Windies thump India in fourth ODI

Antigua. West Indies finally regained some pride by crushing India at Sir Viv Richards stadium by 103 runs. All thanks to an inspired performance by their bowling department led by Leg-spinner Anthony Martin who finished with 4-36. India were all out on 146 in the 39th over in reply of West Indies’s 249-8.

The start to the West Indian inning was as usual, they were reduced to 12-2 in the fifth over, soon they were reeling at 103-5 when Simmons got run out at 67 of 78.

Another batting collapse looked ascertain at that stage, but Kieron Pollard was determined to wipe out his image of a minnow basher. His innings of 70 of 72 balls was a blend of caution and aggression, he was well supported by Baugh who scored 39 of 57 balls. Russel’s 14 ball 25 ensured that West Indies ended with 249 for 8, their best score of this season.

India’s chase was derailed by Sammy’s initial burst, who removed both the openers. A very nervous Manoj tiwary was gone for 2 and Parthiv Patel, who lived dangerously perished at 26. Russel then made life tough for Badrinath who holed out to a quick bouncer from the all rounder.

But it was Martin who doomed India when he removed their prolific trio of Virat Kohli 21, captain Suresh Raina 10 and an in-form Rohit Sharma 39. Virat was smartly stumped by Baugh, Raina tried to break free but was caught at mid wicket.

Rohit Sharma, who was unbeaten so far in this series top edged Martin to leave India at 124 for 7. After this, it was always asking too much from the tail.

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