West Indies lost all three ODIs to India in the three-match series.© BCCI
West Indies stand-in skipper Nicholas Pooran expressed disappointment after his side was defeated 96 runs by India in the third and final ODI on Friday at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With this win, India has a clean sheet in the series with a 3-0 lead after taking the win in the first two matches. “I have to congratulate India. The way we bowled in the series has been great. A lot of work today in 50 overs. The way the boys have bowled in the last two games has been fantastic. Longer formats,” said Pooran after the contest.
The visitors chased 267 and got off to a pitiful start when opener Shai Hope had to leave after being handed LBW from Mohammed Siraj for just 5 runs, leaving the team total at 19/1. It was followed by the sacking of Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks by Deepak Chahar on 25/3 in the fifth over.
Later on, Darren Bravo joined skipper Nicholas Pooran and the duo tried to get some runs for their side but Krishna Prasidh sent the first back to the dugout in the 14th left with only 68 runs on the board. Jason Holder was also fired for just six runs by the pacer. Kuldeep Yadav also scalped two wickets, sending Pooran and Fabian Allen to 34 and nil respectively.
Then it was Odean Smith, who came to crease playing a 36-run knockout in just 18 balls and brought some hope to the West Indies. But their happiness was short-lived when he was caught by Shikhar Dhawan delivering Siraj, taking the team total at 122/8.
Alzarri Joseph and Hayden Walsh teamed up to create a good partnership, but their efforts were in vain after Siraj struck again and scalped Walsh’s wicket. Then Krishna hit the final nail on the coffin and sent Joseph back and dismantled the visitors on 169/10, to take a 96-run victory.
Both teams will now face each other for the T20I series in Kolkata, starting on February 16.
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