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360dThe Bulletin by Jamie Alter in Chennai

Samuels and Lara see Windies home

Marlon Samuels missed an ODI hundred by a whisker, but Brian Lara marked his return to the side with a masterful 83 as West Indies kept their series hopes alive with a three-wicket win in the third ODI at Chennai.

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MN Samuels
MN Samuels
98(95) 12x4 - 1x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 45 runs
  • 8x4 - 1x6
4 9 3 13 19 35 10 5
BC Lara
83(88) 10x4 - 2x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 19 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
18 12 10 5 2 15 12 9

Best performances - Bowlers

DJ Bravo
O9
M0
R39
W4
Eco4.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AB Agarkar
O10
M1
R45
W3
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

West Indies , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 4-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

27 January 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

West Indies have kept the series alive and the scoreline is now 2-1 in India's favour. A lot of the credit for the victory should go to Brian Lara. He chose to bowl first on a batting paradise, his bowlers got flayed at the start but he was proactive and made intelligent changes.

Bravo spearheaded a dramatic fightback after Uthappa had plundered 70 off 41 balls and in the end 269 was around 80 runs short of what India would have wanted.

Gayle was out first ball in the West Indian chase but Marlon Samuels and Brian Lara played sublime innings to ensure that West Indies coasted home. The Indian bowling was pathetic, and I'm not being too harsh. they conceded far too many extras and looked ragged all the way through. They were completely out-played and West Indies thoroughly deserve their three-wicket victory. It was more emphatic than the three wickets imply.

Dravid says India needed around 330-340 for it was a really good pitch to bat on. He says they tried their best and got Gayle out early but gives credit to Lara and Samuels for their innings.

Lara is delighted with the West Indian effort. He says he was hoping the pitch last the 100 overs and is glad that it did. He gives credit to his bowlers for engineering the turnaround after India's explosive start. Lara says that the Baroda game is the last game for West Indies before the World Cup and is hoping to have Chanderpaul back for it.

Man of the Match: Marlon Samuels wins the award for his 98 and his spell of 1 for 41 at a crucial time. Bravo must have run him a close second for his spell of 4 for 39 that broke India's momentum.

That's it from us at Cricinfo for today. We'll be back for the final ODI at Baroda on January 31. I've had a wonderful time bringing this game to you. Many thanks to Sajan for the much needed breaks, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers!

43.4
4
Sreesanth to Ramdin, FOUR runs, Ramdin strikes the winning runs, Sreesanth bowls it wide outside off stump, Ramdin sees his chance and lashes it through point for four
43.3
0
Sreesanth to Ramdin, no run, good length ball on off stump, Ramdion plays back and defends towards cover
43.2
0
Sreesanth to Ramdin, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump, Ramdin fends at it and gets beaten
43.2
1w
Sreesanth to Ramdin, 1 wide, Sreesanth bowls a wide down leg side, just about sums up his day, at least this one didn't run to the fence
43.1
0
Sreesanth to Ramdin, no run, Sreesanth fires in the bouncer, Ramdin ducks

Rayad Emrit and Denesh Ramdin are the new batsmen. West Indies need just four with three wickets in hand. Surely they can;t lose this from here. Can they?

END OF OVER:
43 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | WI: 265/7 (4 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.16, RRR: 0.57)

  • Rayad Emrit0 (2b)
  • Denesh Ramdin0 (0b)
  • Ramesh Powar10-0-53-2
  • Sreesanth8-0-62-1
42.6
0
Powar to Emrit, no run, beaten outside the off stump

West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0CH GayleDS Smith
2nd27RS MortonDS Smith
3rd65MN SamuelsDS Smith
4th127BC LaraMN Samuels
5th38BC LaraLMP Simmons
6th4LMP SimmonsDJ Bravo
7th4LMP SimmonsD Ramdin
8th5D RamdinRR Emrit