West Indies v India, tri-series, Port-of-Spain July 5, 2013

All-round India crush West Indies

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India 311 for 7 (Kohli 102, Dhawan 69, Rohit 46) beat West Indies 171 (Charles 45, Bhuvneshwar 3-29, Yadav 3-32) by 102 runs by D/L Method
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After a listless performance against Sri Lanka, where they were trounced in all departments, there was a feeling that India had lost their intensity and drive after the highs of the Champions Trophy. However, against a different opponent and at a new venue, none of those weaknesses were on show. Virat Kohli led by example with a blistering 102 off 83 balls to lift India to an imposing 311 before the seamers turned a new leaf and consigned the match to a no-contest even before the halfway stage. West Indies struggled either side of a lengthy rain delay and at no stage were they allowed to mount any kind of resistance.

The Indian seamers drew plenty of criticism against Sri Lanka, failing to pick up any. Following the rain delay, they attacked as a pack, getting the ball to bounce, nip and keeping the batsmen in check. They helped seal the game in comprehensive fashion, restricting West Indies to well under 219 to bag the bonus point and open up the tournament.

It wasn't a bad toss to lose for India after they were put in to bat on a pitch that had a layer of grass. Dwayne Bravo had plenty of expectations from his bowlers, but the wait for the first wicket lasted 23 overs, by which time the Indian openers had added a healthy 123. It provided the platform for Kohli, who built a skyscraper in quick time to push the score past 300 in a frenzied assault against pace and spin.

Shikhar Dhawan showed class when driving through the off side, punishing width and bisecting a packed off side-ring that included an extra cover. The powerful square drives, missing against Sri Lanka, reappeared today. Rohit Sharma was in good touch with his drives through cover and it was he who gave the innings momentum after a watchful first three overs.

Dhawan fell clipping the ball to deep midwicket but India then went off the radar, losing four wickets for 45 when it was time for consolidation. Both Kemar Roach and Tino Best picked up wickets to lift West Indies, but it was a matter of time before India snatched back the initiative.

Kohli, and the demoted M Vijay, helped India add a breezy 42 in the Powerplay. The seamers tried bouncing the batsmen again but Kohli negotiated the short stuff with ease and his confidence seemed to rub off on Vijay, who feasted on some poor bowling.

Vijay's dismissal, caught at backward point, and Ravindra Jadeja's run-out raised West Indies' hopes of possibly wrapping up the innings within 50 overs, but R Ashwin and Kohli upset those plans. The West Indies seamers were shoddy with their lengths, bowling far too short and allowing Kohli in particular enough time to find the gaps on the leg side. Bravo himself was no less guilty, leaking 17 in his sixth over. The yorkers were nonexistent and when the bowlers resorted to bowling short, they were pulled and slashed down to third man. Kohli brought up his 14th ODI century with a push wide of midwicket and in the process gave his bowlers a strong total to try and redeem themselves after the Sri Lanka hammering.

West Indies were denied a strong start when they lost their biggest hitter, Chris Gayle, cheaply. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, back after missing the previous game, showed how much India had missed him. Bowling over the wicket to Gayle, he got the ball to move away and a circumspect Gayle merely poked his bat out, edging to Dinesh Karthik. Bhuvneshwar then changed his angle to Darren Bravo, pitched it up and induced a drive. It was wide outside off but Bravo didn't move across enough to get behind the line and ended up edging to first slip. After completing the shot, his head was still facing cover.

Rain intervened after the 10th over, forcing the players off the field for an hour and a half. The target was then revised to 274 off 39 overs, adding further pressure on the batsmen. Marlon Samuels looked out of sorts against Ishant Sharma, and after surviving a confident appeal for caught behind off a delivery that lifted, edged the next ball to the keeper. Bhuvneshwar got one to kick up, forcing Kieron Pollard to slash to slip for a golden duck, before Ishant got Johnson Charles to top edge to square leg. Charles was the only batsman to show some aggression, scoring 45 off 39, but his dismissal had all but squeezed out West Indies' hopes. Umesh Yadav nipped out three quick wickets to hasten India's march to victory.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • HIRENBHIMANI on July 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    It is quite surprising to see the same people who said Kholi is not captain material is now praising him as if he's better than Dhoni. This has been the case with Indian supporters right through out. They simple evaluate the players on day basis. Come on guys, Dhoni didn't become a top leader over-night so give sometime to Kholi too. Who knows if Kholi captains the 2019 WC and if India wins it, you might call him that he's the best captain that India has ever produced. Therefore don't give premature comments based on day's performance. All the v.best India from Sri Lanka!

