PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
West Indies failed to rekindle the mettle of the first two games and crumbled to a timid defeat in the final one-day international (ODI) against India yesterday, suffering their third consecutive ODI whitewash and fourth in six series this year.
In pursuit of a revised target of 257 off 35 overs after rain abruptly ended India’s innings at 225 for three off 36 overs, West Indies produced a shambolic run chase and were all out for meagre 137 off 26 overs to lose by 119 runs under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern.
Captain Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King both struck 42 while opener Shai Hope got a start with 22 but leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (4-17) scythed through the hosts’ innings with support from seamers Mohammed Siraj (2-14) and Shardul Thakur (2-17).
Man-of-the-Match Shubman Gill had earlier found himself stranded agonisingly short of his maiden ODI hundred in his sixth appearance when the last of two showers abruptly ended the India innings.
The 22-year-old, also adjudged Man-of-the-Series, struck a run-a-ball 98 not out with seven fours and two sixes, while captain Shikhar Dhawan provided support with 58 off 74 deliveries and Shreyas Iyer, 44 off 34 balls.
For West Indies, the defeat proved anticlimactic especially on the heels of energetic displays in the opening matches when they twice surpassed 300 runs.
“It’s a tough one for us. I felt like we could’ve been on the other side of the series but it didn’t happen for us,” Pooran said afterwards.
“[It] felt like we did a lot of right things in the first two games and as a team, we want to keep it there. Today we didn’t show up – everyone saw that. But that’s fine, it happens in games.
“It’s a lot of games in a short space of time as well but I think we definitely turned up for this series and we tried our best, and I’m happy with the way the guys performed in this series.”
*Shikhar Dhawan c Pooran b Walsh 58
Shubman Gill not out 98
Shreyas Iyer c Paul b Hosein 44
Suryakumar Yadav c Brooks b Walsh 8
+Sanju Samson not out 6
Extras (lb1, w7, nb3) 11
TOTAL (3 wkts, 36 overs) 225
Did not bat: Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
Fall of wickets: 1-113 (Shihar Dhawan), 2-199 (Shreyas Iyer), 3-211 (Suryakumar Yadav)
Bowling: Holder 6-0-43-0 (w1, nb2), Seales 7-0-50-0 (w2), Paul 6-0-23-0, Hosein 8-0-43-1 (w3, nb1), Walsh 8-0-57-2 (w1), Mayers 1-0-8-0.
WEST INDIES (Target: 257 off 35 overs)
+S Hope st Samson b Chahal 22
K Mayers b Mohammed Siraj 0
S Brooks lbw b Mohammed Siraj 0
B King b Axar Patel 42
*N Pooran c Dhawan b Prasidh Krishna 42
K Carty b Thakur 5
J Holder not out 0
A Hosein c Dhawan b Thakur 1
K Paul c Thakur b Chahal 0
H Walsh c Dhawan b Chahal 10
J Seales c Shubman Gill b Chahal 0
Extras (b4, lb1, w1) 6
TOTAL (all out, 26 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Kyle Mayers), 2-0 (Shamarh Brooks), 3-47 (Shai Hope), 4-74 (Brandon King), 5-103 (Keacy Carty), 6-119 (Nicholas Pooran), 7-121 (Akeal Hosein), 8-123 (Keemo Paul), 9-137 (Hayden Walsh), 10-137 (Jayden Seales)
Bowling: Hooda 4-1-16-0, Mohammed Siraj 3-0-14-2, Axar Patel 6-0-38-1, Prasidh Krishna 4-0-30-1 (w1), Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-17-4, Shardul Thakur 5-0-17-2.
Result: India won by 119 runs (DLS).
Series: India won three-match series 3-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Shubman Gill.
Man-of-the-Series: Shubman Gill.
Umpires: Joel Wilson, Nigel Duguid; TV – Leslie Reifer Jr.