At the 35-over stage of their innings, India were cruising at 204 for 3, and West Indies must have been bracing themselves for a target in the region of around 300. As it turned out, India could only muster 41 in the last 15 as West Indies fought back magnificently in a passage of play which turned the match around. After the 35-over mark, West Indies themselves were 162 for 4, a whopping 42 runs behind India's score at the corresponding stage, with one extra batsman back in the hutch. However, with Ramnaresh Sarwan in splendid form, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul supporting him well, West Indies always had the target under control.
As the graphic below shows, from the 34th over onwards, India didn't score more than five in a single over; West Indies had only six overs during the corresponding period in their innings which fetched less than five.
West Indies' hero was Sarwan, who made his 100th ODI an extremely memorable one by becoming only the seventh batsman to celebrate it with a century. (Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Yousuf, Marcus Trescothick, Chris Cairns, Chris Gayle and Gordon Greenidge are the others.) There were many aspects of his innings which were worthy of the highest praise. When he came in to bat, West Indies had just lost a couple of wickets in quick succession, and 31 for 2 wasn't the ideal start when chasing nearly five an over.
He spanked the second ball he faced for four, and then continued to bat with exceptional fluency. A key aspect of his innings was the manner in which he dismantled Ramesh Powar, the offspinner who had been so effective in the previous match. The fifth ball of his first over was spanked over long-on, and the treatment was repeated in his next over. In all, Sarwan scored 35 from 37 balls off Powar. Sarwan's wagon wheel shows he scored most of his runs in front of the wicket - mostly through covers against the fast bowlers, and through midwicket and mid-on against Powar and Harbhajan Singh.
Sarwan also paced his knock superbly - his first 50 took him just 41 balls, and though he slowed down marginally thereafter, he still kept the score ticking over. Through his 119-ball innings, he only played out 56 dot balls - that's only 47% - and managed 42 singles. It was only fitting that he hit the winning runs to put the icing on a delicious performance.