India win third ODI

ST LUCIA: India dodged the showers to eke-out a workmanlike six-wicket victory over West Indies in the rain-hit third One-day International on Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.

India take an unbeatable 2-1 lead the four-match series with the final match to be contested on Sunday at the same venue.

Chasing a revised target of 159 from 22 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis Method following a near hour-long stoppage for rain during their chase, India hit the jackpot with one ball to spare.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit an unbeaten 46 from 34 balls. India were put on the path to glory, when their openers Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir shared 95 in 12.1 overs.

Karthik scored 47 off 43, and Gambhir made 44 off 38 before they were dismissed within three overs of each other to leave India 108-2 in the 16th over. India also lost Yuvraj Singh (2) and Rohit Sharma (11).

India required 11 from the final over, and Dhoni hit a six off the second ball from Jerome Taylor, before Yusuf Pathan hit the winning run, when he stabbed a short, rising ball into square cover, and scampered a single.

Earlier, Ramnaresh Sarwan stroked 62 to lead West Indies to 185-7. Sarwan struck five fours and a six off 58 balls. The home team tried to maintain the intensity after the weather failed to cooperate, and reduced their innings to 27 overs. West Indies captain Chris Gayle supported with 27, Runako Morton scored 22, and Darren Bravo made 21 to keep the momentum going. Ashish Nehra led India’s bowling with 3-21 from five overs, and Harbhajan Singh captured 2-25 from five overs.