After winning the toss, batting first and putting up a solid half century partnership at the top of the innings, West Indies crumbled to just 189/9 in their quota of 50 overs. It was a struggle of a chase for India as none of the batsmen apart from Ajinkya Rahane looked good. West Indies won by 11 runs and the series now stands at 2-1 in India’s favour with one ODI to be played. Here are the highlights and best tweets from the 4th ODI:
In that West Indian collapse, it was Umesh Yadav who turned out to be the pick of the bowlers, with 3/36, including a brilliant return catch. Along with him, Hardik was sharp with his 3 wickets while Kuldeep Yadav continued his good run since ODI debut, picking up 2/31. Indeed, a good day for the Yadavs!
"Umesh Yadav" Undoubtedly Umesh is best and Kuldeep is fantastic.
— Prashant Priyadarshi (@PrashantUnit) July 2, 2017
Good day for Yadav's.
Another Yadav is trending Umesh Yadav. #KuldeepYadav
— Meera (@PriYadav_28) July 2, 2017
When life gives u Yadav make it Umesh Yadav and not Akhilesh Yadav ✌ #WIvIND
— PankajDurgade👔⚡🇮🇳 (@PankajDurgade) July 2, 2017
Having restricted West Indies to just 189, it was going to be a stroll for Team India but they made heavy weather of it, with both Shikhar Dhawan & Virat Kohli failing two innings in a row now, while Dinesh Karthik didn’t make well of his first ODI in 3 years either.
However, while India were in trouble at 47/3, Ajinkya Rahane kept making the best of his chance in the ODI team, going past 50 for the fourth time in an equal number of games on this tour, breaking quite a few records for bilateral series as an opener. Read:
Most runs by an Indian opener in a single ODI runs on WI soil
297* – AJINKYA RAHANE
237 – Sehwag
217 – Rohit#WIvIND
— Cricket Chitchat (@CricChitchat) July 3, 2017
Ajinkya Rahane smashed 4th consecutive fifty in ODIs ! pic.twitter.com/vM2gSQus5v
— CricFit (@CricFit) July 3, 2017
However, the main talking point of the game was not Rahane’s fourth fifty of the series, but MS Dhoni’s 64th ODI fifty, which turned out to be the slowest in his ODI career – 54(114). There’s a lot of criticism going around and talks about Dhoni having lost his charm but let me tell you, he stood around there while none of the other Indian batsmen did. However, Twitter wanted to have it’s fun:
— Aakash (@PUNchayati) July 3, 2017
MS Dhoni Goes Down. So Does Hopes Of All Indians Awake So Late At Night. 54(114)
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) July 2, 2017
Most critics have blamed this Dhoni’s innings (second slowest fifty by an Indian ever in ODIs) for India’s loss but it was Dhoni who brought them close to victory but couldn’t finish it off in the last stages. However, just before Dhoni lost his wicket, it was a WI mistake that gave India hope – giving Roston Chase the 44th over, after having not bowled in this series at all. He went for 16 runs in that over:
— Technovator!! (@FreddieFaizan) July 2, 2017
At the end, it just wasn’t India’s day as they fell short by 11 runs and now their last 3 ODI losses have come against teams that are ranked very low on the ICC Rankings. What do you think? Leave your comments!
— Yash Joshi (@imyash19) July 2, 2017
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