we all no Yuvraj bowling had a great role in winning World cuo with the ball as well but he has not been bowling lately and I think it is a great move . Till he is able to justify his place as a batsman there is no use making him bowl 3/4 overs.

  • POSTED BY ashish_sable on | November 27, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Well done team India, Well done MSD

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Yuvraj played very slow so as to get his 50 on a flat track against a sub-par attack lacking Roach and Best. The match was won by the speedy century of Dhawan.

  • POSTED BY wirus on | November 27, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    No surprises at the end of this series. WI never learn but if they did it might be that: 1. Charles is not an opening batsman. It worked for a while when he was new to bowlers but they know him now. He should bat at 6/7. 2. Apart from Rampaul and Narine, WI had no wicket taking bowlers here. Roach, Shillingford and Millar would have made a difference. 3. Despite Sammy's efforts with the bat, there is no place in a good WI side for him or Bravo. They should be replace by one all rounder and a wicket taking bowler. 4. Bits and pieces players or those who do not get runs or take wicket have no place in the side. Next time they should consider an ODI team like this: 1.Powell, 2.Simmons, 3.Samuels, 4.Darren Bravo, 5.Edwards (capt.), 6.Dwayne Smith, 7. Charles, 8. Shillingford, 9.Rampaul, 10. Narine 11.Roach,. Also Millar, Carter, Fudadin, Delorn Johnson. Pick your BEST team not just names, triers or past records. Good teams make hard choices and WI must now do the same in test and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 27, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    We need to win ODI series in SA to show the world who is the boss. Interestingly 3 out of six series wins where abroad (CT in England, Trinations in WI and ZIM). And in the remaining 3, series wins against Australia and England at home was good considering the fact that they are no:2 and no:3 in rankings. All the best Team no:1

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | November 27, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Posted by Albert Dominique Thomas on (November 27, 2013, 7:10 GMT), You should check Dhoni' post match presentation during the Ind vs Aus one day series where he mentioned that dew and field restriction helped india to chase 360+ total . So even in victories he mentioned about dew favoured them in chase.So nothing wrong in giving reasons to explain why his bowlers were unable to defend 288 in last game. @ PFEL, Its a DAY game today.

  • POSTED BY Spark-Reddy on | November 27, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    @Gappistan: you mean Rohit has to score atleast 50 every match :) how about Raina then Jadeja who is neither a bowler or a batsmen

  • POSTED BY gundapps on | November 27, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Although India have won six ODI series now in a row, the tour to SA might throw up some obvious deficiencies: (1) Jadeja has been playing purely as a bowler and though quite successful in helpful conditions could prove to be a liability in SA conditions if unable to pull his weight with the bat (2) Yuvi is fortunate that SA do not have a Sunil Narine but his dislike of the short ball will definitely be exploited by the SA quicks (2) Will Rohit again go back to being consistently inconsistent?

  • POSTED BY Scube on | November 27, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    @PFEL: Do you know that the match was over by 4.30 PM local time?? Which country you live in where Dew starts falling in the afternoon!?!

  • POSTED BY ImonG on | November 27, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Job well done guys, take a well deserved break, then lets give the Saffers a run for their money in their own back yard. Would have really loved a 3 test series, but then, not in my hands ....

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | November 27, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Posted by PFEL on (November 27, 2013, 11:31 GMT), Its a Day match and you won't find dew till evening 7pm. I guess Dhoni didn't blame the dew for the loss ,he was trying to defend his bowlers for not defending those runs in dew and he accepted for middle order failure to put more runs against WI.

  • POSTED BY Jalz007 on | November 27, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Congratulations to Team India on winning the series. This series puts the spot light firmly on the Indian batting might. They are now a force to reckon with, especially in home conditions. Will have to wait & see how they perform over-seas, to arrive at a firm conclusion.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    as a wi supporter we have to turn 50s into hundreds , now darren bravo is starting to become more consistent but he has to go on in new zealand and start making centuries as has powell and samuels , we also need a fast bowler with a few brains ,cricket brains that is ,as for ramden the keeper the less said the better he has to start making sixtys and seventys more consistently then we will be abetter team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Nice win by the Indians but still not impressed by their death bowling...It is too early for Shami to face such a high profile opponent in SA and consistent Bhuvi cannot bowl in death...Why not put Zaheer in ODIs ,like Rampual ,Zak also never disappoints... As far as batting goes ,Rohit ,Yuvi and Raina are still a big risk...

