West Indies wrap up one-day series against India
Port of Spain, May 27 :
Half-centuries from hometown boys Brian Lara and Dwayne Bravo piloted West Indies to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the fourth one-day international against India on Friday at Queen’s Park Oval.
Chasing a modest 218 for victory from their allocation of 50 overs, West Indies hit the jackpot off the last ball of the 44th over, bowled by Suresh Raina, which Wavell Hinds carted to
the deep mid-wicket boundary for four.
The victory gave West Indies an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series which concludes on Sunday at the same venue, and was their first major series win, since unexpectedly clinching the ICC Champions Trophy two years ago under Lara.
It is also the first series victory for West Indies in a bilateral series against opponents rated higher than them on the ICC ODI Rankings, since they also prevailed over India 4-3 on the sub-continent four years ago.
Lara, a struggler for most of the series, showed a timely return to form to top-score for his side with 69 from 95 balls that contained eight fours and one six.
He gained admirable support from Bravo, whose undefeated 61 from 62 balls that included three fours and one six, helped to earn him the man-of-the-match award.
Earlier, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh scored half-centuries as India were restricted to 217 for seven from their allocation of 50 overs.
Kaif hit five boundaries in the top score of 62 from 84 balls, and Yuvraj collected the same number of fours in 52 from 78 balls. Dwayne Bravo snared three wickets for 32 runs from five overs to be the most successful West Indies bowler.