West Indies finally won a game in their home series against India after having lost a T20I and three ODIs to the opposition. It was after they had lost the series against Pakistan that they had won a game – in fact, two in a row – and they repeated the same dose to India in the fourth ODI of the five-match series played at the North Sound in Antigua.
India continued to win the toss and decided to field first, thanks to their record in the series. They had chased down three totals and won all three of the games which gave them the chance to repeat the same treatment in this game as well.
As it turned out, the start that the Indian side got was good. Dana Hyatt, replacing Kirk Edwards at the top of the innings lasted for no more than four balls, scoring a single while Ramnaresh Sarwan looked off-colour for a change and made only one. Darren Bravo did his bit on his comeback after being dropped for a couple of games but when he, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons (67) were out in quick succession, the West Indians had lost half their side for 103.
Simmons played another of his excellent knocks that failed to be converted into something bigger. At least this time, he made a half century before he lost his concentration and was run-out to an excellent pick-up and throw from Manoj Tiwary for 67.
It was the sixth wicket stand between Kieron Pollard and Carlton Baugh that resurrected the West Indian side, adding 96 and more importantly using only 106 balls. Pollard isn’t in the best of forms in recent times but he overcame that to score 70 from 72 balls, while Baugh scored his second successive 30. Later Andre Russell smacked a few into the fence and West Indies came away with a relatively strong 249 in their 50 overs.
The Indians, who opened with Tiwary in place of Shikhar Dhawan, never looked like they were in contention. Tiwary struggled for almost three overs, scoring two runs while Parthiv Patel made 26 from 32 but offered a simple catch back to Sammy. Unfortunately for the Indians, unlike the previous game, which had seen the middle-order bail out the side, there wasn’t a single batsman who got to 30 except India’s in-form Rohit Sharma.
However, with no support from any of the others, he perished as well, as the Indians struggled to score against the slow bowling of Anthony Martin, who picked up a four-wicket haul. He was also awarded the man of the match award.