India vs West Indies | 5th ODI | Cricket Highlights | 11 Dec 2011

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When West Indies touched down in India some seven weeks ago, most people gave them little chance of pushing India on home turf. Since, the hosts were fresh from a 5-0 whitewash over England in an ODI series, the reigning world champions were favorites to repeat the dose on Darren Sammy’s men. However, the Windies after some gutsy performances in the whites carried on some of that form into the limited overs leg as well.

In the first two matches, they almost had India on the mat only for Rohit Sharma to deny them, but their persistence paid off in the game at Motera. Having pulled one back to limit India’s lead to 2-1, a resurgent West Indies was starting to worry India. However, this proved to be false hope and we all know who delivered the knock-out punch.

Virender ‘double’ Sehwag, India’s stand-in captain had been like a passenger in the team during the first three matches, but batsmen of such gifted abilities more often than not handle steering rather than occupy the back-seat. And, what way did he choose to drive India to a series win. A blazing 219, the highest ever ODI score was more than enough to blast India to 418 and a listless West Indian chase killed the rubber with one game to go.

The last match of the series at Chennai is going to be India’s final appearance before the Boxing Day Test, so last chance for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to push for the vacant number six spot in the side. Same can be said for Abhimanyu Mithun, whose chances have brightened after Varun Aaron’s injury. While Rahul Sharma would want to follow up his impressive debut with another good show, it would be interesting to see what Irfan Pathan is up to, if at all he gets a game.

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West Indies Squad: Darren Sammy (c), Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons.

Indian Squad: Virender Sehwag (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel (wk), Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Varun Aaron, R Ashwin, Manoj Tiwary, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Ajinkye Rahane, Rahul Sharma.


India vs West Indies, 5th One Day International
December 11, 2011, West Indies Tour of India 2011-12, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Umpires: S Asnani (IND) and T Hill (NZ) Third Umpire: V Kulkarni (IND)
Match Referee: D Boon (AUS)

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