Antigua: Jason Holder took five wickets to lead his side to a win by 11 runs over India. West Indies managed to defend a target of 190 and this is their first win of the series. India still lead 2-1.
It was full and Dhoni could not get enough elevation on it and went straight down the throat of Alzarri Joseph at long on instead.
Ravindra Jadeja had departed just a few balls earlier and Dhoni’s wicket signaled the end of India’s deep batting order. India fell 11 runs short of a target of 190 runs.
India lost their first wicket in the third over in the form of Shikhar Dhawan.
The next was that of Virat Kohli who was done by a short ball and was caught behind. He was the first man to fall to his West Indian counterpart Jason Holder.
Nearly six overs later, Dinesh Karthik, who replaced the misfiring Yuvraj Singh, fell to Alzarri Joseph. India had made 47 runs by then and MS Dhoni came to the crease.
The loss of wickets didn’t seem to affect India and they continued maintaining a slow but steady pace to the innings.
Ajinkya Rahane got his fifty in that time. He then went on to be dismissed by Devendra Bishoo and it was then that West Indies must have got a sniff of actually winning the match.
Dhoni stayed at the crease as he saw Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya depart. The slow pitch and a difficulty in getting his timing right meant that he ended up getting to the slowest half-century of his career. It came off a whopping 108 balls.
Even then, with him and Ravindra Jadeja in the middle, there was little doubt of India managing to see this through. Jadeja then went for a big shot at a time when India only needed to steal singles.
It went straight down the throat of Kieran Powell and a look at Dhoni’s face and Virat Kohli in the dressing room showed that they weren’t very impressed by Jadeja’s decision.
It brought out Kuldeep Yadav, batting for the very first time in India colours. Soon, Dhoni was dismissed and Jason Holder wiped out the remains of the Indian batting line up in the final over.
Earlier, pacers Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya picked up three wickets each as India restricted the West Indies to 189/9.
Umesh had figures of 3/36 while Pandya returned 3/40 as the Indian bowlers maintained a tight leash on the scoring rate right from the start.
Pacer Mohammed Shami, who replaced the in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the playing XI, justified his selection with extremely economical bowling, conceeding just 33 runs in his 10 overs.
Openers Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope gave the hosts a slow but steady start with identical scores of 35. With the runs coming in trickles, the West Indies innings was extremely slow and when Pandya dismissed Hope in the 18th over to break up the opening partnership of 57 runs, it sort of woke up the sparse crowd.
Hope hit four boundaries during his 63-ball stay at the crease. Lewis then tried to shore up the run rate with some big shots before Indian skipper Virat Kohli pulled off an excellent catch at mid-wicket off Kuldeep Yadav's bowling to send him on his way.
Shai Hope and Roston Chase tried to bring the West Indies back on track, adding 41 runs between them off 57 balls.
However, that was the only bit of resistance that the hosts could manage.
Kuldeep brought the partnership to an end with a tossed up delivery that hit the stumps after Chase completely missed the line. The wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter as the Indians tightened their grip on the proceedings
West Indies - 189 for 9 (Lewis 35, Kyle Hope 35, Umesh 3-36, Pandya 3-40)
India - 178 (Rahane 60, Dhoni 54, Holder 5-27)
Result - West Indies won by 11 runs