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Ind-WI, 3rd ODI: as it happened

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Dec 05, 2011 at 11:10pm IST

India innings:

47th over: West Indies win! Ravi Rampaul does it again for West Indies, this time with the bat. The paceman takes four Indian wickets, including the last one of Abhimanyu Mithun to give his team a 16-run win.

A Mithun lbw b Rampaul 23 (16b)

Ind-WI, 3rd ODI: as it happened

Rohit Sharma once again anchored the Indian innings. (AFP)

44th over: Rohit goes and with that India's hopes too! The 24-year-old, who was close to scoring his third ODI century, is run-out by an agile Sammy, fielding at mid-wicket. It's a sad end to a fantastic innings.

R Sharma run out 95 (100b)

42nd over: R Vinay Kumar is bowled by Kemar Roach to peg India further back in their run chase. Now it has to be one-man show - Rohit Sharma - all the way if India have to go past the finish line.

R Vinay Kumar b Roach 3 (8b)

40th over: Ashwin departs! The 91-run stand between Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin breaks with the wicket of latter, who was trapped lbw by offspinner Narine.

R Ashwin lbw b Narine 31 (64b)

35th over: Rohit's fifty! The Mumbai batsman's prolific run continues as he gets to his third fifty, 11th overall, on the trot. The 24-year-old takes 64 balls to reach the milestone. India still need close to 100 runs to overhaul the West Indies score of 260.

28th over: India in disarray! With six wickets already down, India are now need more than a run-a-ball to win the contest. Though Rohit Sharma is still holding the fort, it may be difficult for Aswhin and the other lower-order batsmen to rotate the strike. India 127 for six.

21st over: In a moment of madness, Rohit and Jadeja try to take on an agile Russell at short point who throws the ball the moment he grabs it. Jadeja cannot make use of the life he gets in the last over and is run-out.

R Jadeja run out 11 (16b)

20th over: What drama! Rampaul bowls a perfect delivery that swerves late before hitting Jadeja's pads. The southpaw is given out by Tony Hill before asking the batsman to wait to check for a no-ball. The replay shows the bowler has overstepped, thus giving the batsman a life and also a free-hit, which is dispatched for a top-edge four behind the keeper.

16th over: Two wickets in two overs! After Patel, now Raina departs. Rampaul once again strikes for West Indies as he gets Raina caught behind to a delivery that seems to have flicked the left-handers' thigh guard and not his bat. Raina is devastated as umpire Tony Hill raises his finger.

S Raina c Ramdin b Rampaul 2 (3b)

15th over: Patel goes! Much disappointment to the home crowd, Parthiv departs after scoring 39 off 35 balls. The southpaw plays down the wrong line to a Samuels delivery that pitches on a good length before leaving him to hit the stumps.

P Patel b Samuels 39 (35b)

14th over: Parthiv, Rohit take India forward with well-stolen singles and timely boundaries. Parthiv is looking calmer than usual, playing the ball to its merit, while Rohit has started from where he left off in the last game at Visakhapatnam. The right-hander sets off with a beautiful six over the extra-cover region off offspinner Narine.

10th over: Virat also departs! It's difficult to find the reason behind Kohli's reaction against umpire Sudhir Asnani, who gives the right-hander out lbw. The batsman plays down the wrong line to a full-length Sunil Narine ball, which could have hit middle and leg stumps had Kohli missed it.

V Kohli lbw b Narine 20 (30b)

5th over: Terrible start for India! Though Parthiv Patel hits four boundaries to get himself going, losing the wickets of Sehwag and Gambhir off the very first deliveries they faced hurt India more.

Sehwag goes for an expansive slash to a short-of-a-length Rampaul delivery outside his off-stump, giving a simple catch to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

Gambhir seems to be in two minds - whether to play or leave a full-length ball by Rampaul, which thuds into the left-handers pads to get him leg before wicket.

G Gambhir lbw b Rampaul 0 (1b)

V Sehwag c Ramdin b Rampaul 0 (1b)

West Indies Innings

50th over: A half-century (58) by Marlon Samuels and cameos by Darren Sammy (41 off 17) and Andre Russell (40 off 18)) helped West Indies put up a challenging 260/5 in the third ODI against India at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday.

The two allrounders finished the Windies innings in rollicking fashion, hitting 43 runs in the last two overs. West Indies pummelled 52 runs in the last three overs, 73 in the last five and 93 in the last seven overs of their innings.

