3rd ODI, Gros Islet, Jul 3 2009, India tour of West Indies
(21.5/22 ov)159/4
India won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
46* (34) & 2 catches
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• The Bulletin by Sriram Veera

India snatch lead with last-over win

MS Dhoni and India kept their nerve in a frustrating day of rain delays to take a 2-1 series lead in St Lucia

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Scorecard summary
West Indies186/7(27 overs)
India159/4(21.5 overs)

Phew! A superb game in the end after all those interruptions and frustrating delays. Dhoni's six off the second ball proved decisive in the outcome, and they now stand a chance of completing a hat-trick of ODI series wins this year, all overseas with their previous two victories coming against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. West Indies fought hard, but the question will linger as to why the expensive Taylor was chosen ahead of Rampaul to bowl that last over. The gamble didn't work, and with a game to play, the best they can have from here is a squared series. The teams go at each other again in St Lucia in a couple of days, and you can bet they'll given it their all to make amends - India for their early exit from the World Twenty20 in England, and West Indies to improve upon their record in what has been a disappointing year in ODIs. Stay tuned, and we'll get you the details from the presentation.

Gayle: "The weather played a part, but we can't do much about that. They started off with a flier, but we tried to pull it back. Credit to Dhoni for the way he played in the last over. It was a pretty good wicket to bat on, and I'm disappointed I got out at an important stage. Sarwan was run-out at a crucial point in time. It was a fast outfield and Dhoni ran well to keep our fielders under pressure."

Dhoni is the Man of the Match.

Dhoni: "The D-L method got us onto the back foot. We weren't able to use the second powerplay. The openers started well, and the bowlers did a good job too. We rely on our openers to perform, and Gambhir was the sheet anchor today, playing the spinners well, over the covers and midwicket. He's also a good runner between the wickets. We knew the last over would come from the end where a swing over the leg side would carry to the ropes with the help of the strong wind, and it worked."

That's all we have from here folks. Thanks a lot for your patience. It's been a long, frustrating day and we've managed to see it through, thanks to some entertainment over the last few hours to make our wait worth its time. We'll see you again in a couple of days for the final ODI, and lets hope the weather doesn't get on our nerves the way it did today. Goodnight, sleep well, and we'll see you again soon. On behalf of everyone at Cricinfo, it's Sid Talya signing off. Adios!

Taylor to Pathan, 1 run

short outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover and Dhoni makes it to seal the game

1 off 2 to take a 2-1 lead. The field is brought up. It's upto Yusuf now. The crowd deserved a thriller for its patience, and it's got it. Taylor comes in....

Taylor to Dhoni, 1 run

slower one bowled short outside off, hangs his bat out, gets an inside edge behind square to tie the scores with two balls to go

2 off 3

Taylor to Dhoni, 2 runs

Dwayne Bravo fumbles in the deep, drilled down the ground to long-on and the blip allows them to come back for the second

What a blow. 4 off 4

Taylor to Dhoni, SIX runs

that's swung away into the stands!! Picked the slower one, it was bowled full outside off and the Indian captain connected superbly, dispatching it over deep midwicket

10 off 5

Taylor to Pathan, 1 leg bye

angling it into the pads, tries to smash it over midwicket, brushes the pads and they take a leg bye

11 needed off the last six deliveries. The sparse crowd is up on its feet. Jerome Taylor is asked to bowl the last over. Not Rampaul. This is a big move, Taylor's proved expensive thus far. What can Yusuf do?

end of over 215 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 148/4CRR: 7.04 RRR: 11.00
MS Dhoni37 (31)
Yusuf Pathan0 (0)
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-27-1
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-26-0

Excellent over from Bravo

Bravo to Dhoni, no run

dot ball, short on the off, pushed back to the bowler, doesn't get the single, this could be going down to the last ball

11 off 7

It had been a controlled chase for the most part, but things are pretty even at this stage with seven balls left. Yusuf Pathan comes in. These two didn't get it past England in the ICC World Twenty20. Can they make amends here?