    After nearly a decade ,in this tour of SA the opponents Batting order looks more dangerous (and experienced) than the Indian one...Virat was right to inspire some confidence in Indian fans in Match presentation

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | November 27, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Too easy. Good fluent 100 from Shikar. Openers falling early allowed Yuvraj to take his time and score much needed runs before SA tour. Jadeja is a better batsman than we're seeing at the moment. He should come out of the shell and bat freely. Windies batted well. Narine and Rampaul were stand out performers with the ball.Others were easy for Indian batting talent. Well done india for the series win. See you all in SA.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | November 27, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Congrats Team India...Next Destination South Africa...That is where the real test begins for the team..Wish we had more atleast 3 test and 5 onedays in SA...

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Raidu and Rahane in place of Raina/Yubraj will be better prospects in SA because of their ability to play better against pace bowlers.

  • POSTED BY sidh78 on | November 27, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    @Dear Taha we are proud of that we are great chesser becoz chasing the target is a very hard in odi cricket(it is very very very hard if any team chase 300+ ) as compare to defend the target becoz u r batting always in the pressure of maintain runrate within range without lost of many wickets (double pressure).thats why teams likes SA, Pak can not chase even above 220+(chase 300+ is a dream for them)fyi few years ago indian team was worst in chasing(fail in 8 out of 10) but now thanks to dhoni, shikhar, rohit & specially the champion chaser of world KOHALI we can chase any target.

  • POSTED BY Llik2 on | November 27, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    It was the most dry wicket in the world .indian seam bowler,sorry!quick spinners got away by early morning moisture.windies were bowling in a boiller.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | November 27, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    I wonder if Dhoni will be complaining about the dew now . . .

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Well done Team India... Series win...

  • POSTED BY Gappistan on | November 27, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    @wapuser your predictions are mostly correct boss except Rohit's 50. I am sure now Rohit is back to his normal batting will torture us till IPL with string of low scores.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | November 27, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Normal service has resumed after the anomaly in the previous game. If Rohit or Virat don't get you, Dhawan or Dhoni will. What an innings !! Take a bow Dhawan, you are a brilliant player. West Indies put in a good show with the bat, especially Sammy towards the end. In the end, 263 is a below par score for this Indian batting line up to chase and this is a champion team who know to how to win crunch games. Now they are off to SA with a new challenge at hand. However, the self belief and confidence in this Indian team is sky high and I am expecting a good show from them. Best wishes.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    bye bye wi thak you for comin

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 27, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    It's just impressive to see the trio of Dhawan, Kohli and Sharma scoring 100s almost every match in ODIs. This is the first time In Indian Cricket history that there is competitive spirit among top 3 to score 100s in ODIs. Even among Gangulys, Tendulkars, Sehwags, Dravid there wasn't so many 100s between them. In the case of these 3, every match you can expect one of these 3 to fire. For a cricket fan, it's a pure delight to see somebody with a 100 every match or almost near it.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    nyz to see some score against yuvis name...way to go..i blv he ll b the man for india at sa

  • POSTED BY BMDeep on | November 27, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @ Albert : I am an Indian but what u have said was absolutely true. Dhoni was so lame in pointing out that the reason of defeat was dew when it was bad catching from the indians. Undoubtedly d ball has done a bit in d 1st hr. By the time I am writing this, Ind are 173/2 in 28 ovs in their reply to 264. So, I can sense a comfortable win from here. But regarding WI innings, while it is fact that 1st hr of play aided bowlers, they have done very well in negating new ball and build good partnerships. But asusual, it is their unwanted shots that triggered a batting collapse and I will have to say that this is the reason for their defeat in this game(unless something magical happens).

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 27, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    As expected, India is going to seal the victory in style. Blade-Runner,.. Sorry mate your desire is now a dream. Last match in Vizag, its a very bad toss to loose. There was no help for the bowlers under lights and snow. A professional team like India can win easily 8 out of 10 against a team like WI/SL. All the best India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Agree. Sidhi

    Agree sidhu is frustrating and somewhat embarrassing!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @Alex Stephen - for me it is absolutely normal hearing his commentary. He's not abnormal in speech, He is energetic and jovial .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    it's really frustrating to listen the commentary by Sidhu. Be normal ya why abnormal

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Yuvraj has to play Narine better than the previous two matches today being his last innings before the sa tour.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Once again Ashwin got the best of the Indian bowlers. Consistency which is he key for any performance instead of taking big wicket hauls once in a while. Great if he maintains his consistency. Can't wait to see him and other Young bloods performing in South Africa..

