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Sunil Narine’s superb bowling display helped the West Indies overcome Rohit Sharma’s 95-run onslaught and claim a 16-run win in the third ODI against India.
Narine, who was on debut, proved to be the spark needed as he claimed the wickets of Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin while giving away just 34 runs in his 10 overs.
Ravi Rampaul, West Indies opening bowler, said: “He [Narine] came in and did a very good job for the team. It was a great way to start your international career.”
West Indies were also well backed up by the bowling spell of Rampaul, who claimed four Indian wickets for 57 runs in 8.5 overs.
India’s only successful batsmen was Sharma, while Kohli, Ashwin and Parthiv Patel got good starts, but failed to capitalise on the opportunity to make higher scores.
Indian Captain for this series, Virender Sehwag said: “It is very hard to chase when your top order fails. In the last three games, our lower order’s contribution has been more than the top order and we need to look at ourselves.”
The West Indies, when put in to bat first, had an all round team effort in reaching their total of 260, with top honours going to Marlon Samuels for his well played 58.
Some last minute heroics by Captain Darren Sammy, who smashed 41 runs off 17 deliveries and Andre Russell who hit 40 runs off 18 deliveries gave the West Indies the boost they needed to make a respectable total.
West Indian Captain Darren Sammy said: “It was a good fight back from the boys. The way we batted, that spell from Rampaul…and the debutant Narine also. It was a team effort.”
India hold a 2-1 lead in the five match ODI series with the next match scheduled for the 8th of December at Indore.