India sent the West Indies packing by 59 runs in the fourth One Day International at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharmasala on Friday to wrap up the series 2-1. The match has been plunged into controversy after it was revealed the West Indians will pull out of their tour after this fixture because of a payment dispute between players and officials. The reluctant tourists won the toss and bowled first.
Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan started like a house on fire putting on a run-a-ball 70 opening stand before Dhawan was caught by Darren Bravo off Andre Russell (1/48) for 35, which included six fours and a six in 35 balls. Rahane was joined by Virat Kohli and the pair intensified the pressure on the Windies. A 72-run stand was ended when Rahane was trapped lbw by Sulieman Benn(1/30) for 68.
Kohli and Suresh Raina took the Indians to 280 thanks to a blistering 138 run partnership off 108 deliveries. Raina was out for 71 when he was caught by Denesh Ramdin off Jerome Taylor (1/77) after hammering three fours and five sixes off 58 balls. Mahendra Singh Dhoni added six from five balls before he was run out and Ravindra Jadeja was back in the hut after he was caught by Russell off Jason Holder (1/52).
Jadeja added two from two. Kohli was the star of the show and also the last man out off the last ball of the innings. The 25-year old was run out after smashing 127 from 114 which included 13 fours and three sixes as the hosts posted 330/6.
In response the tourists were immediately under pressure at 1/1. Umesh Yadav had Dwayne Smith caught by Mohammed Shami without scoring. Kieron Pollard was next to go for 6 when he was caught by Dhawan off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels put together a 56-run stand before Bravo was dismissed for 40, including six fours, when he was bowled by Akshar Patel. Ramdin was caught by Patel off Jadeja for 9. Dwayne Bravo was then trapped lbw by Jadeja (2/80) for a duck and at 121/5 the writing was firmly on the wall for the visitors.
Darren Sammy added 16 before he was caught and bowled by Patel (2/26) and it was 165/6. Russell took charge by smashing 46 off 23. The number 8 hammered six fours and three sixes as he added 57 for the seventh wicket with Samuels but he ultimately perished when Yadav (2/44) clean-bowled him.
Holder and Taylor both contributed 11. The former was caught by Raina off Kumar (2/25) while the latter was bowled by Shami. Samuels stood firm to score 112 from 106 balls but he was the last wicket to fall when Shami (2/72) bowled him out.
The number four struck nine fours and six maximums but it was all in vain as the Windies were dismissed for 271 in 48.1 overs to lose by 59 runs.