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India vs Windies, 4th ODI – Who Said What

"I've been doing some slip-catching for a while. I can hear Virat laugh there." - Rohit Sharma.

Khaleel Ahmed
Khaleel Ahmed. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India shrugged off the shocking defeat in Pune in the style to win the Mumbai ODI by a huge margin of 224 runs. They have also taken an unassailable lead of 2-1 now in the series and would love to win by 3-1 with a win in the final game. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu were the heroes for the hosts and the captain Virat Kohli will be delighted that despite his failure, the team did well with the bat. Even MS Dhoni scored a quickfire 23 off just 15 deliveries.

Shikhar Dhawan failed to convert yet another start today but his bright 38-run knock helped India to get off to a good start. Kohli though was snaffled by Kemar Roach for his lowest ODI score this year after which Rohit and Rayudu joined hands to take India to safety. They added 211 runs for the third wicket and notched up stunning centuries.

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Rohit, after reaching the three-figure mark, attacked the bowlers nonchalantly to race to 162 runs. When there looked a possibility of his double ton, Ashley Nurse got better of him. But Rayudu was yet in the middle and along with MS Dhoni, he took the team’s score close to 350. The final over heroics from Kedar Jadhav helped the hosts post 377 runs on the board.

Derailed chase

The chase never got going for the Windies. It was all one-way traffic from the word go. Shai Hope and Kieran Powell were involved in needless run-outs and at 21/3, all their hopes were shattered of gunning down a huge total. Shimron Hetmyer was also sent back thanks to Khaleel Ahmed incisive spell during which he managed to derail the middle-order of the visitors.

Kuldeep Yadav also had some fun sending back a couple of lower-order batsmen as an early ending neared. Jason Holder though fought a lost battle for his team and notched up a brilliant half-century as they were skittled out for just 153 runs losing the game by a huge 224-run margin.

Man of the Match, Rohit Sharma said:

I’ve been doing some slip-catching for a while. I can hear Virat laugh there. Good to get some catches, and it is important to hold those catches. Especially if you’re fielding in the slips for Kuldeep, it isn’t easy to read his hands. It is important to know when he was going to bowl that googly and it’s important to be ready for it. Very clinical right from the start. After losing two wickets, I had mentioned about having a big partnership and that was a game-changing one. These partnerships help us stay in the game for longer and get big totals. Rayudu and I did that in the middle. Heartening to see the way we bowled. It was a long time coming, this kind of performance from the bowlers. The spinners were spinning it, the pacers were swinging it, so all is well.

India captain, Virat Kohli said:

Yes, ticked all the boxes. Clinical games in all departments. Got into rhythm. We are known to bounce back and it was another example. Rayudu has taken his chance with both hands. We need to back him till the 2019 WC. He reads the game well, so we are happy that someone intelligent is batting at number four. Khaleel was good with pitching it in the right areas, making the ball talk, and swinging it both ways.

Windies captain, Jason Holder said:

We didn’t play well enough today. We allowed them to score too many runs. We never got going with the bat and the application definitely was not there. Lost wickets up front, and didn’t bat well enough. Didn’t get enough momentum. Run-outs are something that you don’t want in One day or in any limited overs cricket. Two of our better players as well and it really set us back up front. It was a lot to do to rebuild to get up to 370 odd. You try not to get run-out, you try to build a partnership up front which we never got. Obviously I have been hearing that (batting up the order) for a long while. The structure of the team probably needs to be looked at and obviously I want to get up the order as well. Probably, next game you could see that.

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