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India shows Windies its place with a thorough thrashing
30 October 2018

Rohit, Rayudu smash centuries, Khaleel showcases his potential; Jason Holder reduced to spectator as teammates capitulate

Great teams are often defined by their ability to emerge stronger after a setback.

India showcased the same quality on Monday as it annihilated Windies at the Brabourne Stadium, barely two days after suffering a defeat in Pune, to regain the lead in the series with a 224-run mauling in the fourth ODI here on Monday.

Rohit Sharma (162, 137b, 20x4, 4x6) and Ambati Rayudu (100, 81b, 8x4, 4x6) continued their special bond with Brabourne with a scintillating 211-run partnership for the third wicket.

Rohit had scored his triple ton here and Rayudu had marked his return after the ICL hiatus at the same ground that was the home of Mumbai Indians in 2010. The duo helped India post a gargantuan 377 for five after electing to bat on a flat deck.

As it often happens in a huge chase, Windies crumbled under the pressure of chasing the mammoth total. A combination of hara-kiri while running between the wickets, accurate throws by India's fielders and left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed's impressive spell meant the visiting team was wiped out for a paltry 153 in the 37th over.

The second innings didn't really matter much since the fate of the game was all but sealed with Rohit and Rayudu's electric association. Rohit posted his seventh 150-plus score — second of the series.

Swift gear change

It was a typical Rohit ODI innings, where despite starting with a square cut for four off the first ball of the match, the local boy took his time to get his eye in and then swiftly changed gears in the latter half of the innings.

 

Off you go! Ambati Rayudu was in a belligerent mood, smashing away from the word go.

Off you go! Ambati Rayudu was in a belligerent mood, smashing away from the word go.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

 

Rayudu, on the other hand, was dominant from the word go. He came in in the 17th over to replace Virat Kohli, whose streak of hundreds was broken by Kemar Roach forcing him to nick one behind the stumps for what turned out to be his lowest score in an ODI this calendar year.

Rayudu came out guns blazing. He started his run-fest off the seventh ball he faced, cover-driving Keemo Paul. The young pacer, who came in for Obed McCoy, had scalped Shikhar Dhawan, who yet again failed to convert a start.

Besides his ability to find gaps at will, Rayudu also showcased his power-hitting prowess. Besides the four sixes, his slog-sweep off fast bowler Roach in the 41st over was a treat to watch.

Rohit wasn't far behind when it came to leaving the spectators spellbound, with his drives, cuts and pulls. That he reached all three milestones — fifty, hundred and 150 — with a four was fitting for his day’s form.

With India at 175 for two, the duo started to accelerate, fetching 86 runs in the next 10-over period. And, despite the duo being dismissed after creating a plethora of records, the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav ensured that India took the game away from Windies by plundering fours at will at the death.

Awful start

Windies required a rampaging start to keep the chase afloat. Instead, two run-outs in the first five overs, including that of star performer Shai Hope thanks to Kuldeep Yadav's direct hit running in from mid-on, left Windies reeling at 20 for three.

Once big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer was trapped in front by Khaleel in the 10th over, the rest of the innings remained a mere formality with the spectators starting to leave the stadium.

Captain Jason Holder then stretched the inevitable till the 37th over before running out of partners. Holder led the charge as the last three Windies wickets added 76 runs before Kuldeep foxed Roach with a googly.

 

 

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