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India complete 34 run win in Chennai to wrap up series 4-1

india_celebrate2The fans in Chennai got treated to two contrasting centuries, as Manoj Tiwary and Kieron Pollard scored tons for their respective sides in an entertaining contest won by the hosts by 34 runs. Batting first, India recovered from some early strikes by Kemar Roach to post a challenging 267/6 on the back of a maiden century from Tiwary and a combative 80 from Virat Kohli. The West Indies in response sunk to 36/4 but a powerful hundred from Kieron Pollard and an equally entertaining 50 from Andre Russell just about kept them in the contest. Pollard fought the good fight till the very end, and was the last man to be dismissed for 119 as the Windies fell agonizingly short in this the fifth and final ODI of the series.

In possession of a 3-1 series lead, the Men In Blue collided with the West Indians for the last time in 2011 in the fifth ODI of the bilateral series at the M.A.Chidambaram stadim, Chennai.·The touring party were desperate to avoid a loss before heading home while the Indians were in no mood to concede even an inch. The dead rubber provided India a fine opportunity to test out their bench strength. The destructive Virender Sehwag who slammed a historic 219 at Indore, local boy R.Ashwin and speed merchant Vinay Kumar were rested to pave the way for the super-talented Ajinkya Rahane, 'Comeback man' Irfan Pathan and Chotta Dada - Manoj Tiwary.


India trounce West Indies by 153 runs as Sehwag scores record 219

india_celebrate2The Nawab of Najagarh smashed his way to a spell-binding double ton etched with 25 boundaries and 7 half a dozens at Indore to propel India to a thumping victory by a whooping margin of 153 runs and with it clinch the bilateral series against the West Indies. During the course of his record-breaking whirlwind knock of 219 off just 149 balls, Virender Sehwag broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of 200* to become the owner of the highest individual score in One day International cricket history. Viru forged meaty partnerships with Gambhir(67) and Raina (55) as India breached the 400 run mark with effortless ease. Later in the evening, India's spin trio of Ashwin, Rahul Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja strangled the visitors into submission. The West Indies never really recovered from Sehwag's breath-taking onslaught and crashed to 265 all out.

The resurgent West Indian side which downed India at Ahmedabad on Monday took on the hosts in the penultimate game of their challenging tour at the Holkar stadium in Indore. Sammy's soldiers were eyeing a repeat performance to keep the rubber alive. The pitch curator provided confirmation that a run-riot was in the offing at the Holkar stadium. India's stand-in-skipper Virender Sehwag won the toss for the fourth consecutive game and declared to bat first infront of a packed house. Both teams instigated a single change. The Caribbeans swapped the injured Darren Bravo for left hand opening batsman Kieran Powell while India replaced Umesh Yadav who was on the early flight to Australia with, leggie Rahul Sharma, who was making his international debut. Meanwhile, The Indian fans were denied of an opportunity to catch Baroda allrounder Irfan Pathan in action . Pathan last represented India in the 2009 T20 World Cup.


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