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India rout West Indies in series decider on the back of Dhawan ton

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An outstanding century from Shikhar Dhawan (119 from just 95 balls) and his third wicket partnership worth 129 runs with Yuvraj Singh (55), helped India thump the West Indies by 5 wickets in the series decider at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur today. A rare day game in coloured clothes saw India win the all important toss and take full toll of helpful conditions in the morning to restrict the West Indies to just 263-5 in their 50 overs. A target of 264 was a record for this ground, but given the modern rules and the class on offer from Dhawan, India got to their target in just 46.1 overs.

India won their first toss of the 3 match ODI series and it was a crucial one as the 9am start in Kanpur meant that there was prodigious movement on offer for the bowlers. India struck early with Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting rid of Johnson Charles with a beauty before Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels showed good application to survive a long opening spell from India's three seamers.

Powell (70) and Samuels (71) added 117 for the second wicket and formed the cornerstone of the West Indies innings before Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of both batsmen. The Indian offspinner was easily the best of the Indian bowlers on show today and took 2-45 from his 10 overs. His spin twin Ravindra Jadeja was unfortunate to see Samuels dropped by Virat Kohli at slip, but did pick up Lendl Simmons for 13.

Windies skipper Dwayne Bravo fell for just 4 looking for the booming extra cover drive, but younger brother Darren Bravo (51* from 53) and his namesaker Darren Sammy (37* from 29) scored some quick runs late in the innings to give West Indies what many hoped would be a competitive total.

It was not to be though despite the West Indies getting an early breakthrough with Ravi Rampaul once again having Rohit Sharma caught in the slips. The Mumbai batsman poked at a ball he could have left well alone and was out for just 4. However, Dhawan had got India off to a flier from the other end, hitting Jason Holder out of the attack by smashing 5 boundaries in his opening 2 overs.

Virat Kohli made a cameo 19 before his late attempt to leave another Rampaul delivery saw him actually run it straight to the keeper off the face to bring an early end to a promising innings. Dhawan though was firing on all cylinders at the other end and in conjunction with a scratchy Yuvraj, took India to the brink of victory.

Yuvi's half century would have taken some of the pressure of India's World Cup hero, but Sunil Narine finally got his man caught in the slips. Dwayne Bravo landed some late blows, removing Dhawan for 119 and Suresh Raina for 34, but India were well on their way to victory and got home comfortably enough in the end.

The Windies next head to New Zealand for what should be quite a competitive series, while India too head to the Southern hemisphere for their long awaited tour of South Africa.

Mini Scorecard:

West Indies 263-5 (50 overs, 5.26rpo)

M Samuels 71 (93) R Ashwin 2-45

K Powell 70 (81) R Jadeja 1-49

India 264-5 (46.1 overs, 5.76rpo)

S Dhawan 119 (95) Dw Bravo 2-56

Y Singh 55 (74) R Rampaul 2-55

India win by 5 wickets and take the series 2-1