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Sharma, Rayudu tons set up India’s 224-run ODI victory

Hosts bowl out West Indies to lead series 2-1

MUMBAI, Oct 29, (AFP):  Rohit Sharma hailed his “game-changer” partnership with fellow centurion Ambati Rayudu to set up India’s 224-run win over West Indies in Monday’s fourth one-day international.

Sharma, who smashed 162, and Rayudu, who made 100, put on 211 runs for the third wicket to power the hosts to 377-5 after electing to bat first at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

India then bowled out the tourists for 153 in 36.2 overs to lead the five-match series 2-1. Paceman Khaleel Ahmed and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets each.

Skipper Jason Holder hit an unbeaten 54 for West Indies after they were reduced to 101-8 and staring at the prospect of suffering their biggest ever ODI loss. They lost to South Africa by 257 runs in 2015.

It was India’s third-biggest victory margin after their 257-run triumph over Bermuda in 2007 followed by the 256-run mauling of Hong Kong the next year.

The day belonged to Sharma who took apart the West Indies bowling, hitting 20 fours and 4 sixes during his 137-ball stay at the crease.

“Very clinical performance from us after losing two early wickets,” said Sharma, who also took three sharp catches while fielding at slip, after receiving the man of the match award.

“A big partnership was the game-changer, and in all four games we’ve had big partnerships that have allowed us to stay in the game and post big totals.”

Sharma – the only batsman to hit three ODI double centuries – took control after the hosts lost their in-form captain Virat Kohli for 16.

Sharma put on 71 runs with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, who was the first to go off pace bowler Keemo Paul for 38.

Kohli, who came into the game at the back of three successive centuries, was caught behind off paceman Kemar Roach. He has accumulated 420 runs in his four innings of the series so far.

While Kohli hit 140 in India’s opening win, his next two tons had contrasting results with the second match ending in a tie and West Indies winning the third game.

Sharma, who made an unbeaten 152 in India’s opening win, got to his 21st century in just 98 deliveries and went on to register his seventh 150 plus score in 192 ODIs.

Off-spinner Ashley Nurse finally got Sharma’s wicket as the batsman sliced the ball to short third-man and Chandrapaul Hemraj took an excellent catch.

India vs West Indies Scoreboard

MUMBAI, Oct 29, (AFP): Final scoreboard of the fourth one-day international between India and West Indies in Mumbai on Monday:

INDIA

  1. Sharma c Hemraj b Nurse….. 162
  2. Dhawan c K. Powell b Paul….. 38
  3. Kohli c Hope b Roach………… 16
  4. Rayudu run out (Allen)……….. 100
  5. M.S. Dhoni c Hemraj b Roach…. 23
  6. Jadhav not out………………… 16
  7. Jadeja not out…………………. 7

Extras: (b6, lb1, w7, nb1)……….. 15

Total: (5 wickets, 50 overs)…….. 377

Did not bat: B. Kumar, K. Yadav, K. Ahmed, J. Bumrah

Fall of wickets: 1-71 (Dhawan), 2-101 (Kohli), 3-312 (Sharma), 4-344 (Rayudu), 5-355 (Dhoni)

Bowling: Roach 10-0-74-2, Holder 9-0-62-0 (w3), Nurse 8-0-57-1 (w2), Paul 10-0-88-1 (w2), R. Powell 4-0-23-0, Allen 8-0-52-0, Samuels 1-0-14-0

WEST INDIES (target 378)

  1. Hemraj c Rayudu b Kumar…… 14
  2. Powell run out (Kohli)………….. 4
  3. Hope run out (Yadav)…………. 0
  4. Samuels c Rohit b Ahmed……. 18
  5. Hetmyer lbw b Ahmed………… 13
  6. Powell b Ahmed………………… 1
  7. Holder not out…………………… 54
  8. Allen c Sharma b Yadav……… 10
  9. Nurse c Sharma b Yadav…….. 8
  10. Paul st Dhoni b Jadeja………… 19
  11. Roach b Yadav………………… 6

Extras: (lb4, w2)……………………. 6

Total: (all out, 36.2 overs)………. 153

Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Hemraj), 2-20 (Hope), 3-20 (K. Powell), 4-45 (Hetmyer), 5-47 (R. Powell), 6-56 (Samuels), 7-77 (Allen), 8-101 (Nurse), 9-132 (Paul), 10-153 (Roach)

Bowling: Kumar 5-1-30-1 (w2), Bumrah 8-1-25-0, Ahmed 5-0-13-3, Jadeja 10-1-39-1, Yadav 8.2-0-42-3

Toss: India

Result: India won by 224 runs

Series: India lead the five-match series 2-1

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Anil Chaudhary (IND)

TV umpire: Paul Wilson (AUS)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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