Team India were chasing a meager target of 190 runs against the West Indies in the 4th One Day International (ODI) at Antigua on Sunday. India lost in-form Dhawan (5), Kohli (3) and Dinesh Karthik (2) cheaply after restricting West Indies to a modest 189 for nine.
But Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni then came together and stitched a 54-run partnership together. It was a rather slow partnership, and took them 18.1 overs to make 54-runs. Dhoni played a rather slow innings, making 54 off 114 balls. He was dismissed on the last ball off the 49th over.
MS Dhoni reached his fifty off 108 balls with just one boundary and the strike rate of 46.30. This was the second slowest fifty overall by an Indian in ODI history.
Sadagoppan Ramesh has the record of scoring fifty in maximum number of balls (117) for India against Kenya in 1999 while former India captain Sourav Ganguly is third on the list for his 105-ball fifty against Sri Lanka in 2005.
The last time before today India failed to chase down a target of less than 200 runs in a full ODI was also against West Indies in 2006 at Kingston.
Virat Kohli: We bowled really well to restrict them to 189, but we didn’t bat really well the shot selection wasn’t up to the mark. We need a complete performance and we weren’t today. Credit to the West Indies bowlers. They created those dot balls that induced those mistakes.
Holder: Extremely pleased with the performance. Credit must go to all the bowlers.We knew we could beat India, just needed application.Throughout the series we have been talking about new-ball wickets and today Joseph and myself took the early breakthrough. Special mention of Kesrick Williams – showed a lot of maturity in his second game, showed a lot of heart as well We have got to show heart and we have got to show fight in the final ODI.