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 8, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    It is quite surprising to see the same people who said Kholi is not captain material is now praising him as if he's better than Dhoni. This has been the case with Indian supporters right through out. They simple evaluate the players on day basis. Come on guys, Dhoni didn't become a top leader over-night so give sometime to Kholi too. Who knows if Kholi captains the 2019 WC and if India wins it, you might call him that he's the best captain that India has ever produced. Therefore don't give premature comments based on day's performance. All the v.best India from Sri Lanka!

  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Posted by Sardar Zia on (July 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT) i just say dhoni is a legend,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, And I say to you Amen......

  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Good to see no one is calling Pujara to replace Kohli this time.lol... Good win. Keep it up guys. Pay back time against Srilanka.

  • Nampally on July 7, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Once again the Indian team looked every bit like the ICC trophy Campions!. How can the same team- minus Dhoni- lose to WI & SL after they had beaten WI & SL convincingly in England only 2 weeks earlier? It appears they did this souls searching & whipped WI- with bonus point to boot. Firstly a dazzling century by Kohli led the way. He showed the difference between an adequate player & a super star with his power packed innings. That was the greatest boost- Captain leading the way by example!. Next, the exclusion of B.Kumar from their loss to SL was recognized. Kumar led the way by his usual top class bowling which stood out amongst the Indian bowlers. A little bit of extra pace in the pitch helped Ishant in his victims. He is still bowling the short pitched balls. Yadev bowled much better although his balls down the leg side were totally uncalled for. He needs to control them. Jadeja was back to his usual self. He spun the ball nastily to keep the guys on the back foot. A fine win!

  • vsroc on July 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 7,2013) It was a comprehensive victory for India against the star studded West Indies in the fourth match of tri-nation series being played at Caribbean islands.This was mainly possible by the fine opening partnership of Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Further,fine century by the stand-in captain Virat Kohli along with later order batsman enabled India to pile up 300+runs.Later,higly energetic bowling by our opening bowlers along with Ravinder Jadeja,totally outplayed West Indies to bounce back in contention in the tri-nation series.Let us all bless together the new look young Team India to play well in further matches for coming out with flying colours.

  • U.ppl.reallysuck on July 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    If we are that good what is the need for our Indian team players to be a part of India A tour?

    Does this not deviate from the objective & focus of the India A tournament. Killing the chances of many other deserving & in-record much more potential new comers?? What about the ones that are not backed by big names i the same field??

  • pealivi on July 6, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    WI batting performances have to be questioned. Is it the batting coach or is it the team selection? We must not forget that in their previous encounter with India they almost made a mockery of chasing down 229. I have serious concerns over Gayle and Pollard's approach to batting. No point in scoring big, glamorous totals once every six or seven innings. If a batsman cannot bat at least twenty overs regularly, what's the point! A good opening platform is necessary especially when chasing big totals. Is it time to think of Powell and others who bat more sensibly? Time to give the more solid batsmen a chance. Keep the sluggers for the 20/20 format!! Darren Bravo needs to apply himself more.........50 overs is a lot of time to score your runs. Don't try to be a slugger!! I wish WI more consistency.

  • KaaSethu on July 6, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Attn @Siva Ram : In this tournament, in the event of teams finishing on equal points, the list of criteria hierarchy for determining the right to play in the final match or series are in the "Points Table" page the link for which is there at the top of this page. Therein we can see the following filtering rules (I have numbered them 1,2,3 and 4) to choose between teams ending up with same number of points:

    1. The team with the most number of wins 2. If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins 3. If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points 4. If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.//

    So if SL loses to WI & SL-IND match gets washed out (or ends tied) then SL and IND equal on points & total number of wins (Criteria 1 above), but by the 2nd criteria SL will get to final even if NRR is lower than of IND!

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    i just say dhoni is a legend,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,