India suffered a shocking loss to Windies in the fourth ODI of the series in Antigua, failing to chase down a total of 190 despite half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni.
Not many would have given West Indies a chance of winning this game at the innings break, given India’s strong batting line-up and the low total of 190 runs they had to achieve to win the series. But against the odds, Jason Holder led from the from front with his five-wicket haul, and bowled out the opposition for 179 and kept the series alive.
Earlier in the day, the home side collapsed from 121/2 and were able to manage just 189. The openers Kyle Hope and Evian Lewis were the top-scorers for Windies with 35, the next highest being Shai Hope with 25. Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya were the pick of the bowlers for India, with both picking up three wickets each to restrict the total under 200.
India’s chase got off to a shaky start, as they lost the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan early. Virat Kohli was again dismissed with the short delivery, top-edging an attempted hook and getting hold out by the wicket-keeper Hope. Dinesh Karthik, who was included in the side ahead of Yuvraj Singh, was caught behind for just 2. MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane strung together a decent partnership of 54 for the fourth wicket, with the latter bringing up his fourth consecutive 50-plus score of the series. His dismissal in the 31st over gave the home side a fighting chance in the game.
Dhoni decided to play the waiting game, with wickets falling at the other end. Hardik Pandya put together a decent cameo of 20, but his dismissal in the 46th over meant the onus fell on the former skipper to take the game home. With 14 required off seven balls, Dhoni decided to go for the big shot and was caught at long on. Jason Holder picked up Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami in the final over, finishing with figures of 5/27 and keeping the ODI series alive.
The final ODI is set to take place in Kingston, Jamaica on 6th July.