At Ahmedabad, December 5, 2011 (day/night). West Indies won by 16 runs. Toss: India. One-day international debut: S. P. Narine.
A strong all-round effort kept West Indies in the series and inflicted a first home defeat on India in 12 one-day internationals. Put in by Sehwag, West Indies progressed in solid and unspectacular fashion before, in a manic late charge, Russell and Sammy blasted 49 off the final 13 balls to take them to 260 for five. That made up for the loss of Bravo, who retired hurt with a pulled left hamstring, and missed the rest of the series. Their total proved to be just beyond India's reach, despite a magnificent 95 from the in-form Sharma, who was smartly run out by Sammy while trying to keep the strike. Rampaul was crucial to the outcome, dismissing Sehwag and Gambhir with his first two balls, and getting Mithun lbw with a yorker to win the match. Sunil Narine, a 23-year-old off-spinner from Trinidad with a knuckle ball, took two wickets on debut, although Kohli would have been saved had the DRS been in use.
Man of the Match: R. Rampaul.
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