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08-Dec-2011 16:52:00 GMT
India v West Indies, 4th ODI, Indore

Sehwag's Record 219 India Crush WI Wins Series

Indore: Skipper Sehwag (219) led from the front as young Indian team registered a thumping 153-run victory over West Indies to win the five-match ODI series 3-1.

After Sehwag's majestic world record, India spinners led by debutant Rahul Sharma (3-43) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-34) bundle out West Indies for 265 in 49.2 overs in the fourth one-day international on Thursday.

Chasing a mammoth 419-run target, West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals and were never in contention in the entire match.

West Indies wicketkeeper batsman Denesh Ramdin scored a fine run-a-ball 96 to delay the inevitable, which included 12 boundaries, as he added 64 runs for the last wicket with Sunil Narine (27 not out).

Ravidra Jadeja dismissed Kemar Roach (7) to put India on verge of massive win against West Indies.

Jadeja struck again in the 33rd over to dismiss Ravi Rampaul (10) as India eye series victory in the five-match ODI series.

Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Windies skipper Darren Sammy (2) to reduce the visitors to 145/7 in 24.4 overs.

A smart stumping by Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel off Suresh Raina's delivery curtailed Andre Russell's cameo of 24-ball 29, which included three huge sixes and a four.

Leg-spinner Rahul Sharma dismissed three Windies wickets in three overs on his international debut. Rahul scalped Kieron Pollard (3), Danza Hyatt (11) and Marlon Samuels (33) in quick succession as Windies struggled in their run chase.

Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Lendl Simmons (36) in the tenth over after the opener hit a six and six boundaries in his 35-ball brief stay at the crease.

West Indies run chase started on the wrong foot when Powell was run out by India debutant Rahul Sharma in the second over.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag smashed the highest individual score in one-day internationals on Thursday, hitting 219 as India piled on 418/5 in the fourth match of the series against the West Indies.

The Delhi opener plundered 25 boundaries and seven sixes during his 149-ball blitz, joining compatriot Sachin Tendulkar as the only batsmen in history to score double-centuries in the 50-over format.

Sehwag moved past Tendulkar's 200 not out -- against South Africa in Gwalior last year -- in the 44th over when, on 197, he cut Andre Russell to the point fence.

He was finally dismissed in the 47th over when he was caught in the deep off Kieron Pollard and was clapped off the field by the entire West Indies team and some 30,000 jubilant home fans.

Sehwag's blistering knock helped India notch their highest one-day total, surpassing the 414/7 they made against Sri Lanka in Rajkot in 2009.

It was Sehwag's 15th three-figure knock in one-day cricket and the first since making 175 against Bangladesh in the opening match of the World Cup in Dhaka in February this year.

Sehwag, who is captaining India in the series in the absence of the rested Mahendra Singh Dhoni, had managed just 46 runs in the previous three matches.

But he found the right conditions to strike form on the run-laden pitch at the Holkar stadium in Indore and lift India towards a decisive 3-1 lead in the series.

Sehwag, who was dropped on 170 by West Indies captain Darren Sammy in the covers, put on 176 for the first wicket with Gautam Gambhir (67) and 140 for the second with Suresh Raina (55).

It was the ideal tune-up for Sehwag as he prepared for the four-Test series in Australia starting later this month.

Left-hander Gambhir, who had scored 16 runs in the series, broke the shackles to hit 11 boundaries in his run-a-ball innings during the rollicking opening stand.

Gambhir, who also heads to Australia next week, was unlucky to be run out in the 23rd over when Sehwag changed his mind about taking a sharp single to the cover region.

The West Indies suffered a blow before the start when star batsman Darren Bravo was ruled out of the must-win game due to a hamstring strain.

Bravo was replaced by Kieran Powell.

India brought in debutant leg-spinner Rahul Sharma in place of fast bowler Umesh Yadav, the only change from the side that lost the third match in Ahmedabad on Monday.

Brief scores
418 for 5 (Sehwag 219, Gambhir 67, Raina 55)
West Indies 265 (Ramdin 96, Jadeja 3-34, Rahul Sharma 3-43)
Result India beat West Indies by 153 runs

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