Both Sammy and Russell also stitched together an unbeaten stand of 79 off just 34 deliveries for the sixth wicket.

49th over: Mithun gets a special treatment! The West Indies captain hits the young Indian bowler for 23 runs, two fours and two massive sixes.

46th over: Jadeja pulls off a blinder! Brilliant fielding skills of the Saurashtra player are on display as he takes a stunning catch on the extra-cover fence to send the dangerous Pollard back. It is sheer athleticism from Jadeja who is unbalanced while trying to grab a mistimed Pollard stroke. Vinay Kumar gets his second wicket.

K Pollard c Jadeja b Vinay Kumar 29 (32b)

44th over: Ramdin looks good during his stay at the wicket before being caught behind for 38 off 52 deliveries by a Umesh Yadav short and wide delivery. The wicketkeeper batsman stitched a 55-run stand with Pollard in 61 balls with Pollar, who is making India pay for the chance they have given him.

D Ramdin c Patel b Yadav 38 (52b)

40th over: The batting powerplay (between 34th and 38th over) goes India's way as they strangle Windies to give away just 19 runs while taking the wicket of Samuels in the process. Pollard is dropped by Gambhir at mid-wicket off Jadeja. Gambhir makes a mess of what appears to be a sitter. Pollard was on six when he got the life.

34th over: Ashwin strikes! The offspinner tempts Samuels to play a rash stroke outside the off-stump to a ball which was slow in the air, thus losing his balance before being bowled. The 30-year-old, as expected, crossed with himself before returning back to the dressing room. He makes 58 off 93 deliveries.

M Samuels b Ashwin 58 (93b)

32nd over: Samuels fifty! The right-handed batsman reaches to a rather patient fifty by nudging Suresh Raina for a single to mid-off. He takes 78 balls to get to his 22nd ODI half-century.

26th over: Bravo is clearly struggling with some sort of an injury to his legs. It has also compelled the classy left-hander to take an extra bit or risk as he can not ask for a runner, according to the new ICC rules. He finally gives in and goes back to the pavilion to get some treatment to his legs. Denesh Ramdin replaces Bravo in the middle. Meanwhile, West Indies bring up their 100 for the loss of two wickets.

D Bravo retired hurt 26 (41b)

20th over: Counterattack! Marlon Samules is not holding himself back and has added some solidarity to the West Indies scorecard with his strokeplay. He hit Yadav for a six and a couple of fours in the same over with a solid Bravo to man the other end. And at 77/2, it's looking a little more stable for the Windies now.

14th over: Mithun strikes! A ball that hardly looked menacing has given India their second wicket. Hyatt shuffles across to a ball sliding down the legside and gets a thin edge that settled into Parthiv's gloves. West Indies in familiar territory at 42 for 2.

Danza Hyatt c Patel b Mithun 20 (39)

10th over: West Indies going at a snail's pace here. But all eyes are on Mithun, who has completed his second over, bowling a probing line in the early to mid 130s. It's 30 for one.

3rd Over: Out! It was on the cards the way West Indies had started. Defence, defence, defence and suddenly a slash. There was a definite edge but the umpires couldn't conclude if it carried to Parthiv Patel. So they went upstairs and the replays were conclusive enough to go in Vinay Kumar's favour. 2 for 1.

L Simmons c Patel b Vinay Kumar 1 (8)

2:15 p.m. Do you think Abhimanyu Mithun playing this match is like a screen test for Australia (as Praveen Kumar's replacement)? Looks like it!

Toss

With a chance to win the series at stake, Indian skipper Virender Sehwag won the toss and chose to bowl first in the third ODI against the West Indies at Motera on Monday.

Team News

Perhaps to Test Abhimanyu Mithun ahead of the announcement of Praveen Kumar's replacement for the Australia tour, the Indian think-tank drafted the medium pacer into the XI in place of Varun Aaron, who has been rested.

That was the only change in the Indian team sheet as Sehwag based his decision to bowl first on the due expected late in the evening.

West Indies have brought in right-arm offbreak bowler Sunil Narine to add some variety to their pace-heavy attack.

Teams:

West Indies: Lendl Simmons, Danza Hyatt, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Andre Russell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine

India: Virender Sehwag (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Umesh Yadav

(Full Scorecard)

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