  • POSTED BY mattandy on | November 27, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Shocking!!!! Where are all the Sammy Haters??? Last game he won the match for his country but the same shameless Sammy haters did not even have the decency to acknowledge the achievement. Bravo Sammy Haters!!!!!LOL

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | November 27, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo needs to be kicked out the side no exception HE HAS TO GO ! I'm sorry but 3 out of 3 the worst most pathetic suicidal soft dismissals. Sammy however has shown why he is the real leader of the short format with 2 gutsy performances when his team was all but dead and he should still be captain. Dwayne does not warrant a place in any format hilarious his friend Lara says he should be in the Test side, the board making him captain is just latest in their long run of bad decisions he is without doubt.

  • POSTED BY taslu613 on | November 27, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    WI should not be complacent.India will chase down this total very easily.Rohit,Kohli and Dhawan is enough for this moderate target.India will win this match by 5 or 6 wickets.West Indian bowler is going to be hammered all over the green park by indian batsman.WI are not match to India.Last match was an upset nothing else.

  • POSTED BY manu566 on | November 27, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    This game WI looks good to win. Narine will be the key. Another odi series is going out of hands after loss to pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    That was a good contest between bat and ball. But would like to see the same in the second innings as well, otherwise the chase made easy with the likes of Virat Kohali, Rohit Sharm and Shikhar Dhavan would be very mainstream !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    A weakness of the Indian team has been exposed in the series against Australia and WI. they are not good defenders and they can only chase

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    If India win will Dhoni thank the early morning conditions like he blamed the dew for them losing the last game?

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    not late flourish lift in the end.....there was a healthy positive partnership of 117 in the middle overs too which lifted the score....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    do not underestimate anyone, and certainly not the carribeans. v if been hearing all the buzz about Indian batsmen, well lets see when the pitch starts to turn. they have a hard battle against the proteas in few weeks time

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | November 27, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @WI- what ever runs you score, India will chase the target easily. So get ready for defeat and dont even think of victory.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 27, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    West indies will make between 270-275. Dhawan will hit a century followed by yuvraj, sharma 50. India will win by 5 wickets :p

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    we have become a sort of a laughing stock for the world with dream batting line up but no bowlers to back them. A batman just can't keep scoring runs like a run machine at some point it will stop.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 27, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Who will be highest scorer of this match? 1.kohli 2.Rohit sharma 3.shikhar dhawan

  • POSTED BY MACHHINDRA on | November 27, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Waiting for comments from minnows to defame / undermine Indian teams performamnce / status in world cricket.

  • POSTED BY MACHHINDRA on | November 27, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Waiting for comments from minnows to defame / undermine Indian teams performamnce / status in world cricket.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 27, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Who will be highest scorer of this match? 1.kohli 2.Rohit sharma 3.shikhar dhawan

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    we have become a sort of a laughing stock for the world with dream batting line up but no bowlers to back them. A batman just can't keep scoring runs like a run machine at some point it will stop.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | November 27, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    West indies will make between 270-275. Dhawan will hit a century followed by yuvraj, sharma 50. India will win by 5 wickets :p

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | November 27, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @WI- what ever runs you score, India will chase the target easily. So get ready for defeat and dont even think of victory.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    do not underestimate anyone, and certainly not the carribeans. v if been hearing all the buzz about Indian batsmen, well lets see when the pitch starts to turn. they have a hard battle against the proteas in few weeks time

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    not late flourish lift in the end.....there was a healthy positive partnership of 117 in the middle overs too which lifted the score....

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    If India win will Dhoni thank the early morning conditions like he blamed the dew for them losing the last game?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    A weakness of the Indian team has been exposed in the series against Australia and WI. they are not good defenders and they can only chase

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    That was a good contest between bat and ball. But would like to see the same in the second innings as well, otherwise the chase made easy with the likes of Virat Kohali, Rohit Sharm and Shikhar Dhavan would be very mainstream !!!