Tiwary is Manoj of the moment
Pollard heroics in vain as West Indies slip to 4-1 series loss in India
Last Updated: December 11, 2011 4:49pm
Manoj Tiwary: stroked his first ODI century after India opted to bat
Manoj Tiwary's maiden ODI century helped India complete a 4-1 series win over West Indies with a 34-run success in Chennai.
Tiwary retired hurt on 104, an innings that underpinned India's total of 267-6 after they opted to bat first.
He was well supported by Virat Kohli, who contributed 80 to a fourth-wicket stand of 117.
West Indies were all out for 233 after 44.1 overs of their reply, Kieron Pollard clearing the boundary four times before being last out for 119, also his first ton in this format.
Kemar Roach gave the tourists a strong start to the match, trapping Ajinkya Rahane lbw for a golden duck with just the the second ball and bowling Parthiv Patel with the next delivery.
But Tiwary survived the hat-trick and joined forces with Gautam Gambhir to bring some stability to India's innings, taking the score to 84-2 before Gambhir was trapped in front by Anthony Martin for 31.
Tiwary's 50 arrived soon after with a driven single towards long-on and Kohli was also quickly into his stride, passing his half-century in 53 balls with three fours.
Tiwary followed that with a huge six to move within three runs of his hundred, a target he reached in the 38th over with his 10th boundary before retiring hurt with cramp one ball later on 104.
Kohli was eventually beaten whe he smashed Martin straight to Marlon Samuels at long-on but Rohit Sharma added 21 as India posted a challenging target.
The early swing found by Irfan Pathan accounted for Lendl Simmons, trapped in front of leg stump from the first ball of the innings, and Kieran Powell struck three boundaries but reached only 15 before edging Pathan onto his stumps.
Marlon Samuels (6) was adjudged to have edged Abhimanyu Mithun to keeper Parthiv despite no contact being apparent and debutant Jason Mohammed made just two from 21 balls.
Pollard finally provided some momentum, steering Mithun for two fours and then hitting two sixes off Ravindra Jadeja.
The spinner regained his composure to trap Denesh Ramdin (14) lbw, although the ball appeared to be slipping past leg stump.
A single from Pollard took the Windies to 100-5 before his partner Andre Russell broke loose, savagely cutting Jadeja for four and lofting Rahul Sharma for six.
Pollard's 50 came up from 43 balls, without a glimpse of any slogging, when he lifted the struggling Jadeja over the sightscreen.
Russell was dropped twice by Patel before reaching a 37-ball 50 with a top-edged six followed by two singles, although he added only three more before being superbly run out by Gambhir.
Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine fell cheaply, but Pollard moved past his ODI best of 94 with back-to-back sixes off Pathan.
He and Kemar Roach were shackled, though, and Jadeja - who recovered well to take three for 62 - bowled the latter with a superb delivery to leave 55 needed between last-wicket pair Pollard and Martin.
A boundary through Kohli's hands took Pollard to three figures and he added his 10th six as 11 came from Rahul Sharma's last over.
It was too much to ask, though, and Pollard crashed Raina straight to Rahane at long off as his side lost by 34 runs.