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Windies end India’s home streak to keep series alive


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Ahmedabad: West Indies finally got their act together to snatch an upset 16-run victory over world champions India to keep themselves afloat in the five-match series here on Monday.

Chasing a competitive 261, Rohit Sharma struck a classy 95 but the Indians lacked firepower to overhaul the target and were ultimately bowled out for 244 in 46.5 overs.

West Indies, who desperately needed a victory to keep themselves in the reckoning, recorded their first win in the tour to reduce the margin to 1-2 in the ODI series after having lost the Test rubber 2-0.

The last wicket pair of Abhimanyu Mithun (23) and Umesh Yadav (11 not out) raised hopes of unlikely win with 28-run stand after India were reduced to 216 for nine in 43.3 overs.

But it was not be as West Indies’ most impressive bowler Ravi Rampaul (4/57) trapped Mithun plumb in front of the wicket to end India’s winning streak.

Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin (31 in 64 balls) put on a defiant stand of 91 in 115 balls to keep India in the hunt after a top-order collapse that saw India lose half of their side with only 84 on board. (PTI)


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