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Shikhar Dhawan secured win for india – 3rd ODI vs. West Indies

Zia Rana November 27, 2013

India 5-266 (Shikhar Dhawan 119, Yuvraj Singh 55, Suresh Raina 34, Ravi Rampaul 2-55) beat West Indies 5-263 (Marlon Samuels 71, Kieran Powell 70, Ravichandran Ashwin 2-45) by five wickets.

The ace opening batsman of India, Shikhar Dhawan, blasted his fifth ODI ton of the year, as West Indies surrendered the final ODI and series against the hosts.

The Windies scored 263 runs after losing half of their side in 50 overs and the Blue Shirts plundered 266 with five wickets remaining and 23 balls to spare.

Shikhar Dhawan (India) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding hundred.

Virat Kohli (India) was declared ‘Player of the series’ for his superb batting in three matches. He was the highest run getter from either sides and piled up 204 at an excellent average of 68.00 with 2 fifties.

The third and final One Day International encounter was played on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Green Park, Kanpur.

Shikhar Dhawan - Match winning ton

Shikhar Dhawan – Match winning ton

Earlier, MS Dhoni, won the toss for the hosts and put the Carribeans in to bat who lost their first wicket at 20. Marlon Samuels along with Kieran Powell opted to attack and reached 102 in 22 overs. The latter hit his fifth ODI fifty three overs later and Samuels reached his 23rd half century in the process. The partnership was broken at 137 when Powell was gone for 70 and got replaced by Darren Bravo.

Marlon Samuels was clean bowled for 71 and Bravo kept on guarding his end. Bravo reached his 15th ODI fifty in the final over and remained unbeaten for 51 as the Windies managed 5-263.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the chief wicket taker with two whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja shared one each.

India went down by two wickets at 61 when Yuvraj Singh got together with Shikhar Dhawan. The batsmen kept the chase on with a reasonable pace and Dhawan went past his fifty in the 17th over. He was the most attacking of the two, sent the cherry out of the fence at will and smashed the ODI century with a four. That was the fifth one of his career and co-incidentally powered in the calendar year, 2013.

Yuvraj Singh scored his 51st ODI half century and became the third victim at 190. Dhawan was the fourth batsman who went back to the dressing room for 119 off just 95 balls with 20 fours. Suresh Raina chipped in with 34, Dhoni was at the crease for 23 as the Men In Blue thrashed 266 for the loss of five wickets in 46.1 overs.

Ravi Rampaul completed his 100 wickets tally in ODI by grabbing two wickets. Dwayne Bravo was the other bowler who got two wickets and Sunil Narine held one.

India clinched the game with a hefty margin of five wickets and won the series at 2-1.

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