Everything that happened in the INDvWI 3rd ODI
India won the third and final ODI match of the series against West Indies to finish the bout 2-1 after going 1-0 down to the visitors following the first match. After winning the toss, India opted to put the visitors to bat, which was the best possible decision on the pitch of Cuttack.
The batting surface at the Barabati Stadium meant that even a huge total of over 330 wouldn’t be safe but West Indies openers struggled to make runs at a quick rate after stepping on the pitch.
Indeed, the first wicket fell after 15 overs and by then, only 57 runs had been scored. Evin Lewis made 21 runs from 50 balls while Shai Hope followed him to the pavilion a few overs later after having made 42 runs from 50 balls.
This is perhaps where the game slipped away from the visitors’ hands as playing at that rate on a pitch like that was simply inexcusable.
After the departure of the openers, Shimron Hetmyer came to the middle to partner Roston Chase, who was also struggling to score runs at a quick rate. It was Hetmyer who finally helped the West Indians going as he played a fluent innings of 37 from 33 balls.
Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard were up next and they were the ones that really set the tone for their side with some superb hitting in the death overs. Pooran finished with 89 from just 64 balls while captain Pollard made 74 from 51 balls to help the visitors post 315 runs on board, which perhaps wasn’t enough on the pitch but at least they had something to work with.
The glorious Indian top order, however, had other plans.
Both KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma got the team off to a flying start with a partnership of 122 from 21.2 overs. Sharma then lost his wicket to Holder for 63 from as many balls.
Rahul followed him next but it wasn’t before he finished with 77 runs from 89 balls himself. In the meantime, Virat Kohli set himself in and was in his classic chase-master mode.
The Indian captain dispatched decent deliveries to the boundary like he was apply bread on butter as he looked relentless in his approach. However, when his wicket fell in the 46th over, he was batting at 85 from 81 balls, there was a window of opening for the West Indians.
India still needed 30 runs from 23 balls and with 6 wickets gone, West Indies had a chance. The entire Indian middle order of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Kedhar Jadav collapsed under pressure as none of these three batsmen could reach the double figures.
However, Ravindra Jadeja played spoilsport to any plans that the visitors had as he played a confident innings of 39 from 31 balls and left the pitch unbeaten after the win was secured.
A thought has to be spared for Shardul Thakur as well as he eased the pressure on Jadeja with his cameo of 17 from just 6 balls.
In the end, India secured the win and stamped their dominance in the ODI format. They had gone 1-0 down in the series after the first match but managed to pull back against a spirited West Indies side that would surely take a lot of positives from this tour.