Bravo to Rohit Sharma, OUT

he's skied that, length ball on middle, was the slower one again, tried to clear deep midwicket but mistimed it, Bernard ran in from deep midwicket and took it with little difficulty, are India throwing it away here?

Rohit Sharma c Bernard b DJ Bravo 11 (19m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 122.22

11 needed off 8

Bravo to Rohit Sharma, 2 runs

Rohit makes room and lofts that over the bowler's head, just wide of the sliding long-on fielder for a couple,Morton almost overran that, but not much damage done

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run

slower one, three in a row, short outside off, punched to extra cover right at the edge of the circle for a single

Bravo to Dhoni, 2 runs

slower one but dragged really short, pulled away between deep square leg and deep midwicket for a couple

Bravo to Dhoni, no run

appeal for stumping, slower legcutter, full outside off, Dhoni sensed a chance and rightly attempted to clear long-off, swung hard and missed, Ramdin took off the bails but Dhoni was well in

India need 16 in 12 now. With seven wickets in hand, you have to favour the batting side but you never know. Dwayne Bravo to bowl the penultimate over.

Vikram: "Why are Indians finding it hard to clear the boundary line off late? WI had hit 20x4 and 2x6 in their innings. In contrast, India has 9x4 and 1x6."

end of over 2010 runs
INDIA: 143/3CRR: 7.15 RRR: 8.00
MS Dhoni34 (27)
Rohit Sharma9 (7)
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-26-0
David Bernard 3-0-21-1
Rampaul to Dhoni, 1 run

excellent bowling, except for the overstep, yorker outside off, dug out in front of extra cover for a single

Rampaul to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

full outside off, eased wide of cover for a single

Rampaul to Dhoni, 1 run

was that a catch? no, it just fell short, took it on the half-volley, Dhoni paddled it and it fell just short of Darren Bravo at short fine, but he certainly saved a few there

Rampaul to Rohit Sharma, 3 runs

full toss on middle and leg, poor ball under the circumstances, Rohit just works it behind square, well wide of Morton at deep square leg for three runs, Morton chased it but he has a weak arm

Rampaul to Dhoni, 1 run

well bowled, in the blockhole, Dhoni can just steer it to point and race through for a single

Rampaul to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

nope, jars it down the ground to long-off, was in the slot but he didn't strike it well enough

Can Rohit dispatch this?

Rampaul to Dhoni, (no ball) 1 run

full and wide, digs it out, gets a single wide of the keeper, and what's worse for West Indies, he's overstepped so a freehit coming

26 needed off 18 now. Closer...and closer. The scoreboard at the ground isn't working, so they're using the TV feed to get the equation. Rampaul back into bowl.

end of over 198 runs
INDIA: 133/3CRR: 7.00 RRR: 8.66
MS Dhoni30 (23)
Rohit Sharma4 (4)
David Bernard 3-0-21-1
Sulieman Benn 5-0-31-1
Bernard to Dhoni, 1 run

full outside off, kept it on a length again but Dhoni didn't take the aerial route, instead grinding it to long-off for one more to keep the strike

Bernard to Dhoni, 2 runs

length ball on middle, tries to clear midwicket, the shot was on but he ended up getting a thick inside edge wide of square leg for a well-run couple

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RR Sarwan WI
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5 fours
1 six
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leg glance
21 runs
2 fours
0 six
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KD Karthik INDIA
47 runs (43)
5 fours
1 six
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
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Harbhajan Singh INDIA
Match details
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossIndia, elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
Series resultIndia led the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 2854
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days3 July 2009 - day (50-over match)
ODI debut
Abhishek Nayar
Abhishek Nayar
West Indies Image
Clyde Duncan
England Image
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Goaland Greaves
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Vincent Bullen
Match Referee
England Image
Chris Broad