Holder in­spires Windies to stun­ning 11-run win

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West Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder led from the front with a five-wicket haul as his side snatched an 11-run win over In­dia in the fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional in Antigua on Sun­day. In­dia came into the match at the Sir Vi­vian Richards Sta­dium lead­ing 2-0 in the series and set a mod­est tar­get of 190 to main­tain their un­beaten run in this short cam­paign.

But the vis­i­tors were un­done by a com­bi­na­tion of dis­ci­plined West Indies bowl­ing and their own in­ex­pli­ca­ble lethargy at the crease.

That pedes­trian progress was typ­i­fied by Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni’s painstak­ing in­nings of 54 off 114 de­liv­er­ies-the slow­est of his 64 ODI half-cen­turies-be­fore he fell off the last ball of the 49th over bowled by Kes­rick Wil­liams.

That left In­dia need­ing 15 runs off the fi­nal over with only two wick­ets in hand.

It was Wil­liams’ only success of a miserly 10over spell but proved crit­i­cal as Holder sealed the win which keeps the series alive head­ing into the fifth and fi­nal match in Kingston on Thurs­day. He dis­missed Kuldeep Ya­dav and Mo­hammed Shami in the space of four balls to fin­ish with five for 27, his best-ever ODI fig­ures as In­dia folded for 178.

“At the half­way stage there were a few heads drop­ping in the dress­ing room but it took a big ef­fort and I’m re­ally pleased to play a part in keep­ing us in the series,” said Holder af­ter re­ceiv­ing the man of the match award.

“We tar­geted get­ting wick­ets at the front to chal­lenge their other bat­ters who haven’t had much work to do of late. It worked this time.”

Ajinkya Ra­hane’s ex­cel­lent form at the top of the or­der continued with a top score of 60, but the rest of the In­dian bat­ting strug­gled to es­tab­lish any sort of mo­men­tum as the West Indies showed dis­ci­pline and pur­pose with the ball.

Young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, brought into the team in place of medium-pacer Miguel Cum­mins, set the tone for the fight­back with the wick­ets of Shikhar Dhawan and Di­nesh Karthik.

Mean­while, Holder re­moved his In­dian coun­ter­part, Vi­rat Kohli, for the sec­ond time in as many matches via a top-edged hook.

IN­DIAN OFF DAY

“Our shot se­lec­tion wasn’t up to mark but credit to the West Indies bowlers for the pres­sure they put on us to force those mis­takes,” said Kohli in as­sess­ing his team’s sur­prise de­feat.

“I am sure the guys are go­ing to come back ex­tra hard for the fi­nal match. We just needed a com­plete per­for­mance and to­day wasn’t one.”

Ealier, pac­ers Umesh Ya­dav and Hardik Pandya claimed three wick­ets each while wrist­spin­ner Kuldeep Ya­dav again teased and tor­mented the West Indies bats­men in adding two more vic­tims to his series haul as the hosts limped to 189 for nine bat­ting first.

While each of the top five man­aged to get a start, none could get past 35 as In­dia ex­erted al­most com­plete con­trol over a line-up that lacked the in­spi­ra­tional spark to put the op­po­si­tion un­der pres­sure.

Open­ers Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope were the joint top scor­ers with 35 apiece al­though their slow progress-the open­ing stand of 57 was bro­ken in the 18th over-meant those who fol­lowed were re­quired to pick up the pace.

None man­aged to do so for any sus­tained pe­riod with Pandya and Kuldeep do­ing the bulk of the dam­age to the West Indies bat­ting line-up early on. Umesh then en­sured there was to be no threat from the re­puted lower-or­der big-hit­ters as he ac­counted for Holder, Rov­man Pow­ell and Ash­ley Nurse in his sec­ond spell.

In­dia had rung the changes for this match with Karthik re­plac­ing Yuvraj Singh in the mid­dle-or­der, Ravin­dra Jadeja com­ing in as a spe­cial­ist spin­ner for Ravichan­dran Ashwin and Shami mak­ing his first ODI ap­pear­ance since the 2015 World Cup as Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar was rested.—AFP

ANTIGUA: West Indies’ cap­tain Ja­son Holder (98) is sur­rounded by team­mates af­ter beat­ing In­dia by 11 runs in the fourth ODI cricket match at the Sir Vi­vian Richards Sta­dium in North Sound, Antigua and Bar­buda, Sun­day. —AP

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