Dhoni, Spinners write script for Comprehensive win against West Indies

North Sound: India defeated West Indies by 93 runs in the third one-dayer on the bowling of half-centuries from opener Ajinkya Rahane and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and then the disciplined bowling attack.The whole team of the West Indies got out at 158 runs in 38.1 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets for India. With this, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin touched the 150-wicket mark of his one-day career. Kuldeep three wickets, while Pandya took two wickets. Umesh and Kedar Jadhav took one wicket each.

In response to the team's 251 runs, the host team's batsmen looked dull. Earlier, in the absence of openers Ajinkya Rahane and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India had scored 251 runs for four wickets, that was not looking competitive.

West Indian bowlers, especially the spinners, did not let the Indians play openly by bowling a bit. Rahane again proved his worth in the top order and scored 72 runs. He, along with Yuvraj Singh (39), added 66 for the third wicket and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (78 not out) with a 70-run partnership for the fourth wicket to lift India to the first shock.

Dhoni played an unbroken partnership of 81 runs with Kedar Jadhav (40 not out). Both of them showed their batting prowess, especially in death overs and that helped India get 51 runs in the last four overs. Dhoni scored four fours and two sixes in his 79-ball innings. Miguel Cummins took two wickets from the West Indies while Devendra Bishoo and Jason Holder took one wicket each.

India had to bat first and it did not start well after losing the toss. Opener Shikhar Dhawan (2) and captain Virat Kohli (11) returned to the pavilion in just 10 overs and with 34 for two India’s batting looked dismal at that point of time.

Dhawan was caught in the third over by catching the short-pitch ball on the third man on the ball while Kohli could not accurately guess the ball of the Caribbean captain, who took the edge of his bat and went to the lane where the Shai hop catched the ball with one hand. After this, Rahane and Yuvraj did not let the wickets fall for almost 17 overs, but in the meantime they could not score as fast as expected in front of the West Indies fast and spin blended attack. They shared a 66-run partnership with 3.92 runs per over.

Bishnoi pawed out Yuvraj. Although the umpire had turned down the appeal but West Indies resorted to referral, after which Yuvraj had to return to the pavilion. He made four fours in the 55 balls that he faced.

Rahane then completed his half-century off 83 balls by taking single off Cummin’s over.In the current series he has been successful in making more than 50 runs in consecutive three innings. In the middle, though no boundary was reached for nine overs. Rahane made the first six of the innings on square leg and showed the ball the boundary line.

Dhoni also faced 39th ball for the first time to send the ball to the boundary line. When he was at 38, he got the life on the ball. India had scored 161 for three wickets after 40 overs. The patience of Rahane's innings ended with Bishnu taking a beautiful catch. He drove the ball through the space at cover point, but Bishoo changed the dive into a catch. Rahane faced 112 balls and hit four fours and a six.

Dhoni completed his 63rd half century in 66 balls. After this he showed his true character in the death overs. Dhoni created great disturbance in Holder’s bowling analysis by hitting two sixes in two consecutive deliveries. Jadhav played 26 balls and hit four fours and a six.