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India win by 5 wickets

India vs W Indies

India v West Indies, 3rd ODI: Hosts win decider by five wickets in Kanpur to claim series victory

Shikhar Dhawan: Made another ODI ton for India

Shikhar Dhawan notched a century as India beat West Indies by five wickets in the deciding match of their one-day series.

The tourists hit 263-5 in Kanpur on Wednesday but, helped by Dhawan's 119, India easily chased the total down with 23 balls to spare.

Skipper MS Dhoni struck the winning runs as India took the series 2-1, having also won both Test matches that preceded the 50-over action.

Having won the toss and inserted the tourists, India made an early breakthrough as Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled Johnson Charles for 11 in the fifth over.

But any hopes local fans had that would open the floodgates were resolutely thwarted by Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels who put on a century stand for the second wicket.

It was Powell who eventually departed first for 70 after a partnership of 117, as he holed out to Dhawan off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.

They had reached to 164-2 by the time the batting powerplay was taken and appeared well-placed to push on, but three quick wickets took the momentum out of the innings.

Lost momentum

Samuels - who was dropped on 60 - was eventually bowled by Ashwin for 71, while Lendl Simmons (13) and Dwayne Bravo (4) both departed cheaply to leave the score at 196-5 with a little over eight overs left.

But, just as he did in the second ODI, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy (37 not out) stepped up to provide valuable support to Darren Bravo who struck four boundaries and two maximums in his 53-ball knock off 51.

In total the duo put on 67 to ensure the tourists reached a respectable, if rather underwhelming total of 263.

Despite that, there was some early hope for the West Indies as Ravi Rampaul removed two of India's in-form top three to reduce the hosts to 61-2 - Rohit Sharma dismissed for just four and Virat Kohli caught behind for 19.

But he could not prise out Dhawan who took the match away from his opponents with another fluid and seemingly comfortable innings that boasted 20 boundaries, including numerous trademark cuts and drives.

He received excellent support from another left-hander in Yuvraj Singh - who chipped in with a determined 55 - and, although India still required another 46 when Dhawan was caught and bowled by Bravo, the game was all but up.

Birthday boy Suresh Raina made a stylish cameo of 34, while Dhoni saw his team over the line with plenty to spare having made a run-a-ball 23.

Match Details

Date
27th Nov 2013
Toss
India won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Green Park, Kanpur
Umpires
A K Anil, R J Rodney
TV Umpire
V A Vineet
Match Referee
D C David
Reserve Umpire
K Krishnamachari

india BATTING CARD

Batsman R
R.G. Sharma c Bravo b Rampaul 4
S. Dhawan c&b Bravo 119
V. Kohli c Charles b Rampaul 19
Y. Singh c Bravo b Narine 55
S.K. Raina c Charles b Bravo 34
M.S. Dhoni Not out 23
R.A. Jadeja Not out 2
Extras 1nb, 4w, 5lb 10
Total 46.1 Overs 266 - 5
Full Batting Card

w indies BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
R. Rampaul 10 1 55 2
J.O. Holder 6 0 47 0
D.J. Bravo 10 0 57 2
S.P. Narine 10 1 32 1
D.J.G. Sammy 3 0 22 0
L.M.P. Simmons 3 0 17 0
V. Permaul 4.1 0 31 0
Full Bowling Card